New chairman elected for Daventry District Council

DDC's new vice-chairman Alan Chantler, and chairman Deanna Eddon
DDC's new vice-chairman Alan Chantler, and chairman Deanna Eddon

The new chairman of DDC said she looks forward to meeting people across the district, and supporting her chosen charity, for the coming 12 months.

Councillor Deanna Eddon has become the new Chairman of Daventry District Council after being sworn in at the annual council meeting last night (Wednesday, May 20).

Councillor Eddon has served the past year as vice-chairman and received the chains of office at the meeting from outgoing Chairman, Cllr Catherine Lomax. Cllr Alan Chantler was appointed vice-chairman.

Cllr Eddon, who has served as a district councillor since 2008, will be supporting Pete Spencer’s Helping Hands Memorial Fund during her year in office.

The fund was established by Pete Spencer MBE in 1980 to help children with a range of medical conditions including cancer, leukaemia, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, dwarfism and Down’s syndrome. Ian Spencer has looked after the charity since the death of his father Pete in 2005.

Cllr Eddon said: “I know what a lot of good work the charity does, most of it unsung. Ian does a lot of things that he doesn’t seek publicity for, but it’s all worthwhile.

“A lot of people go to him from word of mouth and if there’s support or equipment he can provide to help a child, he will. I think that’s great.”

Ian said: “Being the chairman’s chosen charity for 2015/16 will be of huge support to us. It really helps raise the profile of the charity and gets the message out there that we’re continuing the work that dad started all those years ago.”

In addition to her charity work during her year in office, Cllr Eddon said she is looking forward to meeting people across Daventry district.

She said: “I’ve been very fortunate to be a councillor for a number of years but being the chairman is the pinnacle as far as I’m concerned.

“It’s the chairman’s role to go out and meet people from other areas and promote Daventry district and I’m looking forward to that.

“When I was Mayor of Daventry in 2006 I found that I had the opportunity to learn about lots of different organisations and charities in the town that I never even knew existed. I’d like to think the role of chairman will allow me to do that again, but this time throughout the whole of Daventry district.”

To invite the chairman to your community event contact the chairman’s secretary on 01327 871100 or email