Review of the year: January to February

Daventry Mother gives birth at Flore Holiday Inn.
Daventry Mother gives birth at Flore Holiday Inn.

The past 12 months has been full of news for Daventry. Reporter Steve Mills looks back over the big and small headlines from the first six months of 2014.

Daventry woman Samantha Taylor was forced to stop off and give birth en route to hospital. Her partner Jamie Jollands was forced to pull into a hotel in Flore where she gave birth to Charlie James Jollands.

Plans were announced for a new special school in Daventry. It was included in documents by Northamptonshire County Council. It was approved and the team behind it are currently looking for a site for the school.

Badby amateur astronomer Zbigniew Chetnik discovered a new galaxy. He was watching Stargazing Live when he made the discovery and said it was like winning the lottery.

A Daventry nursery, which at the start of last year was judged as satisfactory by Ofsted, has been rated outstanding following its latest inspection. The Government inspection team gave Dolphin Day Nursery in Ashby Road the award across all areas.

Readers of the Daventry Express shared a long list of roads that were riddled by pot holes across the district. Many picked out sites in the town centre.

Police officers launched a speedwatch campaign for the town. The plans were backed by Daventry Town Council and followed the success of the scheme in villages.

Work got underway on extending a cycleway and footpath despite concerns raised by police. Daventry District Council extended the path running along the former Daventry to Braunston railway track. Police were worried more crime could hit the area.

Hundreds of new homes were revealed for villages across the Daventry area. Weedon, West Haddon, Flore and Nether Heyford were among the villages affected,

Daventry District Council also revealed it plans to build a new primary school in the town. Normally it would have been left to a developer or Northamptonshire County Council, but DDC is to build it on the Monksmoor estate.

There were also plans revealed to go alongside the redevelopment of the town, 10 years on from the masterplan drawn up by the district council.

Fire crews were praised for saving the lives of 16 cattle after an arson attack at Malabar Farm on Badby Road West. Farmhand Adrian Conopo was grateful for the firefighters actions.

Nikki Kirk, 46, from Daventry appeared on Channel 4’s Superstar Dogs: Countdown to Crufts hosted by Doctor Who star John Barrowman. Her border collie Smokie was selected for press photographs with the actor.