Review of the Year: May to June

Squisito butcher Matt Fitzgerald holding sausages from countries competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup NNL-141217-155632001
Squisito butcher Matt Fitzgerald holding sausages from countries competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup NNL-141217-155632001

A Daventry teenager was part of a dance crew which appeared on Britain’s Got Talent. Jordan Goodenough was part of Cartel who eventually reached the semi finals.

The Daventry Express launched a clean up Daventry campaign. Litter, dog mess and antisocial behaviour was targeted and the input of the newspaper was welcomed by many community figureheads.

The MP for Daventry launched a petition after saying ‘enough is enough’ with regard to the town’s fuel prices. Chris Heaton-Harris launched his petition online and has already received more than 600 names.

Police and firefighters warned youngsters about the dangers after they were found trespassing at the former Danetre Garage site in Warwick Street.

Offices arrived at the site to smell smoke. The building was later pulled down as part of the redevelopment of the town.

A Daventry man played a part in creating a gold winning garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Mike Easom, from Ashby Fields, went to London to help garden designer Adam Frost and the team from the Homebase Garden Academy build and plant Time to Reflect.

The vicarage at Badby organised a Funeral Fair. It gave people the chance to look at the different options available to local people planning for their funeral.

Young children are enjoying getting to grips with £40,000 of new playground equipment at two sites in the town. A new play area has been created off Shackleton Drive, while additional equipment has been added to an existing playground in Hidcote Way on Daventry’s Middlemore 

The Parker E-ACT Academy received a further boost thanks to the early arrival of its new principal. Andrew Mackereth started work in June having been due to start in September. He replaced Krysia Butwilowska.

Hundreds of tributes were paid to teenager Stanley Harrison. The 17-year-old died from severe blood loss following a knife attack on the Lang Farm estate in Daventry.

There were several break ins at charity shops in the town centre. One of the stores targeted was the Landing Pad, the cafe in the High Street run by the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

A new bus shelter was installed on the Southbrook estate in Daventry thanks to the efforts of a Daventry man and generous funding of several organisations. Brian Nelson had been campaigning for the shelter for the previous year.

Hundreds of people turned out for the first Welton Soapbox Derby to be held in a decade. The event was held as part of the village’s fete.