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Final call for Daventry Food Festival traders

Final call for Daventry Food Festival traders

Posted: Fri, 12 Jul 2019 13:27 by Hayley Francis

Food and drink traders wishing to join the fun at Daventry Food Festival have until Monday, 5th August to complete an application. The festival returns for its third year on Saturday, 21st September, and promises to be a delicious day filled with tasty treats from Northamptonshire and beyond.

From burgers and bread to candyfloss and crepes, the festival menu will have something to suit all tastes, celebrating and promoting the excellent food and drink available across both the county and the country. More »

Taking place along Daventry High Street, this one-day event offers an opportunity for food and drink producers to share their goods, earn new loyal customers and support one of the most popular events in the Daventry diary.

With just a £40 refundable deposit to pay, stalls are essentially free for traders attending the festival, and with a choice of 3x3m or 6x6m pitches, both large and small stands can be accommodated. Plenty of seating will be available for revellers to relax and enjoy their food, with this year's plans including a covered marquee in case of inclement weather.

Application packs can be downloaded here, or can be requested from the Daventry Town Council events team by emailing events@daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk. » Less

Daventry’s WW1 soldiers commemorated with remembrance crosses

Daventry’s WW1 soldiers commemorated with remembrance crosses

Posted: Fri, 05 Jul 2019 13:43 by Hayley Francis

Daventry Town Council has been presented with a record of remembrance for each of the Daventry men who died in the First World War in France and Belgium. The project was led by Malcolm Ogle, Daventry Town Councillor for Abbey South Ward, who made it his mission to visit the headstones and memorials of the WW1 soldiers named on Daventry's War Memorial to place a hand-written remembrance cross.

During a trip across Europe in April 2018, two of Cllr Ogle's friends placed 11 crosses at graves in France. Later that summer, accompanied by his wife Anne, Cllr Ogle spent a week in Albert France making 100-mile round trips to visit the graves and memorials of 26 Daventry men whose names appear on the War Memorial. A further nine crosses were placed in the Holy Cross churchyard, Daventry. More »

In February 2019, Cllr Ogle returned to France to place 75 further crosses, 28 of which would commemorate Daventry men. He and his wife also visited Belgium to do the same thing.

Cllr Ogle said, "I believe that out of a possible 65 Daventry men honoured in France we have placed a cross at every single one, and out of a possible 23 men in Belgium we have visited 22.

As the 23rd Daventry man was too far away to visit, I enlisted the help of a lady who lives close to the cemetery in Charleroi, to whom I mailed the cross for her to place. This ensured that every Daventry man whose name appears on Daventry's War Memorial who died in France and Belgium during the Great War of 1914 to 1918, or who is buried in Daventry Holy Cross churchyard, has been visited and honoured.

In total, we covered over 2,500 miles, visited 108 locations and placed 222 crosses."

The Daventry men are commemorated in a record compiled by Cllr Ogle, which can be viewed at Daventry Museum. Cllr Ogle presented the record to Mayor of Daventry Mike Arnold at a Town Council meeting on Monday 24th June.

Cllr Arnold said, "We thank Malcolm for his dedication to commemorating the lives of the Daventry men lost in the Great War and the time he has taken to ensure each of them is individually honoured.

The record he has compiled is a moving tribute to the men from our town who fought and died in France and Belgium, and I am proud to accept it on behalf of Daventry Town Council."

Cllr Ogle thanked Daventry Town Council, Phipps Brewery Northampton and Weedon Bec Parish Council for providing donations for the purchase of the crosses, and Gerry Thompson for sharing information about the men from Daventry. » Less

Daventry Museum crowned Heritage Organisation of the Year

Daventry Museum crowned Heritage Organisation of the Year

Posted: Fri, 05 Jul 2019 11:46 by Hayley Francis

Daventry Town Council is delighted to announce that Daventry Museum won Heritage Organisation of the Year at the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum Awards 2019. The awards evening was held on a beautiful summer's evening at Holdenby House on 4th July 2019.

Patron of the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum, The Rt Hn. Earl Spencer presented the prestigious award to Daventry Museum. He later tweeted:

"I love being Patron of the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum: this is a county with glorious houses and churches, & wonderful museums; but its real gift is an army of people passionate about approachable heritage. Overall winner: Daventry Museum for its poignant WW1 exhibition". More »

The Community Award also went to Daventry Museum for its Empty Chair Project, which brought the community together to commemorate Daventry's 114 lost soldiers. Each soldier was remembered and represented through a symbolic model chair made by Daventry schools and community groups. The museum would like to thank Gerry Thompson, a local war historian whose research and support was integral to the project's success.

To top off the exciting evening the museum received a highly commended award in the Best Exhibition category for the Victorian Daventry Exhibition held earlier this year. This was a very popular exhibition with plenty of schools and community groups visiting; much fun was had dressing up as Victorians too!

The Forum Awards is a prestigious event which showcases excellence within Museums, Galleries and Historic Houses in Northamptonshire, and so the museum is thrilled to have been recognised.

The awards evening was attended by the Mayor of Daventry, Cllr Mike Arnold who congratulated the museum team and said, "These awards are so well deserved for all the exemplary work carried out by the volunteers who create such informative and exciting exhibitions year after year".

The Awards would not have been achieved without the support of the Town Council and the dedication and hard work from the Volunteer Team, who are the heart and soul of the museum. » Less

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