The year kicked off in Eastwood and Kimberley with the new Springbank Primary School opening and Greasley Beauvale School being put up for auction.
As a new era for pupils in Eastwood began, a chapter in history ended in Gresaley as Nottinghamshire County Council sold the school, famous for where DH Lawrence once studied.
Over in Kimberley, town councillors stepped up their campaign to get car parking charges scrapped in towns across the borough.
In February, concern grew over plans to close police stations across the county, with councillors questioning what this could mean for areas such as Selston.
A supervisor at Eastwood’s Iceland store scooped £45m on the Euromillions, and Advertiser editor Peter Hemmett presented community heroes in our two towns with New Year’s Honour Awards.
Unsung heroes included Tony Swift and Janet Enenver who both raise money for charity over Christmas with their huge Christmas light displays, and Don chambers, dubbed a ‘highly respected member of the community’.
At the end of the month plans were unveiled for a 50 acre leisure village in Nuthall.
Throughout March, rumours started about the fate of the Kimberley Miners Welfare, and locals grew concerned about plans for the town’s brewery site.
A 12-year-old from Kimberley was picked to be a torch bearer for the Olympics the same month.
In April pensioner Arthur Martin successfully won his allotment back off Eastwood Town Council, after having it taken from him because of his bad hip.
Townfolk filled the Dora Philips Hall for a meeting which ended in victory for keen gardener, Arthur.
Later in the month fears were sparked about the closure of Eastwood Ambulance Station, but on the flip side, Katie Groves was nominated for an award for her youth work and Shalimar in Kimberley won best takeaway in the Nottinghamshire.
May was one of the biggest highlights of the year in Eastwood when the Royal Engineers marched through town to exercise their Freedom of the Borough.
Thousands of residents turned out for the occasion, and dignitaries said it made them so proud they ‘had tears in their eyes’.
Also in May, Eastwood Town Council handed out community awards to groups and individuals that make a difference in the town.
June kicked off with Jubilee fever as the countdown began to the Queen’s Diamond celebrations.
As well as all the street parties, 14-year old schoolboy Harry Smith was invited to play in the orchestra at Westminster Hall for her Majesty’s celebratory lunch, and two parks in the area received ‘Queen Elizabeth’ status.
The same month Cllr Margaret Handley from Greasley told the Advertiser how honoured she was to be elected Broxtowe Mayor.
Kids secured skateparks for Eastwood and Nuthall, finalists from the hit tv show So You Think You Can Dance hosted a workshop in Kimberley teaching kids all their moves, and teacher strikes were held to oppose The Kimberley School becoming an academy.
July began on a sad note after Eastwood dad Craig Parkin was killed in crash on his way to work.
A campaign to save greenbelt land in Gresaley was in full swing by this time, and a second campaign was launched to do something about the junction councillors called a ‘death trap’ on the A610.
Rumours of changes being made to Eastwood health Clinic came about, and two men were jailed for robbing Frankie and Benny’s in Giltbrook in July.
Summer play days were held in both towns in August to entertain the kids during the school holidays, and plans for The Kimberley School to become and academy were finally rubber stamped.
Schools in the area were celebrating after record A Level results, and better GCSE results than the national average, despite them falling for the first time.
The Moorgreen Show was a big hit, as ever, as 10,000 people flocked to the 163rd annual horticultural show.
The same month voilent thugs terrorised pensioner Balwinder Dhami in her own home.
Mrs Dhami from Kimberley was held at knife point, gagged and repeatedly punched and kicked during the horrific attack in Bassett Close.
September saw the launch of the DH Lawrence Festival, and fears growing over the closure of Eastwood’s ambulance station.
On a more cheery note, Kimberley swing singer Frankie Martin took to the States on a coast to coast trip to raise money for charity.
In October, the first plans for the Kimberley Brewery site were submitted, and Hovis bread fanatics Ashley Finney and Jenny Neuls got engaged during a tour of the Watnall bread factory.
Towards the end of the month, Beamlight Automotive – the old Birnam Products – went into administration, and 190 people lost their jobs.
In November Broxtowe Borough Council vowed to give new start-up business in Eastwood and Kimberley up to £5,000 cash as a start-up incentive, almost 1,000 people turned out to a bonfire night in Kimberley and plans were announced for a new village to be built on the outskirts of Nuthall.
Comet went into administration the same month, putting people out of work at the Giltbrook store, and of course the Christmas lights were switched on in both towns.
The boss of the Big Lottery, Peter Wanless, said Eastwood and Kimberley were missing out on cash in December, and Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero hosted a summit at the Lawrence centre to encourage tourism in the town.
And as the year came to an end, local groups and organisations hosted their Christmas parties and schoolchildren performed in their festive nativity plays.