It has been an action-packed 2013 in the Eastwood and Kimberley area with the Advertiser — and its website — on hand to capture all the local news.
Over these two pages, we take a look at the major stories and headlines from the previous 12 months.......
The year started with a Kimberley war hero celebrating after the Government did a u-turn and decided to allow him to receive a World War Two medal.
The medal awarded to Don Reynolds was to mark his bravery after he served on the Arctic Conveys.
Also in January, some mums got a petition together to campaign for improvements to a footpath at a Greasley Beauvale School, and a black tie do was held in Kimberley to raise money for the Broxtowe Mayor’s charity.
At the end of the month, the police were appealing for witnesses after a woman was beat up in her own home by burglars.
In February two armed robbers were jailed for a combined 15 years after a string of offences at five petrol stations and shops.
Kimberley town councillors were advised to create a ‘neighbourhood plan’ looking at how new houses in the town would benefit the area, and Mary Mason who lives at Giltbrook Care Home turned 106.
A new McDonalds in Langley Mill created 75 new jobs for locals, plans were announced for the new HS2 train to run through Nuthall, five stalwarts resigned from Kimberley Town Council and concerns grew over plans for a £15 sports village to be built on greenbelt land off the A610.
In March, the horse meat scandal hit Ikea in Giltbrook, Eastwood Fire Station was saved from closure after East Midlands Ambulance Service changed its plans, and a ‘staggering’ number of people backed a campaign for a new cinema at the Giltbrook Retail Park. Also that month, Kimberley Town Council was criticised for the amount it spent on a consultancy firm looking at what to do with the town’s chapel.
Moving on in to April, a campaign was launched to fix the pot hole problem in Eastwood, kids and community groups celebrated Easter and ambitious plans to improve the Bennerley Viaduct were unveiled.
Broomhill Lodge at the Kimberley cemetery was sold at auction despite calls for it to be kept by the council, and the Advertiser awarded unsung heroes in our communities for all their hard work.
In May it was announced plans were in the pipeline to scrap the Kimberley pram race and there would be £200,000 improvements to a play park in the town.
Also that month it was revealed East Midlands Ambulance Service had been fined £3.5m after missing its targets for reaching patients quickly, a planning application for 22 houses to be built on the Kimberley Brewery site was accepted and 5,000 counterfeit cigarettes and 1.3kg of illegal tobacco was found at a shop in Eastwoopd by Trading Standards officers.
Burglars stole from war heroes in June after they broke into Eastwood Town Football and stole the help for heroes collection box. The same month a lightening fast teenager, Ryan Gorman, clocked a quicker time than Usain Bolt when he raced at his age, the Advertiser marked the 100th anniversary of DH Lawrence’s popular novel, Sons and Lovers and a £11m Weatherspoons pub was given the go-ahead to be built in Nottingham Road, Eastwood.
At Eastwood Town Council a row broke out about ‘party loyalty’, and the family of Samuel Stopforth who jumped off Bennerly Viaduct said they were still coming to terms with their sons death at his inquest in Derby.
A campaign began after Kimberley Residents Association heard 600 new houses were to be built in the town and a petition was launched to save the new White Bull in Giltbrook from closure.
In July Kimberley student Andrew Etches died after poisoning himself with car fumes.
The campaign to get the tram to Eastwood and Kimberley stepped up a notch after a leading Nottingham city councillor said it was a great idea and the Eastwood Arts Festival got underway with various crafts and events across the town.
Also in July grieving families said they were reduced to tears after discovering dozens of headstones at Nuthall Cemetery were toppled for ‘health and safety’ reasons. A hairdresser from Kimberley cut the hair for the England Cricket team ahead of the Ashes, a 111-year-old church in Newthorpe was knocked down and path wars began in Newthorpe after residents said they were up in arms over a neighbour closing off a gate through a nearby field.
In August residents in Giltbrook expressed their dismay at plans to build 33 houses on public open space in the village and pub regulars at the New White Bull delayed the sale of the pub after making it an ‘asset of the local community’.
Teenagers in Kimberley achieved record-breaking A level results, angry bus passengers hit out at plans to scrap a ‘vital’ service between Eastwood and the Queen’s Medical Centre hospital, four brothers made their plans to walk all the way to Skegness for charity and fears grew about the safety of the buildings being developed at the Kimberley Brewery site.
As September came around it was announced the Kimberley Pram Race would definitely not go ahead in the same form it had done in previous years and the DH Lawrence Festival began.
Later that month Nottinghamshire County Council revealed the severity of its budget cuts and local services braced themselves to be hit by the plans. The remaining planning applications were also submitted to the council to build at the brewery site in Kimberley. At the end of the month a man was charged with growing cannabis after his family home in Kimberley went up in flames and controversy erupted over plans to build a sports village in Nuthall after developers added a leisure centre into the plans.
In October a £2m plan to re-develop the former Eastwood Primary School was unvieled. Rob Bailey said he wanted to build 20 apartments and several bungalows for the elderly, and get the exterior of the building looking back to how it did 100 years ago.
Both Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero and Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry landed key jobs in a cabinet re-shuffle, the Advertiser’s foodbank campaign was launched and the tenth annual Lawrence festival was declared a ‘huge success’.
Staff at Broxtowe Citizen’s Advice Bureau, based in Eastwood, were celebrating after being awarded a lottery grant of £350,000 in November, and Kimberley town council unveiled a plan to give the town’s memorial a facelift.
Prime Minister David Cameron praised the Advertiser’s foodbank campaign.
It was also the month Christmas lights were switched on in both our towns, members of Brinsley Church finally reached their fundraising target of £145,000 to give the building a makeover and super-gran Shirley Butler announced she would be undertaking one more trek to raise money for SCOPE before hanging up her boots.
As we moved on in to December fears grew for the elderly after figures were announced that showed winter deaths had rocketed over the last couple of years.
There was a shopping frenzy at Asda Langley Mill as Black Friday came around and pub regulars at the Gate Inn in Awsworth grew moustaches for Movember.
Nottinghamshire police called for people to hand over their knives in a nationwide knife amnesty in the lead up to Christmas and Brinsley residents said they were worried the plans for 200 new houses in the village would mean them merging with neighbouring Selston and Underwood.