Bucks Herald review of 2015: October to December

October: EDL march in Aylesbury
October: EDL march in Aylesbury

We take a look back at some of the stories and people making the news in Aylesbury Vale during the last part of 2015.

OCTOBER

November: Muscle man Carlos Barradas with gym owner Tony Montalbano

November: Muscle man Carlos Barradas with gym owner Tony Montalbano

Members of the anti-Islam English Defence League marched through Aylesbury. It passed without major trouble and was much smaller than their 2010 visit.

Former Aylesbury Vale District Council leader John Cartwright died, aged 75. Mr Cartwright was responsible for the Waterside Theatre, Waitrose and AVDC’s Gateway offices.

Postal services were temporarily suspended in Whaddon Chase, Aylesbury, after a dog attacked the postman three times. Service has since resumed following discussions with the dog’s owner.

Plans for a huge ‘aquatic sports leisure park’ were presented to council chiefs. The park, which would be on land off the A418, would boast a swimming pool, new home for Aylesbury United, club and a golf course.

December: Gemma Shaw with partner Steve Adams and daughter Hope

December: Gemma Shaw with partner Steve Adams and daughter Hope

NOVEMBER

Factory worker Carlos Barradas won the national bodybuilding championships – thirteen years after first trying.

Champion jockey Pat Eddery, who lived in Nether Winchendon, died aged 63.

A councillor broke new ground after becoming the first serving mayor of Aylesbury to get married while in office. Allison Harrison and her partner of 13 years Martin Farrow enjoyed a ‘celebrant ceremony’ at the Judges Lodgings.

Bucks County Council bosses placed a moratorium on spending after fears it could go £10m over budget and be placed in a ‘catastrophic’ financial situation. Cost-cutting actions included the postponement of ‘some routine repairs and improvement projects’ on roads.

DECEMBER

The community rallied behind a family whose home was destroyed by fire. Thousands of pounds worth of supplies were donated and many hours of support offered.

Former Mayor of Aylesbury Tom Hunter-Watts resigned from the Conservative Party over air strikes in Syria.

Star Wars fan Anthony Edmonds, 33, who had never appeared as an extra before, got the thrill of his life by getting to be in new film, The Force Awakens.

A dodgy mackerel smoking machine caused a fire which destroyed a storage building at the Long Dog pub.