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Towcester in the 21st Century
DateEvent Related to Towcester
2000Millennium Town Fete at the Recreation Ground organised by Towcester Rotary Club.
2000The Roll of Honour at St. Lawrence's Church was restored by the Towcester and District Local History Society.
2001Last service held at the Baptist Chapel on Sunday 18th February 2000.
2001First Towcester Farmers' Market held on 10th August 2001.
2001Grandstand at Towcester Racecourse (built in 1929) demolished. Source: 1929 date plaque found during demolition.
2001Towcester Camera Club has inaugural meeting at the Scout Hall on 5th September 2001.
2002Green plaques erected on historic buildings in Towcester by the Towcester and District Local History Society.
2003The first Towcester Midsummer Music Festival event. (June 2003).
2003Fire destroyed the Scout Hall in Baden Powell Crescent. It was rebuilt and reopened in 2004.
2004Launch of Towcester Town Council website at the Library on 27th April 2004.
2004Radstone Technology move from their Water Lane site to their new building on the Old Tiffield Road. The Water Lane site is redeveloped for housing and becomes "Alchester Court".
2005Contents of Easton Neston house auctioned by Sotheby's. (17th-19th May 2005).
2005Lord Hesketh sold Easton Neston house and estate for £15 million to Russian fashion millionaire Leon Max.
2005West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) established.
2006Radstone Technology taken over by GE-Fanuc Embedded Systems, a joint venture between General Electric (USA) and Fanuc Ltd (Japan). (September 2006).
2006Towcester Mill building was bought by South Northamptonshire Council. (1st December 2006).
2007Plans for the expansion of Towcester exhibited for public consultation.
2007Archaeological dig at Bury Mount by Northamptonshire Archaeology. (July-September 2007).
2009The 30 acre (12 hectare) water meadow between Bury Mount and the River Tove (Easton Neston) was acquired by South Northamptonshire Council and the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (30th January 2009). The land had been part of the Easton Neston estate since c.1800. It contains an important Iron Age ritual burial site of the Catuvellauni Tribe.
2009Work starts on the restoration of Bury Mount (Towcester Castle) as part of the Moat Lane Regeneration Project.
2009The Brook Health Centre opens in Swinneyford Road. (June 2009).
2010Official opening to the public of Bury Mount and the Water Meadows by HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO. (12th April 2010).
2010Inaugural meeting of Towcester U3A, University of the Third Age, held at the Town hall attracting 100 people. (26th May 2010).
2010A public Lecture at the Town Hall by Duncan Bythell, organised by Towcester and District Local History Society, to mark the Centenary Year of The Towcester Studio Band. (13th November 2010).
2011South Northamptonshire Council and the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation doubled the area of land near the Water Meadows that was acquired in January 2009. (March 2011).
2014June 2014. Towcester Mill Brewery and Tap Room established at Towcester water mill.
2015April 2015. The Forum, the new Civic Centre at Moat Lane is opened for use by the public. The facilities include the Library and offices for the South Northamptonshire Council (SNC). Subsequently the old SNC offices at Springfields (built in 1982) were demolished, to be replaced by housing.
2016August. The "Tove Long Stay Car Park" fully open with 170 spaces.
2017May 2nd 2017. The "Sawpits Centre" opened by the Mayor of Towcester, Cllr David Tarbun. The centre was the former library, and before that a school.
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