At the end of 2005 Didcot was on a high - the Orchard Centre had opened during the summer (thanks to SODC's planning and funding) and Didcot Town had won the FA Vase.
After years in the doldrums, what could be done to help keep the positive momentum going?
Encouraged by Alison Adams and Di Chesterman, key people in the town came together and, with the help of our MP, Ed Vaizey, formed a new organisation 'Didcot First' with the aim of promoting Didcot Positivelt, to itself and to others. The official launch was on 17th November 2006 and in May 2007 Didcot First became a not-for-profit organisation and a Company Limited by Guarantee.
We have had year-on-year funding from many of the major businesses in the area, who each provide a Director for our Board. David Pryor has been Chair from the start, and the day-to-day work is currently carried out by David Bates and Emma East, with the help of volunteers.