The Hexpress is a community newspaper for the people of Hexthorpe in Doncaster. It is published four times a year and delivered free to every household. It acts as a forum for issues that concern the community, gives relevant information and highlights good news. The first Hexpress was issued in August 1989. It has appeared regularly ever since. It was first published by the Hexthorpe Methodist Church, then the Hexthorpe Quality of Life Group and now jointly with the Hexthorpe Primary School’s Hexfiles.
Hexthorpe is a community of some 4,000 people. It is situated a short walk away from Doncaster town centre. It has a very long and proud history. It is listed in the Domesday Book in 1085 as ‘Estorp’ – Doncaster did not even get a mention! Eight hundred and fifty two years later the Mallard, built in Hexthorpe, broke the world speed record for a steam engine.
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Brian Shenton, a sprinter, came to public attention in 1950 when he represented Great Britain at the European Championships. He was described as the ‘boy from nowhere’. However, we know differently, because he was one of our own boys. There must be old readers who remember seeing him run at one of the many athletics meetings held at Eden Grove.
Born in 1927 from a working class background, Brian was a member of The Doncaster Plant works Athletic Club. The club was based at Eden Grove, Hexthorpe. He was just one of several international stars the club produced. Shenton’s crowning achievement was gaining the gold medal at the 1950 European Athletics Championship in Brussels in the men’s 200 metres, in a time of 21.5 seconds. He was the first Briton to win a major sprint title. He was part of the British team that first topped the medal table with a medal count that would not be matched for a further 40 years.
Representing England he won the silver medal at the 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland, New Zealand in the 4×110 yard relay and won an individual silver medal in the 220 yard dash at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada.
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In the last issue we highlighted The Flatts and the Dell. ThIs provoked one of the largest number of comments and responses that we have ever had. Therefore we suggest that now is the time to move forward to attempt to bring new life back to the park. One group of Hexthorpe ladies have already taken action. Look at the article in the March 2018 issue of the Hexpress to read of their initiative.
It is a fairly regular occurrence for visitors from considerable distances to call in at the Dell Café. They have come back to revisit their old haunts. Only a few days ago a gentleman from Australia walked around the park. He lived here some 30 years ago and soon was lost in his memories. He stood gazing up at a tree, thinking of the number of times he and his friends had climbed it! He was so carried away that a passer-by asked him if he was alright! However, he was so disappointed with the down-at-heel general state of the park and in particular the Dell. Being from Australia, he expressed himself quite forcibly.
A copy of our last issue was sent to the Mayor of Doncaster. Subsequently we have held a meeting with Neil Marshall, Stronger Community Coordinator – who is a very supportive. It was decided to make an appeal for anyone who has a real concern for the park to form a working group. The group will meet with Neil and discuss a possible way forward. If you are such a person and are willing to attend such a meeting then please let us know.
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It was announced at the recent PACT meeting that the sale of the Woodford land – the old Plant Works site – could go through this year. It is hoped that the construction of the new houses will begin within the next six months. We shall give more details of this as they are announced.