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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There is funding available through the SEE Project that various voluntary and community groups have been awarded in the last twelve months.
There is a grant of £250 available for anyone interested in starting a new group or continuing the work of an already established group. For those that can provide a sustainable activity can apply for funding up to £500.
Residents from Mutual Street and Salisbury Road have recently been awarded SEE Project funding and will continue the upkeep of their local area with the use of hanging baskets, flowers and seeds that have been planted during spring time.
Sharky’s group will plant bulbs and flowers following the removal of shrubbery in the Mutual Street area by volunteers, where they hope to commemorate the group’s founding member Paul Sharp.
The Junction have also had several groups involved including a board game group, arts and crafts and more recently the 25th anniversary celebrations.
Please get in contact with your local stronger community officers if the funding is something you may be interested in applying for. The group should aim to promote community engagement and cohesion among residents and one that is available to all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
There has been a new development in the saga of the former Plant Works site. Countryside PLC are proposing to build a total of 665 houses, including a mix of 2-4 bedroom dwellings.
A letter has been delivered to houses close to the site informing them of what is proposed. The draft proposal consists of 665 housing including a mix of 2-4 bedroom dwellings. The development also includes an expansive proposed area of public open space within the western portion of the site, as well as smaller areas of new open space within the development itself. Access to the site will be taken from the existing access points on Flowitt Street and Eden Grove. The letter says,”We would like to invite residents and interested parties to attend a public exhibition, which will allow you to view the plans and proposals and discuss the scheme with Countryside. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and leave written comments on the proposals. The comments will inform the preparation of the final plans for the site and we hope that you are able to provide your thoughts.’”
The consultation will be held at Hexthorpe Parish Hall (St Jude’s), on Wednesday 19th June between 2.00pm – 6.30pm.
Heritage Doncaster is challenging residents of Hexthorpe to try to learn a new skill in an afternoon. They have joined forces with local experts to teach new traditional skills, including traditional baking, woodturning, textiles and stone masonry..
Heritage Doncaster is made up of three museums – the Doncaster Museum, Doncaster Archives and the Local History Library. The workshops will take place at Travis Gardens Community Hall on Mondays in June from 12 until 4 pm. Each session includes a demonstration and the chance to give it a go yourself. Tickets are limited. Tickets are £5 or £2 for DN4 residents. They can be obtained from: 01302 737339.
Please look at Events for details of all the sessions.