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 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 2pm – 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.
The front page of the Hexpress of February 1999 had a photograph of a young couple Paul and Bindi Dhaliwal standing on the doorstep of their new business here in Hexthorpe. It is 20 years on and they don’t look a year older! They had been married in October of the previous year and by November had bought the shop. The family hailed from South Shields in the north east of England, but Paul and Bindi soon settled here.
Bindi says, ‘I love living here in South Yorkshire; people have been very welcoming. Through the shop, we have met many of the old traditional families of Hexthorpe. There are not as many now, but it is still lovely to meet those who I knew as children now coming in with their own young families. In recent years Hexthorpe increasingly has become a much more diverse community.’