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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At a recent Pact Meeting it was announced that action is to be taken regarding the parking problem in Hexthorpe. This problem was highlighted in the last issue of the Hexpress.There is now an agreement that double yellow lines will be painted on Urban Road from the Junction with Hexthorpe Road up to the car park at the back of Mutual Street. This will not happen overnight! It could take months before it has been through the proper channels. However, this is a step forward.
UPDATE 3: Renovations Completed
“The cost of the work is £2,275 and we have received a grant from WMT for which we are grateful. There will be a slight increase in costs for further stonework. As the Memorial belongs to the People of Hexthorpe and as it was built from public subscription the PCC are asking parishioners in Hexthorpe to make up the shortfall of £1,000. We are hoping to raise this by donations.
For this purpose the Vicar and Churchwardens and the PCC members held a gift day on Saturday 27th October 2018. If you missed this, then you can still donate by leaving your gift at the church.”
Steve Berry, Parochial Church Council Secretary
The church council of St Jude’s Church has been given permission to refurbish the war memorial in the churchyard. The names of the local people who were killed in both world wars are to be highlighted in gold leaf. It has taken 18 months for the go ahead to be given. It is a very appropriate time to do this as 2018 marks the ending of the First World War.
The members of the Parish Council are to be congratulated in taking this initiative. The bulk of the cost is to come from a grant from the War Memorials Trust. However, local people are most welcome to make donations.
UPDATE 3: Footpath repairs completed
The footpaths in the park have been not only a disgrace but also highly dangerous. They have given the appearance of a neglected park. They have provided a hazard for anyone in a wheel chair, pushing prams or just walking. Hopefully, this is the first step in the regeneration of the Flatts.
Resurfacing work will begin in 11 parks on footpaths described as being in a ‘very poor’ condition. Among these parks are Elmfield Park £88,000, Adwick Park £36,000, Warmsworth Park £14,000 and Sandall Park £11,000 and Westfield Park £3,000.
We understand that £51,000 has been paid out by the Council in personal injuries claims. A spokesperson said, ’The Council has a duty of care to all of the users at these sites.’