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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It began as a bi-monthly publication, free to every household in Hexthorpe, in 1989. It has continued throughout the years until now.
The full issue can be read here.
Several messages of congratulations have been received:
- Glyn Jones (Hexthorpe & Balby North Councillor
- “Having represented Hexthorpe for over 18 years I know and highly value the positive contribution that the Hexpress has brought to the community of Hexthorpe, reporting on many rich and diverse issues that Hexthorpe has had over the years. The editorial staff and everyone involved with the Hexpress have consistently shown their deep rooted constructive optimism for the future and continue to do so, offering both praise and occasional criticism where required. I eagerly await future editions!”
- Ros Jones Mayor of Doncaster
- “Many congratulations to everyone involved in Hexpress on producing this 100th edition. What a fantastic achievement. Hexpress really is a great asset for our community, keeping local people informed about what is happening in and around Hexthorpe. I know it is highly valued and appreciated by local residents. Well done to everyone who has contributed to making it such a success. Here’s to the next 100 editions!”
- Dame Rosie Winterton M.P. for Doncaster Central
- “I am delighted to congratulate all at the Hexpress on their 100th edition. The Hexpress plays a vital role in keeping the people of Hexthorpe informed about local news and local activities. I know how hard local organisations are working in the Hexthorpe area to build a cohesive, caring community. The Hexpress epitomises that spirit of working together.”
It begins on the evening of Friday 7th July with a Junction celebration, this includes participatory gospel music.
The main programme is on Saturday 8th July.
ALL THE MUSIC IS FREE
Details of Hexfest are listed below:
Friday 7th July
Celebration at the Junction, 6.30pm
Saturday 8th July
Coffee Concert at The King’s Cross Church, 10.30am
A concert given by the Kenwood-Reasbeck Duo:
- Elizabeth Kenwood, Oboe and Cor Anglais
- Peter Reasbeck, Piano
Coffee served before and following this concert
Lunchtime Concert at the King’s Cross Church, 12.00pm
A concert ‘Nature’s Delight’ given by Aires & Gracenotes:
- Rachel van Heel, soprano
- Dawn Lloyd, mezzo soprano
- Howard Clinkard, tenor
- Peter Reasbeck, Piano
All Day music at the Dell Cafe from 10.30am
Including: Folk – Jazz – Instrumental – Slovakian – Classical
Delicious food and drinks served all day.
For Young People at the Junction, 7.00 to 9.00pm
Live Music – Testimony – Chill
Art and Local History Exhibitions at the King’s Cross Church
The 100th edition of the Hexpress will be available at the venues
It only seems like yesterday that the Dell Cafe was opened. It was a splendid use of an old derelict, eyesore of a building. It has built up a very good reputation with local people and also many from further afield. It has been an asset to the life of the community. Janet, along with her assistant Liz, has made it a very welcoming place. On a lovely sunny day there can be no more attractive place to sip your coffee or tea than on the verandah overlooking the bowling green and the Dell beyond.
They are holding a special day on Saturday 24th June to celebrate three years since opening. In addition to the usual facilities there will be numerous stalls on the green to browse around.