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.
More about Hexthorpe
Parking restrictions are to be introduced in the Hexthorpe Road area. Notices have appeared giving details. Parking is to be restricted to one hour on both sides of a length of Hexthorpe Road. Restrictions will also be in place on Flowitt Street and the adjoining car park
The parking problem has worsened in recent months. The green off Hexthorpe Road has been fenced off to prevent cars parking there. However, this has just meant that they are parked on grass further down the road.
It is hoped that this action will alleviate the problem that shop keepers are facing when there is no place for customers to park. Also it will make the area a safer place for pedestrians and car drivers.
The old hall behind The King’s Cross Church has been totally refurbished. It is now a multi-purpose building. The architect was given the brief to –
1 Keep the main features of the 19th century building, while updating the structure.
2 Make it compatible with the new church building.
3 Make the hall adaptable for sports and also for meetings, including worship.
This has been achieved. There is an open day on Saturday November 4th from 1.30 p.m. All are invited to view the new facility. Look out for announcements of future activities there.
We are indebted to George Hiley, who not only designs the Hexpress but also has established, designed and now maintains this website. He does all this in memory of his mother in law, Dora Hargrave, who was a Hexthorpe resident and died just after her 100th birthday. A tribute to her can be found in the Hexpress Issue 93.
George has successfully completed putting all the issues of the Hexpress online. They can be found by clicking on ‘view past issues’. It is intriguing to read through them. They make a valuable resource for examining the news and issues that concerned us over the last 28 years. It has taken George many hours to do this; he called it “a labour of love”. We are grateful to him.
We have been unable to locate Issue number 87 of the Hexpress. If there is anyone who has a copy of this, we would be grateful if you would contact us. We would like to make a copy of it. We will of course return the original. We know that there are some people who have kept all the back issues. If you can help, please contact us through the contact details on this website, or as shown in a copy of the Hexpress.