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
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, 7.00pm
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.
CAR PARKING IS STILL A HUGE PROBLEM – CAN NOTHING BE DONE?
These are the words of Attif Nazir, the Hexthorpe Post Master. “The situation is getting worse by the week; grass land is now being used by the workers which has left the land churned up, resembling a farmer’s field. My business sales have fallen on a daily basis by £150 – £200. Other businesses have also had a decline in their sales. I seem that I am a voice that has fallen on deaf ears.”
Attif is concerned for the Hexthorpe community; selfish people from outside, who have no thought for their actions, are causing deep concern for many local people. It is not safe to cross the road. People are unable to park outside their own property.
Attif has contacted our M.P. Rosie Winterton and also our councillor Glyn Jones.
Glyn says “The parked traffic at the lower end of Hexthorpe is horrendous. I have been to visit Wabtec management to try and resolve issues over their employees parking on the surrounding streets. However, Wabtec have told me that their car park is at maximum capacity. Wabtec have issued instructions to their employees not to park illegally or in a manner that causes distress or concern to residents or local businesses. They have worked with SYPTE on public transport travel; introduced a car share scheme; tried unsuccessfully to negotiate a reduced parking rate with nearby car parking providers. Additionally, I am seeking a meeting with Unipart rail. The Council is working hard to try and find alternative parking in Hexthorpe and the surrounding area.”