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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“You have read it here first. Perhaps we have a future football star in our community. There are three teams who play under the banner of Hexthorpe United F.C. The boys and young men in the teams come from our own Slovakian community. The inspiration behind the teams is Martin Nestor. Martin has been coaching and encouraging the lads for some 5 years. His enthusiasm is infectious”
This is positive news and Martin deserves our support and encouragement. To read more and see a photograph of some of the players, see the December edition of the Hexpress.
“I remember queues of people from the Dell gates right out onto Urban Road every night. Dozens of trams/trolley buses were laid on to transport all the people. As a child it was a sheer fairyland. On summer weekends hundreds of people visited the park. They strolled around in their Sunday best, sat and listened to the music. Some went rowing or walked on the pathways by the river. Plum Pudding hill was the place to sit and sometime an impromptu jazz session took place. In winter the hill was the place to go sledging. Park keepers patrolled the Dell and woe betide anyone, who walked on the grass, had picnics or rode their bicycles! There were greenhouses behind the Dell House where all the plants and flowers were grown and gardeners who worked full time in the Dell.”
This was someone’s memories of the Flatts. Articles on the past, present and a possible future of the Hexthorpe park are the main feature of the December edition of the Hexpress. To read more see the December edition of the Hexpress.
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.