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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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.
There was good music, good weather and good food at the second Hexfest held recently. There was a morning coffee concert given by the Kenwood-Reasbeck Duo – oboe and piano. This was followed by a lunchtime concert given by Aires and Gracenotes a trio from Leeds. Both concerts were of excellent quality. Of equal excellence was the lunch, supplied by Angie’s Cafe.
All day music was provided at the Dell Cafe. The cafe was busy all day – thanks are given to Janet and her assistants. There was variety of music, including folk singing, popular music on the saxophone, a jazz duo, gypsy music by Gypsy Martin, popular classics on the piano/violin and also piano solos by the talented sisters, Clara and Carmen.
The day was sandwiched between two events at the Junction. On the Friday night there was celebration and on the Saturday evening there was a young people’s event in the Junction yard.
All the events were well attended. Plans are already being made for next year. It is hoped to extend the scope of Hexfest, building on the experience and success of the first two. New venues and local talent will be searched for.
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.”