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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This is the third year that the HEXFEST has been held. This year there are more venues and it is being held over four days rather than one.
Click on an event for more information.
Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Thursday, 5 July 2018
Friday, 6 July 2018
Saturday 7 July 2018
- Coffee Concert 10.30am
- Lunchtime Concert 12.00pm
- All day music at the Dell Cafe 10.30am – 4.00pm
- Gypsy Gospel Music 6.30pm
- For Young People 7.00pm
Entry to all the events is free; usually there will be a charge for any food and drinks.
Last updated 9 June 2018 10.00am
Here is a statement issued by the South Yorkshire Police on the problem of parking in Hexthorpe
“Parking in Hexthorpe on Flowitt Street and Hexthorpe Road has seemed to improve since the Double Yellow lines going down on each junction and the use of the single yellow line in front of the grassed area, also the small car park next to the Post Office going to one hour parking only. This area has been a concern to local residents of Hexthorpe for some time. Since the changes in the last couple of weeks, tickets issued by Kingdom and Hexthorpe PCSO’s are below:
- 26 Parking Tickets issued on Flowitt Street
- 12 Parking Tickets issued in the small car park.
Parking patrols will continue to take place.”
Brian Shenton, a sprinter, came to public attention in 1950 when he represented Great Britain at the European Championships. He was described as the ‘boy from nowhere’. However, we know differently, because he was one of our own boys. There must be old readers who remember seeing him run at one of the many athletics meetings held at Eden Grove.
Born in 1927 from a working class background, Brian was a member of The Doncaster Plant works Athletic Club. The club was based at Eden Grove, Hexthorpe. He was just one of several international stars the club produced. Shenton’s crowning achievement was gaining the gold medal at the 1950 European Athletics Championship in Brussels in the men’s 200 metres, in a time of 21.5 seconds. He was the first Briton to win a major sprint title. He was part of the British team that first topped the medal table with a medal count that would not be matched for a further 40 years.
Representing England he won the silver medal at the 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland, New Zealand in the 4×110 yard relay and won an individual silver medal in the 220 yard dash at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada.
See the current issue of the Hexpress for more details.