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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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.”
The Hexthorpe Tenants and Residents Association has held its last meeting. It was decided to close at a meeting held on 22th November. It was felt that it had run its course. Numbers have declined over recent years and it was becoming burdensome for the faithful few to continue. There was a sadness, tempered with a relief, for those present. The TARA has been meeting for some 20 years. It used to be a thriving association, well supported by some local people and also by local councillors and officers. Important local issues have been raised and discussed. The officers both past and present were thanked for their dedicated work, without them there would have been no TARA at all. The funds are to be distributed to local charities as decided by the meeting.
This is an article published in the latest edition of the Hexpress.
If any reader has never been to the theatre, or has not been recently, then a few minutes with Levi Payne would have you down at the booking office at the Cast Theatre straight away. His enthusiasm for his chosen career as an actor and his love for the theatre is infectious.
Levi is a Hexthorpe young man through and through. He was born here in 1992. He attended the Hexthorpe Primary School. Levi says that his time at the school was great; it was such a friendly place. One day the JKL Company came to involve year 6 in drama. He loved it. It was his first introduction to Shakespeare. He moved on to Balby Carr High School (now a Community Academy) where he took part in various productions, such as ‘Our Day Out’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Bugsy Malone’.
My memory of Levi is seeing him regularly going down Old Hexthorpe with his football. They seemed to be never parted and he played to a high standard. However, when he came to his options at school, he had to choose between drama and sport. He chose the former and the rest is history. He took performing arts at GSCE and A Level. Then in 2010 he earned a place at UCL – The University of Central Lancashire, based in Preston. There is a magnificent centre called the Media Factory that has state of the art facilities. It has a high reputation.
Levi says that it was a wonderful experience for him. He learned a lot. ‘I was basically shy, but I developed tremendously over the three years I was there.’ On the successful completion of his course he had to present a ‘Showcase’ to potential agents in Manchester and London. This was somewhat nerve racking, but he was chosen by an agency; he is still with them today. The kind of work he is involved in includes an appearance in an episode of Coronation Street; an engagement by the Crown Court to train prison officers, taking them through various scenarios; an appearance in TV adverts for Vauxhall and Fanta and also ones online.
Levi is also involved in work at the Cast Theatre, Doncaster. One day a member of the JKL group said that she recognised Levi from her visit to Hexthorpe School in 2003. He must have made an impression. She remembered him taking part in a portion of Hamlet. The wheel has gone full circle. Now he is working with them, being involved in shows at the Cast, visiting schools and performing in a version of Macbeth and some comedy scenes from Shakespeare. Levi says that he is learning all the time; he has developed a love for history through the various subject matters of the productions.
It was a pleasure to talk with Levi. He is a very level headed young man. He has an obvious passion for his work. He would love to make a career on the stage. Look out for his name! We should be proud of him; he is proud of his roots. He is an encouragement to us all. DGR