The Commonwealth of Beeston

The Commonwealth of Beeston This is our Commonwealth Who really owns Beeston? Some might argue that ultimately it’s the Queen (via the Crown Estates) because technically speaking she owns any Commonwealth land that she reigns over, which might make her the biggest landowner on the planet. But at...

University of Beestonia

Augar-ing down into the world of Higher Education On my return from a University of Beestonia sabbatical I find HE in the national headlines, in May sandwiched somewhere between Farage and Trump (don’t dwell on that imagery too much) Dr Auger and his colleagues...

Barton’s Bus of Bricks

Barton’s Bus of Bricks It’s been around a year since local lad Ewan Cooper revealed the Lego model of everyone’s favourite local shop – Fred Hallams – which he constructed with his father John. Now the lad and dad team have produced another brick-based bit of local interest, a classic...

Creative Beeston: Word on the Street Art

Creative Beeston: Word on the Street Art You can’t help noticing the wealth of gigantic artwork that sprung up around Beeston last summer. Most striking of all perhaps are the trio of famous Beestonians, Edwin Starr, Richard Beckinsale and Sir Paul Smith gazing down on you from the twenty-three feet high...

ABC Art Trail: A festival of creativity

ABC Art Trail: A festival of creativity One of the highlights of the year is back! That’s right, on the first weekend of June, the ABC Art Trail will be winding its way again around the roads, streets and avenues of Attenborough, Beeston and Chilwell and this year it is even bigger than before. If you have...

The Yorkshireman Speaks #12

This month the Yorkshireman looks at how children are an inspiration Pablo Picasso famously said, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” We recently went on a family holiday and I’m using the term “holiday” loosely. There...

Reassuringly Hurt’s

On one of Beeston’s oldest businesses It’s a day when things could get steamy in Broxtowe. 10℃ over the average for February, and the MP has just resigned from her party while claiming the right to stay on as our representative at Westminster. Maybe it’s a good...

Motherhood: Spring

‘Spring is sprung, the grass is ris, I wonder where the birdies is’. My Dad used to recite that line to me when I was a child, and if I replace ‘birdies’ with ‘pinot grigio’ you have exactly my sentiments about the approaching warmer weather. I’m a big fan of a pub...

I Am Beeston: Marie-Louise Denham – Sales Negotiator

“I was born in Beeston and went to Beeston Manor and Alderman White Schools. When I left school I went to work in an estate agency; then in 2006 I moved to a local optician. I’m now back working in an estate agency. This time its Robert Ellis.” “There are lots of...

Sand Martins

Sand Martins The latest from Attenborough Nature Reserve Aristotle once said; ‘one swallow does not a summer make’ and with this is mind, we perhaps shouldn’t get too excited about the news of a single sand martin spotted at Attenborough Nature Reserve on the 12th March – two...