Welcome Doughnotts!

by Amy Victoria Gathercole

Beeston is about to get “proper freshly baked doughnuts”
Welcome Doughnotts!

Yet another new, fun and entrepreneurial business is moving into Beeston this October in the old Thorntons shop!

In our printed edition we told you that Doughnotts would be moving in under The Arc cinema, it is all change! As the Doughnotts team have updated their plans… “Due to ongoing setbacks, rising costs of materials and availability of tradesman etc we have made the hard decision to look for a smaller store in Beeston. Thankfully we’ve been pretty lucky that the Thorntons on the high street became available and after negations we’re pleased to say we’ve got the keys and work has begun behind the scenes on our counter, neons etc for a planned Halloween opening! “

We’re thrilled to be welcoming Doughnotts into our thriving and growing town and even have a competition launching on our website (www.beestonian.com) around the time they open their doors so do keep an eye out online.

When asked why Beeston was the newest location to serve their oh so tasty Doughnuts doughnuts, one of the founders Wade Smith (29) waxed lyrical about Beeston being “… a vibrant and up-and-coming town – with such a friendly community atmosphere”.

You may know that Doughnotts are no strangers to Beeston, as they’ve been providing freshly baked delicious goods to our community on their pitch at the Farmers Market for a while now.

Wade shared:

“We’ve had a stall at the farmers’ market there for a couple of years and the welcome we’ve had has been amazing. There’s been nothing but positivity from the people of the town and when we found out this development was happening we knew it was somewhere we wanted to be.”

This will be Doughnotts’ fourth location and their new flagship store. They also cater for many types of events and offer a delivery service in England, Scotland and Wales with the intent to be offering the same service in Europe come Christmas this year and soon after, next day delivery to New York!!!

Doughnotts are a company that have been ambitious since they started back in 2015. When the business began in Clifton, with locals Megan and Wade who decided to start making and selling doughnuts with just £10, a wok and a mother’s kitchen in order to pay for a holiday. Talk about a success story!

A few months later they had their own micro-bakery, stocking cafes and bars around Nottingham and attending food fairs which led to them opening their very first shop in Nottingham in 2016. Fast forward to 2021 and with the help of a growing team of dedicated and hardworking staff, DoughNotts is soon to have 4 stores and a multitude of wholesalers spanning the Midlands.

What can Beeston residents expect?

  • A range of hand-made Doughnuts including vegan options and fresh coffee from another Nottingham business, 200 Degrees.

  • There’ll be a selection of indoor & outdoor seating and a grab and go area for those catching buses or trams

  • A welcoming feel like they have established in their other stores in Lincoln, Leicester and Nottingham city centre.

This new central Beeston location will be bringing the same friendly atmosphere, with seating inside and out and will be equipped with sockets etc. So if you fancy working away from the home office for a break or just grabbing a treat on the go, with the longer opening hours of 8am – 8pm planned, they’ve got you covered!

The magic of making the doughnuts, testing and experimenting with flavours and fresh baking happens in their 5000-foot bakery in NG2. This is where on a day-to-day basis, they make between 2000 to 3000 doughnuts, on average. This large number is distributed between fulfilling the needs that the shops sell, wholesale suppliers, deliveries, events and weddings. They really have it all going on.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming them to Beeston. How excited are you? Have you tasted a Doughnotts doughnut before?

Doughnotts is looking for Store managers, key holders, baristas and team members for the new store, full time and part time positions available. If you’re interested, please send a cover letter and CV to jobs@doughnottsofficial.com and don’t forget to make it fun!

To keep up with the announcements and sneak peeks of how the new shop is shaping up then join their enormous and growing social media following at

Instagram – @doughnotts_official
Facebook – www.facebook.com/Doughnotts
Website – www.facebook.com/Doughnotts


Beeston welcomes The Arc Cinema!

After many months where giant screens and sound systems were closed around the globe, as seats remained
empty, the film industry like many other industries made many changes to survive. Thankfully none of these changes stopped The Arc Cinema in our beloved Beeston from being built and opening its doors last month.

What have you missed the most? The epic big screens and surround sound that soundbars/speakers and even professional home audio set-ups just cannot provide? The feeling of sharing an experience with a room full of strangers in a darkened and magical space as the lights go down? Someone else making your much-loved popcorn? Or just being transported away for a couple of hours of immersion where no one can disturb you as you sink back in your chair to be entertained and turn off your phone?

For me, it’s all of the above and now with The Arc Cinema being only a 10min walk away, I’m very excited to get a new ‘church’. A cinema to me is honestly a place of worship, or appreciation and of faith. It's the place I learn, laugh and feel alive as I watch hundreds of stories a year unfold in front of me. For me, it’s all of the above and I’m very excited to get a new place and plan to escape regularly.

For those who don’t know me, I’m a true cinephile I’ve been going to the cinema, (or the pictures as my family fondly refer to it) multiple times a month since I was about 5. Not being able to go during the pandemic has honestly been one of the most difficult parts of lockdown for me. I’ve had a paid job as a film critic who used to get to run around London attending press junkets, seeing preview screenings in secret cinema rooms all over the big smoke (the best straight out of uni job!). For 7 years I even owned and managed the smallest cinema in the world (yes, really!) – Screen 22 in Nottingham town centre. So for someone who’s literally lived above a cinema having 8 brand spanking new glorious screens of mystery, full of new stories to be told and shared so close to my house is the dream.

The interior of The Arc is tasteful, classy and harks back to what cinemas used to look like, with bright stylised lighting and plush carpets, with the oh-so-familiar but missed smell of popcorn wafting through your nose as you enter. There’s a bit of a seating area for pre- and post-film drinks too and the place is, in a word, slick.

The Arc contains 700 luxury leather electric reclining seats in total and boasts laser digital projection and Dolby Digital 7.1 sound in 6 of its 8 screens. For the non-technical amongst you, that’s the most up to date way to view your cinematic content. The other two specialist screens are Hypersense, which use 4k laser projection and giant (14m) wall-to-wall screens, which in short means maximum impact and precision. Those seats are extremely comfortable and there’s a lot of legroom available!

Did you know that Nottingham once had over 100 cinemas? Back in times where going out to the flicks was an event that people dressed up for, smoked through and were seen at. In the days when cinemas showed
newsreels and not trailers, and there were double feature matinees for children of a Saturday afternoon.

The film heritage of Beeston is strong, beginning back as far as the early 1900s, when Waller Jeffs came to town with his travelling show. This included one of the first times that the general public could view film as a form of entertainment, with his shows performances attracting significant sized crowds daily. In 1907 a local Greengrocer, Henry Peberdy set up the Cozydrome and later Kozy Kinema, which were accessed down the alleyway which still exists next to Greggs, where punters were said to have paid pennies to sit on wooden benches and watch as the projector was hand-cranked and oil lamps provided the light. Sounds utterly magical to me.

A love of cinema continued in Beeston with many options available for fans to enjoy. Two larger cinemas of note were situated where Iceland and the Co-Op now stand. Others that older readers or the families of may recall taking trips to include:

  • The Palace Cinema – 1913 – 1960 
  • The Palladium – 1914 – 1959
  • The Astoria – 1936 – 1975 
  • The Majestic/Essoldo- 1938 – 1968

Over more recent years film nights and screenings have been run in Cafe Roya which used to host ‘The Beestonian Film Club,’ The Berliner has been known to host film nights and of course, the ol’ Barton bus depot, or The Garage as we now know it, event built a mini-cinema with authentically restored seats showing classics throughout the year. Now we welcome our new purpose-built cinema, Arc Cinema.

We now live in a world where some film studios will offer you the chance to watch a film at home for more than the cost of a cinema ticket, on the same day it’s released in cinemas. Some film studios are making deals where films are screened for as little as 17 days in a cinema before they can be streamed online and at home and moves are being made that will change the industry forever, changes that cinemas have tried to fight for decades. Is there a place for everyone in this new model?

Time will tell, but the highly desired new addition to Beeston is certainly proving popular and will hopefully be here for many years to come.

At The Arc there are plenty of discounts available keeping our visits to the pictures on the more affordable side; including:

● Meerkat Movies on Tuesday and Wednesday – giving you 2-4-1 tickets on all films,
● Kids club screenings for anyone attending at £3.50 a ticket on weekends and in school holidays
● Off-peak pricing before 5pm in the week,
● Family discounts and parent and baby friendly screenings too

Local resident and new cinema manager Caroline said:

“Myself and my team are delighted with the response from the people of Beeston in coming out in our first week to support us. Opening on a bank holiday weekend and into half-term week meant so many local people got to see what we have to offer, and we have seen many people returning already.

I am so pleased with the fantastic reviews and feedback we have received in the first week and I really do look forward to continuing to build on that success. Thank you for welcoming us!”


To find out more about Beeston’s new entertainment and be a part of their online community-

To see showings and make bookings visit their website – https://beeston.arccinema.co.uk

For the love of scrubs: meet the team

Following on from Amy Victoria Gathercole’s article, Find out more about those involved in For the Love of Scrubs…


The lady in charge of fundraising and fabric!

Why did you get involved?

“I saw a message from a lady on the main FTLOS page that said she was 73 and in the first lockdown group. She felt utterly useless to society and helpless. Making scrubs had given her purpose and a place to be useful. I’m doing it for people that use and are using sewing as their escape from a strange time, a chance to feel useful, keep their mental health in check, contributing to a terrible situation that they can’t control. This is something that they can do something about.

“Also for those that aren’t in the NHS (weirdly) that find themselves redeployed in care situations with no protection or training doing tough jobs that are taking them out of their comfort zone.”


Our secret weapon and NHS and frontline liaison.

Why did you get involved?

“When I joined, I had the cheeky hope I could make a few scrubs and try to spot them in the wild when I next went to the hospital. Bizarre. Then when I connected with my fellow volunteers, I could feel the drive to help and to actually DO something from the cage their homes had become. I could connect to that feeling. It made sense and helping everyone to feel motivated and empowered is its own reward. Seeing and hearing the smiles and relief in frontline workers voices when I speak with them, well I feel privileged to be doing
what I’m doing”.


Handles the press, manages the Facebook group and files (Oh and occasionally gets time to sew…)

Why did I get involved?

“I saw a post online and became involved in the national
movement that was started by an NHS nurse (Ashleigh Linsdell in Lincolnshire) because I felt inspired.

This is a time where people are stepping up and supporting their communities in so many ways. I’m very creative, I love to sew, make many of my own clothes and knew that in joining this movement, I could put my skills and my time to good use. The three of us organising this effort locally are proud to help and support with the Facebook group, fundraising promotions and organising all of the offers of help that are flooding in. We’re just thrilled to be able to help and truly make a difference and let so many others work together on this community effort to support our local heroes. I am really enjoying seeing so many strangers come together & contribute their time & skills for such a worthy cause.”

Katie Williamson and sewing machine.

“Meet Sally Singer, she’s about 115 years old and sewn uniforms through WW I and WW II, so it seems only fitting that she’s now helped through the war on coronavirus too! Her bobbin reel is made of a bullet casing!

Before I got her 10 years ago, she was owned by several generations of seamstresses in one family. Truly amazing, I’m honoured every time I sew with her.”

Andie Welsher – Ilkeston

“I work in Hospitality, or at least I used to! Being laid off with no money and plenty of time on my hands and having taught sewing to adults and children for 10 years I knew I needed to help the only way I could by sewing scrubs. I spent my last £70 on fabric and set to it. Our NHS needs us and I’m happy to be there for them in my own little way.”


Barbara Miller – The Meadows

“I owe the NHS so much. They looked after me in isolation for over 3 months and saving my (hideously infected) right foot. They also patiently dressed the leg ulcer for over 2 years. During this virus crisis, the Yarncraft Group I’ve run for many years is on furlough. I was hoping to find a way to support the NHS which didn’t require money (I’m on Benefits!) and I’m so happy to think I can help in my own little way. The people in this group are amazing – so generous with time, materials and effort. It’s also really lovely when the NHS people who receive the kit post their photos.”

Georgia James – Beeston

“I’m two and a half months away from graduation and three and a half months away from starting work in the hospital itself. Waiting when I could be helping is frustrating as heck since I’ve done pretty much all the learning (waiting for final exams now), so this is my way of contributing in the interim.”




Joy Taylor – Bestwood

“After seeing someone else’s Facebook post I thought I’d give making scrub bags a go. I haven’t really sewed properly since having children and I miss having a hobby for myself. It’s been great to have some time to myself during the lockdown, where I can guilt-free have space from 3 kids to do something for myself and for others. Double win!”

Sarah Morris – Nuthall

“Making the patient/relative hearts is particularly important to me. As a nurse, the aim is to save a life, but if that isn’t possible it is to make someone’s death as peaceful as possible. This virus is taking away the ability for staff to do this with families not being able to be present.

If having a small heart token takes away some of that pain it’s a tiny part I can play.”

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How our local community is sewing up a storm

Currently, our world has been thrown into unrecognisable turmoil, chaos and panic. We are all feeling like we are living in a sci-fi film or ya know, just Groundhog Day on repeat. Many are struggling to cope, nearly everyone that you speak to (at a social distance or via a video chat in this new world of connectivity) has found a way to help and this looks very different for everyone. For some, it’s signing up to the NHS helper scheme, some are walking their neighbour’s dogs and others are running community WhatsApp and text groups. For me, I’m co-running the Nottinghamshire chapter of a national initiative called For the Love of Scrubs with two wonderful women who until a week ago I didn’t know. Who says meeting strangers online is always a bad idea?

As a child, I grew up with Grandparents who always told me to “look for the helpers and try to be one”. So, rather than sit about and be or feel useless during the lockdown, a band of 900 people (and growing) have formed a community (effectively a mini-army to be honest), of people who are sewing, distributing, helping and supporting those making much-needed scrubs and other vital PPE for the NHS and frontline keyworkers.

The moment that the country realised there were not enough scrubs to supply the frontline, any seamstress and sewing enthusiast with access to sewing machines and a fabric stash took up the call to arms and started becoming home based manufacturers. Unite all of those wonderful people together and you have a movement who can do a lot of good and we are! In the space of a week, the Nottingham chapter of the national movement called For the Love of Scrubs have raised nearly £4,000 and a Facebook community group is thriving, with people joining to donate buttons from their mother’s tins that were in the loft to offering their small business’s services to help make mass amounts of laundry bags.

The group was set up by three ladies ( Emma, Amy and Aaliya) who would you believe it, originally only volunteered to sew up 3 pairs of scrubs each…and now the group has 900+ members of people all wanting to do similar. It’s a pretty amazing place online, full of fun characters and conversations and so much knowledge and support. There are people from all walks of life; from professional wedding dressmakers and pattern cutters and tailors to members of the W.I. and other similar organisations, through to school children who are involved. The youngest members are children helping mum, through to 92!

To date over 650 sets of scrubs have been sewn up around Nottinghamshire by volunteers and a local factory even opened up to offer a hand and they are starting to be delivered to doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and to specialist COVID 19 units who also now need them. As well as several hundred laundry bags to prevent possible contamination to workers scrubs and uniforms and headbands with buttons on, as well as what are now known as ear savers to help protect the ears of those how having to wear masks constantly.

It’s an incredible feat and I thought that the best way to share with you and why this is so important, (as it’s helping people so much) was to ask the community themselves. People from all over the county have joined the community and volunteered their time for a large variety of reasons; from helping their mental health to wanting to make new friends whilst their craft groups aren’t running for the foreseeable future. Meet some of them and the team here.

If you can share and care please tell people about our story or if you can donate to the cause please do. If you’re in need of scrubs please contact us at ftlosnottinghamshire@gmail.com

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