If you’re reading this, you *probably* live in Beeston (although if you read the rest of this issue, you’ll find that’s not always the case). But, for those of you who live the majority of your life in this town, you’ll no doubt have thoughts and opinions of what you’d like the future of Beeston to hold. After all, this is the place we call home, it’s pretty important.
So if you’re a budding blogger, willing writer and far-sighted futurist as well as a proud Beestonian, you could see your name in print as part of a competition to write the next chapter in the rich history of Beeston.
To celebrate their 120th anniversary, the family owned, family run business CP Walker & Son commissioned local historian and writer David Hallam to help them to tell and celebrate the story of Beeston over the period 1896-2016. The book is organised with chapters covering each decade from the 1890s to the 2010s. Now, having chartered the history of Beeston, Rex and Dan Walker have created this competition to look at how the town might develop in the 2020s.
As Rex explains, “We are keen supporters of community projects and initiatives that benefit the local population. Our book charts the ups and indeed the downs that Beeston has faced during its history. However, we then thought, what happens next? We were chatting about the future of the town with the various developments going on and realised there’s a whole new chapter to write, perhaps even a couple. Who better to write them than local people like us who love their town? That’s where the competition idea came from.”
He continues: “Lots of people make New Year Resolutions to start writing or to rekindle their hobby, but getting published is too often out of reach. This a chance for people to share their ideas and their love for Beeston and to start a debate that will play a part in forming the next chapter of our town’s tale, perhaps even the next century.”
If reading this has got your brain stirring with thoughts of what the future could hold or how you could implement your brilliant vision on the town, and you’re just itching to get writing, then here’s what you need to know before you put pen to paper:
The competition is open to anyone with three age categories: Primary School, Secondary school and 16 plus.
There’s no word limit per se, but you’re advised to try and stick to around 1000 words maximum if possible.
Try and look to the future with a positive outlook, write something to stir the imagination and get people thinking about what comes next and how it can happen (We’re not talking pipe dreams here!)
Entries will be judged by an independent panel of local people, chaired by Rex Walker and featuring Editor in Chief of The Beestonian Matt Turpin, Phillipa Dytham-Double from Double Image Photography and David Hallam, author of ‘The Story of Beeston’.
This is a fantastic opportunity, so once you’ve extracted all the inspiration possible from reading the rest of this issue, get your future-thinking in gear, because you never know what it might lead to. Good luck, Beestonians!
Save a space in your diary for the 27th May and come down to Beeston’s premier High Road Hustle on Chilwell Road for an eclectic mix of delicious street food and live music.
You’ll be met with a wide range of delectables, such as the Eastern flavours of Deckard’s boas, as well as the wonderful Yim Thai stall, and authentic Korean cuisine from A Taste of Korea. The Chef’s Cottage are equipping their stall with their menu’s unique fusion of Caribbean and Thai dishes. Dubbing Good Food will be there to provide high-flavour healthy meals, including veggie and vegan options, and Pick’s Organic Farm will be showing off their farm-fresh local produce. Cakes and pastries will be offered by Mumma G’s Bakery, and The Nice Lolly Company’s funky home-made ice-lollies can satiate your sweet tooth.
The Berliner’s George told me that ‘I wanted to bring a street food festival to the High Road as I believe Beeston could benefit massively from something that happens annually in the summer. I hope that this draws people from all over Nottingham and puts Beeston on the map as a fun and happening place. We have good bars and places to drink.’
This is clear by the amount of bars and restaurants that are getting involved with the festival, such as The Berliner, Totally Tapped, The Frustrated Chef, The Bar, Milano Express, The Hop Pole and The Chequers, all of which will be hosting their own entertainment during the festivities.
From 3pm to 10pm The Berliner will be presenting live music of multiple genres, from the acoustic music of George Gadd, to The Ramshackle Boys’ rock covers, all tastes are catered for. More information about their entertainments can be found on their Facebook page.
What’s more is that The Berliner have teamed up with Southern Comfort and Deckards to give away a free day at the High Road Hustle. With four Southern Comfort cocktails and some free SoCo merchandise, as well as four mouth-watering baos from Deckards up for grabs.
We’ve come over all poetic. And no, that doesn’t mean this entire issue is written in verse. Instead, we’re eager to find a poem befitting of Beeston.
This month we are launching our very own poetry award, Buzzword: a poem for Beeston, in a bid to discover some hidden talent and quality poetry.
We know you’re out there, and it doesn’t matter whether you’ve never written a poem before in your life, if you can express your thoughts/memories/insights/feelings about Beeston in something resembling poetry, then you’re in with a shot.
And don’t worry, it doesn’t even have to rhyme. Take your time, think it through. The right words will surely make their way to you…
This isn’t just a competition for competition’s sake either, you could win £100 (or £50 if you’re under 16), an actual trophy to show off to your friends and family, your poem will form part of an anthology and you’ll be a published poet!
So what’s the catch? Well, there isn’t one. You don’t even have to live in Beeston! As long as the limerick/haiku/sonnet/epic etc. relates to Beeston in some way, it will qualify. You can submit more than one entry if you find yourself overcome by the urge to write…and it won’t cost you a penny because it’s free to enter.
We’ve got some star judges lined up to cast their eager eyes over each entry, and trust me, they’re just as excited as we are.
Our lovely writers here have also had a go at writing their own Beeston poems to provide some inspiration (by way of being terrible), and you can find them here with more details about the award.
Have a peek then take up your pens, readers, and write us a poem (or two)!
Here’s all you need to know before taking up your pen/pencil/keyboard/quill:
The winner will win £100, a trophy, inclusion in an anthology and much more.
Under 16s will win £50 as well as the other stuff. Judging alongside our editor Christian Fox will be a panel of professional poets:
• Tommy Farmyard, organiser of Hockley Hustle and Nottingham Poetry Festival
• Jenny Swann, co-owner of Candlestick Press
• Alan Baker, editor of the poetry publisher Leafe Press
It is free to enter, and you can send as many poems in as you like.
The winners will be announced on National Poetry Day (28 September) at a special event.
HOW TO ENTER:
Email your entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or alternatively, send it to: The Beestonian, 145 Meadow Lane, Beeston, Notts, NG9 5AJ
Submitted poems consent to future publication in The Beestonian. Please state name, contact details and if under 16 to ensure entry into correct competition.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: THURSDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
Our poems to get you thinking:
The home I’ve always known,
the place that’s changed almost
as much as I’ve grown:
sufficient to make a difference,
but not enough
to lose its touch. Jade Moore
Here’s an Oxjam stage with an artiste on;
Station platform, has no arriviste on;
There’s the parish church aisle with a priest on
And a playground with kids just released on –
What a sight here for our eyes to feast on! Colin Tucker
I like Beeston,
I like the bees.
Last weekend I burnt my knees.
I wasn’t wearing any sun cream,
and now I can’t wear shorts.
Because it’s embarrassing. Dan Cullen
Beeston, it’s never about bees,
Nor is it ever about Dan’s knees.
Lots of places for beer,
Pottle to the weir.
Though don’t get me started on Breeze. Darren Kirkbride