Oxjam Beestonia Takeover.


Two posts in two days? Why Lord Beestonia, you spoil us! I certainly do, but this ones a bit special and I want you to all have a read and then…well, you’ll see.

Next month, Beeston will come part of what will be Britain’s biggest festival of 2011, when pubs, bars and other venues host the Oxjam Beeston Takeover. Yep, they’ve chosen as, not the City Centre, not West Bridgford, but Beeston. Why? Because we are stuffed full of good venues, good talent and people like YOU who fancy doing your bit for charity by stumbling between venues with a wristband on your arm and a belly full of beer (other refreshments are available to people with less of a thirst than myself).

The programme runs thus:

Beeston Town Centre:
12.00 until 5.30pm – Live music until 5.30pm – free entry
Venues throughout Beeston including The Crown, Belle & Jerome, The Commercial Inn, Flying Goose.
Chilwell High Road – Ticket / Wristband only entry. Tickets £5 all proceeds to Oxfam.
2pm until 5pm – Comedy Latinos Restaurant
5pm until 7pm – Poetry & Spoken word
The Gallery, Barton House
7pm until close – Live Music at: The Hop Pole,Chequers Inn, The Bar, Barton House.

And a special treat for you: attend the 5-7pm event at Barton House and you’ll see me in the flesh, compering and very likely looking like a rumpled rabbit in the headlights. I’ve been promised I’ll be introducing some very excellent talent, so you can ignore my bits and enjoy the scenery.


I attended a sneak preview of one of the bands at a recent press launch at Barton House, the rather excellent duo Miss600, who played a short set that was oddly familiar: if you’ve listened to BBC Radio 2 lately you’ll know why. There latest single was A-Listed and Chris Evans is such a fan he interviewed the lead singer not long before I had a chat with her. They are going to be huge, an they are just one band playing.Heres what to expect:


A word about Barton House too: despite attending college across the road from it (many, many years ago); and chasing our esteemed MP into its offices on occasion, I never realised what a staggering incredible space it is. Attendees of the recent Heritage Day would have had a taste of its huge interior and backdrop of ancient, yet remarkably preserved buses from Barton’s long history. The ones from the seventies and eighties even went as far as inducing a mild Proustian rush from me, albeit one that evoked memories of trips to Bramcote baths on red tarten seats. Simon Barton is a very genial chap too, even if he told me off for not updating Beestonia enough.

I know a fair few local politicians read this blog, so I’d like to appeal to them to help me get the word out in your newsletters, and throw your support behind it. Better still, attend. Theres less mud and better food than Glastonbury.

More details can be found here:


and keep updated on Facebook by going here:



And we’ll finish with a little bit of politics. This evening I recieved official confirmation from Steve Carr that he had resigned the Lib Dem whip as:

I can no longer support a partnership with Labour that includes councillors who I consider very left-wing.

I have not resigned from the party and I remain part of the LibDem group at County Hall albeit as an Independent Social Democrat
(I am not allowed to call myself an Independent LibDem)

More on this later, but it seems there could be some tumultous times ahead for Broxtowe Borough Council….


3 thoughts on “Oxjam Beestonia Takeover.

  1. kathz says:

    I wonder if you would mind letting people know about the Chilwell Arts Theatre: lots of good things there but no publicity budget (plus after effects from a flood at the school which destroyed the photocopier). After last Friday’s screening of Sicko I volunteered to set up a Facebook page which is here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Chilwell-Arts-Theatre/146643355434976 and I hear there will be a new website soon. In the meantime, people interested in finding out what’s going on a Chilwell Arts Theatre (in the school next to the Olympia) could “like” the Facebook page and read the programme of forthcoming events.

    Thanks – and I hope you don’t mind my trespassing on your excellent and entertaining blog.

    • beestonia says:

      Absolutely, I saw a few people on Friday who attended the last showing and will pop down myself: let me know the details beforehand and I’ll promote you here and, space permitting, in The Beestonian.

  2. kathz says:

    I’m not sure of the best way to contact you but the next screening at Chilwell Arts Theatre is on next Friday. It’s the 1969 film Oh What a Lovely War. Doors open at 7 and the screening starts at 7.30. Tickets are £5 (concessions £4). It can be found as a Facebook event at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120039758106392 and it would be helpful if local people could use this – or any other means – to advertise it. Thanks very much.

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