Sign Up For Oxjam / Tram-a-lam-a-Sing- Song / Pole Tracks

I’m tied up with editing The Beestonian 19 right now, so excuse the brevity of this post. It should be a cracking issue anyhow, with a guest post from Q / Guardian journalist Ali Catterall; a fascinating piece on the lost cinemas of Beeston and loads more. Should be out Saturday. We’re looking to expand to 12 pages for issue 20, so need to take on a few more ads so we can afford it. We’re not-for-profit so it’s a big leap to expand: if you can help I’d hugely grateful. Drop us a line at if you want to be part of our magazine.



Short notice this, but the Oxjam Beeston Takeover are having an event at The Crown from seven to nine tonight, for anyone who fancies volunteering for fundraisers, the event itself, or both. You’ll get to meet the team, hear our very exciting ideas on what we’ll be doing this year, and then maybe sign up. See you in the snug!

If you can’t make it, click here and press like:


My monthly column was in last Friday’s Nottingham Post. I hope you bought it, but if not, you can read it here:


And finally, a huge thank you to The Hop Pole for laying on one of the finest Bank holiday events Beeston has ever seen. In memorial of ‘Mad’ Mick Brookes, it featured ten hours of music, mostly in the glorious sunshine; The Dude beer, brewed exclusively for the event; and a wonderful communal spirit that showed Beeston at it’s best. Cheers to Karen, the Hop Pole landlady, and all the fantastic acts. Mick would have been chuffed.