Hurrah for High Summer! We have a heatwave underway, a British Wimbledon winner, the Ashes down the road at Trent Bridge and tomorrow is the wonderful Beeston Carnival. Even better, The Beestonian and Oxjam are joining forces to bring you a stall, some music and some surprises. You lucky, lucky people.

Over to Heather, Oxjam Beeston head-honcho:

Oxjam Beeston have teamed up with the national project ‘Our Big Gig’ and local charity Mindset to support the institution that is the Beeston Carnival. On Saturday 13th July there will be a wealth of entertainment in Beeston showcasing lots and lots of local talent.
There’ll be some cracking music in Broadgate Park from 1.30pm, including Samzee, The Meerkats, Emma Bladen Jones, Difference Being and Calm Man Band, 
Excitingly there will also be an OxJam Music Workshop in the lower field at Broadgate  – its a real chance to have a go at making music with local celebrity musicians!!! They’re targeted at kids or adults and will take place at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm. Musicians also welcome to join the Jam session – it will be a blast!
We’ll also have an Oxjam / Beestonian stall so come and say hello!!!
Full programme can be found here:


Come a long and sign up to volunteer for the main event / fundraisers, throw a few coins into our bucket and enjot the music: poor Emma Bladon Jones will be playing FOUR gigs that day (she’ll be down the Crown in the evening) and as Beeston’s hottest new talent (with Joe Barber, who shes actually collaberating with right now) you’ll thank me for reminding you to see her.

We’ll also be selling the utterly exclusive The Beestonian t-shirts; these are strictly limited edition, with a great design from our perennial illustrator, Lottie (Queen of all things feline). Printed both back and front, they’ll be the most fashionable thing to come out of Beeston since Sir Paul Smith set up shop.

Want one? Preorder on our Facebook page, and we’ll do our best to ensure you get one. They are a snip at £7.50. Unable to make it? We’ll send one over for a tenner (to cover P+P). Overseas? Drop me a line at and we’ll sort something out for you.

Right, I’m off to erect a marquee in the searing heat: look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.