Continuum Beeston/ The Star is Rising / Issue 24 of The Beestonian…is GO!/ Jim ‘Beeston’s Pete Seegar’ Dunn goes viral…

Readers of the Beeston Express would have caught the latest edition’s  story: ‘Continuum, Beeston…’, which explained where the Beeston New Deal initiative goes from here. If you missed it, then I’ll fill you in: tomorrow I will be meeting with Sheila, editor of The Beeston Express, and a hand-picked group of local experts including Beeston BID, Beeston’s town centre manager, Beeston Civic Society and others to examine and evaluate the huge amount of good ideas sent over since the meeting. The intention is to get the best ideas put into practise, pushing them directly onto the people who can make them happen.

We’re named this ‘Continuum Beeston’, and Sheila has taken the reins. These won’t be public meetings, more a steering group to get stuff done. Anything I get sent though, whether in the comments here, on Facebook, email or approaching me in the pub will be represented by myself at the forthcoming meetings.

I’ve already expressed my pleasant surprise at the avalanche of idea I’ve received, and apologise that I have only been able to reply to a small fraction of these: I assure you though, if you’ve sent something in, I’ve read it. If you’ve approached me in the pub however, I might have forgot it depending on the amount of booze that followed.

So this is really just a last call for ideas, and a promise from myself that I will go to tomorrow’s meeting with a high degree of intent to get stuff pushed through. This is a real chance to get the people who can affect change in this town, who hold the purse strings, who understand the way planning works, who understand the civic fabric, and let them know that we, as Beestonians want.

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Some interesting new businesses are coming here on their own accord, I’m happy to announce. The Star will be reopening in spring, designed and ran by the team behind the phenomenally successful Horse and Jockey, Stapleford, which has now won Pub of the Year with Notts CAMRA two years running. It looks like live music could be strong part of it’s reopening, which means that we now have a staggeringly impressive amount of venues showing off how creatively wonderful we are. I’m going along to see what to expect in a few days: I’ll report back my thoughts.

I also here that the long-lamented Library restaurant is returning under a new guise, a French restaurant called ‘Table 8’. Again, more as I get it.

Not a new business, but The Bean coffee bar, one of Beeston’s most successful independents, as gone through a total refit and is now reopened. Although it’s a bit confusing to adopt to the new things in there: newspapers on wooden poles? The milk jug moved to a different place? Toasties being served? Change. The older I get, the scarier it becomes.

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Issue 24 of The Beestonian is out at last! Or will be when I collect it once I’ve finished writing this. It’s been a bastard to get to print due to me being ill, my assistant being ill, then, just as it went to print, our printer getting ill. If you fancy a gawp from the comfort of your own home/workplace (tut) then it’s online and resplendent here:

http://issuu.com/thebeestonian/docs/the_beestonian_issue_24_2014

I’ve also just found I have a bunch of Beestonian t-shirts in stock, so if you fancy an utterly unique (well, one of 50) bit of local apparel then drop me a line and I’ll get one over. Free delivery in NG9!

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And finally, local folk-legend Jim Dunn got in touch with me earlier this week wondering if I could shed a light on why a video he made some time ago, where he sings a paean to our town’s main pedestrian through-fare, seemed to be getting loads of hits. It’s been online for ages, attracting a few hits here and there, but recently seems to have gone viral, picking up 3,000 hits in a matter of days. Seems afer we posted it on our FB site  ( join here! It’s updated more often than here) it’s been picked up on a few other sites and as such, become a local hit. Have a gander below: