Ee bah gum what’s all this fuss about cycling coming to Doncaster

Sprotbrough Village - Tour de Yorkshire 2016

John Tanner pictured with ‘Yorkshireman’ Paul Hall, proprietor of Sprotbrough Country Club and Whippet Tigger. ©shaunflanneryphotography.com

Olympic and commonwealth games cyclist, John Tanner who lives in Sprotbrough helps get festivities underway for the Tour De Yorkshire

The Tour De Yorkshire will come through Doncaster on the 30th of April and the residents of Sprotbrough, where the race will go directly through are getting the festivities underway with the help of Olympic and commonwealth games cyclist John Tanner.

The competition route, which has now been changed thanks to residents in Sprotbrough village will now see the race go down main street through the heart of the village, down boat lane, through the falls and on up to Warmsworth.

John was ecstatic to see the route would now include Sprotbrough:

 “ Its great that the route will now come straight through Sprotbrough, there are some fantastic roads for sprints and the hairpin bends will be a great addition for the competition. It will make the race overall more exciting. Ii just wish I was a bit younger so I could compete”

After seeing on the Tour De Yorkshire website that the route would miss out the heart of the village Residents sprung in to action contacting the event organisers putting their case forward for why the route would be better to come through the village.

Paul Hall, the owner of Sprotbrough Country Club was one of the residents who spearheaded the efforts:

“Sprotbrough is a great village with a great community spirit. I couldn’t believe the race was going to pass us by. Now the route has been changed we will be holding a huge community gala on Main Street and New Lane Park for residents and visitors. There will be live bands, entertainment, stalls, food and drinks”

The Race will arrive in Sprotbrough at around 12.30/1 for the womens race and will see the men arrive at around 3.30/4 with the times to be confirmed.

Words: James Ascroft

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HRH Prince Edward opens the National Civil War Centre

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HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex

HRH The Earl of Wessex will officially opens the National Civil War Centre in the restored Old Magnus Building and handle Nottinghamshire’s very own crown jewel.

The centre created by Newark and Sherwood District Council is the first in the UK telling the complete story of the deadly 17th century British Civil Wars when crown and parliament clashed. 

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HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, pictured with Michael Constantine, Centre Manager

HRH will tour the galleries and see how the Grade II* building – which dates to 1529 – was rescued as part of the £5.4m project. 

He will also inspect a majestic golden 2,000 year old Iron Age necklace – or Torc – found near Newark and now on public display, before unveiling a plaque in the Tudor Hall to mark the occasion.

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HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex

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The Only Way Is Up!

 

Brief: Construction site progress photography.

The client suggested there might be a great view and unique angle for my photography from the tower crane at the new Haribo factory site at Castleford. I was given the option to ‘climb’ or not to climb!

Was I daft or did I just fancy a thrill?

Wates Construction - Haribo UK - Castleford.

Looking a little sheepish!

Well why not? So I strapped the GoPro to my helmet and went for it, not sure I made the right decision but made it back safe and well.

And yes, It was a great view!

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Open All Hours Christmas Special 2013

Open All Hours 2013

Nurse Gladys Emmanuel shows no sympathy for Granville

Open All Hours 2013

Sir David gets an helping hand.

Open All Hours 2013

Granville showing off his new wheels!

Open All Hours 2013

Staying warm! Actors Lynda Baron and James Baxter.

Open All Hours 2013

Actor James Baxter

Open All Hours 2013

Nurse Gladys Emmanuel

Open All Hours 2013

Actor and Comedian Johnny Vegas.

Open All Hours 2013

Writer Roy Clarke outside Arkwright Store.

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The Kiwis @doncasterdome

The New Zealand Rugby League team take ‘time out’ from their World Cup preparation to enjoy the water slide at Doncaster Dome.

The Kiwis - Doncaster Dome

Water Fun! Manu Vatuvei and Alex Glenn.

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FARRRS – Journey starts for transformational road scheme

FARRRS Start - DMBC

Mayor Ros Jones on site at Rossington.

One of the biggest transformational projects in Doncaster’s history has officially started.

Representatives from the public and private sector partners who have helped the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) get to this stage celebrated by breaking the ground on this route to jobs and growth.

This council led regeneration project is a true public-private partnership. It has backing from the private sector partners Harworth Estates, the Peel Group and Verdion, the Government through the Regional Growth Fund and is supported regionally by the Growing Places Fund and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Doncaster Chamber has also supported the project.

The new link from Junction 3 of the M18 will be instrumental in supporting growth and the expansion of services at Robin Hood Airport run by the Peel Group and provide the necessary road infrastructure for Harworth Estates to build 1,200 homes on the former Rossington Colliery site and Verdion, formerly Helios Europe, to build an innovative rail freight interchange called iPort also in Rossington.

This private sector inward investment will deliver thousands of new jobs and homes and provide a huge boost to the local and regional economy.

As well as cutting journey times and easing congestion for those travelling to the south of Doncaster, FARRRS will help transform the village of Rossington.

Welcoming the news, Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “FARRRS is one of the most significant infrastructure projects in the UK and will deliver a raft of economic benefits for the borough and the Sheffield City Region.

“This transformational scheme will be a catalyst for unprecedented growth in and around the airport and in Rossington itself. It helps to lever in substantial levels of inward investment which in turns delivers thousands of new jobs and homes for local people to benefit from. Regeneration on this scale is rare and all our public and private sector partners deserve tremendous credit for making this long held ambition for a new link road a reality. This is a momentous day for the town.”

Peter Nears, Strategic Planning Director at Peel said, “The announcement of the commencement of the FARRRS scheme is great news for not only Robin Hood Airport and associated Business Park but also for Doncaster as a whole.  FARRRS unlocks the potential in the area for new development creating much needed new jobs and housing.  Peel is committed to playing our part in the success of the area and are pleased to be able to support Doncaster Council in the delivery of this important project.”

Steve Gill, Doncaster Sheffield Airport Managing Director added, “This road can’t come soon enough. From day one the council understood the strategic importance of this road to the region and how it can help the airport realise its potential and so we are delighted to see work commence. The delivery of this much needed infrastructure will truly place the airport at the heart of the region, helping to position Doncaster Sheffield Airport as the natural airport of choice for passengers and freight operators.”

Michael Hughes, Chief Executive Officer at Verdion, said: ““We are pleased to be key stakeholders in the FARRRS project. This is the start of major regeneration and investment in the Doncaster and Sheffield region which will create thousands of local jobs. iPort will provide vital intermodal freight transport infrastructure for the North East attracting important international companies to the area.”

Owen Michaelson, Chief Executive at Harworth Estates, said: “The FARRRS project is an excellent example of private developers and the public sector working effectively together to deliver a road which will unlock the employment and housing land required to drive forward Doncaster’s regeneration.”

James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This ground-breaking ceremony marks the start of an important new link road, which will create hundreds of new jobs and bring millions of pounds of investment to the Sheffield City Region.

“The Doncaster Sheffield Airport link road will greatly improve the City Region’s connections with its national and international markets, as well as opening up a substantial amount of new land to investors and developers.

“Since it was formed in 2010, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has given this project and the airport its full support and the commencement of the road shows what can achieved when private and public sector partners work together.”

Andrew McKenna, President of Doncaster Chamber, said: “It is excellent news for all businesses in the Sheffield City Region that work on the FARRRS link road is now starting.  When the Chamber got behind the critical bid to leverage Regional Growth Fund monies to support this scheme we were blown away by the amount of private sector enthusiasm and endorsement for the scheme.  Unlocking this growth corridor and improving access to the airport will be a significant game changer for the region.  The importance of this scheme cannot be overstated and, additionally, hot on the heels of the Civic and Cultural Quarter and White Rose Way, the road will provide another physical manifestation of Doncaster’s on going regeneration.”

The nearly three mile stretch of road will include a dual carriageway from the M18 towards Rossington to support the Inland Port. The link will continue as a single carriageway to the A638 at Parrot’s Corner and a direct connection will be provided into Rossington.

Raised embankments will be used for most of the link road using reclaimed fill material from the former colliery spoil tips, while several structures will be built including crossings over the Brancliffe to Kirk Sandall (BKS) railway line and the East Coast Main Line.

Carillion has been appointed as the main contractor for the scheme which will become fully operational in early 2016.

Andy Brown, Operations Director for Carillion, said: “Carillion is delighted to have been awarded this contract and we look forward to working with Doncaster Council and other stakeholders to deliver this scheme. We are especially pleased to be providing, not only much needed infrastructure, but also a scheme that unlocks so much potential for development and growth in the area.”

Further information is available at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/FARRRS

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Team Sky Ben Swift helps celebrate 20 years of trade at DVC

Ben Swift - Team Sky - Don Valley Cycles

Team Sky cyclist Ben Swift with Martin in the shops new race bike showroom.

Don Valley Cycles is celebrating its 20th year in business this year, They have been serving cyclists needs from the same business premises at 10 Chequer Road during the whole 20 year period.

Owner Martin Maltby said the early days were quite tough, starting business in the middle of a recession was quite daunting but keeping positive and knowing the cycle trade very well after working for 5 years for a national cycle supplier set him in good stead .He also knows the sport of cycle racing very well as he has represented Great Britain both at junior and senior level on numerous occasions  highlighted by being selected to compete in the Junior World Championships in Casablanca, Morocco in 1986.

Martin has seen a major increase of cycling and cycle sales in the last few years with the recent success of the Olympic cycling team in London and Sir Bradley Wiggins victory in the 2012 Tour de France. Due to the popularity, Don Valley Cycles in conjunction with Doncaster Wheelers cycling club run a novice ride on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month which is proving very popular on a stepping stone for riders to increase their cycling knowledge and to progress through the Doncaster Wheelers club runs.

As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, Don Valley Cycles are organising a series of cycle road races with the 1st one being in conjunction with the sprotborough scouts fun run on the 23rd of June at Sprotborough called the Danum Trophy road race where anyone can come to see the spectacle of a cycle race. Also in the summer staff and some regular customers are taking on the challenge to cycle from Doncaster to London in a day covering approximately 200 miles.

Later in the year we will also be having an evening meal at the Earl of Doncaster hotel with Doncaster Wheelers cycling club members who have been sponsored by Don Valley Cycles for a number of years.

Martin is definitely looking forward to the next 20 years and eats, sleeps and breathes cycling. “I was a cyclist long before I started Don Valley Cycles and will be for a long time after having just returned from a cycle tour by flying to Berlin with his bike he has just cycled back over 6 days covering 650 miles back to Doncaster.

“All the staff who work in the shop are also very experienced cyclists so if its knowledge and advice you need from a cycle shop we are the ones to try. We have a very busy workshop and service and repair all makes of bikes. Our speciality is the custom build market of racing bikes using the best brands and components to satisfy the customer’s requirements. We spend time and pay attention to detail by making sure the bike fits the customer perfectly. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and word of mouth is our main business promotional tool.”

Contact:  Martin Maltby, Don Valley Cycles

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