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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

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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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A Month In Pictures!

Loch Etive - Scotland

Loch Etive, Argyll and Bute

Cusworth Music Festival 2013.

Wilko Johnson – Cusworth Music Festival

Doncaster Wheelers Cycle Club Summer Road Race.

Doncaster Wheelers Cycle Club Summer Road Race.

Army Westland Lynx Helicopter

Army Westland Lynx AH.7 XZ608 helicopter

Eurofighter Typhoon

Eurofighter Typhoon multirole jet fighter at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

Funny Business - Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Weston Park Hospital ‘Funny Business’ Contestants.

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle, Argyle and Bute.

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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.”

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The Danum Trophy 2013

Cycling - The Danum Trophy Road Race.

Race winner Ashley Proctor of Bike BoxAlan/Whiston Velo leads on the climb into Cadeby.

This was always known as a hard road mans event, when Martin Maltby Doncaster Wheelers decided to reinstate the race on a new course, it was to carry on the tradition, rolling roads, steep descents, nice climb to split the bunch up, through in a couple of villages and a sharp ninety degree left turn and a recipe for a great event.

The course was rolled out of the headquarters for 10 laps of the undulating course, it wasn’t long before we had a breakaway rider gaining 15 seconds on the peloton,  by the end of lap two, two riders had broken away Ashley Proctor Bike Box alan.co.uk and Chris Fothergill Clay Cross RT these were to get a gap slowly to 1.03 by the end of lap four. The main bunch happy to leave them out there to suffer on their own, but these two worked well together, the peloton got them back to 25 seconds at one point, they were to be joined by James Baille Langsett Cycles and Gareth McInnes Energy Cycles.

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The peloton makes its way along Melton Road.

This was to be the decisive move as the four worked in unison over the South Yorkshire rolling countryside. Two riders tried to bridge the gap Rob Watkinson of the promoting club and Andrew Shaw Out Of The Saddle racing team.

Cycling - The Danum Trophy Road Race.

Local rider Rob Watkinson – Doncaster Wheelers.

With the race being run with the help of the North East NEG outriders the riders could descend in safety around the course and have ample cover. as we started the seventh lap other groups of riders got together to form a break of ten off the main bunch this was brought back. It wasn’t until the final two laps that the attacks came to go for the placings from 7th onwards. The breakaway riders had by this time gained a gap of 2:45 with the chasers a further 1:30 behind.

Cycling - The Danum Trophy Road Race.

The final ‘climb’ on Cadeby Road.

A crowd had gathered in the village of Sprotbrough and the residents came out to cheer the riders on. They weren’t disappointed as the event was won in style by Ashley Proctor gaining him his first class license points, followed by James Baille, from Gareth McInnes and Chris Fothergill. Rob Watkinson led in the two chasers with Andrew Shaw taking a well deserved 6th place.

Cycling - The Danum Trophy Road Race.

Jubilant Ashley Proctor celebrates his narrow victory.

Simon Walmsley, Dirtwheels was to take the sprint for the minor placings from Alex Orrell Turner VS Cycles and Richard Moore Squadra RT.

An excellent Doncaster Wheelers production on a new course, even the rain stayed off, well marshaled and well protected by the motorbike outriders. They are now planning next year Roll on 2014.

 

Report by Julie Rodman

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Thomson Boeing 787-b Dreamliner at Doncaster Airport

Thomson Boeing 787-B Dreamliner

The aircraft on final approach to the airport!

Thomson Boeing 787-B Dreamliner

The airport ‘paparazzi’ welcome the new plane!

Thomson Boeing 787-B Dreamliner

Preparing to land!

Thomson Boeing 787-B Dreamliner

And down!

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The Original Wedding Pranksters………The Hit Squad!

Doncaster Pranksters The Hit Squad

Farm Yard!

Having seen the amusing news article on The Sun website about the Southend ‘Mr Blobby’ house which was painted pink in a revenge wedding prank I thought it time to dig out my selection of images shot mainly in the late 90’s of the original wedding prankster’s, Doncaster’s ‘infamous’ Hit Squad!

Doncaster Pranksters The Hit Squad

Beach!

Through the decade the ‘squad’ turned friends homes into fire stations, farms and beaches whilst the newly weds were away on honeymoon.

Doncaster Pranksters The Hit Squad

The photographer, wife and newspaper!

The story’s and pictures kept the local and national papers going for a number of years and even me, the photographer, didn’t escape their work when myself and wife Clare returned from honeymoon in 1999!

Doncaster Pranksters The Hit Squad

The Hit Squad in action!

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Two in a week from A.V. Roe!

Lancaster Bomber flypast to celebrate the 100th birthday of Eric Clarke.

The Lancaster Bomber over Doncaster Town Centre

A Lancaster Bomber over Doncaster Town centre and The Mansion House to mark the 100th birthday of former World War Two hero Eric Clarke.

Bomber Command veteran Flight Lieutenant Eric Clarke enjoyed a Civic Reception at the Mansion House to mark the milestone birthday.

Ground testing of Vulcan XH558

Preparing the ‘howl’ at Robin Hood.

The Doncaster based Avro Vulcan XH558 undergoes ground and engine testing at Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport  as preparations are made for the 2013 Airshow season.

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The Vikings are coming…….to Sherwood Pines!

Dark Age Vikings return to Sherwood Forest.

Members of local group Conroi de Vey on the Norse street.

Once that would have sent a shiver down the spine, but on the 18 and 19 May 2013 it is an invitation to see history brought back to life when Dark Age Vikings return to Sherwood Forest.

The Forestry Commission and Friends of Thynghowe are hosting a first ever re-enactment weekend when the UK’s leading living history group Regia Anglorum set up a Viking camp in 1,200 hectare Sherwood Pines Forest Park, near Clipstone, Notts.

The historical re-enactors, led by the local group Conroi de Vey, will demonstrate combat, weaving, cooking and crafts and fill the beauty-spot with smells, sights and sounds not seen locally for over 1,000 years.

The region’s Viking story is unfolding at a quickening pace.

The event has been spurred by the discovery of a remarkable Viking site called Thynghowe in the nearby Birklands area of Sherwood Forest.

The amazing mound came to light through the work of local historians and is one of only a handful of such sites to survive in the British Isles. A ‘thyng’ means a meeting place and Thynghowe was used by Viking warrior farmers who gathered to discuss and settle disputes. It featured a court circle with Jurors and a Law Speaker to tell the waiting crowd the verdicts.

Now using a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund the site and surrounding forest has been surveyed from the air using LiDAR (light detection and ranging) which penetrates the trees and measures the height of the ground surface. Features on the ground can be mapped including those that can’t be seen by the naked eye.

Dark Age Vikings return to Sherwood Forest.

Thorfinn Longva and Frithistan at Thynghowe.

It has revealed that a possible Viking street goes directly to Thynghowe, underlining its importance as a gathering place.  Volunteers from the Friends are working to confirm the find on the ground using surveying equipment and GPS devices bought using Lottery funding.

Lynda Mallett, from the Friends, who discovered Thynghowe with husband Stuart Reddish and John Wood, all from Rainworth, said:

“The story is developing and we are excited by how much information we have been able to gather.  Staging the weekend is a way of showing people who the Vikings were, their costumes and culture and their contribution to our heritage, which we increasingly believe was far greater than readily acknowledged. The Danish Vikings left an indelible stamp on Nottinghamshire, so the re-enactment is a timely reminder of their part in our history.”

Viking raids on England became widespread in the 9th century, first for plunder, but then with families settling areas including Sherwood Forest. Ivor the Boneless fought a battle on the site of Nottingham in 846 and land in the forest was granted to 1,500 Viking militia to create homesteads. They developed a unique system of customary law that was later called the Dane-law. Eventually the area was absorbed by the Norman Conquest, but the linguistic history of the county was altered for ever and many local place names are Scandinavian.

Amy Chandler, from the Forestry Commission, added:

“The weekend will put flesh on the bones of the story by showing people the human side of the Vikings and also re-enacting the kind of disputes which would have been settled at Thynghowe.  Regia Anglorum are famous for the authenticity of their living history and Sherwood provides the perfect setting.”

Thynghowe was recorded  on a 17th century map and its earliest mention so far is 1251 in a Sherwood Forest book. It has been placed on English Heritage’s National Monument Record.  More details at www.thynghowe.org.uk

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