What's on at Cask Corner Dive Bar?

Cask-8468Have mid-week blues? Or perhaps feeling fresh on a Friday? Cask Corner Dive Bar is the perfect choice for entertainment during the week.
James Taplin will be your host for the evening, offering support, advice and some of his great music, it’s a chance for all  budding young/old musicians to come and share your music with punters at Cask Corner. We have a full PA and sound guy, Mic, Keyboard and Drum kit and a tiny maraca-just bring your guitars or whatever other instrument you play and have a jam.
A brilliant quiz and fabulous music from DJ Cevin Moore. This quiz is not for the faint hearted but it’s only 50p per person to enter and the prizes are in drinks, so what’s not to love?
Every Friday various bands take to the stage. The perfect way to shake of the stress of the week!

The Night of the Three Ian’s Expect a Mixture of Poetry, Story and Humour Hosted by Steve Ely

There are some truly wonderful events happening at the Ted Hughes Project in Mexborough this month and we recommend The Night of The Three Ian’s, expect world class poets that will inspire you with a mixture of poetry, story telling and humour.
Here’s who is on the line-up for Friday 24th of June…
7:00pm Ian Parks 
Described by Chiron Review as ‘the finest love poet of his generation’, Parks was born in 1959 in Mexborough. The son of a miner, Parks grew up during the declining years of the industry – something which was to have a profound effect on his later work. He was made a Hawthornden Fellow in 1991 and was awarded a Travelling Fellowship to the USA in 1994, spending most of his year in New England. He has taught creative writing at the universities of Sheffield, Hull, Oxford and Leeds. Ian currently lives in Mexborough where he nurtures local aspiring talent through his creative writing group Read to Write.
8:00pm Ian Clayton
An acclaimed British writer and broadcaster, Clayton has edited and authored more than forty books and broadcast on TV and radio. He has run education workshops from infant schools to universities, working regularly with musicians on opera and music theatre projects. He has worked across Europe as well as China and the United States.
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9:00pm  Ian McMillan
Poet, journalist, playwright, and broadcaster. McMillan is known for his strong and distinctive Barnsley-area accent and his characteristic manner of speech. He lives in Darfield, the town of his birth. To Fold the Evening Star: New & Selected Poems was published this year and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Join us on Friday from 6.30pm at Mexborough business Centre aka Mexborough Grammar School.

This event is ticketed £6/£3
For more inform please see…
Ted Hughes Project

9 Reasons To Visit Tramlines – the UK’s Biggest Inner-City Music Festival

When Tramlines Festival returns for its eighth edition  from 22 – 24 July, taking over a plethora of venues and outdoors stages across Sheffield, it will fly the flag once again as the UK’s largest inner-city music festival. But how does it attract a whopping 100,000 music-lovers every year? In short, the answer is more than just great music…

  1. It turns a city into a festival. Impressive, huh? Tramlines takes the reins on four outdoor stages and 15 venues across the city-centre and beyond, creating one enormously lively festival. The fringe activity is countless, though, with music pouring from all types of venues; even the butchers, bakers, and, erm, candlestick-makers put on a party. Tramlines spans alternative warehouse spaces such as Hope Works, the stunning Cathedral, independent music venues including the Leadmill and The Harley, as well the city’s parks, with the beautiful forest glade in Endcliffe Park home to the Tramlines Folk Forest Stage.tramlinestramlines church
  2. It’s got an inner-city location with greenfield vibes. Catching international headline acts alongside breaking talent at the newly increased 17,500-capacity Main Stage on Ponderosa Park offers up guaranteed greenfield festival vibes. If it weren’t for the rising tower blocks surrounding the park, you could easily forget you were in the centre of the city.
  3. There’s no mud and no camping. Admittedly, the two largest stages – the Main Stage and the Devonshire Green Stage – are both on city parks so, technically, mud can get underfoot. However, Sheffield’s concrete jungle makes up the majority of the vast festival site, so there’s not an ankle-deep mud trench in sight. And if the thought alone of camping for three days leaves you aching for a shower, Tramlines is the ideal festival; stay in one of the city’s many hotels or book an Airbnb and return fresh as a daisy each day.
  4. There’s something to discover around every corner. Weird and wonderful street theatre fills Barkers Pool, while the Peace Gardens offers up break-dancing battles and spray-can art. There’s also a brand new hand-picked film programme at Showroom Cinema this year featuring  ‘Suede: Night Thoughts’ followed by a Q&A with the band among the highlights. There are even arts and craft for the kids in (free) family friendly areas like Weston Park.
  5. You can party all day and all night. From 6pm on Friday 22 July until 4am on Monday 25 July, consider the party in full swing. Start with the outdoor stages and bands by day, and then move onto the clubs, warehouses and after-parties at night for a banging electronic programme.  And probably book Monday off work…

    1. It’s one of the best value festival tickets around. A full weekend ticket costs just £42 + bf. You only have to look at the talent on offer to know that this is a reyt good deal.
    2. Expect proper musical diversity. R&B to psych-rock, reggae to grime, techno to folk and hip-hop to afrobeat… Variety is the spice of life, after all. The 2016 lineup includes Jurassic 5, Kelis, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Marika Hackman, Mystery Jets, Dawn Penn, Crazy P Soundsystem, Moon Duo, David Rodigan, The Dandy Warhols, Public Service Broadcasting, Steve Davis (DJ), All We Are, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Mica Levi (DJ), Dizzee Rascal, Gwenno, Gaz Coombes, Little Simz, Norman Jay MBE, Goldie, Toddla T, Paranoid London Live, Randall, Big Narstie, Floorplan and Footsie on a bill of over 250 artists.


    3. There’s an enormous bill of breaking talent. Tramlines has a long history of showcasing breaking acts before they hit the big time. Blossoms, Toddla T, The XX, George Ezra, Charli XCX, alt-J and Nao are just a few of the artists who’ve gone on from early shows at the festival to bag chart-topping singles and sell-out shows. With over half of the lineup made up of emerging artists, it’s the perfect place to discover your new favourite act, with this year’s tips including reggae upstart Kiko Bun, highly acclaimed UK rapper Little Simz, fast rising Sheffield MC Coco, Welsh language alt-rock from Gwenno and garage-pop from Inheaven.
      1. It does good food. It might sound like a simple thing to achieve, but the reality is we’ve all eaten a festival burger that tastes like a flip-flop. Highlights at Tramlines include the gooey Twisted Burger Company; Proove Pizza’s wood-fired Napolitan pizzas; Jamaican jerk chicken and curried mutton from Caribbean Fusion; and this summer’s healthy treat, Fro by Jo, coconut-based frozen yoghurt with superfood toppings. food onefood twoTo check out the full lineup for Tramlines 2016, visit www.tramlines.org.uk
Gin tasting evening at Cadeby Speakeasy

Gin tasting main photoA Speakeasy, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, was an illicit establishment that sold alcoholic beverages during the US prohibition era of the 1920’s & 30’s.
The Cadeby Speakeasy Club will be commemorating these iconic times by inviting admirers of quality spirits, craft beers and fine wines to a serious of tasting events.

”Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.’

The tasting events are organised in association with the brand ambassadors from Plymouth and Beefeater- who shall be offering an insight into mother’s ruin.
The ticket price of £15.00 includes five gins with cheese to accompany the final gin of the evening, Plymouth Sloe Gin.
To compliment the event the Cadeby Speakeasy Club are recommending one of their sharing platters to accompany the tasting experience.  If this is of interest these can be pre-ordered. Please bring to staff’s attention upon booking or to your server on arrival.
The gin tasting evening will be held on Wednesday 15th June, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Please note that places are limited. Early booking is recommended.
To book at The Cadeby Pub & Restaurant call on 01709 864009 or go to www.cadebyinn.com
The Speakeasy

Today!!! Doncaster Goes to War: would YOU join the First World War army?
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If the world was at war, would you join the Army? On Saturday 4 June, families visiting Doncaster town centre will be asked to make up their minds during a free event, ‘Doncaster Goes to War’ that turns the clock back to 1916, a landmark year in the First World War when – for the first time in British history – the government was forced to call up Doncaster’s men to fight for king and country.

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Based on real-life events, families will be able to step back 100 years as wartime Doncaster is vividly recreated through living history, live street theatre and have-a-go activities ranging from adventurous military training to hands-on crafts – there’s even a guest appearance by 1916’s Mayor of Doncaster. Doncaster Goes to War is just one of many events this year organised, thanks to National Lottery players, as part of Doncaster 1914-18, a four-year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which aims to build a picture of life in the local area between 1914 and 1918 to mark the centenary of the First World War.
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“Families will find out first-hand what life was like for those who went to fight, those who helped the war effort at home, and those who – perhaps for moral or religious reasons – chose not to fight,” explains Jude Holland, Project Manager for Doncaster 1914-18. “In 1916, military service became compulsory for all men aged 18 to 41, later extended to those up to 50, so if you refused to fight you would be punished by law, and sent to prison or even sentenced to death, like Conisbrough’s John Hubert Brocklesby – a local Methodist preacher, who believed men shouldn’t be forced to kill each other. You, and your family would be forced to wear a white feather as a symbol of cowardice, and be shunned by your local community. It was not an easy choice, so people will be asked to consider what they would have done in their ancestors’ shoes.”1914-1918.jpg
Highlights of the free Doncaster Goes to War event include:

  •  Meet original wartime characters face-to-face, such as Doncaster’s wartime Mayor Samuel Balmforth, or the formidable commandant nurses of local hospitals Julia Warde-Aldam, and Alice Mabel Pickering.
  •  Join the First World Soldiers at the camp of the Manchester Regiment living history group. Try military training with representatives from the Rifles Regiment, or try on a First World War uniform.
  •  Stop off at the Nurse’s Triage station and have a go at First World War First Aid. Discover what women did during the First World War.
  •  Measure your height and weight at the Enlistment station, and see how you size up to soldiers from Doncaster’s past.
  •  Choosing not to fight? Find out about trials, and how the white feather became a symbol of peace with the Balby Society of Friends.
  •  Pick up a free activity trail, undertaking a number of challenges to receive a free gift!
  •  Download a free new mobile phone App, allowing you to follow in the footsteps of First World War Doncaster through town walking trails, and or browse the latest events (for Android and iOS).

Karen Johnson, Assistant Director of Adults and Communities for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, adds: “As the First World War happened outside of our ‘living memory’, it can be hard to imagine how life changed for people in Doncaster during 1916. Women and children took over the jobs of men sent away to fight, whilst also working tirelessly to raise funds or ‘comfort packs’ for the troops. Many women became nurses, both abroad, and to help with the wounded soldiers sent home – special auxiliary hospitals had to be set up in the area to cope with demand. ‘Doncaster Goes to War’ is an opportunity to put ourselves in their place, giving us a very personal connection to the men, women and children – our local community – who fought and worked so tirelessly during the First World War. Doncaster’s people made a real contribution to the war, and through this event we can uncover their stories.”
For a full event listing, to download the App, or for more details, visit www.doncaster1914-18.org.uk.