What a #DNweekeND !!! Doncopolitan launch and Pop-Up Maker Space #DoncasterIsGreat #ILoveDN

doncopolitan launch

What a wonderful weekend the DNweekeND was! After years in the making Rachel Horne (see above) – collaborator and whip-cracker – and I (along with a fantastic team of editors and contributors) finally brought a print copy of the Doncopolitan kicking and screaming into the world. And it went down a storm (quite literally on Sunday when it rained so hard the synchronised swimmers in Sir Nigel Gresley square were forced to take shelter 😉 )…

avid doncopolitan readers

There are copies available at various venues including The Little Theatre and Church View, but if you’re having trouble finding one leave me a comment and I’ll sort something out for you 🙂 The kids above (getting familiar with Doncaster band, Bang Bang Romeo) were also taking part in another great DNweekeND project…

doncaster maker space

The Doncaster Maker Group and John Brigg’s Doncaster Urban Growers (DUG) Pop-Up Maker Space!

donny maker space

Where the two groups converted a disused shop in the Waterdale shopping centre into Doncaster’s first ever DIY maker space. Maker Spaces (or Hackerspaces) are traditionally  community run workshops which focus on emerging technologies such as 3D Printing. We also play with technologies – such as the Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey and Arduino projects we had running over the weekend…

makey makey girls

pi shop

…and we plan to build a 3D Printer from scrap, but we also focus on a whole range of other projects – from arts and crafts…


woven bracelet

…to guerrilla gardening and building projects which can help to supply the essentials of life – food, energy, fuel, shelter & entertainment – all guaranteed to save you money by using waste materials… like this aquaponics demonstration unit which the DUG built from pallets and old barrels…

DUG aquaponics

In fact we’ll help you build almost anything you want!.. Hence the Doncaster Maker Group Wishing Tree…

wishing tree

So if you’d like to get making come down to Church View this Thursday evening (May 15th) at 6:30pm and join us for our DN-debriefing where we’ll be planning the next step for the Doncaster Maker Group 🙂

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