The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry in Doncaster Minster – #IloveDN for heritage #DoncasterIsGreat for #Art & #Photography

Scottish Diaspora display

The beautiful Scottish Diaspora Tapestry is currently on display in Doncaster Minster. The tapestry was the brainchild of the Prestoungrange Arts Festival and was created by people from 25 world worldwide communities with connections to Scotland. This will obviously be of interest if, like me, you have Scottish ancestry, but there is actually a deep connection for all Doncastrians.

English tapestries

Of the dozen or so English panels four are from Doncaster and celebrate significant Donny people and events…

Earl Henry


Jack Kane

Nigel Gresley

But even if you have no connection to Scotland or Doncaster the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry is worth a visit for the sheer vibrant beauty of seeing these wonderful stitched pieces set against the backdrop of the minster.









DONCOPOLITAN issue 3 launches today!.. 12pm at #DoncasterPride – #DoncasterIsGreat #ILoveDN #IAmWhatIAm

Doncopolitan issue 3

Get down to Sir Nigel Gresley Square outside CAST between 12pm and 6pm today (August 16th) to get your hands on a FREE copy of the civilized world’s (i.e. Donny’s) most beautifully produced arts and culture magazine.

If you can’t make it, don’t worry. You can pick up copies from Doncaster libraries and venues all over town including Cask Corner, The Hallcross, The Mason’s Arms, The Woolpack and Diamond Live Lounge.

And if you’re unfortunate enough not to live in Donny click here to view online or you can always ask us to post you out a copy by getting in touch via doncopolitan[at]gmail[dot]com

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 🙂

A quick visit to The Brotherhood Church – #iPhoneography

The Brotherhood Church

Christmas Tree Plantation



old pump


daylight film van




ivy window


caravan door locks


I went to visit my good friends at The Brotherhood Church today (best eggs in Yorkshire!) and while Jo borrowed my camera I decided to get some practice in with the iPhone. If you’d like some excellent eggs or veggies (or just want some interesting subject matter for your art and photography), then why not pay them a visit…