The Crown Hotel in Bawtry in ‘unlocking’ lockdown and has not stood still since the start of the pandemic lockdown in March.

Original redevelopment plans for 2020 were brought forward and directors Craig Dowie and Jason Cooper saw the opportunity to do the work while the hotel was closed. The front of the hotel has been rendered and new signage installed back to the original Crown Hotel & Posting House. Inside, the bar and reception areas have been decorated to match the development of the Hogarth suite and lounge earlier in 2020. New bar stools and chandeliers are also in place ready for the hotel bar opening on the 4th July.

Craig Dowie Managing Director commented “The hard work is now done. We still have the outside seating area to do for eating and drinking, and we also need to add the exterior canopies, but we are almost there.”.

The hotel accommodation has also been accepting essential workers since the 1st June, and are now taking leisure booking accommodation from the 4th July following full government advice. Couples

Lockdown feature

Posted on June 30, 2020

1: Speaking in terms of our locality, what do you regard as the most challenging aspect of the long lockdown – and why? There are many difficulties with the extended lockdown, it’s been a struggle to be unable to even walk down the street without fear of infection. As members of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC), we have found it challenging to miss out on some of our more physical activities such as fieldcraft. Also, despite the continuing virtual parades, keeping up with friendships, events and projects (or even missing them completely) has been a challenge. 2: What good things do you think arose because of the crisis and the lockdown? Despite some negatives, there are undeniably many positives that have been created by the lockdown. A sense of community and understanding has been created. Many are now taking the time to go outside, take a break from the usually hectic stress of modern life, and listen to others alongside focusing on their own lives. Families have been brought closer, broken bonds have been fixed. Life has slowed down and these times are being welcomed as a chance to reflect on our busy, materialistic lives, and it has helped us

Flushed with success!

Posted on March 3, 2020

The toilets were forced to be closed due to persistent vandalism. The Town Council (BTC) made the difficult decision to close the facilities and return them to DMBC. They have remained abandoned for over 3 years. The group have big plans for these small buildings including a Heritage, Information & Visitor centre, and adult changing facilities. They are excited to repurpose one of the first buildings many people see when entering Bawtry. Chair of the Bawtry Heritage Group Cllr. Rachael Blake says “the buildings are located in the conservation area of Bawtry and its prominent position makes it the ideal choice for a Heritage & Visitor centre.” The group, in conjunction with the other supporting parties, are looking into various funding streams and will be looking for practical and financial support from local people. Ross Jarvie Chair of the BRA states “I hope that this project will be a bit like DIY SOS or Challenge Annika, with local businesses and people volunteering time, materials, money or skills.” The group is also seeking anyone within the town who is interested in its history and heritage to join its ranks and help in any

  The wonderful market town of Bawtry near Doncaster has long been a mecca for shoppers who enjoy the independent shopping experience, but the advent of the internet and the ease this brings, has meant that retailers in the town are more than ever in need of support from the local community. With visitor numbers to the town declining retailers in the town want to remind people just what they offer and that without their support the town may struggle to survive which will ultimately mean your local shops will be gone.  Ross Jarvie, Chair of Bawtry Retail Association commented; “Some businesses are beginning to consider their long-term future in the town and that is incredibly disheartening. They really do need your support so why not avoid the crowds, the chain stores, the internet and the pressure of Christmas shopping and choose Bawtry as your shopping destination.   Not only is it perfect for gift shopping you can also find Christmas food and drink treats, places to be pampered and socialise with friends and family.” For more details check Facebook @visitbawtry or Twitter @visitbawtry 

Purple Tuesday 2019 Ross Jarvie and cllr Racheal Blake

Purple Tuesday 2019 Ross Jarvie and cllr Racheal Blake Purple Tuesday on Tuesday 12th November 2019 is a day dedicated to changing the customer experience for disabled people and the market town of Bawtry, South Yorkshire is participating with many of its retailers embracing the concept. This is the second year that the town has encouraged its retailers to get on board and 2019 is set to be even more successful with more participants who have thought about ways in which they can support this international initiative. “It’s great to see so many of the businesses in our town supporting this and I am sure it will make a real difference,” said Ross Jarvie Chair Bawtry Retail Association. “As the festive season approaches, we hope the day will show what a community-driven town Bawtry is and how it is inclusive for so many to enjoy all that we offer.” In the UK, the Purple Pound – the consumer spending power of disabled people and their families – is worth £249 billion and is rising by an average of 14% per annum. On Purple Tuesday participating businesses demonstrate their commitment to supporting this

A leading Yorkshire designer fashion boutique Robinsons of Bawtry hosted their 26th annual charity fashion show on Sunday 6th October 2019 at the hugely popular China Rose Cantonese Restaurant Bawtry and made a show-stopping return after taking a well-earned sabbatical in 2018. A highlight of the social calendar the event showcased the boutiques Autumn/Winter collections from some of the leading designer brands including Balmain, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, Belstaff, Hugo Boss, True Religion, Emporio Armani and Mulberry bought to life by models, with amazingly choreographed scenes, from Blake Models and for the first time junior models strutted  the catwalk from The Dance Space Bawtry.

Silver glitter Showgirls greeted the guests who set the tone of glamour and glitz for the occasion with several guests deciding to boast glitter moustaches in memory of the boutique’s original owner Tony Robinson, who sadly passed away last year, and created the event in memory of his first wife who he lost to cancer.

“It was another hugely successful evening and we hope that once all the final monies pledged are in for all

Yorkshire Caravans of Bawtry

Yorkshire Caravans of Bawtry Yorkshire Caravans of Bawtry, one of the country’s premier caravan retailers, has marked a special anniversary in its history with the first release of three hundred spaces on their newly converted 10-acre storage site adjacent to the current facility.

The late Derek Smith would have reached the grand old age of 90 on 22nd October 2019, and the spaces will be released on that date with a further 500 to follow by the end of the year.

“We are proud of our family heritage and that those ties still run through the business today,” said Jon Goulden Chairman Yorkshire Caravans. “Honouring this special event in our history by extending our business operations and sharing our ongoing success seemed a fitting way to honour Derek and the legacy that he has left.”

Yorkshire Caravans of Bawtry

Derek joined his father in the business in 1950 and was affectionately known as ‘Mr Smith’. He was also famous for introducing some of the best caravan franchises in the industry and also the old 1980’s TV advertising slogan,

The Team at Bawtry Hall are thrilled and delighted after the venue was named in the top Most Spectacular Yorkshire Wedding Venues by the Yorkshire Post. The article which was published on the 5th October, covers eight of the best wedding venues in Yorkshire, included are also Grantley Hall, The Grand at York and Rise Hall.

 Katey Dent of Bawtry Hall commented “We are absolutely thrilled to be included in this fabulous group of wedding venues. The Hall has almost been open now for two years and the team’s hard work is paying off. We have carved our niche in the exclusive use wedding market and have couples travelling miles to hire Bawtry Hall as their special day venue – because is it simply beautiful.”

The Yorkshire Post approached Bawtry Hall as they were looking for the most exquisite venues – from small, simple, intimate nuptials to huge, opulent statement celebration venues.

Bawtry Hall was built in 1773 as a weekend family home of wool merchant Pemberton Milnes. During WWII it was taken over by the

Chinese culture is peppered with festivals which celebrate special dates in the calendar. One is the ‘Chongyang’ which falls on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month (7th October) and since 1989 has been the day on which Chinese people celebrate their elders with a festival of food, drink and outings. With this in mind, the highly acclaimed China Rose Cantonese restaurant, located in the picturesque market town of Bawtry near Doncaster, once again opened its doors to pensioners in the town to enjoy a celebratory lunch, complete with entertainment, all completely free of charge. “Chongyang is a very important festival in our calendar and this will be the fifth time we have hosted such an event and invited the local pensioners to celebrate with us in the town where we have had our restaurant for over 30 years,” commented Carly Hui Restaurant Manager China Rose. “We welcomed a record number of guests on Sunday 6th October to enjoy our superb food and hospitality and presented flowers and chocolates to the eldest lady and gentlemen who attended and to Val Hadley

Bawtry Christmas Time Returns For 2019

Posted on October 10, 2019

An annual Christmas event that takes place in the picturesque market town of Bawtry, near Doncaster, is set to draw even more visitors this year with an even bigger and brighter event on Sunday 24th November 2019 from 12 noon to 6pm. Hosting the event for the sixth year, the town’s retail association has been putting plans in place to attract even more visitors whilst retaining many favourites such as the unveiling of Womack’s Christmas Window, the fun fair rides and its craft and food stalls, in addition to the portfolio of shops, cafes and restaurants that grace the town. “This is our sixth event and the team have been working hard to ensure that our Bawtry Christmas Time 2019 event is full of festive cheer and has lots for all ages to enjoy,” said Ross Jarvie, Bawtry Retail Association. “Over forty stalls and catering outlets will cluster in the Market Place, Dower House Square, the Church Hall and the Courtyard and will be complemented by fairground rides supplied by Roger Tuby & Son Funfairs, including the return of the Ferris Wheel,