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What was making the news in the Newark Advertiser in 1924, 1974 and 1999

The Advertiser has opened its archives to see what was making the news this week 25, 50 and 100 years ago.

25 years ago – February 12, 1999

Prince Charles tries a bow presented to him by pupils as a gift for Prince Harry during a visit to Wellow House School in February 1999.
Prince Charles tries a bow presented to him by pupils as a gift for Prince Harry during a visit to Wellow House School in February 1999.

ABOVE: Prince Charles tries a bow presented to him by Wellow House School head girl Harriet Ullyott, 13, as a gift for Prince Harry.

The prince arrived by helicopter at Wellow House School where he was greeted with a song from the children.

Harriet said: “He was grateful for the bow and said he would try to introduce Harry to the sport.”

Prince Charles spent ten minutes at the school before being taken to Park Farm, Wellow, where he was given a tour and heard about concerns for the industry’s future.

• An eagle-eyed milkman has been praised for helping to save the premises of a Newark coal yard from burning to the ground.

Co-op Milkman of the Year Mr Kevin Pevler, 33, of Lincoln Road, raised the alarm after spotting the blaze while out on his round at 3.30am, and three crews fought it.

• A council estate will be demolished, it has been agreed in principle.

The community services committee of Newark and Sherwood District Council is pressing ahead with plans to sell the Harvey Avenue estate at Coddington to a private developer.

That sale is on the understanding that the council receives up to 45 of the newly-completed homes for its tenants.

• A new police station for Newark is a top priority, according to the town’s leading officer – but it will have to be paid for with private funds.

Superintendent Martin Welch said this meant Newark would not be getting a “super-duper divisional headquarters” but it would be a well-equipped station with a custody suite.

• The closure of a country lane in Oxton next month will save hundreds of toads from being squashed by traffic.

For years, villagers have gone on patrol to try to save the toads which hop across Beanford Lane and Blind Lane to get to spawning grounds.

This year, for the first time, Beanford Lane is to be closed for the whole of March.

50 years ago – February 16, 1974

Southwell Tufty Club launches in February 1974.
Southwell Tufty Club launches in February 1974.

ABOVE: Youngsters who attend the newly-formed Southwell Tufty Club are pictured using felt pictures to construct street scenes.

The club, aimed at teaching children road safety, meets every two weeks and has attracted 21 members.

• Labour’s Ted Bishop is fighting hard to hold highly-marginal Newark, and his party is sending in the big guns to help him.

Meanwhile, challenger David Cargill spearheads the Conservative campaign with a massive walkabout schedule.

Transport House is backing Mr Bishop with top names: Chancellor Denis Healey will speak at Newark Technical College, miners’ president Joe Gormley will be at Ollerton on Tuesday, and the Lords’ shadow spokesman on aviation, Lord Beswick, is at Southwell on Wednesday.

• A rate of 8.5p in the pound – an increase of 3.26p or 61.6% – is being recommended to Newark District Council by their finance committee.

The committee blame the increase on expenditure on planning, housing, and the fact they will have no balance to start with – having used the surplus left by the three present authorities to buy and adapt Kelham Hall.

• The annual report of the Chief Constable, Mr Rex Fletcher, to Newark County magistrates, as the licensing authority, showed that 13 people were convicted in the past year of driving with more than the permitted amount of alcohol in their blood.

There were no convictions for drunkenness or for being in charge of a car while under the influence of drink or drugs.

• Demolition work has started on the fire-gutted warehouse of Southwell haulage contractors W. A. Rainbow and Sons. And as the former prison building is hammered to the ground, a link covering 260 years will be broken.

The bricks are to go to local farms to make roads.

100 years ago – February 13, 1924

The annual report presented at the Brewster Sessions at Newark County Court showed there are 40 fully-licensed houses, seven beer-on and two beer-offs, and one grocer’s licences – 50 in all.

That is one house for every 209 people.

Five male persons had been convicted of drunkenness and proceedings had been taken against one licensed house for permitting drunkenness.

In Southwell, there were 32 fully-licensed houses, six beer-on and one beer-off and four grocers’ licences – one licence for every 170 people.

Three male persons were convicted of drunkenness.

• Eighty poor children of Newark spent a happy time in St Mary’s Rooms. Money was sent by the Church Army from New Zealand.

After being told who they had to thank for this unexpected treat, tea and games were indulged in, after which sweets were handed round to the children.

The young guests departed at 7 o’clock when each child was given a bun and an orange.

• There was a happy scene in the Town Hall on Monday when the members of Newark Rugby Football Club and their friends gathered for a dance.

Mr Jo Longdon's band played up to its reputation and encores were demanded time and time again.

There was a large attendance and a thoroughly enjoyable time was spent.

• The famous Shell touring exhibition of ingenious and costly models and other fascinating exhibits is in Newark at Donald’s Garage.

People gather nightly to watch the big scenic model, depicting a motor race over the Alps.

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