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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 – June 11, 1999

Hawtonville Community Centre new sign: June 1999
Hawtonville Community Centre new sign: June 1999

ABOVE: Members of Hawtonville Community Centre Youth Club in Newark decided to make their premises more welcoming with a purpose-built sign.

With the help of a professional artist the youngsters created a new clay-fired sign which has now been given pride of place on the centre wall.

• A plea by cabbies in Newark and Sherwood for permission to charge a call-out fee of £40 on millennium eve has been rejected.

Their demands were described as exorbitant by the district council’s licensing committee chairman Mr John Clark.

Instead, members agreed they could charge three times the usual fare. But taxi firms are warning that may not be enough to persuade drivers to forfeit their own millennium celebrations.

• A new 40-acre business park is being planned for farmland opposite the old Balderton Hospital site, which is about to be redeveloped as a 1,000-home village.

• Plans for a £3m foodstore in Southwell, bringing 70 new jobs, have been unveiled by Greater Nottingham Co-op.

The 13,000sq ft outlet is planned for land behind Beckett Builders at The Ropewalk and would replace the existing Co-op store on King Street.

• Plans to build a shelter at the side of Balderton Lake that young people could use as a meeting place have been scrapped because of safety fears.

But the project will still go ahead at a more appropriate site in the village.

50 years ago – June 15, 1974

Southwell Scouts teaching Southwell Guides how to make an aerial bridge in June 1974.
Southwell Scouts teaching Southwell Guides how to make an aerial bridge in June 1974.

ABOVE: Guides from the 2nd Southwell company were put through their paces when they were taught pioneering work by boys from 3rd Southwell Scouts.

Here the girls are taught how to make an aerial runway. And to prove they had made it correctly, they had to test it.

• Schoolgirls at Sconce Hills Secondary School in Windsor Road, Newark, object to a decision by their headmaster not to allow them to wear trousers at school.

More than 20 of the 14 and 15-year-old fourth-year pupils arrived for lessons wearing trousers. They were taken to the headmaster’s room and then sent home after being told slacks were not allowed.

Now the girls want to take the matter further and are seeking meetings with Notts education officials to find out their rights.

• Admissions to hospitals have been seriously curtailed because of an engineers’ dispute that is affecting hospital laundries.

The hospitals hit include Newark General, Hawtonville, Balderton and Saxondale.

Day and short-term care at the hospitals have been stopped because of the dispute.

• Filming took place in Eakring churchyard for a new Lizzie Dripping series to be shown on the BBC children’s television early next year.

Filming was watched by local authoress Helen Cresswell, who write the Lizzie Dripping stories.

• Ratepayers’ associations from the neighbouring area have teamed up with the newly-formed Newark and District Ratepayers’ Association to form a massive protest at the huge jump in local rates after the re-organisation of local government.

100 years ago – June 11, 1924

Owing to the recent heavy rains several stretches of road in Fiskerton were submerged.

A small car, containing two ladies and a gentleman, stopped in about two feet of water and the occupants were unable to reach dry land.

Help eventually arrived in the form of a young cyclist who soon removed his shoes and socks and rolling up his trousers waded to the car and rescued the ladies, and then pushed the car out of the water.

• The children of the Senior Mixed School in Balderton brought 409 eggs to school on Friday as their contribution to the Newark Hospital Egg Collection.

• With a view to resuscitating the old Newark Dramatic Society, a meeting will be held in Newark Town Hall. All interested are invited to attend.

• The principal attraction in Southwell on Whit Monday was the fete and gala organised on behalf of the funds of the Workmen’s Rest, which was held in Mr C. Wilson’s field.

Many competitions were in progress during the afternoon and evening, including guessing the weight a sheep, bowling for a pig, playing skittles for a ham, guessing what time a clock stopped, how many peas in a bottle, how many currants in a cake, kicking a football and hoop-la.

Southwell Brass Band played a selection of music for dancing in the evening.

• All roads led to Welbeck on Whit Monday when the Newark and Bassetlaw Women Unionists’ Rally and Gala was held in the magnificent grounds of the Abbey.

The huge success exceeded the most optimistic hopes, it being estimated that 30,000 people attended.



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