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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 – July 2, 1999

Newark's Holy Trinity Nursery Sponsored Cycle Ride July 1999.
Newark's Holy Trinity Nursery Sponsored Cycle Ride July 1999.

ABOVE: Youngsters at Newark’s Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School nursery raced round a cycle track set up in their playground to raise money for ChildLine.

Around 50 children, aged three and four, took part and parents went along to watch.

• A new hotel could be built on the site of a former maltings building on Northgate, Newark.

Peach's Maltings was badly damaged by fire in 1995 and was demolished because it was unstable.

The site is now clear but Newark and Sherwood District Council planning committee granted outline permission to developers, Cadistown Properties, for a hotel to be built.

The scheme's planning consultants, John Martin and Associates said in April they wanted a four-storey development with more than 30 bedrooms.

• Newark can boast its own dome ahead of the year 2000 thanks to the latest development in the £1m facelift of the Town Wharf.

A dome-shaped roof has been placed on an extension to the former Wharf Café, which is being transformed into a Pizza Express restaurant.

The extension, in the shape of a round tower, will house a spiral staircase leading from the ground floor to the top floor of the restaurant.

The hand-built plastic dome, which is 27ft in diameter and weighs about a tonne, was put into place on Tuesday using a crane.

Work started in February to convert the former café, which is a listed building, and extend it towards the River Trent to form two further dining areas.

• Myths surrounding the internet are due to be dispelled at a presentation on how business managers can come to terms with the new technology.

It has been organised by Newark-based North Nottinghamshire Marketing Group Co-ordinator Mr Robin Dilley said: The internet and, more specifically, the worldwide web, have become household words, yet, despite this, small and medium businesses are still struggling with the opportunities it presents.”

• The tenth Bishop of Southwell, the Rt Rev George Cassidy, was consecrated in York Minster in a moving service full of pomp and pageantry.

The cathedral was packed for the two-hour service, which also involved the consecration of the new Bishop of Bolton, Canon David Gillett.

Both were led in from the Chapter House by the Minster Choir followed by visiting ministers and dignitaries, representatives of other denominations, 53 bishops from all over the country, clergy from York Minster and finally the Archbishop of York. the Most Rev Dr David Hope.

50 years ago – July 6, 1974

St Leonard's Church, Newark, Garden Party in June 1974.
St Leonard's Church, Newark, Garden Party in June 1974.

ABOVE: There was all the fun of the fair at St Leonard’s Church, Newark, garden party in the vicarage grounds in aid of the church.

Here, Melanie Campbell, 10, looks astonished as she knocks down skittles at one of the sideshows.

• Sunday parking restrictions in Newark's Castlegate were described as a "diabolical injustice" to shopkeepers, who were said to have lost hundreds of pounds a week in trade since the restrictions were introduced nearly two years ago.

Mrs BIll Drury, who runs a general store there with her husband, a member of Newark District Council, has organised a petition calling for the restrictions to be removed because shopkeepers are being victimised

She has also written to Mr Ted Bishop, Newark's MP, who has promised to take the matter up as soon as possible.

The petition already has more than 500 names.

• Abbeywood, London Road, Newark, the home for more than half a century, of Miss Kathleen Quibell, was sold to garage proprietor Mr Frederick Eason for £32,000.

The house, built in the Queen Anne style, was sold at auction by Edward Balley and Son. The vendors reserved the right to hold a furniture sale at the house on August 29.

Mr Eason, who lives in Victoria Street, Newark, on his garage premises, told the Advertiser: "We have admired the house for years. It Is the only house in Newark for which we would want to leave our present home."

• Members of Newark District Council hit out at residents in small villages who wanted to keep their villages exclusive and did all they could to block the council from buying land to build houses.

Allegations were made that once it was known the council intended to buy land in a particular place it was sold very quickly to someone else.

Sometimes the land changed hands as much as six times before the council was able to buy, with the price going up every time.

• Dixieland jazz is having a revival in Newark, according to a group of enthusiasts who have been holding concerts at the Vine Inn, Barnbygate.

Mr Bernard Hancock has started jazz sessions on Friday evenings, and he is encouraged by the response.

"We have had more than 50 people turn up on some occasions, and their reaction has been fantastic," he said.

'The bands have been playing numbers like Sweet Georgia Brown and Indiana, and our audiences have really been lapping it up."

100 years ago – July 2, 1924

The past week saw the closing down of an old-established Newark posting business when Mr F. Swann, who has retired from business, disposed of his entire working plant.

The advent of motor traffic was a blow to the old posting industry whilst the altered conditions of the road, which have practically been remade to made to meet modern traffic requirements, have made horse keeping something of a problem.

Mr Swann himself has had a life-long connection with the business and for 30 years was post boy to the Clinton Arms Hotel and took many parties through Sherwood Forest and Belvoir.

• Young people took a large share in the League of Nations demonstration and rally at Southwell.

The Hon Mrs Handford is a strong supporter of the League, and in the interest of the movement she and Dr Handford threw open their beautiful home and grounds at Elmfield for a demonstration and rally.

There was a large gathering on the lawn in the afternoon, when a successful meeting was held.

In the evening the scholars of the schools in the town met in Park Street dressed in costumes and emblems representing the 54 member States of the League.

With banners of the various States floating in the breeze, they marched to the War Memorial on Burgage where they impressively sang England, My Country.

Each of the scholars was carrying a bouquet of wild flowers, and these were reverently laid on the Memorial.

• The Governors of the Girls’ High School, Newark, are considering plans for an extension of the school building to provide for a central hall and the adaptation of certain rooms in the High School itself and the School of Science and Art which adjoins.

The estimated cost of carrying out these proposals is £3,000, and the Governors express their willingness to realise about £2,000 of their endowment towards the total sum.

• Speech day and sports day are possibly the two outstanding events of the school year and both were combined on Thursday at the Magnus Grammar School.

Brilliant sunshine gave a happy tone to the open-air events and an excellent year’s progress was reported by the headmaster, the Rev H. Gorse.



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