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What was making the news in the Newark Advertiser in 1923, 1973 and 1998





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

25 years ago – November 6, 1998

John Hunt Infants at Balderton collect pots and pans for Honduras. 1998
John Hunt Infants at Balderton collect pots and pans for Honduras. 1998

Above: Pupils at John Hunt Infants’ School, Balderton, marched to St Giles’ Church carrying pots, pans and food supplies for an emergency aid appeal.

The current crisis in Central America caused by the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Mitch prompted the church to join the Christian Aid Honduras Crisis Appeal.

• A major extension, expected to lead to the creation of 50 jobs, is being planned by a Newark food firm.

The proposed 4,500sq metre extension at Laurens Patisseries would double its production capacity.

The company, which produces chilled and frozen desserts and cakes, has gone from strength to strength since it was formed six years ago with a workforce of only 27.

It now employs 350 people and has an annual turnover of £15m.

• A pioneering plan for a housing estate that is environmentally friendly has been approved.

It will be the first in the country to conform to new government regulations aimed at reducing emissions of carbon dioxide.

The £2.5m estate, to be built by Collingham-based Gusto Construction next to Woodhill School, will be named MIllennium Green.

• A new American-style police uniform is being tried out in Newark.

Pc Steven Price has been selected to put it to the test on the streets. It comprises a smart white shirt with black trousers, a zip-up black fleece jacket and a shorter fluorescent yellow jacket. The traditional helmets would remain part of the uniform.

• Members of a Newark dance school could earn the chance to perform in West End shows after being selected for training at a London dance academy.

Seven members of Kids And Co have successfully applied for the Urdang Academy in Covent Garden.

More than 1,000 children auditioned and 30 were accepted – seven from the Newark company run at the Palace Theatre by Miss Elaine Varney.

50 years ago – November 10, 1973

Colllingham Brownies presentation of a teddy bear to the Children's Ward at Newark Hospital. November 1973
Colllingham Brownies presentation of a teddy bear to the Children's Ward at Newark Hospital. November 1973

Above: Members of the 1st Collingham Brownies present a teddy bear and other gifts to patients in the children’s ward of Newark Hospital.

The money was raised at an afternoon tea organised by Brown Owl Miss Joyce Cubitt.

• Newark’s schools are to go comprehensive in September 1975, despite a protest that the scheme is educationally unsound.

The plan called for mixed-sex upper schools taking children in the 14-18 age group at the Magnus Grammar School and Lilley and Stone Girls’ School.

Middle schools catering for children from 11-14 will be set up at Sconce Hills and the Church of England secondary modern school on Barnby Road.

• Visitors to Newark may find no room at the inn when they look at a hotel bed for the night. The Clinton Arms has temporarily closed its residential section, which has beds for 21 people.

The temporary closure has been brought about for the town centre development scheme.

The Clinton Arms has about a sixth of the beds in the town’s main hotels. The Robin Hood has 39 beds, the Ram and South Parade have 28 each, and the Midland 14.

• A Notts wartime communications set-up could be brought into peaceful use to save money.

A basement teleprinter station linking County Hall with Lincoln, Derby and Northampton could be used to send messages to the offices of the eight new district councils in Nottinghamshire.

• Mr Ted Bishop, MP for Newark, fears it may by 1975 before the new route for the A46 to bypass the town is announced.

A spokesman for the Department of Environment told him: “Investigations into solutions for improving the A46 are not complete but it is hoped to have alternative routes for public comment by the middle of next year.”

100 years ago – November 7, 1923

• Ample evidence of the excellent results of the efforts of Newark, Retford and District Employment Committee in relation to securing of positions for disabled ex-servicemen was given at a meeting.

It was stated that no disabled ex-servicemen was on the register of unemployed. This was mainly due to the work of the committee and the willingness of local firms to absorb these men.

• Assistant Commissioner Gibson inspected the Newark Division St John Ambulance Brigade in Cupit’s Paddock, London Road.

There was a smart turn-out of 30 men. The brigade was inspected in infantry drill and first aid.

At the conclusion, the Assistant Commissioner requested the Superintendent arrange for the formation of a Ladies Nursing Division, and this the Superintendent promised to do.

• A children’s Halloween party was organised by the Newark Caledonian Society in the Conservative Rooms.

The children were entertained to tea, daintily arranged by a number of lady members.

Time-honoured gamed associated with gatherings on similar occasions followed and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

• In view of the rapid development proceeding on the new Notts coalfield, considerable interest was taken in the offering by Messrs A. Hopewell and Son of the Red Inn, Wellow, together with dwelling house with a sales shop and cottage to the rear and also six cottages with large gardens.

Bidding started at £4,000 and rising slowly by increases of £250, reached £6,750 when the lot was withdrawn.



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