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





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

Does it bring back any memories for you?

25 years ago – July 10, 1998

Navenby School American Day July 1998
Navenby School American Day July 1998

ABOVE: The USA was the theme for Navenby Primary School’s fair, which was held on American Independence Day.

A parade to the school from the village post office launched the festivities with four US Air Force officers leading the procession in their distrinctive white uniforms.

The American flag was flown and there was line-dancing and a display of American military vehicles.

Newark Driving Test Centre is to close in September, The decision means learner drivers will have to take their tests in Grantham, Lincoln, Worksop or Nottingham.

The Driving Standards Agency said it had done all it could to find a new site for the test centre, currently on Bowbridge Road - a claim disputed by instructors.

One instructor said many were already finding it a struggle to find the £15 it costs them for each lesson and now they are faced with paying for a double lesson to be able to learn to drive in the area where they take their test.

Residents of Hawton Lane, Balderton, are calling for lorries to be banned because they are makiing their lives a misery.

A petition signed by all but a few householders was presented to the Newark area highways manager calling for action.

Mr Brian Fenton said a horrendous number of lorries passed his house. The main issues were speed, volume, noise, dirt and vibrations caused by the wagons.

A housing estate planned for Collingham using the latest green technology to minimise energy use would also feature a new centre for village businesses.

The £2.5m scheme is proposed by Collingham-based Gusto Construction on land next to the former Woodhill County Secondary School.

It would be the first development in the country to conform to the government’s new super-regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

50 years ago – July 14, 1973

Staythorpe Power Station Open Day July 1973
Staythorpe Power Station Open Day July 1973

ABOVE: A huge cooling tower rears behind these fancy dress winners at Staythorpe power stations’ open day. They are, left to right, Joanne Doyle, 7, Samantha Pulford, 3, and winner Paul Asencio, 7.

Staythorpe power stations took on a carnival look when 3,000 visitors attended the annual open day and gala.

Bullfights, flamenco dancing, guitars, wine, and days on warm beaches. Newark works holidays start at the end of next week and thousands of local people are heading for the sun – mostly in Spain.

Travel agencies report heavy bookings, and no cancellations, despite the fall in the value of the pound.

People seem determined to enjoy themselves after months of careful budgeting to beat soaring prices in the shops and gloomy news of inflation and strikes.

Bicycle thieves are busy in Newark. Already this year 138 cycles worth £1,141 have been stolen, and only 40 have been recovered.

Last week alone six machines were taken from the swimming pool in Sherwood Avenue, a bike-theft blackspot.

A period detached house at Westgate, Southwell, made £12,250 in a sale conducted by D. W. H. Gascoine at the Saracens Head.

The property has three bedrooms, two brick garages and a large garden.

Notts County Council is to investigate the collapse of part of the ceiling above the main swimming pool at the Grove Sports Centre, Balderton.

The crash came moments before a party of 13 year olds from the Grove Comprehensive were to enter the pool.

British Rail is again introducing the Young Explorer ticket this summer to allow youngsters to travel cheaply over more than 450 miles of railways in parts of Notts, Lincs and Yorks.

Anyone under 16 can have an unlimited number of rail journeys for £1,50 over seven days.

100 years ago – July 11, 1923

Congratulations will be extended to actor Mr Donald Woolfitt, son of Mr and Mrs Woolfitt, of Balderton, who has joined Mr Fred Terry and Miss Julia Neilson’s Company and will take the part of Armand in the Scarlet Pimpernel during the forthcoming autumn tour.

As Mr and Mrs Brewster, of Collingham, were driving to Newark by trap they had the misfortune to meet with an accident.

It appears Mr Brewster, who was driving in order to get out of the way of a motor, had to cross what he thought was only a slight depression in the surface of the road made by the new sewerage works.

This caused the pony to fall down, throwing Mr and Mrs Brewster on to the road. Mr Brewster escaped with slight bruises but Mrs Brewster was very much bruised and shaken.

At the quarterly meeting of the Burial Commitee it was resolved that a special notice prohibiting the leaving of children in perambulators unattended near the entrance of Newark Cemetery be painted on one of the panels of the Cemetery Lodge.

A garden fete in aid of the forthcoming Wesleyan bazaar was held in the beautiful grounds of the The Grove.

There were work, produce, sweets and ice stalls, while the Balderton Boys’ Brigade were responsible for a number of side shows and also gave a very creditable gymnastics display.

A huge early summer cabbage grown by Mr Fred Parker, of Southwell, weighs 16lbs and measures 4ft 1in across its widest part.



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