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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 – July 31, 1998

Christ Church playscheme in Newark from July 1998.
Christ Church playscheme in Newark from July 1998.

ABOVE: The first summer fun club at Christ Church, Newark, was attended by more than 50 children every day.

Josh Parker, 5, is pictured (centre) playing with a parachute alongside some of his friends.

Work on a Newark you people’s centre will soon be under way after confirmation of a £100,000 grant.

The disused Keeper’s Cottage on the Newark Riverside Park will be converted to provide a coffee bar, an advice and counselling centre and a computer workshop.

Historic Hill House, the former boarding house for pupils of the Minster School, Southwell, has been sold and will be turned into luxury flats.

The 18th Century building on Burgage was put on the market for £450,000 by the governing body of the Minster School.

Newark and Sherwood District Council is to set up a task force to try to beat the danger of the millennium bug.

The council has set aside £220,000 to meet the problems associated with year 2000 compliance of computer equipment.

There is a risk that some computers and computer-controlled systems could fail after midnight on December 31, 1999, because of the way they have been set up.

More than 40 Scouts from the Czech Republic joined 100 Newark Scouts for a Fun and Friendship camp in the grounds of Kelham Hall.

The Czechs, aged 11 to over 20, joined Scouts of the same age from Newark, Balderton, Coddington , Collingham and Norwell.

50 years ago – August 4, 1973

South Collingham Hall Garden Party Jul 1973
South Collingham Hall Garden Party Jul 1973

ABOVE: Handkerchief girl Diane Shelton, 10, receives a helping hand with her costume from Miss Magdelene Jack, at South Collingham Hall’s garden fete.

The event raised £306 towards a new mini-bus.

Will the strike end on Monday? That is the question both management and union officials at Newark’s Ransome Hoffmann Pollard plant are asking this weekend.

Nearly 150 workers in the grindery walked out a few hours before the works closed for its annual holiday because of the payments-by-results system.

If the strike continues on Monday more than 250 will become immediately involved and within a few days the whole plant, employing nearly 3,000, could be at a standstill.

Because a rush-hour parking ban may have hit borrowing at Newark’s Gilstrap Library, the case against double yellow line restrictions in Castlegate has been re-opened, bringing accusations that town councillors have double standards.

After considering if the 8-9.30am and 4.30-7pm parking ban was responsible for a drop of nearly 1,000 in the number of books and records issued in May, the council’s library committee has asked for a relaxation in the restrictions.

Newark’s petite mayor Alderman Mrs Elizabeth Yorke had to stand on a chair steadied by the chairman of Newark Archaeological and Local History Society, Mr Ralph Reddish, when she unveiled a plaque marking the birthplace of artist Sir William Nicholson at 39 London Road, Newark.

Free carparking in Newark Market Place will come an end, at least temporarily, on Monday.

The carpark will be manned until September 3 on Mondays and Thursdays by the Royal British Legion and fees in line with other carparks in the town will be charged.

100 years ago – August 1, 1923

After staying longer than was intended haymaking, three Newark and Balderton men returned home on their cycles without lights.

This was disclosed at the Newark County Police Court where they were fined for riding without lights on London Road, Balderton, at 11.30pm.

Mr Z. Johnson, one of Newark’s oldest and most respected tradesmen, has retired from his butchers business in Baldertongate, Newark, which he has carried on for 47 years.

Mr Johnson had in those years built up a flourishing connection by reason of his good business sense and courtesy.

A parish meeting was held in the Schoolroom, Long Bennington, to consider the possibilities of a water supply for the village.

Mr Younghusband outlined a proposed scheme for the provision of a water supply from Balderton and a lively discussion followed.

On being put to the vote, the scheme was turned down by a decisive majority, only 12 voting in favour, and there the matter rests for the present.

A steady, drenching downpour greeted the Nottinghamshire Boy Scouts’ County Council for their annual sports, which was held on the Newark FC ground, Muskham Road.

It was impossible to cancel the sports, competitors having come from all parts of the county, but the heavy going made really good finishes almost impossible.

There was a happy reunion at the Magnus Grammar School when the annual celebrations of Founder’s Day were held.

A cricket match between Old Boys and the school was watched with much interest by a large crowd of spectators.

The teams were then entertained to lunch in a marquee in the field by the Old Magnusians’ Association.



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