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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.

Does it bring back any memories?

25 years ago – October 9, 1998

Holy Trinity RC School, Newark, Christmas present collection for Albania. October 1998
Holy Trinity RC School, Newark, Christmas present collection for Albania. October 1998

ABOVE: Christmas will come early for some children in Albania thanks to pupils at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Primary School, Newark.

They have packed more than 100 boxes full of sweets and presents, which will be loaded on to a lorry and taken to Albania.

The presents will go to children in and around Rubik, which is home to two former Newark nuns, Sister Dominic and Sister Veronica, who moved there after retiring as teachers at Holy Trinity.

• Multi-million pound plans have been unveiled to transform Newark St Mark’s shopping precinct and bring major high street retailers to the town.

Owners Allied London Properties have announced a £3.5m scheme to upgrade and renovate the centre.

The realignment of St Mark's Place will allow the creation of a new shopping street. There will be larger shops, new public toilets and improved lighting and signage.

In total, more than 10,000sq ft of new retail space will be provided.

• Southwell’s two county council-run old people’s homes are set to close.

South Muskham Prebend and the Old Vicarage are among 12 homes across the county earmarked for closure.

• A charity river cruiser has been given a permanent berth on the River Trent in Newark.

Crusader, which is operated by St John Ambulance, has carried elderly, disabled and disadvantaged people on river cruises for seven years. Next year, a new boat will operate from the city and the Crusader will be based in Newark.

• Newark’s Northgate Station has been used as one of the locations for a new series of the BBC’s Playing The Field.

The series, written by Kay Mellor, centres on a women’s football team and their lives on and off the field.

A film crew spent a morning at the station shooting a scene involving actress Jo McInnes, who plays one of the team’s stars, and Lee Ross, who plays Ryan Pratt.

50 years ago – October 13, 1973

Balderton Hospital Nurses Prizegiving October 1973
Balderton Hospital Nurses Prizegiving October 1973

ABOVE: Award-winning smiles from three nurses at Balderton Hospital who received prizes at an annual presentation by the Mayor of Newark, Alderman Mrs Elizabeth Yorke. They are, from left to right, Mrs Barbara Harrison, Mrs Elsie Bates, and Mrs Doreen Gamgee.

• Big government grants may boost conservation schemes in Newark and speed up plans for facelifting the town’s riverside area.

Newark rates for a grant because it is officially listed as one of the 50 most historic towns in Britain.

Plans include the floodlighting of the castle, Trent Bridge and the Ossington, repairing Ossington Terrace and Town Wharf, cleaning the Corn Exchange and landscaping the riverside land near the cattle market.

• Long hair is one of the causes for an increase in lice among children, according to the schools medical officer.

In his annual report, Dr Edwin Birch says the fashion for long hair provides many hiding places for lice and their eggs.

• More than 50 employees of the Newark branch of Marks and Spencer said goodbye to their catering supervisor, Mrs Lorna White, at her retirement party.

Mrs White, who has been with the firm for 31 years, was presented with a cheque, tea trolley and tea set.

• Residents of Boundary Road, Newark, look like having to put up with disturbances from heavy lorries, Newark RDC was told.

The route is used by lorries from a number of Newark firms and any alternative route would be disastrous so far as the factories are concerned.

It was suggested the lorries should go slower.

100 years ago – October 10, 1923

• Another important stage in the Trent Navigation Scheme was reached when Sir Montagu Barlow, Minister of Labour, opened the second completed lock, this one being at Stoke Bardolph.

Two further locks are in course of construction at Gunthorpe and Hazleford and, with reasonable weather conditions, the whole scheme should be finished by the end of next year.

It will then be possible for barges of 120 tons to use the river at all seasons of the year as far as Nottingham.

• It is expected that 500 men will turn out on Sunday afternoon when the Newark Federation of the Church of England Men’s Society has arranged a men’s service at the Parish Church.

Members of the Friendly Societies, football clubs and others have been invited to join the procession, which leaves the Market Place at 2.45pm headed by the St Leonard’s Band.

• Two more cases of driving offences at Beaumond Cross, Newark, were considered by the Borough Bench.

The first concerned William Wilcox, who pleaded guilty to approaching the point after warning on the wrong side of the road and was fined 7s 6d.

He was driving a horse and cart out of Lombard Street into Albert Street.

The defendant in the second case was Joseph Lloyd, who admitted being on the wrong side of the road, but attributed it to the road being greasy.

He approached from London Road on a motorcycle. Pc Brown signalled him to keep on the proper side of the road but Lloyd took no notice and went into Lombard Street, making some remark.

He was fined 10s.

• Newark Board of Guardians considered the number of children present in the workhouse who should be in a Cottage Home.

In the first instance, they recommended, further Cottage Home accommodation should be provided in the institution.

The Rev A. J. Maxwell said there were now 19 children over the age of three in the workhouse, against seven the previous year. The accommodation at the institution was quite inadequate and children ought not to be in that place.

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