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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 look at what was making the news this week 25, 50 and 100 years ago.

Does it bring back any memories?

25 years ago – October 18, 1998

Chris Grant and Jean Robinson play defendants being quizzed at Newark Magsistrates' Court open day in October 1998.
Chris Grant and Jean Robinson play defendants being quizzed at Newark Magsistrates' Court open day in October 1998.

ABOVE: More than 500 people took up the chance to see inside one of Newark’s oldest institutions when they visited the town’s magistrates’ court during its first open day.

Court number one was packed for each of the four mock courts held throughout the day and the proceedings were punctuated by questions from the public.

Four members of Newark Amateur Operatic Society, including Chris Grant and Jean Robinson (pictured) were recruited to appear as defendants.

• The fight started to save county council-run old people’s homes in Southwell and Bingham from the axe.

Residents and staff from South Muskham Prebend and Old Vicarage brought traffic to a standstill in Southwell town centre with a demonstration against the council’s closure plans.

Pensioners, some of them in wheelchairs, walked or were pushed in single file across the zebra crossing on Church Street, hitting the rush hour traffic.

The demonstration was greeted with cheers from pedestrians and many motorists sounded their horns in support.

• A stretch of road could remain closed for up to three weeks after an unexpected guest paid a surprise visit to the Royal Oak in Collingham High Street.

A heavy goods vehicle crashed into the pub and left its mark in the form of a gaping hole in the pub wall.

• A star of the television comedy The Brittas Empire visited Southwell Leisure Centre to promote its programme of autumn holiday activities.

Jill Greenacre, who played Linda in the BBC1 series, sampled some of the range of sporting activities on offer.

• The Princess Royal was in Bingham to see at first hand the work done by the carers and users of the Home Farm Trust.

Princess Anne, who is the trust’s patron, visited its day service resource centre on Long Acre.

50 years – October 20, 1973

Newark Parish Church Harvest Festival from October 1973
Newark Parish Church Harvest Festival from October 1973

ABOVE: Children from Newark Parish Church present their gifts at the church’s harvest festival, which were distributed among elderly people in the town.

• Shoppers in Newark Market Place have the chance to fire questions at a top government minister.

Mr James Prior, leader of the House of Commons, will walk around the town centre to find out what people think about the economy.

• Plans are being laid for renovating Newark Clinton Arms Hotel when the town’s St Mark’s Lane development scheme gets under way.

A spokesman for the owners, Home Brewery Co, said one or two ideas were being discussed by the brewery and admitted one or two bars would be improved.

He would not confirm that the Clinton would become a Berni-type steak house or that it would lose its bedrooms.

• Work has started on a £20,000 scheme to facelift Newark's Robin Hood Hotel.

Eight extra bathrooms are to be provided and a new entrance with canopy is to be built to give access from the carpark at the rear.

There are no plans to close the Sherwood Suite.

• More than 250 Jehovah’s Witnesses from all over England attended a service in Newark to mark the official opening of Kingdom Hall in Parliament Street.

• The 3rds Southwell Scouts are holding a series of money-raising efforts to make £200 to pay for the installation of electricity at their headquarters near the War Memorial recreation ground.

100 years ago – October 17, 1923

• The case of a man who was fined for riding a horse on a footpath, in spite of the fact the road was not safe for the horse, was under discussion at a meeting of Southwell Rural District Council.

The man was fined £1 per horse for leading two horses upon a footpath because the roads were impassible.

• There was a large gathering of spectators on the Magnus Grammar School when the annual charity rugby match for the benefit of Newark Hospital was played between the school and town teams.

Magnus were not up to the strength of their last year’s team, which was, perhaps, the finest team the school ever boasted, but the team fielded again the Town put up a plucky display and gave the seniors some anxious moments.

• The new Ollerton pit is assuming an aspect of considerable activity.

It is expected that within a few weeks sinking operations will be recommenced.

• The YMCA celebrated their joint holding of the Newark League Cup by a social.

The cup has been held for the last six months by Southwell and now the YMCA are to hold it as the final of the cup was unfinished.

• Mr H. Morgan, of Coddington, gave a lecture and exhibition of concology (sea shells) at the Institute.

Mr Morgan, who stood by a table on which was arranged his collection of sea shells, numbering upwards of a thousand, said the object of his lecture was twofold.

Firstly, for recreation and intellectual entertainment, and secondly to help towards the village fund for the increase of the vicar’s stipend.

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