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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 24, 1998

Oliver Quibell School pupils visit Newark Sorting Office. October1998
Oliver Quibell School pupils visit Newark Sorting Office. October1998

ABOVE: Teachers at Oliver Quibell School, Newark, took pupils on a tour of the Royal Mail’s delivery office.

Pupils were shown the whole process, from the moment the letters arrived at the office.

Pupil Amy-Leigh Mann, 5, is pictured helping postman Mr Graham Walton to sort the letters.

• Plans for a giant £8m retail warehouse on the edge of Newark Industrial Estate, which would have created 220 jobs, have been rejected.

Boundary Mill wanted to build a 100,000sq ft store off Brunel Drive. Newark and Sherwood District Council wanted the project to go ahead but the Environment Secretary decided the decision should be referred to him.

A government appointed inspector rejected the application, saying it would have an unacceptable impact on the town centre.

• Hopes are stll high within Newark Chamber of Commerce that the town will get its town centre cameras, despite the slow start to its appeal from traders.

Money and pledges stand at £20,000 from a target of £98,000.

Newark and Sherwood District Council will allocated £200,000 towards the scheme if the private sector reaches its target.

• Builders have moved on to the former Lilley and Stone School site in Newark to start a £2m redevelopment project.

The scheme will include the building of new classroom and technology blocks as part of the re-organisation of secondary education in Newark.

It is hoped the London Road site, now part of the Newark High School, will be complete by January 2000 when pupils are due to transfer from the Windsor Road site, formerly Sconce Hills School.

• The owners of the energy efficient underground homes at Hockerton are hoping it is third time lucky for their bid to get planning permission to put up a wind turbine to provide their power.

They have applied for permission to put up a 24-metre-high tower to hold the turbine.

Their previous two applications were opposed by village residents and turned down by councillors.

50 years ago – October 27, 1973

Southwell Darby and Joan Party. October 1973
Southwell Darby and Joan Party. October 1973

ABOVE: Some of the 75 people who attended the Southwell WRVS Darby and Joan Club’s annual party in Trebeck Hall are pictured during their meal.

After the meal, slides of well dressings were shown and the evening ended with a sing-song.

• Amid the tightest security operation ever mounted by Newark Police, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Mr William Whitelaw told a 200-strong audience that the British Army was successfully carrying out a ‘terrible task’.

Mr Whitelaw arrived at the Holy Trinity Catholic Social Club at Parliament Street, Newark, flanked by his Special Branch bodyguards.

Newark police had earlier searched the carpark for possible bombs and an army bomb disposal squad was on stand-by throughout at Newark Police Station, in constant radio contact with police officers.

• The warm summer meant a doubling of the revenues at Newark’s swimming pool.

Receipts rose from £1,037 in 1972 to £2,198.

• Drivers will have to pay for parking in Newark Market Place, if the town council agrees to a recommendation from its highways committee.

The recommendation was made after a successful eight-day trial.

The carpark will be run by the Royal British Legion.

• Although Southwell Rural District Coucil agrees that some tenants need storm porches, they fear the efforts of do-it-yourself enthusiasts might disfigure housing estates.

It is recommending the council should specify that only purpose-built structures from recognised firms should be allowed.

100 years ago – October 24, 1923

• An ambitious scheme for a bypass for the Great North Road was broached at a meeting of Newark Urban District Council.

Councillor Stephenson, who moved the minutes, said they were legislating for ten, 20 or 30 years ahead in view of the ever-increasing traffic.

The surveyor recommended a bypass that would pass through the Balderton corner to Lowfields, across the bridge over the Nottingham railway line, across by Sconce Hills, the back of the White House over the Trent , over the railway and out somewhere near the sugar factory.

• Mr Donald Woolfitt, the Newark actor who is at present touring, has arranged to give dramatic recital in Newark on December 21.

• A special Kelham parish meeting was held at the Midlands Hotel to consider a letter from the town council re attendance of the Fire Brigade at fires in the Kelham parish.

The council offered to place the brigade and engine at the parish’s disposal at a charge of 1/2d in the pound of the rateable value. This would be almost £30 a year.

It was decided to accept the council’s offer.

• Southwell Golf Club held its third annual ball at the Assembly Rooms.

There was an attendance of around 80. A capital selection of music was played by My C. Wyet’s orchestra and dancing, which commenced at 8pm, was in evidence until 2am the following morning.

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