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Newark Advertiser bygones include striking feature appearing outside Newark Hospital 25 years ago

Among last week's Advertiser bygones include a striking feature appearing outside Newark Hospital.

Have a read, and giggle, at our bygones below.

Specially-designed bell canopy.
Specially-designed bell canopy.


September 13, 1996

  • A striking feature has appeared outside the main entrance of Newark Hospital.

It is a specially-designed bell canopy, erected to house a century-old 3cwt bell that once struck every quarter-hour in the tower of the former Newark Hospital.

  • Ambitious proposals to revamp Newark Castle grounds will be taken a step further at the end of the month when a National Lottery bid for £300,000 will be submitted.

If the bid is successful the money, which would make up 75% of the scheme’s £400,000 cost, would be used to restore the gardens to their former glory and improve access to the grounds and castle.

  • Britain’s biggest and technologically most-advanced colliery could be built north of Newark as part of a multi-million-pound project that would bring a massive jobs boost to the area.

The news has been welcomed by union representatives, although there was regret it came too late to save pits such as Ollerton, Bevercotes and Bilsthorpe.

The area, which has been given the name Witham Prospect, stretches north of Newark, over the border into Lincolnshire and has Tuxford as part of its north-western boundary.

  • Nottingham Forest and England international footballer Steve Stone is teaching children how to say no to drugs in a promotional video.

The video is being made for the DARE campaign by staff and students from Newark and Sherwood College’s media studies department.

The film, in the style of a pop video, will also feature pop groups Clock and Juice, singer Anne-Marie Smith, the Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team and presenters of Blue Peter.


September 18, 1971

  • A fete organised by the supporters’ association at Newark’s Friary made about £40 for the 5th Newark Scout group.

About 200 people attended the event and were entertained by the Scout band.

In our picture, young Paula Gettings gets full marks for effort at the skittle alley.

  • A dramatic drop in the home demand for bearings has led to a threat of redundancies at Ransome Hoffmann Pollard.

One of the factories to be hit will be Newark, employing 3,100.

  • Parents at Winthorpe plan to draw up a petition spotlighting the danger to their children in crossing the road to get to their new £30,000 primary school.

The parents want flashing lights to warn motorists that children are crossing the road.

Until they get them, they are hoping to organise a daily safety patrol by the mothers.

  • A suggestion that Newark district women could help put the area on the tourist map by playing hostess to Americans has met with opposition from a Newark hotel manageress.

“I think it’s a mad idea,” said Mrs Anne Payne, manageress of the Clinton Arms Hotel.

“The wealthy Americans don’t come to Newark. They go to London to the Savoy or the Hilton.”

  • Representatives of every church in Newark are hoping to take part in a procession from Newark Market Place to Beacon Hill where a bonfire will be lit to draw attention to moral pollution.

It has been organised by the minister of Albert Street Baptist Church, the Rev Peter Hicks.


September 14, 1921

  • Whatever may be the merits of the Ministry of Agriculture’s resettlement for ex-Servicemen, it has brought hardship to one home.

Sheriff’s officers, acting on an order by the High Court, came to Rolleston and dumped all the household goods of Mr and Mrs Thomas Walker and their family in the road in front of the cottage.

A tarpaulin was placed over the furniture, which was guarded through the night by the son.

Mr Walker was given a bed at the village hostelry while his wife and children were provided for by sympathetic neighbours.

Although not penniless, Mr Walker is absolutely stranded.

Mr F. J. Thompson, farm director of the settlement, admits the hard-ships imposed but said similar cases have happened all over the country and are unavoidable if the promise to ex-Servicemen is to be fulfilled.

  • A party of 25 inmates of the Newark Workhouse paid a visit to Priory House, Long Bennington, when they were entertained by the President and members of the Women’s Institute.

After tea, the weather being beautifully fine, a most enjoyable evening was spent in games and other amusements on the lawn.

  • It seemed a pity to revert to pictures after the much appreciated run of plays at the Palace Theatre, Newark, but the break is only for a few days.

The ever-fascinating Constance Telmadge is starred in the principal film which bears the rather outspoken title In Search Of A Sinner.

One would think that the search would not be a long one in these modern days.

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