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What was making the news in the Newark Advertiser in 1998, 1973 and 1923

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 for you?

25 years ago – May, 15, 1998

Geoffrey Meakin, of Ancliff's grocery store and bakery in Balderton, is preparing to switch off the ovens for the final time - May 1998.
Geoffrey Meakin, of Ancliff's grocery store and bakery in Balderton, is preparing to switch off the ovens for the final time - May 1998.

Above: The end of an era is fast approaching in Balderton for a village bakery is to close after more than 100 years.

Antcliff’s grocery store and bakery in Main Street has been run for the past 22 years by Mr and Mrs Geoffrey Meakin, who are now retiring.

Mr Meakin (pictured) has maintained the traditional baking methods to produce more than 20 types of bread and 89 variety of cakes, plus bread rolls, pastries, meat pies, sausage rolls and Cornish pasties.

Residents of an old people’s complex are so terrified of hooligans they are afraid to leave their homes after dark.

Pensioners living in the Carswell Close and Cleveland Square sheltered housing scheme on the Hawtonville Estate, Newark, are plagued by young vandals who smash gas meter boxes and damage properties.

Phil Joslin will bag a hat-trick when he walks out at Wembley for the third time.

But, with due to respect to the 1994 Vase Final and the 1996 Division Three play-off match, tomorrow is a little bit different.

Joslin, says his appointmnt as assistant referee for the FA Cup final – between Kenny Dalglish’s Newcastle and champions Arsenal – was as much an honour for Newark football as it was for himself and his family.

Youngsters from the Beacon Heights estate in Newark demonstrated outside Kelham Hall in a campaign to keep their playing field.

An inquiry was opening into a Nottinghamshire County Council plan to develop the field for housing. It is a 1.3-hectare site off Collis Close.

More than 50 children and their parents paraded banners in support of the campaign group, Beaconsfield Against Development.

Around 200 people greeted the Princess Royal when she visited Langar to open to new training centre and offices of agricultural machinery manufacturer John Deere Ltd.

50 years ago – May 19, 1973

Balderton Cubs Commando training May 1973
Balderton Cubs Commando training May 1973

ABOVE: Every face registers a different thought as these young spectators watch their fellow Cub negotiating a tricky rope bridge at Balderton.

Commando training was the theme of Newark and district Cub Scouts’ Pack Day when 180 boys negotiated a series of obstacles at the headquarters of 1st Balderton Scouts.

Afterwards, they had tea and then finished off with indoor and outdoor games.

The first t of three units on Newark’s new industrial estate off Northern Road have been provisionally let.

The leases are waiting to be signed for three 5,000ft buildings and it is hoped the first factory will be working by the end of the year.

Changing times mean that the old-style village bobby who is never off duty has gone forever, members of Southwell Rural District Council were told.

Chief Superintendent Eric Buckley was explaining a new policy of closing some rural police stations.

He said this was being done mainly to make better use of limited manpower.

It will be a hush-hush Mayor-making ceremony at Newark Town Hall.

When Alderman Mrs Elizabeth Yorke is installed as Newark’s last mayor before local government re-organisation puts an end to Newark Town Council, the event will be filmed.

Because the film makers want to exclude background sounds, council members and officers have been asked to avoid making any unnecessary noise or movement.

Members of Newark Baptist Church went walkabout on Saturday to spread the gospel among shopper in the town.

They found many people glad to stop and talk about Christianity – one street interview lasted an hour and a half.

100 years ago – May 16, 1923

Newark welcomed the revival of its time-honoured institution, the agricultural show. The annual meeting on the Sconce Hills had lapsed during the years of the war, then the coal strike interfered with proceedings and last year foot and mouth disease frustrated all hopes.

The programme commenced at 11am both days, when a goodly number of agriculturists lined the outside of the ring and as the day grew on the crowd thickened and in the afternoons solid banks of people occupied the slopes on the town side.

The absence of the band was the only disppointing feature. For that, however, the entertainment tax is blamed.

The May Fair is in merry swing. There is the usual fun, laughter and confetti.

Tomorrow night, the annual benefit for the hospital will be held when even the prim and proper will discard their decorum for the night and join the jolly pleasure seekers in the market place.

A most interesting feature in connection with the pleasure fair is the lighting of 26,000 cp lamps, generated by a dynamo and driven by a tractor.

Coffee is increasing in popularity. A cup of fresh-ground coffee made with milk at lunch or supper makes an ideal beverage.

You can obtain it at Best’s Stores, Main Street, Balderton, at 2s 6d per pound, but have it fresh ground – this is important.

During the evening of the Young Helpers’ League garden fete, there will be two waltzing competitions – one for adults and the other for children.

The long and useful career of the Newark Mechanics’ Institute was brought to a close when a final meeting was held and the committee voted a balance of £500 to Newark Hospital.

Like many other institutions of its kind, the Mechanics Institute has fallen from the position it once held as an educational centre. The kind of thing for which it catered has now passed to the continuation and arts school.

It has now closed and the property closed.

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