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





The Advertiser has again 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 – June 5, 1998

Southwell Minster Quartet Charity Concert May 1998
Southwell Minster Quartet Charity Concert May 1998

ABOVE: A young composer from the Minster School, Southwell, has written a piece of music which will be performed by a string quartet during a charity concert at the Albert Hall, Nottingham.

Highly Strung, a group of four girl pupils from the school will perform the world premiere of the piece written by group member Elizabeth Croad, 17, of Upton.

Crisis talks are being held in a bid to halt an escalating crime and drugs problem on Newark’s Fosse Estate.

Newark’s historic Castle Brewery could be in line for restoration and conversion to housing, leisure, office, studio or specialist craft/retail use.

The long-vacant property at the corner of London Road and Albert Street, has gone on the market again following the approval of plans for a supermarket on another part of the ste.

Police, councillors and concerned residents are discussing ways of cracking down on a small number of trouble-makers who are making life a misery of most people living in the area.

Residents say the situation is almost out of control.

Retailers on Appletongate, Newark, say a proposal to remove a busy bus stop from outside the parish church would have a drastic effect on trade.

They blame heavy congestion for the fact that Lincolnshire Roadcar has decided to investigate the possibility of re-routing town services through Castlegate.

A new 60-bedroom motel planned for a site between Bilsthorpe and Farnsfield has come a step closer following detailed negotiations between council planners and developers.

Newark and Sherwood District Council has received an application for outline permission to build the motel along with a pub and restaurant on land off Lockwell Hill at the junction of the A614 and A617.

Names of people and places from Southwell’s past should be used when naming streets in the town, say town councillors.

The new policy was put into practice when a new road for an estate off Halam Road was named after two brothers – the Humberstones – who were killed during the first world war.

50 years ago – June 9, 1973

Southwell Minster Fete Jane Davis. Jun 1973
Southwell Minster Fete Jane Davis. Jun 1973

ABOVE: Special guest Miss Jane Davies, the recently-appointed director of the Palace arts and leisure centre at Newark, draws a tombola ticket at a fete organised by the Friends of Southwell Minster Grammar School.

Parents staffed and organised the cake, tombola, plant and other stalls and the sideshows were organised by pupils, who also provided the loudspeaker equipment and other audio facilities under the name of Radio Southwell.

Hopes that a peak period parking ban in Castlegate, Newark, may be lifted are raised with the announcement that the Department of the Environment is giving consideration to the restrictions.

Newark and District Chamber of Trade took up the fight for shopkeepers who complained the ban coincided with peak shopping times and hit their trade. One said it cost £120 a week in turnover.

The old Duke of Cumberland public house in Chain Lane, Newark, is to reopen as the town’s only free house.

A provisional full on licence for the premises was granted for Mr David Kirrage, licensee of the Old White Hart.

He intends to run the Duke Of Cumberland with the emphasis on food. Morning coffee, lunches and evening meals are to be served.

Four Newark amateur radio operarators spent 24 hours making contact with colleagues in Canada, the US, Russia, Europe and Britain.

Last year, the group made 302 contacts and finished 20th out of more than 100 entries. This year, the team made 343 morse contacts and hope to be in the top 15.

After the first month of operation, Newark’s pay carparks just about broke even financially.

The new system of charging was introduced on Lombard Street, London Road and Appletongate on May 1. But since the parking charges were imposed many motorists have been boycotting the parks.

100 years ago – June 6, 1923

The great and increasing part which the Girls’ Friendly Society is taking in the lives of the girls and young women of the parishes was amply demonstrated at the County Festival held at Southwell.

Every place of note was represented and the cathedral town was enlivened by no less than 1,140 girls. Arriving by all manner of conveyance, their high spirits and enthusiasm surprised and delighted the organisers.

In Bishop’s Manor hall exhibits of entries were on show in needlework, millinery, cookery, literary work and embroidery. Competitions took place in other centres and in the Infants School there was drill, country dancing, skipping and team races.

Among the many unique attractions at the garden fete to be held at Martindale, for Young Helpers’ League, will be palmistry by Pharette, who will make her first appearance in Newark.

Her tent will be decorated in accordance with Egyptian surroundings, and it is hoped there will be a large attendance during her hours of appearance.

The new bowling green at the Great Northern Hotel will be opened on Friday.

The green is quite private and there is seating accommodation for spectators and a few days sunshine is all that is needed to bring the green into first-class condition.

An attractive residence known as Co-Pattner House, South Collingham, with outbuildings and productive garden was sold at auction at the Royal Oak Hotel, North Collingham.

It was sold to Mr Arthur Farney for £560.

Only a burst of sunshine was required to make the Magnus Grammar School sports more enjoyable.

There was a large gathering of parents and friends who were entertained to an attractive programme of events.

Tea was served by Messrs E. E. Oldham and Son.



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