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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 for you?

25 years ago – July 17, 1998

Mount School First Aid Awards July 1998
Mount School First Aid Awards July 1998

ABOVE: There was a clean sweep of passes for pupils from Newark’s Mount Primary School as they gained their first Red Cross certificates.

Pictured celebrating are Leigh Rayson and Pip Padgett, both 8.

The dream of providing Newark with the best possible community leisure facilities came a step closer.

The Magnus Church of England School has joined forces with The Newark High School and the Grove Leisure Centre, Balderton, to try to offer a complete range of sporting activities for the town and district.

The school hopes to be able to build a new sports hall and all-weather pitch at its Earp Avenue site.

A caretaker will be appointed to help keep the Fosse Estate in Newark tidy and to combat vandalism.

The job will involve generally keeping an eye out on the estate, reporting vandalism, helping to clear rubbish and graffiti and doing minor repairs.

The 25-hour a week post will cost Newark and Sherwood District Council around £8,600 over the one-year trial.

Bigger and better is still to come as Newark Festival moves towards its grand finale.

There has already been a packed programme of events offering something for everyone. Big names in the first week have included Ken Dodd and Jools Holland at the Palace Theatre.

Riverside Park is the main venue venue for festival events at the weekend where acts include The Spice-ish Girls and country star Sarah Jory before the festival grand finale on Sunday with Seventies chart stars Hot Chocolate.

Television soap actress and singer Tina Russell was back at her old school in Southwell to open a fundraising garden party.

Tina, whose maiden name was Hall, brought star appeal to the event organised by sixth-form pupils at Minster School.

She stars in the Channel 5 soap Family Affairs, playing Claire, a single mum with twins who is trapped in a love triangle with the father Duncan and Pete Callan, the show’s villain.

St Leonard's Church Fete, Newark, in July 1973
St Leonard's Church Fete, Newark, in July 1973

50 years ago – July 21, 1973

ABOVE: Bombing a target with a remote control was one of the skilful attractions at St Leonard’s Church, fete in Newark vicarage garden.

An eve-of-the-holiday dispute at Newark’s Ransome Hoffmann Pollard plant led to nearly 150 grindery workers walking out.

The dispute is over a new payment-by-results system at the factory.

Any attempt to turn Newark Magnus Grammar School into a comprehensive will be vigorously opposed, said headmaster Dr Norman Clayton when he replied to a toast to the school proposed at the Old Magnusians’ Association dinner.

He said some sense, but a lot of nonsense, had been spoken about grammar schools. The Magnus had changed since its foundation but remained one of the most important institutions in Newark.

A scrambler telephone and a garden-room girl will be installed in a quiet corner of Winthorpe Showground office black. Both are an essential part of the Prime Minister’s visit as they will keep in in constant touch with 10 Downing Street and instantly aware of any national or international crisis.

The girl who sits by the phone gets her name from the room in Downing Street where a scrambler phone is permanently manned.

Tufty the road safety squirrel has been given confidence by Nottinghamshire.

Despite national criticism that the Tufty Club technique puts fantasy before facts, the new county road safety department has reported it supports the scheme and aims to set up a club in every infant school and playgroup.

A flying swan is thought to have brought down power lines in North Kesteven, forcing hundreds of villagers to have a cold breakfast.

100 years ago – July 18, 1923

In summer heat, with the faintest of breezes ever and anon wafting the branches of wide trees to form a shadowy pattern on the sward beneath, the charming gardens of Barnbygate House, the residence of Mr and Mrs L. C. B. Appleby, were open all.

There was a certain amount of compulsion to attend for if one is to neglect an event which endeavours to raise money to further the splendid work of Newark Hospital, what remains to be supported.

To test the efficiency of the fire brigade in Collingham a surprise call was circulated and the affair was timed by the Brigade Committee.

Within ten minutes of the alarm the brigade was at the scene of the supposed fire at the bottom of Wood Hill, almost a mile from the station.

It is gratifying to note that although the apparatus has not been needed for an actual fire for three years, all of it is in perfect condition.

The heavy thunder storm which broke over Newark proved a considerable trouble for children wishing to proceed to school.

Phyllis Green, 12, had a fortunate escape. Keen on going to school, she set off with an umbrella.

Hardly had she got to Barnbygate when a flash of lightning struck the umbrella, smashed it and turned it inside out, every rib and wire being separated.

The child said she felt nothing beyond a jerk.

The Lord Bishop of Lincoln will visit Newark tomorrow evening when he will address a public meeting in Cupit’s Paddock in connection with the League of Nations.

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