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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?

25 years ago – August 21, 1998

ABOVE: Part-time firefighters from Southwell pitted their rescue skills against the big city boys – and proved they were more than a match for them.

In what was a major triumph for such a small town, Southwell’s retained firefighters came second in a national competition designed to test the skills needed to rescue road crash victims.

Award-winning team members are pictured, Andrew Cotton, Derek Osborn, Bob Gregory and Frazer Cross. Also in the team was Dean Cooke.

• A new shops and fast food restaurant scheme for Northgate, Newark, has been welcomed by Newark and Sherwood District Council but criticised by the local civic trust.

The Limes Development plan is for five non-food retail units, a fast food outlet and a carpark on land at the former Warwicks and Richardsons brewery site.

Within the site there are a number of buildings and features that will go, including the cask store, Brew Master’s House, a modern warehouse, a bowling green, allotments and other brick buildings.

The scheme was dismissed by Newark Civic Trust as ‘unfit for a prime position in the important Gateways To Newark regeneration scheme.

• Newark is to be the national test centre for an ultra-modern, high-tech ambulance packed with state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.

If the all-new vehicle is a hit, its use will be extended to the rest of Nottinghamshire and then throughout the country.

It marks the latest stage in ambulance design and will incorporate many innovative ideas that are likely to become standard features in the next millennium.

• Prayer of remembrance will be said and candles lit in Southwell Minster and Newark Parish Church to mark the first anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Water and vases will be available at the cathedral for floral tributes.

• About 20 children took part in a summer play scheme at the Newark Caribbean Centre.

The scheme gave the children, aged five to 12, the chance to have their faces painted, make masks, head-dresses, and try out other arts and crafts.

50 years ago – August 25, 1973

Bleasby Sunday School mission. August1973
Bleasby Sunday School mission. August1973

ABOVE: Youngsters from Bleasby’s Independent Evangelism Church Sunday School are pictured at a painting session at a children’s mission in the village’s chapel.

The mission, which was open for four afternoons, included Sunday School work, games and model-making.

• The chairman and chief executive of Ransome Hoffmann Pollard, Mr William Barlow, intended Newark to be the best production unit in the world for roller bearings, he told workers and their families at an open day.

Mr Barlow was at Newark to open the factory's new grindery.

It should be operational by the end of October and will house 250 workers and several new items of machinery.

• The campaign that the Mayor of Newark, Alderman Mrs Elizabeth Yorke, has launched to fight the possible downgrading of the General Hospital is being vigorously supported by Mr Ted Bishop MP for the constituency.

He has written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Services, Sir Keith Joseph, expressing concern about the possibility and will try to raise the matter in the House of Commons after summer recess ‘in order to seek clarification about our hospital’s future’.

• Vandals went on a window-smashing spree along Appletongate and into Lombard Street, Newark.

Worst hit was Newark Town Band's hut in Appletongate where 13 panes of glass were broken.

A police spokesman said there seemed to be no theft motive, it was sheer vandalism.

• Notts County Council is leading the way in setting up a new road safety organisation after opening its offices in Southwell.

In time, there will be pre-driving courses for moped riders and cyclists, and later classes in advanced motoring.

• Newark Sea Scouts returned after a week’s camp at Botley, Hants, that included visits to HMS Charybdis and Victory, a chance for them to operate a 41/2ins gun turret under simulated battle conditions on HMS Excellent and fire a rocket flash.

100 years ago – August 22

• While turning a horse and cart round in Baldertongate, Mrs S. Cheetham, of Collingham, accidentally allowed the cart to back into the window of Miss Fox, ladies’ hairdresser.

The window, which was a large plate-glass sheet, was smashed.

The damage is estimated at about £14 and was not insured.

• A protest against illegal procedure was uttered at a joint meeting of the Vestry and Parochial Church Council at Newark Parish Church.

The meeting was called to express an opinion on the installation of electric light – the gift of an anonymous donor – and the proposed provision of a Guild Chapel and Altar.

There was an unusually large attendance and still more people arrived and when the Vestry was full to the doors, the meeting was moved to the South Transept after assurance proceedings would be calm.

Mr Bradley said while welcoming the lighting of the church by electricity, he wished to protest that this had been done without applying for a faculty.

He added, the whole town was wishful that there should be no danger to the old church. If the roof took fire, not all the brigade in Newark could put it out.

• A the Borough Police Court, a woman was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Kirkgate, Newark.

She pleaded guilty and stated that she was very sorry. It was the ‘wet’ that had caused her to get a little drop of drink.

She was sentenced to seven days’ imprisonment.

• The charming favourite actress, Miss Iris Hoey, is visiting Newark this week and play-goers are according her a hearty reception.

Her company is presenting the sparkling comedy Jill, The Giant Killer, at the Palace Theatre and it is questionable whether such a splendid play has been seen in the town before.

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