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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 see what was making the news this week 25, 50 and 100 years ago.

Does this bring back any memories?

25 years ago – September 25, 1998

Brownies Planting Bulbs at Newark Hospice. September 1998
Brownies Planting Bulbs at Newark Hospice. September 1998

ABOVE: A team from the 2nd Newark Brownies lent a hand and planted more than 200 spring bulbs in the grounds of Newark Hospice.

The project was organised by assistant leader Mrs Jean White who persuaded businesses and market traders to donate six large wooden tubs, bulbs and winter flowering pansies.

Pictured at the planting are Tara Sandaver, Laura Moor, and Charlotte Osborne, all 9.

• Newark’s former hospital on London Road was put back on the market and has already attracted interest.

When the building was originally put on the market it had a £300,000 price tag.

• The last learner through the doors of Newark driving test centre passed with flying colours.

Mr Garry Atwood, 18, of Lincoln Road, Newark, admitted he was relieved to have got through the tests of roads he knew so he would not have to travel to a unfamiliar town to take it again.

The Driving Standards Agency closed the Bowbridge Road centre, saying it was unviable.

• Newark’s former Alishaan Restaurant in Appletongate will be converted into a health and fitness club if plans are allowed by Newark and Sherwood District Council.

The £150,000 development would include a gym, an aerobic studio, a sauna, a beauty salon, and sunbeds.

50 years ago – September 29, 1973

Continental Evening to raise money for Robin Hood Theatre, Averham. October 1973
Continental Evening to raise money for Robin Hood Theatre, Averham. October 1973

ABOVE: The curtain rose at Newark Town Hall on a campaign to raise £1,000 for an extension to the dining room at the Robin Hood Theatre, Averham.

More than £80 was made at a Continental fancy dress evening attended by 150 at £2.25 a ticket.

Pictured is Old King Cole calling for his fiddlers three, left to right, Mr and Mrs Derrick Williams and Mr and Mrs David Horriben.

• The estimated cost of bullding a new Trent divisional police headquarters at Newark has shot up from £200,000 last year to £490,000, but no site has yet been acquired.

Bullding of the new headquarters is due to start in 1976-77. It was originally intended to put it on the site of the barracks on Albert Street where the cost would have been £70,000.

But the Home Office had reservations about that site.

• One of the oldest family businesses in Newark – D. A. Clark and Sons, the furnishers of Barnbygate – has changed hands.

It has been bought by the national firm of Court Bros Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Members of the Clark family will take no further part in running the shop but they will keep the removal and storage business started 20 years ago.

• Newark District Council is to employ an artist at £40 to £50 a week to put over their image to the public.

He will design and build displays for public exhibitions and construct scale models.

• Pat Phoenix, Coronation Street’s Elsie Howard, will kick-off a football match between Ransomes and a Nottingham All Stars XI at Elm Avenue, Newark.

The match will be the climax of an afternoon of entertainment designed to raise money for the works team.

100 years ago – September 26, 1923

• The vexed problem of electricity for Newark was debated once more at a meeting of the Urban District Council when further impetus was given to the adoption of Mr Wordingham’s scheme for a local generating station.

Opposition was voiced but the suggested amendment that further negotiations be opened with the Notts and Derby Power Company was turned down.

• Mr W. Berry, who described the motor laws as antiquated and not in accordance with present-day traffic, moved at a meeting of Newark Town Council that an application should be made to the Ministry of Transport for a speed limit of 10mph to be introduced in Newark.

Mr S. A. Smyth seconded, adding that their motto should be ‘safety first’.

• A sale of work will take be held at the Newark Workhouse Infirmary, Bowbridge Road.

The articles have all been made by the patients under the auspices of the Brabazon Society and comprise Axminster wool hearth rugs, doormats, shawls, scarves, socks, vests, baskets, and other useful and ornamental articles.

• Mr K. Tweedale Meaby has presented a handsome silver rose bowl for competition at Southwell Golf Club, to be known as the Tweedale Meaby Challenge Bowl.

The conditions for the competition have not yet been arranged by the committees, but the donor has expressed a wish that if possible ladies may be eligible to compete for the trophy.

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