HITTING THE BIG TIME

Newark MP Patrick Mercer has written a story that is apparently going to be made into a £50million film, much of it set in Newark. Called England’s Gold, it is described as an epic set mostly in the Crimean War, but starting and finishing with descendants of the Crimean soldiers heading off to and returning… Read More »

TORIES CONTINUE TO DISMANTLE THE HEALTH SERVICE

The future of Newark Ambulance Station on Queen’s Road is under threat as East Midlands Ambulance Service seeks to cut costs. It is one of 65 ambulance centres in the region that could be closed as the service re-organises around 10-14 large hubs. When it happens, watch response times fall. Paul Baggaley, Secretary of the… Read More »

PARISHIONERS CALL FOR REINSTATEMENT OF CHOIRMASTER

Parishioners of Newark Parish Church who attended a meeting last week convened specifically to discuss the Song School situation voted 17-to-nine in favour of reinstating George Richford as Master of the Song School. A vote of no confidence in the Rector of Newark, Vivian Enever, who sacked George Richford, was also carried – 13-to-11. The… Read More »

VICTORY FOR VIC

There is a nice picture of Vic Hall on his mobility scooter with his way to a footpath barred by metal railings. The railings and bollards were put up to stop motorcyclists from using the paths that link Church Lane and Pinfold Lane, Balderton, and the alley beside the Coronation Street playing fields. But they… Read More »

PARKING CHARGES A CONCERN

More than 200 people responded to a survey that is part of Newark’s bid to become one of the Government’s ‘Portas Pilots’. 77% of the respondents thought parking charges in Newark were a problem. Suggested innovations for the scheme have included a hopper bus, an App for smart phones and tablets giving details of shops,… Read More »

PRIME MINISTER OUT OF TOUCH WITH ORDINARY PEOPLE SHOCK

There is a letter from Ray Pearson complaining about call-me-Dave Cameron. Ray says: “Freezing pensioners’ allowances, the pasty tax and caravan tax – all examples of major errors by Prime Minister David Cameron. “They show this man has no idea how ordinary British people live. “All the above are aimed at one group only –… Read More »

DO AS COUNCILLOR WALLACE TELLS YOU. IT’S FOR YOUR OWN GOOD (HONEST)

Trish Gurney’s letter about Newark Hospital printed in the Advertiser of 26 April has prompted a ‘do as you are told, dear prols’ letter from County Councillor Stuart Wallace. He makes party political propaganda by disingenuously accusing Trish of attempting to “hijack the hospital review to make party political propaganda”. He concludes: “Let us move… Read More »

MERCER GETS HIS OWN COLUMN

It looks as if Newark MP Patrick Mercer now has his own column in the Advertiser. It is called ‘Political Post: The MP for Newark, Mr Patrick Mercer, on what’s in his mailbag this week’. In this inaugural column he supports the pilot badger culls that are supposed to stop the spread of TB in… Read More »

LOMBARD PATIENTS GROUP DISBANDS

The Lombard Medical Centre Patients Representatives group, which has raised money to provide much-needed medical equipment and has run medical awareness events, has disbanded under strange circumstances that the Advertiser understands relate to ‘communication issues’ with doctors. Typically in today’s frightened society, the group is not saying why it has disbanded. Source: Newark Advertiser –… Read More »

POLICE RECRUIT HELPERS

Nottinghamshire police say they are restricting to 1,000 the number of police community support officers they plan to recruit initially, so the process does not become logjammed. The PCSOs will replace front line officers who have been dismissed to achieve budget cuts. More about the recruitment process at www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/jobs. Source: Newark Advertiser – 3rd May… Read More »

CONFUSED ABOUT POLITICS?

Mary Molloson of Coddington complains about party politics on local councils. Yet she says she is unhappy about “what seems to be an arrangement between Labour and Conservative councillors”, which means, in her opinion, “there will be no effective opposition or challenging of the Conservatives’ decisions”. She says: “The result of all this is that… Read More »

ANOTHER CASE OF CON CONS

Figures used to justify the closure of Newark’s magistrates court have been rubbished by Solicitor Adrian Driver, representing legal firms opposing the closure of the court. HM Court Service said the six items comprising the maintenance backlog for the court building would cost £88,500. But Adrian Driver has questioned the sum. It includes £11,000 for… Read More »

ROBIN HOOD COTTAGES LATEST

In the light of objections from English Heritage, Newark Town Council is to reconsider its position on the listed cottages that the contractors on the Robin Hood-Asda development want to demolish. Previously the council said it had no objections to the application before Newark & Sherwood DC to demolish the cottages. However, the Planning Committee… Read More »