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7:32am Thu Jul 31, 2014
EVENTS are taking place across Newark and district as the nation marks the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war. These events and the anniversary offer an opportunity to reflect on what was a momentous, terrible, period in history.
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Thanks to...
­— JOHN WHITELAW, New Rise, Nottingham.
... my friends in Newark and at Newark Rugby Club for their sympathy and support after the death of my wife, Jan Whitelaw. Special thanks go to those who were able to attend Bramcote Crematorium for the celebration of her life.

She would have loved to have seen so many friends together.
Moving visit
­— PAUL DOBB, principal architectural co-ordinator, RPS, Sherwood Avenue, Newark.
RPS in Newark has this year chosen to support the Royal British Legion as our local charity.

It ties in with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war and the fact that our building, Sherwood House, is 100 years-old this year.

Sherwood House was a base for the Sherwood Foresters and was used by the Army until 1994 when it was sold to us for use as an engineering and architectural practice.
Thanks to...
— CLIVE RICHARDSON, head, Bishop Alexander LEAD Academy, Newark.
... everyone who sent cards, good luck messages and gifts as I leave the headship at Bishop Alexander LEAD Academy.

I have been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness. Good luck to all for a successful future.
Slow progress
­— ROBERT CAMPBELL, Penswick Grove, Coddington.
It has been interesting to note many references to traffic problems in the Advertiser.

Is it not time that councils recognised the now familiar concerns about congestion?

It takes only a small accident, or minor roadworks to start major congestion in the centre of Newark, and it is surely time to do something about it.
Stronger case
Previous correspondents have raised good points about the proposed new district council offices near Castle station.

I agree that relocation from Kelham to Newark would be advantageous to many people and I accept that Kelham Hall is expensive to maintain and run, but I am not convinced that using various vacant premises in Millgate and Baldertongate might not be a more cost-effective solution, particularly as Nottinghamshire may in the future be split into two unitary authorities, neither of which would be based in Newark.

The district council needs to set out its case more strongly so we can see that we will all benefit, not just councillors and officers. — CHRIS ADAMS, chairman, Newark branch Liberal Democrats, Brewers Wharf, Newark.
Easy option
— BOB HART, Fairway, Newark.
It is sensible that Newark and Sherwood District Council moves from Kelham Hall, which is highly inefficient and costly in its present use.

A purpose-built new office is the easy option but there appears to be reluctance on the part of the council to show it has considered all options and factors in depth.

A predicted saving of £420,000 in running costs per year for the £6m new building demonstrates that there are massive savings to be made — perhaps even more for other options.
White elephant fears for council HQ
— JULIAN HAMILTON, Lib Dem district councillor, Southwell East.
It is not surprising that many people think the days of district councils are numbered.

In Newark and Sherwood we have a case of penny-pinching on the Grove Leisure Centre replacement so that a range of sports will be disadvantaged (a poor service for residents) while at almost the same time the district council seems determined to spend huge sums on purpose-built offices and facilities (good service for itself).

It’s a strange sort of austerity.
Helping hands
­— BILL JACKSON, Collingham (Full address supplied).
As chairman of Collingham Rural Advice and Resource Centre, I can say that the garden scheme mentioned in the story about Les Duffy not being paid for work for the parish council (Council Row Over Pay To Odd-job Man, Advertiser, July 17) has nothing to do with the council.

The advice centre runs a gardening scheme to help vulnerable residents keep their gardens tidy. We have a gardener who manages this.

Les has worked with him and, under careful supervision, did his share as well as he could. We valued his help.
Setting standard
­— TREVOR FRECKNALL, Main Street, North Muskham.
Surely Amanda Sullivan proved to even her staunchest supporter that she should not be the chief executive of the organisation tasked with providing “the safest and most effective services” for patients in Newark and Sherwood when she told the Advertiser: “The services that have been discontinued (at Newark Hospital) did not meet modern day standards” (Cuts ‘Take Heart Out Of Hospital’, Advertiser, July 17).

Can she please be replaced as head of our Clinical Comm-issioning Group before she takes this transposed logic a stage further by declaring that, as the ambulance service is not reaching its targets, all patients will have to make their own way to King’s Mill, Lincoln, Grantham, Worksop, Nottingham ­— anywhere but Newark?

And, please, can her successor be someone who realises the task, legally as well as morally, is to improve services at Newark Hospital in order that they meet modern day standards?
Insider's view
­— (Mrs) DOREEN LANGFORD, Marlborough Close, Newark.
May I applaud the Newark Hospital staff member for speaking out and expressing their concerns in respect of the hospital services (Cuts ‘Take Heart Out Of Hospital,’ Advertiser, July 17).

It was very brave of them to do so.

We campaigners have been saying for quite some time that services at the hospital are not good enough to meet the needs of a thriving and growing community and it is in danger of being no more than a walk-in centre.
Cricketers determined to play on
­— COLIN LAMBERT, vice-chairman, on behalf of NewarkR&M Cricket Club, Kelham Road, Newark.
It was interesting to read recent articles in the Advertiser regarding the development of the new sports hub on Elm Avenue.

As someone who remembers the days when the ground was used for Midland league football, hockey, tennis and bowls, and later when Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club played there on a regular basis, it would be good to see the ground restored to a standard similar to as it was then.

Ransome & Marles Cricket Club played there from 1931-2010 when it merged with Newark Cricket Club, following repeated vandalism and fires that destroyed the pavilion and scorebox.
 
Wonderful walk
­— NEVILLE THORPE, Holden Crescent, Newark.
Congratulations go to Farndon Parish Council, various trusts, the many volunteers and others who have created and maintained the nature and wildlife reserves around the village.

With the sun shining brightly I recently set off from my home and walked across Sconce and Devon Park to Devon bridge.

The first public footpath on Farndon Road leads to the Trent, passing in front of Trent Villas and on to Farndon Mill.
Family search
— ALAN MASON, Laxton Close, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 8RN.
I am appealing for help from readers in tracking down a lost part of my family to complete my research into one branch of which I know very little.

The Davies branch of my family moved around the world to parts that, as a child in the 1950s, I would not even have heard of.

I have already successfully traced a Davies who died in the first world war.
Pride of place
­— JOHN STEPHENSON, Marton Road, Newark.
Following the generosity of so many people to help raise £100,000, together with many months of hard work and preparation, it really is lovely to once again see the golden cockerel weather vane back in its rightful place and gleaming in the sunshine on top of Newark Parish Church.

Marvid Building and Conservation, of North Muskham, should be congratulated on their excellent workmanship and feel extremely proud of their achievement.

With the rooster returned after six years what a shame that it still looks out over the remains of the Robin Hood Hotel eyesore.
Office politics
— MARY MOLLOSON, Main Street, Coddington.
The Municipal Buildings in Baldertongate, Newark, are, in fact, owned by Newark and Sherwood District Council.

I suggest this only adds weight to their suitability as a relocation site for the council.

I would suggest that for about £1m these premises could be refurbished and extended to provide convenient and attractive new offices.
Concern at council's proposed move
— BILL DAVIDSON, Queen Street, Balderton.
I have been active in, and observed, local civic life for a number of years and have formed a good impression of Newark and Sherwood District Council.

It seems, at least by comparison with others of its type, relatively efficient and cost-effective.

I was surprised, therefore, to read recent stories in the Advertiser giving news of an apparent conflict in the council’s vision for the future.
Magical show
— (Mrs) S. WISE, Hawton Lane, Balderton.
Congratulations to all involved in a superb performance of The Wizard Of Oz at Muskham Primary School.

The standard was excellent and all the children performed with skill and enthusiasm.

I would make particular mention of Ella Lighten, 10, who shared the role of Dorothy.
Wider issues
— ROBERT CAMPBELL, Penswick Grove, Coddington.
The Newark Growth Point will bring increased traffic to an already congested town, and a southern bypass will be of little value unless it is coupled with other measures.

It would cost more but it should be dual carriageway. In the long run that would provide better value.

The existing A46 bypass should also be dualled. Newark would then have a proper bypass to take traffic around us.
Transfer policy
­— D. HINCHLEY, Acacia Road, Balderton.
Thousands of new homes are to be built on the Growth Point site south of Newark.

I would like to ask Newark MP Robert Jenrick if he will now push for Newark Hospital to be used more instead of patients being transferred to other hospitals, and for A&E to be upgraded.

With many more people coming to the area we need it.
Silent treatment
— (Mrs) D. LANGFORD, Marlborough Close, Newark.
Once again we learn of a facility leaving our healthcare provision (Homeless Fear If Health Unit Closes, Advertiser, July 10).

This time it’s Enright Close where patients with mental health problems are treated.

I have seen for myself in other parts of the country that when care in the community programmes have been implemented and hospital patient facilities closed, some of the patients have been unable to cope without the back-up they require.
Fighting talk
— S. SCHOFIELD, Stephen Road, Newark.
Outline planning permission exists south of Newark for more than 3,000 homes, a care home, medical centre and two primary school, and employment land bringing 2,400 jobs.

This sounds good in some respects but there is no mention of the need to upgrade Newark Hospital or improve the appaling state of our ambulance service.

These should be top priorities before any thought of making Newark bigger.
 

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