7:24am Thu Jun 25, 2015
This year’s Newark Festival has been hailed as the most successful since the event returned in 2012. Headline act Boyzone proved they are as popular as ever with fans descending on Riverside Park in their thousands on Saturday.
Should parents reward their children for good exam results?

eg: Restaurant, School
Concert success
Linda and Richard Birch, on behalf of Voices and Newark and Sherwood Concert Band.
On June 12 two local community groups, Voices Choir and Newark and Sherwood Concert Band, came together to perform A Summer Concert for the community of Balderton (and further afield) at The Salvation Army Centre, Balderton.

We would like to express our thanks to everyone involved as the evening proved very successful.

Thanks go to the audience for their generosity in raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK. We are pleased to announce that £400 was raised for this charity.
Temporary fix
Peter Armstrong, Arnold Avenue, Southwell.
AS I have seen no solution put forward, I would like to suggest pre-fabricated, lightweight, steel flyovers be sited on the A46 roundabouts that are causing such problems for Newark — the Farndon and Brownhills junctions.

This is not a new idea but have been used to resolve issues in London and Essex, and probably elsewhere.

The advantages of these structures is that they can be pre-fabricated off-site and then transported and installed where they need to be, possibly at night.
Challenges on the road
A. M. Waddington, Viking Way, Metheringham, Lincolnshire.
It was good to read that Highways England had at last started the engineering design phase of the scheme to dual the A46 Newark bypass (MP Sets Date To talk About Traffic Issues, Advertiser, June 11).

I believe that part of the scheme might be to provide traffic lights at peak periods to sustain the traffic flows from the A1/A46/A17, and at the cattle market and Farndon roundabouts.

The Farndon roundabout has been the subject of many letters and news stories since the A46 was dualled from Farndon to Widmerpool.
Thanks to...
­— IRENE SMITH, secretary, Newark and District Parkinson’s Group.
.. everyone who supported the Newark and Dis-trict Parkinson’s Group coffee morning at Holy Trinity Community Centre, Newark, on May 26.

It was a great success and £719 was raised for the branch, some of which was through generous donations.

A big thank you goes to JCT 600 Newark for bringing their Motability cars and for the information they made available about Motability.
Thanks to...
— KEN DAUBNEY, chairman, Newark Dementia Carers Group.
... Newark businesses for their kind donations for the first anniversary dance of Newark Dementia Carers Group:

Newark Beauty Rooms; Masdings; City Goldsmiths Jewellers; Waitrose; Asda; The Tawny Owl; B&Q; Jane Young; Cartergate Bed Centre; Rich Furnishings; New Image; Honeytrap Lingerie; Joules; Porters; John’s Cards; Slap It On; Flames; Whistlers; Home Inspirations.

Thanks to RST Music for acting as a ticket outlet and to Ron Freeman for the painting.
Enforced closure
— VIC HALL, Queen Street, Balderton.
I fully support the Friends of Woods Court in their struggle to save it from closure.

The decision to close the Newark care home was, to my mind, forced on Nottingham-shire County Council by budgetary constraints.

Putting it in plain words, it was down to the root of all evil — lack of money.
Hospital upgrade would help EMAS
— FRANCIS TOWNDROW, chairman, Say Yes to Newark Hospital campaign.
In the article, MP Calls For Failing EMAS To Be Broken Up (Advertiser, June 18) Newark MP Robert Jenrick responds to the East Midlands Ambu-lance Service failure to hit emergency response target times, and calls for a return to individual county services.

It should be noted that EMAS provides services across Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rut-land and Nottinghamshire.

To re-establish individual county ambulance services would require six new control centres, new individual county management structures and new administrative structures, etc.
Parking point
— STEVE GREEN, Baldertongate, Newark.
If Newark and Sherwood District Council really wanted prosperity to return to Newark then a reaxation of unfair parking restrictions would be a good starting point.

Why, for example, do motorists have to pay £1 to park in the evening?

There is very little traffic and such a cost is, therefore, about raising money and not about good roads and carpark management.
Fine option
­— EDWARD ROSS, Farndon (Full address supplied).
A Newark man was fined £600 for dropping a cigarette end in Nottingham (Fined By Magistrates, Advertiser, June 11).

We do not have a similar system in Newark but we do have a big problem ­— our streets are covered in apt-out chewing gum and fag-ends are all over the place.

Perhaps our vigilant traffic wardens could become our local heroes if they were given additional authority to fine the spitters and scruffy smokers.
Digging in
— NIGEL. J. STARBUCK, Carnarvon Close, Bingham.
Warner’s Paddock, Bing-ham, is back in the news as this month delegates from the Crown Estate are scheduled to convene with town councillors to discuss developing it with a commercial enterprise or housing incorporating a public recreation area.

A campaign has been launched by dedicated individuals taking petitions door-to-door for residents to sign in support of saving the paddock in its natural state that currently sustains a myriad of wildlife.

The town’s MP, Robert Jenrick, was lobbied to influence the Crown Estate into converting the paddock into a park.
Host a tea party
— DAWN BROOMFIELD, community fundraiser, Nottinghamshire.
Marie Curie is here for people living with any terminal illness, and their families.

We offer expert care, guidance and support to help people make the most of the time they have left.

Our Marie Curie nurses provide hands-on care and emotional support and we are asking local people to help support this work by holding a Blooming Great Tea Party between June 20 and 29.
Tax returns
— P. J. FAIRCLOUGH, Newark (Full address supplied).
As we go through life paying our taxes and National Insurance we believe that if the time comes when we need something like the Woods Cou rt care home in Newark it will be there for us.

Over the course of our lives we trust the Government to use our taxes wisely to provide this care.

We now have a situation where a local authority is doing something as a political lever against the national government.
Lane reduction
— KEVIN SCOTT, Hawton Road, Newark.
Cutting the number of lanes from three to two on the A46 Farndon roundabout will prevent some accidents, but people travelling from Leicester will always race to pass slower vehicles before entering the single carriageway part of the bypass.

Drivers from the Newark direction using the left-hand lane to go round to the right to Farndon (including buses) will always collide with traffic using the right-hand lane going left towards Leicester.

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