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Lottery grant helps to fund UK's first civil war centre

Newark and Sherwood District Council will begin work today on the UK's first National Civil War Centre.

The £5.4 million project includes a £3.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Civil War re-enactors return to Newark Castle to mark the start of work on the new Civil War Centre Credit: Newark and Sherwood District Council

Items to go on display include an Iron Age Newark Torc or necklace, an exquisite Anglo-Saxon gold cross, paintings from Newark-born artist Sir William Nicholson and the Byron Press, used to print a number of the early works of the Victorian poet Lord Byron.

Civil War tract in the Newark and Sherwood District Council archives telling the dramatic story of the sieges of Newark Credit: Newark and Sherwood District Council

Read: Local people to be employed on civil war centre project

Local people to be employed on civil war centre project

A £4.5 million project to develop a Grade II listed building in Newark into the Uk's first civil war centre has begun.

Woodhead Heritage has promised to employ local people on the project, working with apprentices and students.

Simon Butler, from Woodhead Heritage, said:

Our head office is based in the district and we strongly believe in employing local people to work on this project. During the works we shall be working with apprentices and work experience students from construction courses to provide learning opportunities in specialist heritage skills. We are keen to encourage the development of heritage skills in construction to ensure our heritage buildings continue to be protected in the future.

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Work starts on nation's first civil war centre in Newark

Work has started on the nation's first civil war centre in Newark, the £4.5 million National Civil War Centre is expected to attract 60,000 visitors a year.

Councillor Tony Roberts, MBE, Chair of Leisure and Environment Committee at Newark and Sherwood District Council Credit: Newark and Sherwood District Council

The struggle to control Newark, a Royalist town, was one of the defining events of the Civil War.

The centre will be the first of its kind anywhere in the UK, Councillor Tony Roberts, MBE, said, "the Centre will have vibrant galleries, trails and resources providing a thrilling experience for families."

Officers welcome 11-year sentence after drive-by

Detectives who helped put a drug dealer behind bars after he organised a drive-by shooting have welcomed his 11-year sentence.

Declan Madigan, aged 28, of Winthorpe Road, Newark, organised the attack on a house in Aspley - which turned out to be empty - after an argument over drugs.

When police tracked him down, they found cocaine at his house.

Det Insp Lee Young said:

This was a very serious crime which served to terrify the victim. Although the house was empty Madigan could not have known that.

His actions were reckless and spared no thought for any bystanders who may have been in the location around this time.

At no point is there any justification for arming yourself with a gun and the criminal justice system comes down hard on anyone who does.

Despite the web of lies Madigan weaved following the incident there was no doubt of his involvement in this shooting nor his involvement in drug dealing.

I am pleased this has resulted in him now serving a considerable amount of time behind bars.

– DI Lee Young, Nottinghamshire Police

Drug dealer who arranged drive-by shooting is jailed

A dealer who organised a drive-by shooting as part of an argument over drugs has been jailed for 11 years.

Declan Madigan, aged 28, from Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply, possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life, and to using another person to hide the firearm.

Declan Madigan arranged a drive-by shooting after an argument over drugs
Declan Madigan arranged a drive-by shooting after an argument over drugs Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Madigan, of Winthorpe Road, Newark, was jailed at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday.

The court heard he organised for shots to be fired at a house in Watford Road, Apsley, after an argument around Madigan's drug dealing.

They were designed to intimidate the resident - who was not in at the time - as Madigan felt they had wronged him.

The shooter fled on a motor scooter, and Madigan persuaded a friend to look after the shotgun. He was tracked down by DNA evidence.

Life for man guilty of 'cowardly' Newark murder

A judge told Nottingham Crown Court yesterday that the man found guilty of murdering 19-year-old Nathan Somers from Newark deliberately stabbed and killed him in a cowardly and despicable manner.

Jemelle Rodney, 28, from Mitcham was found guilty by the jury and was sentenced to life in prison. He was also told that he must serve a minimum of 20 years behind bars.

Nathan Somers Credit: Nottinghamshire Police


Newark man is top of the crops at heavy veg contest

A man from Nottinghamshire has come in top of the crops with his massive marrows and colossal cabbages.

Peter Glazebrook, from Newark, trounced the competition at the Harrogate Autumn Show with a seven kilogram onion, which was bigger than his own head.

Peter Glazebrook with his 7kg  onion
Peter Glazebrook with his 7kg onion Credit: ITV News Central

He also won nearly half of the prizes in the giant vegetable category including for the heaviest cabbage and longest runner bean.

Peter's giant cabbage was also a winner at the Harrogate Autumn Show
Peter's giant cabbage was also a winner at the Harrogate Autumn Show Credit: ITV News Central

Amended train timetable in East Midlands all week

East Midlands train Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The railway line between Nottingham and Newark is likely to remain closed for the rest of the week following the derailment of a freight train on Tuesday in the Carlton area.

A bus replacement service is in operation.

Trains will run between Lincoln and Newark but buses will be in place between Lincoln and Nottingham and Nottingham and Newark Northgate.

People should check service updates here before travelling.

Council leader cites 'robust' concerns over hospital care

A parish council leader has said concerns over standards of care at Newark Hospital prompted a letter calling for it to split from Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust.

Ian Harrison, chairman of Muskham Parish Council, said he and other local leaders had "increasing and really robust concerns" over the level of clinical care at the hospital's current trust.

A letter was sent to the trust by the Newark Healthcare Consultative Group - representing Newark Town Councils and six parish councils in the region - calling for the hospital to be affiliated with Nottingham University Hospitals instead.

Calls for Newark Hospital to join Nottingham trust

Council leaders in Nottinghamshire have called for Newark Hospital to break away from its current trust and switch to Nottingham University Hospital instead.

According to a letter seen by the Newark Advertiser, the Newark Healthcare Consultative Group - representing Newark Town Councils and six parish councils in the region - leaders have concerns over Sherwood Forest Hospitals' performance.

The letter is also said to highlight the better transport links to Nottingham and discusses a "lack of strategyy" for Newark.

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