News and Events Archive

June 28 2017

Visit to Grantham

Date and time have changed from that previously advertised.

Our June visit will be to Grantham where we will be hosted by Courtney Finn from Grantham Civic Society. There is parking at the Watergate car park or on the streets around St Wulfram’s. There is also parking near the Guildhall where the tour will end. The visit will begin at 18:00 at the Church Street entrance of the Old School. We will then be taken on a town centre tour including St Wulfram’s church, with the Trigg chained library and ending at the volunteer run museum.

If you are interested please contact Kevin Winter at or on his mobile 07748577506.

June 3 2017

Learn more about cottage plans

The Norwell Parish Heritage Group, who hosted the Newark Civic Trust in June 2016 on one of our summer visits, will be holding an exhibition on proposals to restore Auld Cottage. The exhibition is at Norwell Village Hall on Saturday, June 3rd, from 2.30pm to 4pm. There will also be a tour of the timber framed buildings of the village at 3.45pm.

Click here to read issue 73 of our magazine containing an article on our visit last June.

May 25 2017

Visit to Winkburn Hall

Our May visit will take place on Thursday 25th May when we will be visiting Winkburn Hall (NG22 8PQ). The Hall is a few miles north-east of Southwell, off the Hockerton-Kirklington road. It is approached through a spacious park, in one corner of which stands the house, raised upon a series of terraced lawns. The present hall dates back to William and Mary, nothing remaining of the earlier Manor House save some paneling which has been incorporated in the present structure. Considerable additions were made in 1840. Some of the high, square rooms are embellished with fine Adams fireplaces. The one in the library has a carved panel inset representing a tropical scene. The series of carved panels above each of the doorways in the central hall depict scenes from “Aesop’s Fables,”. The visit will commence at 18:45 and will cost £7 per head, which will include tea or coffee on completion of the tour.

If you are interested please contact Kevin Winter at or on his mobile 07748577506.

May 25 2017

University team delves into town's siege history

Story courtesy of the Newark Advertiser (25/05/17)

Archaeologists from the University of Central Lancashire have completed a two-week dig near Newark to investigate a 370-year-old civil war site.

A redoubt — a 15metre square earthwork at Crankley Lakes Camping and Caravan Park, near South Muskham — is a scheduled ancient monument and is thought to have been used as a cannon battery by Scots assailing the town during its third siege in 1645, when the Royalist outpost was surrounded by 16,000 troops.

Click here to read more.

May 20 2017

Tank Tour Lecture and Film Show

Andrew Blow (a Filmmaker) and his colleague Richard Pullen (a Military Historian) are presenting their Tank Tour Lecture and Film Show in Newark on Saturday May 20th.

Their ‘tour’ commemorates the Centenary of the first fighting tanks – invented and first manufactured in Lincoln – and tells the social and engineering history behind the Lincoln tanks, including the story of the munitionettes who helped build them. In Newark, they will also tell the story of the Presentation Tanks – including Newark’s Presentation Tank which stood in the Castle Grounds from 1919 to 1936.

Andrew Blow is “on the bill” as support to Richard Pullen because, as a Filmmaker, he found the only known film of the Lincoln tanks in their home city – being put through their paces on the test ground of William Foster and Co. in 1918.

The event will be held at the Millgate Community Centre, Pelham Street and starts at 7.30pm. Booking is required to help with seating and refreshments. Tickets can be reserved for payment at the door. Tickets (£5) from Andrew Blow on 01522 754901 or Jill Musson on 01636 647121.

April 27 2017

1-3 Northgate, Newark

A talk by Ros Nicholson.

March 30 2017

Archaeology of Nottingham Trams

A talk by Gareth Davies – with an update on archaeological projects undertaken by Trent & Peak Archaeology around Newark.

March 9 2017

Robin Hood demolition approved

Story courtesy of the Newark Advertiser (09/03/17)

A controversial town centre eyesore will be demolished, unless a government minister overturns a council decision.

The former Robin Hood Hotel, Lombard Street, Newark, which has been empty for 18 years, will make way for a 66-bedroom Travelodge and retail units if listed building consent and planning permission is allowed to stand.

Click here to read the full article on the Newark Advertiser website.

March 6 2017

Restoration of Grade 1 listed Newark Town Hall

Story courtesy of Newark Town Council (06/03/17)

Newark Town Hall is to undergo a £600,000 external restoration programme. Scaffolding is being erected next week to enable specialist craftsmen to access the façade of the landmark Grade 1 listed building, which was originally built in 1774.

Click here to read more.

February 23 2017

Monolithic Mud Buildings in Nottinghamshire

A talk by Jason Mordan.

February 23 2017

Making a case for Robin Hood Hotel restoration

Story courtesy of the Newark Advertiser (18/02/17)

A graphic designer who would like to see an historic Newark building restored has produced his own vision of what it could look like. Mr Damien Pepper, of Fernwood, wants to see the Robin Hood Hotel townhouses, which are all that remains of the building, brought back into use. He believes the original brickwork could be restored and the building used as shops or offices.

Click here for more information.

January 26 2017

Malting and Brewing in Newark – the story continues

A talk by George Wilkinson.

November 24 2016

Emma Wilmot – the forgotten artist of the Victorian Dukeries

A talk by Richard Gaunt.

October 27 2016

The Leicester Trader – Newark’s Heritage Barge

A talk by Les Reid.

October 19 2016

'The Last Journey of the Magna Carta King'

The Collingham and District Local History Society presents an illustrated talk at Newark Town Hall. The speaker will be Stephen Church, Professor of Medieval History, University of East Anglia. Tickets (£10) on sale at the Palace Theatre, Newark. For more details click here.

September 29 2016

Annual General Meeting

This year’s AGM will be held on the 29th September at Newark Library.

The meeting will be followed by a short talk from Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Conservation Officer, Oliver Scott.

September 21 2016

Somme Propaganda Film

A propaganda film of the Somme is being shown by Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum at the Town Hall on Thursday 21st September. Entry is free with a small charge for refreshments. 7pm start.

September 10 2016

Coddington History Group - Open Afternoon

The Coddington History Group will be holding an open afternoon at the Coddington Village Hall between 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Entry is free to all.

For more information click here.

August 11 2016

Demolition of remains of Robin Hood Hotel backed by town councillors

Story courtesy of the Newark Advertiser (04/08/16)

Plans to demolish the remains of the former Robin Hood Hotel in Newark have been welcomed by town councillors who say it is time for the derelict buildings to come down.
Historic England and Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust are, however, both standing firm in their view that the buildings should be saved.

Click here for more information.

June 30 2016

Newark Civic Trust Visit - Papplewick Pumping Station

We have organised an evening outing to Papplewick Pumping Station (view website) for our second visit of the year. A bus will be provided from the centre of Newark to take and drop-off those on the trip. There will be no charge for either the bus journey or the tour and the event is open to members and non-members alike. Please note that this will not be a ‘steam day’ so we won’t be able to see the engines in action.

Contact us for more details or to book a place. We are limited to 30 places on the tour so book early to avoid disappointment!

Pick-up is 6pm from Iceland car park on London Road. We are due to arrive at Papplewick for 7pm when the tour will commence lasting 1 hour. We should therefore be back in Newark just after 9pm dropping off back at Iceland.

June 9 2016

Newark Civic Trust Visit - Norwell Village

Our first trip of the year will be to the village of Norwell and will be conducted by Michael Jones of the Norwell Parish Heritage Group (visit website) who have developed a series of village trails and are in the process of restoring some important parts of their village.

For more details or to book a place on this trip contact us here. Please let us know if you need transport and we will attempt to arrange. The tour will start at approx. 6:30pm and will last for 90mins but this will be confirmed closer to the actual date.

May 26 2016

Pumped up about restoration project

The Newark Advertiser reported on the Newark Civic Trust refurbishment of the Newark town pump. Click here for more information.

April 28 2016

The History of Papplewick Pumping Station and Nottingham’s Water Supply

A talk by Ashley Smart for the Newark Civic Trust.

March 31 2016

Footpads, Kings and Highwaymen

A talk by Ian Morgan for the Newark Civic Trust.

March 17 2016

St Anne's Allotments and Community Orchard

A talk for the Coddington History Group by Mo Cooper on the oldest and largest area of Victorian detached town gardens in the world – in the heart of Nottingham – Coddington Village Hall, Main Street starting at 7:30pm. Everyone welcome, Members FREE, non- members £2 – includes refreshments.

February 25 2016

Architecture and Archaeology of the Old Magnus Buildings

A talk by Jane Roylance for the Newark Civic Trust.

February 18 2016

Southwell Workhouse

A talk by Colin Deeley for the Coddington History Group on this important local National Trust property – Coddington Village Hall, Main Street starting at 7:30pm. Everyone welcome, Members FREE, non- members £2 – includes refreshments.

January 28 2016

William Jessop – Newark’s forgotten engineer and Mayor. Canals, harbours and early railways

A talk by Nigel Panting for the Newark Civic Trust.

January 21 2016

Death in the Clouds - The mysterious disappearence of the aviatrix Amy Johnson

A talk by Geoff Dyer for the Coddington History Group – Coddington Village Hall, Main Street starting at 7:30pm. Everyone welcome, Members FREE, non- members £2 – includes refreshments.

December 5 2015

Christmas Tree Festival

St Mary Magdalene Parish Church, Newark will once again be hosting a Christmas Tree Festival from the 5th to 13th December 2015. Entrance is £2 for adults and 20p for children. Open Saturdays: 9.30am – 5.00pm, Sundays: 11.00am – 4.30pm, Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 4.30pm. For more details click here.

November 26 2015

Lincoln Castle Gaol

A talk by Helen Bates.

October 29 2015

‘A Very Old and Crazy House’ : 700 years of Newark’s Old White Hart Inn

A talk by Adrian Henstock.

September 24 2015

Annual General Meeting - Newark Library

The Newark Civic Trust Annual General Meeting will be held on the 24th September at 7:30pm at Newark Library. All welcome.

July 9 2015

Thoroton Society Lecture - Kelham Hall

The lecture will be held on Thursday 9th July 2015 and will feature Dr Jonathan Foyle, architectural historian and broadcaster, speaking about his work and exploits at Lincoln Cathedral. The Thoroton Society would like to widen the opportunity to attend this presentation to the members of other local history groups that may be interested in this excellent speaker and his topic.

Click here for more information.

June 25 2015

Newark Civic Trust Visit - Thurgaton Priory

An early 13th century Gothic style church said to have rivalled Southwell Minster in size and grandeur. Meet at 7.30 at the venue. No charge – donations to the Priory welcome.

Click here for more information.

Numbers limited so please book your place with Michael Hawes 01636 611349 / who will provide directions and co-ordinate car sharing and lifts as required.

June 17 2015

Maurice Barley Memorial Lecture - University of Nottingham

Dr Phil Dixon will give the Maurice Barley Memorial Lecture. The lecture, entitled “Maurice Barley and the study of medieval buildings”, will be followed by a drinks reception.

Click here for more information.

May 28 2015

Newark Civic Trust Visit - Spital-in-the-Street

Following David Markham’s talk, members expressed an interest in visiting the Chantry Chapel of St Edmund, Spital-in-the-Street. The interior is beautifully decorated and contains many interesting features and artefacts. Click here for more information

Journey time – 45 minutes. Meet at 7.30pm at the venue. No charge – donations to the Chantry Trust welcome.

Numbers limited so please book your place with Michael Hawes 01636 611349 / who will provide directions and co-ordinate car sharing and lifts as required.

April 30 2015

Homefront in World War One

A talk by Helen Bates.

March 26 2015

The Magna Carta and Charter of the Forrests

A talk by Vic Hughes.

February 26 2015

Bolsover Castle through the ages

A talk by Ian Morgan.

January 29 2015

One on Every Corner - 19th Century church and chapel buildings in Nottingham

A talk by Doug Fletcher.

November 27 2014

Continuity and Change in a Lincolnshire Sacred Site

A talk by Dr David Marcombe.

November 1 2014

At the End of the Ice Age - FARI/CBA conference

Saturday 1st November 2014, at 10.30am-5pm

Holy Trinity Centre, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 4AU

CBA East Midlands will be hosting a joint
conference with FARI Archaeology about some
of these discoveries in the East Midlands.
These new results will be discussed by a
panel of speakers, including Nick Barton,
Lynden Cooper, Daryl Garton and Phil Harding,
as well as volunteers working on
‘Ice Age Journeys’ , a HLF-funded community
project at Farndon Fields, near Newark.

More information can be found in the booking form

October 30 2014

Witchcraft in Nottinghamshire - Looking at the early modern witch craze in Nottinghamshire

A talk by Mrs Christine Davies.

September 25 2014

Newark Civic Trust Annual General Meeting

The Newark Civic Trust Annual General Meeting will take place at 7:30 pm at Newark Library.

A short quiz will follow the meeting.

August 10 2014

The Great March - a walk from Newark to Radcliffe

On August 10th 1914 a rally was held in Newark Market Place by the new Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment.

They were marched that day to Radcliffe-on-Trent. After an overnight stay they marched on to Derby on the next leg of their journey that would take them through training camp and eventually to the trenches in France.

One hundred years later, on 10th August 2014 it is planned to re-enact that march, in honour of those that went and fought and the many who never returned.

For further details and an application form visit the The Great March Newark website

July 26 2014

An Art Display inspired by Ice Age Archaeology

Artworks inspired by discoveries made by Newark’s Ice Age Journeys archaeological project will be on show in the Buttermarket from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday 26 July. Flint tools found at the local archaeological dig will also be on display.

Prehistoric cave paintings in Derbyshire and Continental Europe also inspired the artworks which have been created by members of Nottingham Society of Artists.
An information table at the event will feature some of the, close to where the rivers Trent and Devon joined some 14,000 years ago.

“This is a rare opportunity to see ancient artefacts alongside the modern day art that they have inspired,” said John Miller of FARI which is organising the display. As well as viewing the art and recent finds, visitors to the display can talk to Ice Age Journeys volunteers about the progress of this journey into Newark’s past.

In addition there are two opportunities to visit the site of the dig in the field opposite the Tile Shop, Farndon on Saturday 19th July and Sunday 20th July between 10am – 3pm. For full details please follow this link

News & Events


This page contains details of Newark Civic Trust events as well as events hosted and delivered by other organisations, charities and interest groups.

Future meetings, unless otherwise stated, will be held at the following venue:

Newark Library
Beaumond Gardens
NG24 1UW

Doors open at 7.10pm for a 7.30pm start. Members FREE, non-members £2

Pay and display parking available at venue.

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