Feature: Looking back

10 YEARS AGO, Journal, December 19, 2002:

An £800,000 payment from Waitrose towards parking facilities in Newmarket as part of plans for a new store has been described as ‘miniscule’. The sum was announced at a meeting of Forest Heath Council’s planning committee where councillors were asked to endorse a legal agreement between the council and Waitrose to settle terms before construction begins.

Wicken villagers have vowed to continue their fight to preserve their vicarage which is under threat by church authority plans to build houses in its grounds. An initial planning application was withdrawn before it could be discussed after more than 120 householders signed a petition, organised by the village’s action group Paving the Way, objecting to the plans.

Conservative candidate John Humphreys, who unexpectedly won the district council by-election for East Cambridgeshire Council’s Soham ward wants to see a concentration of effort to provide services that would meet the needs of people in the town at the lowest possible cost.

25 YEARS AGO, Journal, December 23, 1987:

Cooking nine huge turkeys, 59 Christmas puddings and a mountain of mince pies is all part of the service for the staff in Newmarket Hospital’s kitchens. There will be at least ten staff – including cooks, kitchen porters and catering assistants – on duty on Christmas Day. They cook and serve a traditional turkey lunch with all the trimmings for over 100 patients and between 90 and 100 day staff paid for by the Newmarket Journal’s Hospital Fund. The fund also provides a buffet meal for the night staff and a glass of wine, sherry or beer for the patients to have with their meal. Among the catering team on duty will be husband and wife, Laurence and Paula Masters.

First year pupils at Newmarket’s Scaltback Middle School raised nearly £50 to help replace trees blown down or damaged by the October hurricane, including two in the school grounds. Nicola Hedley, school groundsman John Plumb, Simon Aires, Melissa Snell, Charles Wilsoncroft, headmaster Derek Eastham and Simon Hadley were pictured.

100 YEARS AGO, Journal, December 21, 1912:

Mr G S Fenn, the honorary secretary has just received from Mr F Goldsmith MP his annual subscription of £1 to the Exning and District Football League.

The Soham Brass Band, under bandmaster F Moody, played at several of the private residences in the town, the different selections being well rendered and much appreciated.

The tradesmen of Burwell vie with each other in making seasonable displays of the commodities in which they deal. The local butchers have made abundant provision for Christmas requirements.

The Newmarket Board of Guardians stated that applications for Workhouse medical officer and public vaccinator for No 1 district (Ashley, Cheveley, Kennett, Moulton, the two Newmarket parishes, and Wood Ditton, with an area of 14,444 acres and a population of 9,666) had been received from Drs Maund, Woollett and Crompton of Newmarket.


1955 Cardiff is proclaimed capital of Wales.

1957 Elvis Presley was drafted into the US Army.

1963 The Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners, who were allowed one-day visits to relatives in East Berlin for the holidays.

1978 The Saudi Arabian Oil Minister was questioned when the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries raised oil prices by 14.5 per cent instead of the promised 5-10 per cent.

1979 Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced the Right to Buy council house scheme.

2001 The first British peacekeepers arrived in Afghanistan.


1995 The Queen urges the Prince and Princess of Wales to seek an early divorce.