A strike over a penny, an unusual church service and the future of Rugby: From the Archives, June 6 edition

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June 7, 1913

Owing to the fact that the employers in the town had not complied with the request of the painters, plasterers, plumbers, and labourers’ unions for an increase of 1d per hour, the whole of the building trade in Rugby is at present at a standstill. The resolve to strike was arrived at at a crowed meeting in the Church House on Friday evening, when the employers’ reply was received, and this, containing no promise of an increase, was deemed unsatisfactory. The decision to cease work was unanimous.

June 7, 1963

The extension to St Mark’s Church, Bilton, is to be dedicated tomorrow by the Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Rev Cuthbert Bardsley. No official form of service exists for the dedication of part of a church, so the rector, the Rev A J Partridge, has prepared one himself. It will be an unusual service. Pews have been replaced by chairs in the side aisles. These will normally be arranged in a horse-shoe shape. “Worshipping Christians, in a normal church setting, only ever see the backs of heads,” the rector said.

June 2, 1988

A blueprint for Rugby’s future into the next century is being published by the borough council later this month. The document will deal with the siting of new houses, protection of farmland, new traffic schemes and better shopping. The way the borough will look by 1996 will be determined to a large extent by this draft local plan. Local people are being invited to have an input on the proposals in the next six weeks. Every household will receive a leaflet summarising the draft plan and there will be a public exhibition.