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June 4 1911

Yours faithfully, Not a Dancer: Dear Sir, I See by your report in last week’s issue of the Rugby District Council meeting that only four of the five local bands will give concerts in Caldecott Park this summer.

The clerk said the Salvation Army Band was not asked because last year they refused to play for dancing. Now, sir, the Rugby council are the only people I know who engage bands to play for dancing. Other councils prohibit it. At the entrance to the park it reads, No Games of any Kind Allowed in the Park. As far as I understand a game is a past time, and if dancing is not a past time, then I don’t know what is. And if any game that children especially would play could do any more harm to the turf then dancing, I am puzzled. If dancing is allowed, why not anything else?

So please, sir, allow me to enter my protest against the action of the council. Yours faithfully, Not a Dancer.

June 6 1961

THREE adults and two juveniles were fined a total of £142 by Rugby magistrates on Wednesday on various charges which included the theft of a van worth £350.

The van belonged to Matthew Conopo, of Green Close, Churchover and it was taken on Saturday morning. The same morning they were arrested and brought before Dr A B Whitworth and remanded on bail.

They were also charged with using the van without insurance. One of them was charged with driving the van dangerously on Watling Street and driving without a license. On that Saturday morning PC Hobbins and PC Kirtor were on motor patrol when they came across an upturned van. It was identified as one stolen on Friday night in Birmingham. After crashing the van it emerged the accused fled through fields and stole another van from Churchover, which failed to stop at a road block. The accused were all found to be drunk on the occasion in question.

June 5 1986

THE schedule of trains carrying nuclear waste through Rugby operates under ‘subversive secrecy,’ according to CND chairman Dan Plusch.

He told a public meeting in Rugby last week that the campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was winning over the battle for public opinion.

“I think that people all over the world have found that support is mushrooming. People have realised that what we’re saying is true.

“You don’t prevent nuclear war by having nuclear weapons. The answer is top recognise that weapons don’t provide security in the nuclear age,” Mr Plesch told about 40 people in St Andrews church hall. He also condemned the secrecy surrounding the transport of nuclear waste by road and rail through Britain – a problem highlighted recently in Rugby by peace campaigners.

“I think the secrecy is subversive to our democracy,” he added.