From the Advertiser archives - August 4 edition

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August 5, 1916

Letter to the editor: Having just returned from France where I have been visiting my son Pte R Aland of the 1/7 Royal Warwicks, who is lying there dangerously wounded, I should like to assure those readers who have relations wounded there of the great care and attention that is being given to them. Also a tribute to the work of the YMCA, who from the moment you arrive in France take you entirely in their charge, providing everything and taking you by motor to their hospitals. William Aland, Arnold Street, Rugby.

August 5, 1966

A Southam couple, who last year collected a petition with 1,350 signatures, have won a ten-month battle with authority about their family sized zoo. Mr LH Clews of Grandborough Farm fought against Southam Rural Council’s decision refusing him permission to use land at his farm as a public zoo. The petition was send to the Minister of Housing and Local Government who agreed with Mr Clews.

Tomorrow the zoo will be opened to the public. Car parking facilities will be provided in a farm field.

August 1, 1991

Rugby is the only area of Warwickshire where the population is decreasing, with 83,400 people resident on Census night. And Rugby MP Jim Pawsey said this should curb the need for extra homes and development on green field sites. A preliminary report shows a loss of 3.1 per cent of borough residents (2,700 people) in the last ten years. This compares with 13.7 per cent increase in the 1960s and 3 per cent in the 70s but the 80s saw Rugby’s population going into decline.