From the Advertiser archives - December 18 edition

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December 19, 1914

The second annual meeting of Bluemel Brothers was held on Thursday at Wolston, recommending the payment of an ordinary dividend of 10 per cent. In spite of the war the company has made steady progress. Mr Aleck Hill, who presided, mentioned the three managing directors met at the outbreak of war and decided to reduce their salaries by 50 per cent. Mr CW Bluemel was optimistic about the company’s future and took occasion to say that this was not a German company and employed no foreigners.

December 18, 1964

S Smith & Sons (Rugby) Ltd were accused this week in a statement on behalf of a group of workers, of adopting an “inhuman” attitude in considering profits before the welfare of their staff. The firm announced that 25 employees , four of them women, would become redundant. This brings the total of employees given notice during the past month to 73.

The other 48 were women on the assembly line in the plugs department, which is being gradually moved away from the Rugby factory.

December 14, 1989

An anonymous donation to a local church is being treated as a miracle by its congregation. After finding the New Testament Church of God in Oliver Street smashed up last month, they decided to pray for the vandals. “We see the donation as a kind of miracle,” said Deacon Joseph Woolery. “A man who refused to give his name telephoned me and said he was saddened by last week’s Advertiser story and would like to help. Whoever he is, we all want to thank him very much indeed.” The money will be spent on repairs.