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December 6, 1913
Mr Basil Johnson, a musical director at Rugby School, has accepted a similar appointment at Eton College and will be leaving Rugby next Easter. The news of the impending removal from the town of Mr and Mrs Basil Johnson will occasion widespread regret. Mr Johnson succeeded the late Mr Edwin Edwards in his present position many years ago, and as conductor of the Rugby Philharmonic Society he has done a most valuable work for the town. But this is but one of the many services rendered.
December 6, 1963
A letter of protest over the proposed Draycote reservoir from the residents of Draycote was received by Rugby Joint Water Board at its meeting on Wednesday. Members expressed their willingness to hear any complaints about the scheme, but refuted suggestions made in some quarters that the project had been cloaked in secrecy. The board also had before it a model of the proposed new offices in Albert Street. The treasurer said the cost of the land and building would be £60,000.
December 1, 1988
A rare orchid glen is to be destroyed and replaced by a mini industrial estate. Borough councillors did not take officers’ advice and voted last week to allow Clifton based H&T Engineering to build on part of Newton Gravel workings. But the site contains thousands of wild orchids, including the rare bee orchid as well as threatened wildlife. The decision to let the bulldozers roar has caused uproar among conservationists. WARNACT had hoped to secure the site as a local nature reserve.