From the Advertiser archives - February 12 edition

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February 13, 1915

Learning that troops billeted in the town had no Christmas fare, the Fellowship Relief Committee managing the Soldiers’ Club at the Friends’ Meeting House decided to hold a plum pudding night. Forty were donated (several of which had been reserved for birthdays) in addition to hundreds of mince pies, celery etc, a well-wisher sent a box of cigars and the committee provided cigarettes. Two hundred soldiers attended and the event was voted a great success.

February 12, 1965

Work is soon to begin on the new £33,500 Catholic church to be built in High Street, Hillmorton. It will be built in two sections, the final shape being a cruciform. The first section will seat 268 and the completed church, with two added side transepts, 470. Father Ireland said: “At present there is no great need for a church of this size, but if the proposed estate of the back of the school is built, there will be a great need for something larger than the present church.”

February 8, 1990

Messages of sympathy and support have gone from Rugby to Russelsheim in the wake of a train crash which left 16 dead and 103 injured. Mayor, Cllr Evelyn Humphreys faxed a message to her counterpart in the German twin town on Saturday morning on behalf of the borough. The head-on smash between two packed commuter trains happened just outside the railway station at 4.45pm on Friday. Most of the dead are from the area and four from the town itself.