From the Advertiser archives - February 13 edition

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February 14, 1914

In view of the recent order of the Local Government directing that at an early date all children of school age must be removed from Union Workhouses, the members of the Rugby Board of Guardians are naturally justified in congratulating themselves. The first of their ‘scattered homes’ has been built on the Naseby Estate and now two more have been built on the Lawford Road Estate. These have been named the Townsend and the McClure Homes, for older girls and quite little boys; and girls exclusively.

February 14, 1964

Rugby Police are stepping up their vigilance to combat the growing problem of teenagers who drink. For the first time policewomen in plain clothes are visiting licensed premises in a determined effort to stamp out drinking by under 18s. Previously policewomen have been in uniform when calling on public houses. “It is a difficult problem,” said Supt JE Croker. “I sympathise with licensees because it is so difficult to tell the ages of the youngsters. They seem to reach maturity more quickly these days.”

February 9, 1989

Thousands of pounds worth of refurbishment was unveiled at the Benn Hall on Monday. Mayor of Rugby, Cllr James Shera, cut the ribbon to officially open the newly renovated hall. The borough council put forward the £25,000 to meet the cost of wallpaper, curtains and carpets, refurbishing the hall and laying new floors in the Rokeby Room and main hall. Chairman of the Recreation and Amenities Committee Cllr Peter Miller said he welcomed the new air of comfort, replacing the school gymnasium atmosphere.