In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
100 years ago
July 6, 1912
New Rector for Rugby
At the Parish Church on Sunday morning, the Rector (Rev Canon Baillie), instead of preaching a sermon, delivered an address on the impending changes in St Andrew’s parish.
He announced that his successor at Rugby was the Reverend CM Blagden, fellow and tutor of Christ Church, Oxford, whom he described as a man of exceptional intellectual powers, of great musical ability, and of considerable business skill.
He added that he had enquired all over England and had got for Rugby the best man he could possibly secure.
Advice was also given by the retiring Rector to the church-workers of the town.
He asked them not to be content with providing for the needs of Rugby along, but to regard it as part of a greater district and to feel a measure of responsibility towards the places around.
The Rev Claude Martin Blagden, MA of Christ Church College, Oxford was ordained deacon in 1898 and priest in 1899.
50 years ago
July 6, 1962
The closing down of Dewar Lodge, Rugby, in favour of more up-to-date accommodation and the building of three more old people’s homes in the town, was forecast by Alderman TS Woollaston, chairman of the County Welfare committee, when he officially opened Abbotsbury, the new home for old people at Pettiver Crescent, Hillmorton last Thursday.
The Mayor of Rugby (Coun JL Skelhorn) who spoke on behalf of the guests (who included Mr AR Wise MP for Rugby) described the home as a ‘monument to the wonderful co-operation between two authorities’.
The two referred to were Rugby Borough Council, who provided the 1.47 acre site costing £6,000 and the Warwickshire County Council, who built the home, designed to house 47 residents, for £56,430, with an additional £6,000 for furniture and equipment.
Alderman Woollaston spoke of other new old people’s homes soon to be built in Rugby - one in Bilton, one in Oliver Street and another on a site yet to be determined.
25 years ago
July 2, 1987
Labour’s plans to bring comprehensive education to Rugby and close the town’s grammar schools have been dropped.
Warwickshire County Council’s education committee chairman Ian Bottrill said: “In the group’s view it would be pointless and a very expensive waste of valuable time to continue to consult on proposals which are bound to be rejected.”
A jubilant MP Jim Pawsey said he was delighted with the news: “I think it’s a victory for parents and common sense. It was an idea which had little support.”
The abolition of the selective system in Rugby was the Labour group’s “cherished aim” and has already seen two rounds of public meetings in Rugby to discuss the setting up of comprehensives.
Coun Bottrill said: “Obviously we are very disappointed at this blinkered and politically motivated stance by the Secretary of State. It leaves us with a system which is both unfair and frankly unworkable in its present form.”