In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
100 years ago
June 29, 1912
Rugby Petty Sessions: Mushrooming in mowing grass: Six youths were summoned by Theophilus Foxon, coal merchant, Rugby for wilful damage to mowing grass to the amount of 2s 6d at Newbold-on-Avon.
PS Brown stated that he saw defendants in Mr Foxon’s field and caught two of them, who said they were mushrooming.
One said they got into the field from the Slborow School field. They did not see the notice-boards, nor did they know it was mowing grass. Mr Foxon said he merely wished to stop the trespassing. Each defendant was fined 5s including costs.
Theft of ale by woman: Maria Freeman, widow of Winfield Street, Rugby was charged with one bottle containing ale, of the value 3d, the property of Sidney Edward Tilley, off-beerhouse keeper. He had missed bottles of beer from his shop for a considerable time.
Detective Humphreys had then marked some with the date on a paper label. One such was found on a search of the defendant’s house. She admitted taking four bottles and said she was sorry. She was fined 30s or 14 days’ hard labour.
50 years ago
June 29, 1962
Tributes in court: Conscientious service: Sitting on the Rugby Bench on Tuesday for the last time Mr THV Hunter (chairman) received the good wishes of the court on his retirement on attaining the age limit of 75.
Lt Col HJ Harris, who succeeds Mr Hunter in the chairmanship, addressed the court before the ordinary business was started.
He said it was a special and sad occasion. Mr Hunter was appointed a justice of the peace in 1917 and since 1949 he had been the chairman of the Bench. Col Harris went on to say that to those who attended the court fairly often, it must have been evident with what care and patience Mr Hunter carried out his duties. He had kept himself well informed on all matters which concerned the court and had demanded a high standard of court procedure.
Mr DV Hopkins (magistrates clerk) said they had all enjoyed working under Mr Hunter. It was easier to find a man guilty than it was to decide what to do with him. Mr Hunter had never let his own thoughts go between the ideals of justice.
25 years ago
Sainsbury’s, Rugby’s largest food store, looks set to pull out of the town centre.
The supermarket chain, which has been in Rugby for almost 25 years, plans to build a multi-million pound store on the edge of the town.
The submitted plans to the borough council this week for a massive 30,000 sq ft food hall on a ten-acre site off Dunchurch Road.
Last year, plans by another supermarket chain, William Morrison, to build on the site were abandoned after protests from local residents.
But as planning chiefs consider the latest proposals, concern over the future of the town centre grows.
“It’s an encouraging development,” said chief planning officer Hayward Underhill. “But at what cost?
“The shop draws a lot of people into town and the potential loss of these customers would be worrying,” he added.
The planned superstore, on Bilton Fields site, will house a coffee bar and car parking for 590 cars. It would also include four smaller shops and a petrol station.