From the Advertiser archives - October 2 edition

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October 3, 1914

On Monday night two families of Belgian refugees arrives at Clifton on Dunsmore and have been comfortably housed at the club. The party consists of an old couple and two sons, and another couple with two daughters. They are typical Belgian peasants - very clean, nice people. They come from the neighbourhood of Louvain and can only speak Flemish. In the hands of Mr TS and Mrs Townsend and a committee of ladies they are being well looked after and seem as happy as the sad circumstances of their banishment from home will permit.

October 2, 1964

Rugby Borough Council’s ‘takeover’ proposals for eight parishes in the Rugby Rural Council area are “absurd” and would, if allowed to be implemented, mean the death of the rural council as a local authority. This was the immediate reaction of Mr HA Wilde, the rural council clerk, when confronted with the proposals approved at the borough council’s meeting for submission to Warwickshire County Council. The parishes are: Churchover, Clifton on Dunsmore, Cosford, Dunchurch, Harborough Magna, Little Lawford, Long Lawford and Newton and Biggin.

September 28, 1989

Well fancy that, the oldest pigeon in Rugby is 22 years old and provides yet another major coo for the Advertiser. Reg Baker’s feathered friend, registered in 1967, is not flying quite so much these days but at the equivalent of 132 human years who could blame it. Mr Baker, of New Bilton, puts the secret of its long life down to lots of love and attention. A spokesman for the Guinness Book of Records said they have had pigeons aged 24 and 30 but this is one of the oldest known. The average age is 12.