In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
100 years ago
February 24 1912
Edward Bates, labourer, Brinklow, was summoned for stealing an overcoat and a pocket handkerchief to the value of 5s 2d the property of farmer Alfred Symes Towers (Newton).
At 9am on February 19 he was at Rugby Cattle Market. He left his overcoat in a trap under a shed. At 11.30am it was missing.
Superintendent Clarke said the prisoner’s last conviction for felony was in 1891 when he had a month’s hard labour.
The prisoner said: “I am very sorry for what I have done, but I am over 70.” He was asked when he last did any work.
“Yesterday at Easenhall. The cattle ran about so my nose bled terribly and I had no breakfast till 11o’clock.” He added that he went to Lutterworth workhouse every winter so did not apply for the old age pension, but his name had been put down for it.
The chairman said they were not going to punish him this time but put him under the care of the probation officer for six months who would help him get his pension and then they hoped he would be out of temptation’s way.
50 years ago
February 23 1962
Progress on the new £25,000 St George’s Church, Rugby was uppermost in the minds of its priest-in-charge the Rev AA Coldwells and its officers at the annual meeting on Friday, when Mr Coldwells announced that the work was up to schedule and the dedication would be in November or December.
The state of the new organ fund was most encouraging and the collection scheme had begun. It would cost about £2,000 and might be installed in readiness for the opening of the church. He said the retirement of Canon PCA Carnegy had affected the parish more than anything else that year and the new church was to a large degree due to his efforts. He welcomed the new rector, the Rev DM Davies. Mr Coldwells hoped the congregation would enter their new church with the same vigour and enthusiasm that had characterised their lives in the present small building.
Turning to church finances, he said that in 1953 the total given away was £22 2s 5d and the figure today was £170. That was not as high as it should be but the church council was giving the matter serious thought.
25 years ago
February 26 1987
Rugby’s mayor used her casting vote last night to ensure that the road will go through the rec.
And Coun Mrs Prue Miller was warned that she would be forever remembered as the civic leader who “allowed the destruction” of the park.
Her decision came as yet another long debate ended with Rugby Council split right down the middle.
And it sealed planning permission for the controversial scheme to build a road from Hillmorton Road to the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre and to move the town’s memorial gates.
Outspoken opponent of the scheme Coun Glen Otto told the Mayor it would be “very sad” if a decision resulting in the inevitable destruction of the park was made during her year of office. But his comments were dismissed by senior councillor Gordon Collett as a “load of tripe”.
Afterwards Coun Miller said: “I knew that should we get to the 24-24 stage I would have to use my casting vote to solve it. Otherwise it would have gone on forever.”