From the archives: thousands killed by TB, another small firm closes and fears about Overslade homes

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April 19, 1913

As part of the local arrangements for celebrating “Health Week,” Mr Merttens spoke at the Men’s Adult School. He said 53,000 people died every year in this country from consumption. Yet there was absolutely no reason why that disease should not be stamped out. The primary cause was tuberculous cows, and to eradicate the disease it was necessary to destroy such cows. The terrible conditions under which many people lived were allowed to exist because the public conscience had not been roused.

April 19, 1963

Yet another small firm, Rainbow’s of Sheep Street, the oldest established ironmonger’s in Rugby, is closing. The manager, Mr W Worsnop, is due for retirement. Rainbow’s of Sheep Street has no connection with Rainbow’s - furnishers - in the town, although the Sheep Street premises and good-will were purchased from Mr F G Rainbow, the father of the present owners of those shops – Mr F G Rainbow and Mr J E G Rainbow. Mr Worsnop’s main interest outside business is bowls.

April 14, 1988

The controversial scheme to redevelop 162 homes in Overslade could be delayed because of new government proposals. A pre-fab site at Dunchurch and the third phase of the James Street development could also be affected. Problems have arisen because of amendments to local government spending regulations. Coun Jeff Coupe said he was very disturbed by this and hoped the council could provide the homes it had promised. “I can’t accept the assurance that things will probably be all right,” he said.