Hardships at Rugby School, strange weather and national accolade for Lions: From the Archives, November 21 edition

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This week’s look back through the Advertiser’s archives...

November 22, 1913

At the weekly meeting of the Cambridge Street Wesleyan Young People’s Association, Mr H Lodge delivered a lecture on Rugby. He confined his attention to the early history of Rugby School, including the many hardships endured by the younger boys owing to the bullying and many menial duties they were forced to perform for the older boys, such as waking them in the morning, sweeping and dusting their studies, blacking boots, cooking dainties for their meals in addition to keeping goal at football.

November 22, 1963

Yesterday morning air temperatures in Rugby fell below freezing point for the first time this season. The four degrees of frost constituted the latest first frost of the season for 65 years - the date was only one day short of the record for the town, established on November 22, 1898. Besides having the second latest first frost of winter, we have also had this year, on March 29, the third earliest last frost of sprint. The 236 frost-free days constituted the second longest growing season ever recorded in Rugby.

November 17, 1988

Rugby Lions are Whitbread Best Bitter senior club of the month for October. The award recognises Rugby’s impressive start to the 1988/89 season, second in Courage Division Three and progressing to the third round of the Pilkington Cup where they will play at home to holders Harlequins on January 28. Run in conjunction with Rugby World and Post magazine, the award winners are selected by a distinguished panel of judges, including Bill Beaumont, Phil Bennettt and Nigel Starmer-Smith.