From the Rugby Advertiser archives - December 5, 2019 edition

In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago

Thursday, 19th December 2019, 7:54 am
Updated Thursday, 19th December 2019, 7:55 am

December 5 , 1919

George Cook was summoned before court for riding an unlighted cycle in Rugby.

PC Fairbrother related the facts and replying to the court chairman, Cook said he did not take the local papers and was therefore not acquainted with the regulations.

The chairman said: “You should take the local paper and you would know these things. They are very excellent papers if you wish to read them.” Cook was fined 15s.

Reginald Plowman said he had been interned in Germany during the war and knew very little of the regulations under which he was summoned.

He was fined 16/6.

December 5, 1969

The casualty department at the Rugby Hospital of St Cross was facing closure and being moved to Coventry. There could have been an end to all minor treatments at the hospital between the hours of 8pm and 8am.

That was the shock news 50 years ago this week for Rugby’s hospital authorities, despite assurances earlier in 1969 that St Cross was to be retained as a major general hospital.

The news was revealed by Rugby’s then-MP William Price, who described the plans as “another example of bureaucratic stupidity.”

December 1, 1994

Toys galore were flooding into the Advertiser office for the annual Christmas toy appeal for needy youngsters.

Organiser Eve Aldridge, of Rugby’s Volunteer Bureau, said: “Everyone has been tremendous, but we still need lots more. We would welcome any quality toys anyone wants to give us.”

Local health visitors, social workers and probation officers were to help distribute the toys to those who needed them.