In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
April 17, 1915
F Wallace, who is with the Rugby Howitzer Battery at the front, writing to his mother says, they had a lovely passage across the Channel and then a 24-hour journey by rail - after which he made up his mind never to say anything against English railways. He says: ‘Don’t forget to send the Advertiser out, there is nothing else I want. We were well served out with clothing before leaving England. We are living in an old chapel, fairly comfortable. We don’t know how long it will be before our battery has a packet at the Germans - but I don’t think it will be long.’
April 16, 1965
Rugby Borough Council’s plans for a comprehensive Sports Centre at Thornfield are ‘well advanced’ the annual meeting of the Warwickshire Playing Fields Association will be told on May 6. The annual report points out that the plan includes a swimming pool, indoor sports stadium, international running track, hard playing area, cafeteria and restaurant, bowling green, paddling pool, putting green, roller skating rink and football pitches.
April 12, 1990
Controversial proposals to close two of Rugby’s secondary schools have unleashed a massive public outcry. A county council education working party has recommended the closure of Wolston High and Newbold Grange schools by summer 1991. Parents and teachers will be consulted next month before a decision is made by Warwickshire’s education committee in September. The secretary of state for education will then have to give his permission.