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April 29, 1916
The bronze medal of the Royal Humane Society has been awarded to Herbert Archer, police constable, Rosyth, for his gallantry in saving a youth from a caisson in the dockyard. Archer dropped into the caisson, which contained 37 feet of water, and caught the lad. The only other person present being a youth, who was not strong enough to pull them out with a rope, they had to remain until further help came. PC Archer is a native of Rugby and his parents reside in York Street.
April 29, 1966
A link road from Dunchurch Road to Bilton Road, estimated to cost £300,000, will be built during 1970-71 if a committee recommendation is approved by Warwickshire County Council. Other major improvements are Brownsover diversion to the Watling Street (£210,000) and the Brandon-Bretford by-pass (£380,000).
The Bilton Road link is expected to cut through the old allotments next to the site of The Firs, by-pass a proposed housing estate and the present Bradby Boys’ Club and join up with Dunchurch Road in the East Union Street area.
April 25, 1991
A half-million pound fundraising challenge is being launched to ensure Rugby’s parish church can stand in its full glory throughout the 21st century. Major restoration work to the bells, roof, stone masonry and organ will be vital within 20 years. And the church has decided not to wait for a crisis before fundraising begins. The sensible move will coincide with the 700th anniversary of the church’s dedication in 1291.