From the Advertiser Archives August 18

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August 8 1911

A LABOURER, of no fixed address, Harry Elmer, 42, pleaded not guilty at a special hearing at Rugby magistrates yesterday to being drunk and disorderly in Hillmorton Road on Sunday and damaging a toilet seat in a police cell.

PC Wood said that he saw Elmer at Rugby Central; Station. He staggered through the entrance into theroad and was shouting and waving his arms, He would not be quiet and was arrested. In his cell at the police station Elmer Pulled the seat of the toilet away from the wall. He caused damage to the extent of 10s. In his possession was a bottle three parts full of surgical spirits. Elmer, who was found guilty, said it was a railwayman at the station who started the trouble when he could not find his ticket. Elmer, who it was stated has £2 11s and 1d in his possession when he was arrested, was fined £1 10s for being drunk and disorderly and 10s for the damage. He was fined £2 10s in total.

August 20 1961

GEORGE Charles Benn commemorated: Following the formal opening of the Benn Hall by the Queen Mother in 1961, the Advertiser wrote: “During the prosperous years of the last century no name was more honoured or blessed in Rugby then that of the Benn family. The man who gave his name to the new hall was George Charles Benn, the last Benn survivor, who died in 1895.

George went to Rugby School, and then to Oxford. He joined his brother, Antony Staresmore Benn, in running Butlin and Son’s Bank, founded in 1792. It ran until 1867 when it was disposed to of Lloyds Bank. George was a solicitor, who after his siblings had died, inherited all of his family’s wealth.

“In his will, George Benn disposed of £168,603 gross – the bequests including the Shoulder of Mutton Inn in High Street, £6,000 to the local board (which became Rugby Borough Council in 1932), £5,000 and land worth at least £20,000 to Rugby School, £2,000, two houses and a paddock to St Cross and numerous donations to national and local charities.”

September 4 1986

DISTURBED turf in the shape of a grave left police with a mystery on their hands,

On Monday a team of policemen dug up an isolated area of South Kilworth churchyard to see if anything suspicious had been buried there. After 15 minutes, with only freshly cut hedge and tree clippings found beneath the turf, the operation was over.

Inspector Tony Haywood, who led the team, said: “We thought there might have been some black magic activity, but nothing substantiates this.

THE stars of television show Grange Hill descended on Rugby to film scenes on a canal. Characters such as Roland ‘Roly’ Browning and Sammy ‘Zammo’ Maguire spent around a week in the area filming. The television company used Clifton Cruisers Boatyard of Clifton Wharf. Young actress, Alison Bettles, Faye Lucas in the series, said: “We got here earlier today and we haven;t seen much yet but from what I can see the areas really nice and the people are friendly enough.”