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December 13, 1913
Henry Rhodes, labourer, 13 New Street, New Bilton was summoned for unlawfully giving a child, aged two years, beer. PC Shorthose saw defendant outside the Squirrel Inn with a perambulator containing a child. He offered the child beer in a glass from which the child drank twice. Defendant said he should not have done it had he known he was doing wrong. He was placed under the Probation Officer for one month in the hope that he would teach him how to manage his children and not bring them up on beer.
December 13, 1963
At the annual speech day of Dunsmore School for Boys, headmaster Mr FW Hodgson revealed some hidden facts behind the GCE results. He said 29 boys gained A level certificates and 116 were successful at O level. “The most startling are those produced by the non-selected boys, who failed to gain a grammar school place in the 11-plus examination and in many areas would have been adjudged incapable of reaching GCE standard. The list includes 38 names at O level and six at A level out of an intake of 60 odd.”
December 8, 1988
A whirlwind romance which began in an old people’s home has led to the wedding of two Rugby pensioners. And the staff and residents of Manor House Residential Care Home for the Elderly in Bilton were in their finery to celebrate the marriage of 84-year-old Leslie Heath and 78-year-old Marjorie Tschumi. The couple only met when Mr Heath took up residence at the home last July. They were married at St Mark’s Church in Bilton, where Marjorie was given away by her nephew and Leslie’s son was best man.