From the Advertiser archives - December 19 edition

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December 20, 1913

An important decision was made at the monthly meeting of the Rugby Urban District Council on Tuesday with regard to the proposal to purchase for recreation a farm of about 54 acres, situated on the Clifton Road. They were pleased to report a definite offer of £8,500 (£156 per acre ) had been made to the owner Mr Whinfield. Probably they would not build over a very large area, the greater part being reserved for a playground, giving children the opportunity of fresh air and health in the future.

December 20, 1963

It is going to be a bumper Christmas. Spending is already an all-time high and the boom in shipping is expected to reach its peak this weekend. Shopkeepers are expecting a frantic rush of customers. Extra staff has been engaged to cope with the increased demand and shops are fully stocked. An official of one of the banks said: “Spending and withdrawals are at an all-time high. Money coming back from local shops is in excess of previous years. Everyone is taking more money than usual.”

December 15, 1988

Brian Poxon will look back on 18 years of high academic standards and fine sporting traditions when he retires from Harris Church of England School. The headteacher relinquishes his post at the end of the month, but says he will always feel part of the school. He took over the helm in 1971, only its second head since its foundation in 1954. Mr Poxon was returning to his birthplace - he was a pupil at Lawrence Sheriff School before his family moved to Oxford. A new head should be appointed by the summer.