From the Advertiser archives - January 16 edition

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January 17, 1914

About 30 members of the Midland Esperanto Federation visited Rugby on Saturday last, the occasion being their seventh conference. They were entertained by the Rugby Group at the Adult School, Moat Street. There was a business meeting in the afternoon, conducted entirely in Esperanto, followed by tea and a concert which was opened by an effective tableau illustrating the aim of Esperanto in linking up the divided nations of the world into a universal brotherhood of peace, harmony and prosperity.

January 17, 1964

The MP for Rugby, Mr AR Wise, speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday during the debate on the approval of the new BBC licence, said he was not in favour of local sound broadcasting or handing over control to any corporate body for 12 years. “It could probably be used educationally, but if it came to local news it could only retail ‘gossip’. It can of course produce the local football results, but they appear in the evening or weekly paper in due course. There is limited scope for that sort of thing.”

January 12, 1989

Rugby Borough Council is to spend £3.5million on capital projects in one of its biggest ever programmes. But Labour councillors are worried there will be no money left in the kitty for future years. Projects in this year include the James Street multi-storey car park, wheelie bins for the whole town, new computing equipment and a learner pool at the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre. Cllr Lionel Franklyn said: “It’s a programme to be proud of and is the result of many years of careful financial management.”