From the Advertiser archives - July 14 edition

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In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago

July 15, 1916

Bilton Hall, which has been fully prepared and equipped by Mrs ED Miller, Vice-President of the Rugby District Division, was opened as a Red Cross Hospital on Friday last week. Mr Walter Barnett has very kindly lent the house, and the British Red Cross have laid on gas and water, fittings and equipment from subscriptions collected. There are eight wards and fifty patients can be accommodated at one time. It differs from the majority of VAD Hospitals in that a modern and extremely well equipped operating theatre has been provided.

I thought you might like to read the rest of the fascinating story from our 1916 archive above. It continues: “It is interesting to note that the patients at the Hospital come directly from France and are not convalescents.

“On Friday 27 men, who had taken part in the great battle, arrived, and on Saturday this number was increased to 48.

Gifts of eggs, fruit, butter, vegetables, groceries, magazines and newspapers will be gratefully received.

“We are informed by Mrs Miller that the other two hospitals in her district, Newnham Paddox and Pailton House are full, and that the former now has 43 patients.

“Forty of the soldiers at Bilton Hall have been invited to the Garden Fete at Stretton on Dunsmore on Tuesday next.”

July 15, 1966

The new day rooms at the Hospital of St Cross which the League of Friends are financing, should be in operation by the end of November, it was announced by Mr JohnYoung, chairman, at their annual meeting on Friday. Mr Young congratulated the special efforts committee on raising the £2,000 over 12 months, in particular Mrs Norman Edyvean-Walker, wife of the league’s president whose exhibitions of flower paintings had raised £330. The £500 balance will be met by the AEI Rag committee from this year’s proceeds,

July 11, 1991

Long awaited plans to redevelop derelict Chapel Street in Rugby will not have to include a new cinema for the town. Planners say that insisting on a cinema could scare off potential developers. Councillors met to discuss the last part of the town centre left for redevelopment. Planners want to make sure any new scheme would not compete with existing shopping facilities. The developers will be expected to provide a library and art gallery to replace the county council’s ageing St Matthew’s Street building.