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July 17, 1915
On Saturday the Earl and Countess of Craven entertained 300 wounded soldiers at a garden party in the grounds of Coombe Abbey. The soldiers were collected by the Navy League from all the outlying military hospitals, and were brought to the Abbey by motor-cars lent by private owners. Every man was presented with cigarettes and there were opportunities to gain more by trying their skill at the hoop-la stands. There were various attractions and the men were given an elaborate tea in the covered tennis court.
July 16, 1965
Nostalgic thoughts were probably flooding the minds of old boys, present pupils and everyone connected with St Andrew’s Murray High School - the Rector of Rugby Canon DM Davies said on Wednesday. He was giving the address at a special thanksgiving service at the parish church, marking the closing down of the school. It should be with ‘joy not sadness’ that people should remember the school, which had played a vital part of community life through the decades and did much in promoting Christian education.
It was first decided that the town needed a school such as Murray in 1881, when education facilities were totally inadequate and children were being rejected by the score. The total cost of building Murray School - which was in Murray Road - was £1,500 and it took the parish ten years to pay for it.
The early pupils had to pay 1d a week for their education.
Murray High School and Benn High School closed down in July 1965 and the pupils moved to the new Fareham High School on Ashlawn Estate. Mr RHC Taylor, sixth and final headmaster of Murray was appointed head of the new school.
After the service Old Murrayians aged from their teens to eighties gathered for a reunion.
July 12, 1990
Rugby was honoured with a visit by the senior minister of Pakistan, Begum Nusrat Bhutton on Thursday. The leader of the People’s Party and mother of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had been invited to the town by former mayor Cllr James Shera. He visited Pakistan last year. Mrs Bhutto spent the morning at the Town Hall, St Andrew’s Middle School and Intermediate Technology and was very impressed with everything she saw in the town.