From the Advertiser archives - July 19 edition

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In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago

100 years ago

July 20, 1912

To be aroused from sleep in the dead of night by an intruder with a flashlight, who threatens to shoot you with a revolver if his demand for money is not granted, must be a truly alarming experience.

Yet this was what happened early on Sunday morning to Mrs Dowson, widow of Mr AO Dowson of Cawston, who lives with her two maids in the house lying back in a charming garden, and situated about midway between Bilton and the Blue Boar.

Mrs Downson’s story of what occurred is as follows: “I said ‘who are you and what do you want?’ He said: ‘It is money I want and money I will have! If you speak or move I will murder you!’ I jumped up and screamed to attract the attention of the maids. The man hurriedly left the room, and I saw no more of him.”

The man’s face was not clearly seen but from his speech he was evidently a man of some education and that he had taste for good tobacco as he had partially smoked one of Mrs Dowson’s choice cigarettes.

50 years ago

July 20, 1962

Nurses deplore threats - says Matron: Reference to nurses’ salaries ‘a matter which has had extreme prominence recently’ was made by Miss JL Ryde, matron of the Rugby hospitals in her report of the year’s work at the Rugby Hospitals’ School of Nursing annual student nurses’ prize giving.

“All I wish to say about this is that though we feel the claims as a whole are justified, most of us - as represented by the largest organisation of fully trained nurses in the country, the Royal College of Nursing - deplore the threats and unprofessional methods of a section having a large number of untrained hospital workers.

“I can assure you no action would be taken, whatever happens, by most of us, because it would be impossible for someone not to suffer.

“And I ask the students here today to remember and honour this clause in our international code of ethics ‘Service to mankind is the primary function of nurses and the reason for the existence of the nursing profession.”

25 years ago

July 16, 1987

Parents and governors are preparing to do battle with county officials in a bid to save their school playing field.

They are fighting proposals to build two houses on almost an acre of land at Hillmorton County First School in Watts Lane - the only flat area available for children to play on.

And they are planning to lobby local councillors to oppose the idea which they believe could be the ‘tip of the iceberg’ for schools in Rugby.

The proposal, which has yet to be considered by Warwickshire county councillors, has come about as part of an ongoing process by officers who are looking at land ‘surplus to requirements’ with a view to selling it.

Governors at the Hillmorton school were alarmed when a letter from Shire Hall informed them that, according to regulations laid down by the Department of Education and Science, the playing field was 1.3 acres above the maximum required. They rang the alarm bells and notified parents of the threat to their children’s play area.