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March 27, 1915
There has been a marked improvement in recruiting at Rugby during the past week and 16 men have been attested. Suitable men are now required to be trained for non-commissioned officers in the 13th RWR; and wheelwrights, shoeingsmiths, and saddlers are also wanted. The Leicester Daily Post for Wednesday remarks that in the city there have been a larger proportion of rejects for medical reasons than in adjoining areas. Would-be soldiers unable to enlist there have been accepted at Rugby.
March 26, 1965
A petition containing 1,000 names is to be handed in at Rugby Town Hall on Monday. It asks that something be done to combat alleged ‘fall out’ of dust and grit from the chimney of the Rugby Portland Cement Works. The petition has been compiled by a group of residents led by Cllr. F Blackman. It will support a resolution from the New Bilton Labour Party asking the Labour group on Rugby Borough Council to instigate action to reduce the amount of cement deposit in their area.
March 22, 1990
Rugby’s £500,000 proposal to pedestrianise at least four more town centre streets has triggered off protests from traders. The council plans due to be phased in after 1992 involves Regent Street, Bank Street, Henry Street and parts of Albert Street from the James Street junction. Business leaders are already making plans for a protest meeting. At least one of the objectors moved from High Street because of the fall-off in trade following the initial pedestrianisation.