From the Advertiser archives - May 15 edition

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May 16, 1914

Plain speaking was indulged in at the annual meeting for passing the services accounts for St Andrew’s Parish Church. Mr Reddish raised the question of free sittings in the parish church and argued that the present method was bad, illegal and unscriptual. The people who had got money got the pick of the seats. Mr Green supported, and said he thought the fact anyone being allowed for money payment to monopolise the best seats was simply disgraceful. Mr Bruce Joy had written to the Rector asking if anyone had the legal right to evict a person from a pew.

May 15, 1964

Rugby Police and civic heads today launch a campaign to stamp out litter louts. And from Supt J E Croker comes the stern reminder that dropping litter is punishable by a £10 fine. In a statement to the Advertiser he said: “There have been a number of prosecutions and sad as it may be, prosecution seems to be the only effective deterrent. Without being put to too much inconvenience, members of the public can report instances of dropping litter to the nearest police station and the police will investigate.”

May 11, 1989

Bulldozers have begun to roll on Overslade’s steel houses. More than 50 homes have already been demolished as the redevelopment scheme swings into action. Houses in Mayfield Grove and Hudson Road have been knocked down. By next June, 62 houses will be in their place and up for sale privately. The council decided to radically change the look of the estate because the present homes are uneconomical to repair and do not meet requirements. The new council homes will be a mix of flats, bungalows and houses.