In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
100 years ago
May 25 1912
Motorists ‘Invade’ Rugby - Sound defence by Boy Scouts:
A very interesting experiment, testing the merits of Boy Scouts, took place on Saturday afternoon.
Mr IB Hart-Davies, Scoutmaster of the Rugby 1st Troop, arranged for members of the Coventry and Warwickshire Motor Club to make an “attack” on the town from any direction, the whole of the approaches by main road being held by scouts.
For this troops from Rugby, Coventry, Leicester, Leamington and Warwick, Southam, Allesley, Daventry, Harbury, Stockton, Newnham Paddox, Wolston, Bilton, Hillmorton and other places co-operated, about 500 boys being at their respective posts by three o’clock.
The Coventry contingent missed their train, which left one approach, through Cosford, somewhat weak in consequence. Otherwise the defence was well sustained. The motor club had seventy motor-cycles and ten cars in their force. Only six motorcyclists got through the lines, the rest were either captured or turned back.
50 years ago
May 25 1962
A £250 boost for the Parent Teacher Association’s effort to provide a £4,000 outdoor swimming pool for the girls of Rugby High School was announced at the opening of their fete on Saturday afternoon, which raised an estimated additional £750 to bring the total of the fund, officially launched three weeks ago, to £1,350.
Despite a wet and bitterly cold day over 1,200 people crowded into the school hall and surrounding corridors in time for the opening ceremony when the association’s president Mrs HV Sydenham, said that the trustees of the Bilton Poor’s Land and Charities were giving £250 towards the project.
The opening was performed by Mrs JB Channon former secretary and then president of the PTA at the old school in Clifton Road. She said a pool for the school was something she had hoped for a very long time and when she knew the school was moving to Bilton she felt that with it being so much larger that hope might be realised.
Headmistress Miss DM Linsley said it was a happy occasion and encouraging to see so many people despite the weather.
25 years ago
May 21 1987
The Rupert Brooke exhibition has opened in Rugby as part of the celebrations throughout the summer to mark the centenary of the renowned poet’s birth.
And organisers Stephen Drew and Jenny Macrory, both members of staff at Rugby School, hope the exhibits will give the public a more understanding view of the man.
It marked the end of two years’ hard work and research. It has taken them that long to track down and gain permission to borrow the many exhibits on show which they hope will give an insight into the human side of Brooke.
These include several first editions and manuscripts as well as authentic photographs and original copies of some of his most personal letters.
Much of it has come from private collections of Brooke enthusiasts throughout the country, but King’s College Cambridge and Eton College have also made significant contributions.
The exhibition can be seen at the Temple Reading Room at Rugby School, Barby Road until the end of next week.