In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
November 1 , 1913
Cyril Hill of 29 Rokeby Street, Rugby was summoned for letting off fireworks on the highway. Defendant admitted the offence. PC Bending said whilst in Sun Street he heard a loud explosion and on proceeding to Bridge Street saw him discharge a firework. The boy’s father stated he had left his own fireworks at home for the ‘fifth’ but met some more boys and they gave him some, which they discharged. The other boys all ran away. In imposing a fine of 2s 6d the chairman remarked it was a very dangerous practice.
November 1, 1963
A £3 million scheme for a new reservoir near the end of the M45 at Dunchurch, with a capacity of 4,100,000,000 gallons, to serve the needs of the Rugby Joint Water Board and South Warwickshire Water Board, has been placed before the committees of the two boards. The new Draycote reservoir, as it would be called, would form a lake 600 acres in extent. It would be one of the largest in the country and 12 times larger than Stanford reservoir, from which Rugby at present gets its water.
October 27, 1988
The unveiling of a footbridge at Newbold continues a tradition going back more than 400 years. Spanning an old channel of the Avon, dry since Severn Trent’s reorganisation of the waterways, it was built by Fosterd’s Bridge Charity. The charity was started by a 16th century resident of the village, Richard Fosterd, who left money in his will for the maintenance of bridges over the Avon in Newbold. It was opened by 1988 trustee Bob Chater, who may be descended from one of the original trustees.