From the Advertiser archives - September 19 edition

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September 20, 1913

The clerk reported that the contract with the Rugby Gas Company for lighting the streets will soon expire, but they would be willing, if the term is extended to seven years, to install a system for automatically lighting and extinguishing lamps in order to do away with the many complaints of lamps not being lighted or put out at the time specified in the contract. The lighting of the different rounds took an hour which meant that in the winter months it got dark in some districts before the lamps were alight.

September 20, 1963

Among the 200 or so teenagers who did not gain entry to the Benn Memorial Hall on Wednesday night for the weekly teen-beat session was Carol, the 16-year-old daughter of the Mayor’s secretary Mr E Meredith. When Carol arrived home her father was in hot water. He should have known, said Carol, that Rugby Motor Club’s rally was being held instead. However, those who turned up on Wednesday got something for their troubles, admittance to last night’s function for 2s6d instead of the usual 3s 6d.

September 15, 1988

Church Lawford CofE First School is under threat of closure due to falling rolls. It is the smallest school in the area with a total of 26 pupils. And its possible closure is being discussed by education officials. Parents have been shocked by the news. Peter Collinson of the education department in Warwick said: “It is nonsense to have a primary school of that size. Schools should have at least three classes, which technically means around 60 children. A school that size is not good for the children.”