From the archives - February 23 edition

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In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago

100 years ago

February 17 1912

THE Imperial Sunday Alliance, which is fighting vigorously for the safeguarding of Sunday as a day of rest for all classes of toilers, held a mass meeting in the Co-operative Hall, Rugby, on Monday evening.

To many British workers Sunday has lost much of the significance attached to it as the seventh day, because for them it has been transformed into a day of labour.

It is on behalf mainly of these Sunday labourers that the Alliance is working so strenuously, and it will not relax its efforts until some kind of Sunday Closing Bill for public houses has been placed upon the Statute Book as a step in the direction of legislation for making illegal all un-necessary business and labour.

Already public opinion has, to a large extent, been won over and mass meetings are being held throughout the country.

Although not quite as large as promoters anticipated, the audience represented all classes, creed and thought and was unanimous in its approval of the Alliance’s objects.

50 years ago

February 9 1962

Concern is being expressed at the slowing down in the rate of new school buildings in Rugby.

The School Management sub-committee of the Rugby Divisional Executive said no Rugby project had been including in the current programme and there is some uncertainty about the inclusion of the new Fareham Avenue High School and the Ryton School in the 1963-64 programme.

Concentrations of population are building up in various parts of the area and some of the local schools are already full.

The sub-committee recommended that the strongest possible representations should be made to the authority for the inclusion of these local schools and Church Lawford School too, in the programme.

They also hoped the authority will take full advantage of the Minister’s relaxation on jobs costing under £2,000 so that they may relieve some of the more urgent accommodation problems and improve the working conditions in some of the older schools.

25 years ago

February 19 1987

A MULTI-MILLION pound extended town centre shopping scheme in Rugby, already given planning approval in principle, is not going ahead, it was revealed this week.

The scheme, planned by Chesterfield Properties Ltd of London for East Mercia Co-operative Society, would have meant the construction of a new 60,000 square feet store for the Co-operative Society in Chapel Street.

It also involved the closure last month of the Allied Breweries-owned Shakespeare Inn in Queen Street, the site of which is also needed for the expansion.

The single-storey development would have included a 25,000 square feet foodstore and up to 700 additional car parking spaces as an extension to the multi-storey car park, plus more spaces on the surface.

The Co-operative store already in the precinct shopping area could have been made available for re-leasing, either singly or sub-dividing into smaller units.