From the Archives June 23

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From the Rugby Advertiser archives, looking back 25, 50 and 100 years.

June 23 1911

BLESSING the crops: The Rogationtide ceremony of blessing the crops was observed on Tuesday evening on the Earl of Craven’s Estate in Binley, North Warwickshire. Meeting at the parish church, vicar Rev Lewis Richardson and a number of parishioners formed into procession and several farms were visited. At several points in the parish a halt was called and a short service gone through, appropriate prayers being offered.

Drunkenness: Thomas Joyce, navvy, New Bilton, was charged with being drunk on May 22. Defendant pleaded guilty.

PC Hunt said he was sent to defendant’s house at 5.35pm and found him beating his wife with a poker. Witnesses stopped him, and later found him in the street very drunk. Defendant, who said his wife hit him first, was fined 2s 6d. Arthur Neal, drover, of no fixed abode, was charged with being drunk at Rugby on May 22. Defendant pleaded guilty. PC Biddle said he found defendant lying helplessly drunk in Railway Terrace. Fined 1s.

June 26 1961

RUGBY shortage of labour: The percentage of unemployed people in Rugby on December 12 1960 was 1.1 per cent. The Midland rate was 1.9 per cent and the national figure was 1.6 per cent. Despite the increase in claims, however, only five per cent of the insured population of Rugby was wholly unemployed.

The demand for women workers had fallen slightly but there was still a 100 per cent rise on the same time a year ago. There was little difficulty in placing women in full time employment, but a large proportion of those registered were seeking work with a reduced working day. Domestic vacancies still could not be met from local sources, and during the three months ended December 7 eight permits had been issued to enable aliens resident abroad to take up work in the district. In those three months, 477 men and 147 women were placed in employment. The total number of women registered as unemployed in the last three months decreased by almost half, from 105 t0 54. The figures for men rose rose from 140 to 301, but dropped back to 259 in December.

June 26 1986

AN 83-year-old widow was left confused, bewildered and angry after being told that her benefits were being withdrawn because her income was 12 pence too high.

The Hillmorton woman, who did not wish to be identified, asked the council for an explanation and received a five foot long letter consisting of a computer print out of an equation. She explained: “The result is that my income is 12 pence above the limit to qualify for benefits which we received while my husband was alive.

“But when I unfolded the document from the council it was longer than I am tall. The whole thing is quite incredible.

“Although I took a light hearted view of it, particularly because we have such a good councillor to take care of problems of this sort, it is the kind of situation that could seriously worry many old people.

“Some could well think it was a demand for more money.”

Rugby town hall assistant treasurer Joe Oswell said: “If the woman and her representative want further explanation, we would be very happy to provide it.”