The gas man dies, row over conductorless buses, and bulldozers threaten old school: From the archives, April 10 edition

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April 11, 1914

It is with sincere regret we record the death of Mr Charles Meiklejohn, engineer and manager to the Rugby Gas Co. He had been in failing health for some months past and had been unable to attend to his public duties in consequence. He was born at Shotts, Lanarkshire in 1857, so was 56 years of age. He was appointed to the Gas Co in 1892 he introduced the co-partnership principle, giving employees a tangible interest in the concern and a good proportion of the men were not slow to take advantage of the facilities afforded them of investing money on favourable terms.

April 10, 1964

One-man buses, which are due to operate on selected routes in Rugby for the first time, are being boycotted by some 70 drivers employed at the Rugby depot of Midland ‘Red’ Omnibus Company.

Odd-man-out is John Otway, 37, of Eastlands Place, who was the only one who has agreed to try the new system.

Union secretary Bernard Leach said: “No driver will be able to leave his cab to help passengers on or off the buses. And in wet weather people will sometimes have to queue to get on the bus while the driver takes the money.”

April 6, 1989

Wolston residents have until the end of the year to find a valid use for their 130-year-old village school building. If they fail, the bulldozers may move in. As the work on the long-awaited school annexe is built on an alternative site, fears are growing for the old building. The future of the 1860 building in Main Street has remained uncertain since the granting of permission to extend St Margaret’s First School in Brookside last May. Now residents fear it may be lost to a modern housing development.