From the Advertiser archives - March 16, 2017 edition

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Saturday, 18th March 2017, 7:46 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:51 am

March 17, 1917

Over 200 women land workers accepted invitations to a meeting and entertainment at the Empire, Rugby, on Friday afternoon. Practical speeches were delivered. Miss Margesson (lady organiser for Warwickshire) referred to the difficulty many women found working on the land by wearing skirts. She said in Italy women had a piece of elastic round their waist and drew their skirts up through the elastic and were able to work unimpeded. She also suggested women should purchase boys’ boots, two sizes too large and wear socks inside.

March 17, 1967

A 15-year-old girl is neither physically nor academically ready to face the demands of earning her living, Miss RRI Pigott, headmistress of Westlands High School for Girls, said at the annual prize day in the Salvation Army Citadel last week. Talking about the school’s fifth form, she said the number of pupils had risen from 14 last year to 21. Next year she hoped it would be 22, but this figure was just over a third of the possible number who could stay on at school.

March 12, 1992

At least four of Rugby’s borough councillors will be standing down at the coming elections. Bilton Cllr Rosamond Pierson is resigning half way through her four-year term for family reasons. Fellow Tories Prue Miller - also from Bilton - and John Owen - from Dunchurch & Thurlaston and Labour Benn Ward member Peter Mooney are not seeking re-election. Two former borough councillors are set to return, Anne Hilditch is standing in Dunchurch and Dunstan Vavasour should become a Bilton councillor.