25 YEARS GLASSONBY
Robert Matthew Beatham, the Glassonby-born man who won a posthumous Victoria Cross — Britain’s highest award for gallantry — in August, 1918, could have a new Penrith development named after him. Military researcher and writer Colin Bardgett, who wrote a recent article for the “Herald” about Robert Beatham’s bravery at Passchendaele, France, during the 1914-18 war, has since been in touch with Eden District Council and with local builder Peter Tolmie. Mr. Bardgett, a Penrith postman, said: “A 19-unit development is being built by Mr. Tolmie in Scotland Road, Penrith, and when I suggested naming it after Robert Beatham, as a means of preserving the memory of a brave local soldier, he was very keen on the idea, which is to be forward to the council.”
The future of Penrith’s controversial Saturday market is back in the melting pot. Requests have been made for the Secretary of State for the Environment to call in the application and determine it himself. However, Eden councillor John Moffat said he was so furious about the move that he claimed he would boycott town centre shops in future.
Plans for the long-awaited Temple Sowerby bypass may finally go on show in six weeks’ time. The date has yet to be confirmed by the Department of Transport, but the village hall has been booked at the end of September, ready for a public display of proposed routes. The news that route options are due out will be welcomed by villagers who have been left feeling angry and frustrated after years of delays.
Rained off fell walkers and board game fanatics can enjoy exploring the Lake District in the comfort of their own homes thanks to a new game launched this week. “Backpacks and Blisters” re-creates the pleasures — and some of the pains — of exploring the Lake District on foot, with the ever present threat that the mountain rescue team will be called out if walkers are not home on time. The game was invented by a group of walkers while on holiday in the Lake District.
Pooley Bridge might be small with only a few church workers, but it triumphed with a successful flower festival and an exhibition on the village’s history. More than £2,000 was raised for church funds by the events and visitors included some from the US and Singapore, as well as many parts of the UK.
Despite a shortage of flowers and vegetables caused by the poor summer, there was still a good attendance at Thirlmere Open Flower Show. Now in its 45th year, the show attracts a good range of entries, but numbers were down from last year’s total of 441 to 373.
The Minister of Housing and Local Government has refused permission for a Penrith garage firm to erect a petrol filling station, cafe and car parking facilities on both sides of B.5320, between Penrith and Ullswater. Messrs. Armstrong and Fleming had sought permission to erect the station between Slapestones and the Snuff Mill on the Dalemain road.
Two Penrith schoolboys who spent a night in a haunted room have decided against any further ghost-hunting expeditions for the time being. Peter Kennedy and Brian Hammersley, both 14-year-old pupils of Penrith Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, slept in the haunted chamber of Chingle Hall, Goosnargh, near Preston, hoping to see the ghost of a Franciscan priest, John Wall, who died in 1679. Though they did not actually see an apparition, mysterious sounds in the night and what appeared to be a head at the window made their experience a spine-chilling one. “The main reason we went to Chingle Hall was to try to satisfy the curiosity we had about the existence of ghosts. We certainly did more than that, but now I think we will let sleeping ghosts lie for a while,” said Peter.
Miss Gillian Page, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Page, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottingham, and formerly of Applegarth, Nicholson Lane, Penrith, is joining the National Youth Theatre in London for a theatre practice course.
Gamblesby has won the title of Cumberland’s best-kept village for the second year in succession. Last year it was the outright winner but this year the competition was divided into classes for large and small villages and Gamblesby won the small village class.
Over 450 people were involved in a massive 24-hour search in Northern Lakeland because a 14-year-old Lancashire schoolboy did not say anything after he had got parted from his friend in the Helvellyn area. The boy turned back for Keswick when the mist came down and while he kept quiet his friend had raised the alarm at the Greenside Youth Hostel, above Ullswater, which the two had been making for. The result was a huge-scale search in the Helvellyn area which began late and eventually involved more than thirty rescue teams from a big area of the North of England, an Army unit, police and R.A.F. volunteers.
There was quite a scene at Langwathby Station when crowds of villagers turned out to see a band of German prisoners arrive. This followed an announcement made by the Cumberland War Agricultural Committee that they had decided to open camps for German prisoners for harvest and potato picking. The camps are situated at Kirkoswald and Calthwaite. On arrival at Langwathby, the men marched to the camp in the charge of their guards and the camp equipment was conveyed to the scene by the local coal merchant on his lorry. The camp is placed a few hundred yards off the Langwathby to Culgaith road in a picturesque setting by the side of the River Eden.