25 YEARS ORTON
Searching for autumn sunshine? Then take the advice of a group of Eden schoolchildren and head for Italy. A consortium of seven schools has taken delivery of high-tech weather watching equipment to be shared on a rota basis. And the early observations of pupils at Orton, one of the schools involved, is that Italy is a good place to be at this time of year if you want sunshine.
Eden councillors moved into the Christmas spirit when they agreed to give 66 per cent. grants to festive lighting schemes in Penrith, Alston, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen. Requests for financial aid came from the Penrith, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen chambers of trade and Alston Moor Small Business Association.
Former Upper Eden couple William and Mrya Bell have celebrated sixty years of married life. They were married at Kirkby Stephen Parish Church on 21st October, 1933.
Eden councillors showed a reluctance to protect the countryside when they approved the plan for a holiday village in Whinfell Forest, near Penrith. The claim comes in the autumn newsletter of the Friends of the Lake District, who say they are also worried by the reluctance of the Department of the Environment to call in the application for 700 chalets and a 70-bed hotel.
The number of recorded crimes in Cumbria has increased by 130 per cent. between 1979 and 1992, county police committee chairman Reg Watson said. The figure in 1979 was 19,531, but it increased to 44,930. Manpower rose by only eight per cent. during the same period.
Lakeland visitors did a double take as they encountered a relaxed and smiling but highly familiar couple enjoying the holiday sights at Glenrididng, Pooley Bridge, Keswick and Grasmere. The pair were none other than Prime Minister John Major and his wife, Norma, enjoying a surprise three-day break after the stress and strains of the Tory Party conference.
The Friends of the Lake District are maintaining their opposition to a Kirkby Stephen bypass. They say all three routes originally considered for the bypass will affect a significant number of archaeological sites and “all will have an unacceptable impact on the local landscape”.
Penrith’s Cumbrian Cellar has earned a mention in the Which? Wine Guide for the tenth year running. The book is a guide to individual wine merchants, as well as high street off-licences, supermarkets and wine warehouses.
Some county councillors came in for an Appleby broadside after their failure to support a campaign to raise £668,000 for a new indoor swimming pool. Despite Cumbria County Council’s lack of support, however, both Eden District Council and Appleby Town Council have agreed in principle to step up their contribution to the project’s cost.
A possible future pioneering role for Appleby, exporting factory-made houses, is envisaged by Mr. David Duncan-Miller, who recently gave details of a £3 million project for the town involving an estate of 200 houses, a factory and a petroleum distribution depot. He told the “Herald” at the office he has set up in the Conservative Club on behalf of the Terra Nova group of companies based in Edinburgh, for whom he is acting as local consultant in connection with the schemes, that he was meeting with some opposition from certain groups of older people of the borough who preferred to see the town unchanged.
A big jump in the number of births in Appleby and a slight drop in deaths are recorded by the Medical Officer, Dr. F. T. Madge, in his annual report for 1967, which was presented to the Borough Council.
Penrith’s plague stone — the block of sandstone with a hollow in the top in which coins were washed in vinegar before being accepted by people bringing in produce from the country — has been restored to the site in Bridge Lane where it was first erected about 350 years ago. The stone was put into storage in July, 1965, to avoid damage during the erection of Greengarth, the old people’s home.
Over 21,000 whisky bottles blocked the A.6 road at the Stoney Beck roundabout near Penrith — but not a drop was spilled. The bottles, in 1,792 cartons of a dozen each, were empty and on their way to Scotland from a glass factory at St. Helens when they fell from an articulated lorry.
Teachers in the various Penrith schools decided to perpetuate the memory of the late Mr. W. V. Shaul, attendance officer, by carrying on his fund for supplying the children of the poor with clogs.
Attractions at the Alhambra Palace cinema were Bransby Williams, the great English actor, as Father O’Leary in “The Greatest Wish in the World” and Charlie Chaplin in “The Pawnshop”.
A Penrith milk supply problem was solved late on the Saturday when the dairymen, in view of the firm stand of the Food Committee, capitulated after threatening a strike. The committee had made emergency arrangements for the milk supply for the town with a depot in the Arcade from where the distribution would be by means of a motor car, two floats and other vehicles with volunteers. It was not until 10-35 p.m. however, that the dairymen gave their decision that they would continue to supply at 7.5d. a quart for October.