Date: Friday 20th April 2018
Children from Penrith and the Eden Valley enjoyed an action-packed program of outings and projects through the “Abacus school’s out” Easter playscheme 25 years ago. Victoria O’Hanlon, Claire Brough and Jill Hindson help children at the playscheme.
Children from Penrith and the Eden Valley enjoyed an action-packed program of outings and projects through the “Abacus school’s out” Easter playscheme 25 years ago. Victoria O’Hanlon, Claire Brough and Jill Hindson help children at the playscheme.

The operators of Penrith’s controversial Saturday market pledged it was business as usual despite the refusal of permanent planning permission. Eden planners voted to reject allowing the huge open air market to become a regular, permanent feature on the Skirsgill site by twelve votes to four.

Looking back on life as an educational welfare officer, Penrithian Mel Robson recounts tales of looking down the barrel of a shotgun and being grabbed by the throat. But he insists such incidents are very much a rarity and that families have generally been grateful for support.

Organisers of a prestigious Penrith exhibition are hoping it will make an impact on the national art scene. The display of pictures and sculptures will run from a fortnight from 21st August. The project, being organised by Miss Helena Baily, Penrith, has already received the full support of a number of acclaimed artists who live in Eden.


The proposal for a new road to bypass the Upper Eden town of Kirkby Stephen is “an unacceptable price to pay” for the relief of traffic pressures, say the Friends of the Lake District. In their spring newsletter, they call for full consideration of alternative measures, particularly the reinstatement of a traffic restriction order to remove heavy goods vehicles from the town.


Fun runners raised hundreds of pounds for charity in an Easter Sunday event organised by Acorn Bank, the Sue Ryder home at Temple Sowerby. The six-mile run attracted 55 entries, the most unusual of which were six Penrith firemen in full kit, carrying a 10.5 metre ladder weighing 140lbs! They were raising money to be shared between local charities and the National Fire Service Benevolent Fund.


The head of the Keswick police station, Inspector Bob Fell, is leaving the town for a new position in Whitehaven. Inspector Fell, who has been in charge at Keswick for a number of years, will take up beat supervisory duties in Whitehaven from 1st May.

A plan to create an exhibition and sales area on the platform of the former Keswick railway station has been thrown out by Lake District planners. The proposal included up to 12 Victorian sales barrows on the platform, selling goods such as old books, local crafts, classic car spares and railway memorabilia.


The Whitbarrow holiday village, near Greystoke, has won an international award for the second year in succession. The complex has been named a resort of international distinction by RCI Europe.


An exhibition bout of Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling drew the attention of tourism operators and buyers at a British travel trade fair at Birmingham. Many of the 2,782 visitors to the fair took a ringside seat to watch Tom Harrington, Alan Jones and Simon Robinson.



A model and plans of the new Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle will be displayed at a Press conference to be held at the Infirmary. Drillings to find a site for the multi-million pound extensions to the Infirmary started two and a half years ago, and the first extensions, costing £1,000,000, are due to start in the financial year 1969-70.


Milnthorpe, Tebay and Shap railway stations are to close on a date shortly to be announced. This follows the Minister of Transport’s agreement to the withdrawal of local passenger train services between Carnforth and Carlisle. The Minister’s decision contains provision that the closures are conditional that certain Ribble bus services between Appleby and Kendal, passing through Tebay, shall commence or conclude at Appleby station instead of in Appleby Market Place.


The Easter holiday period was one of the best-ever for the tourist industry in the Lake District. Fine weather brought crowds of visitors and many did record business. Keswick was particularly popular and large numbers of people were unable to find accommodation.


“The above commodious Chapel will be opened on Friday next, the 24th inst. The Rev. John Roberts, of Barnsley, will preach at 2 o’clock p.m. Tea will be provided for the public at 4 o’clock …” In these words, a Penrith newspaper of April, 1868, advertised the opening of St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Alston — an occasion which is to be remembered by centenary celebrations.


The new decimal coins come into circulation and will be legal tender from Tuesday, 23rd April. They are the ten new penny coin (written 10p) which can be used exactly like a two shilling coin and the five new penny (5p) coin which can be used exactly like a shilling. Both new coins will fit gas meters, parking meters and other coin-operated machines that take shillings and two shillings. Two shilling coins and shillings will continue in circulation as before and so for the time being will all our other coins.



As Sister Ethel Button, night sister at the Wordsworth Hospital, was cycling down Wordsworth Street she was involved in a collision with a car belonging to Dr. Ward. Sister Button, who was thrown off her machine and badly bruised, was taken into the hospital and later removed to the Cottage Hospital.


Mr. W. A. Webber, J.P., who has for nearly 20 years held the honorary secretaryship of the Appleby auxiliary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, has been made an honorary governor of the society for life, in recognition of his long and valuable services.