In this week in history 25 YEARS AGO — 1994 PENRITH

Date: Tuesday 29th January 2019

A £10,000 investigation to see if an underground stream below Penrith poses a potential flood risk is to be carried out by the National Rivers Authority. A spokesman said the NRA would be examining the state of Thacka Beck where it passed beneath the town in an underground culvert. The NRA want to check on the state of the tunnel and see whether its capacity needs to be increased in case of possible floods.

A £10,000 investigation to see if an underground stream below Penrith poses a potential flood risk is to be carried out by the National Rivers Authority. A spokesman said the NRA would be examining the state of Thacka Beck where it passed beneath the town in an underground culvert. The NRA want to check on the state of the tunnel and see whether its capacity needs to be increased in case of possible floods.

A cat was safely rescued by Penrith firefighters after getting stuck up a tree near the Crown Inn, Bolton, near Appleby. The RSPCA also attended the scene and the cat was brought back to earth with the aid of a ladder.

Faced with a stack of thousands of unused nuts and bolts, Penrith craftsman David Brown didn’t go round the twist but decided to try and go “nutters” instead. The “nutters” are a new idea the self-employed craftsman has dreamt up as an unusual sideline for his wrought ironwork business, David R. Brown Engineering. From his workshop at the former John Menzies premises in York Street, Penrith, David explained that he had decided to use the nuts and bolts to make an unusual range of figures.

APPLEBY

Despite reservations over parking provision and play space, Eden planners granted permission for 23 houses, flats and bungalows on land off Hothfield Drive, Appleby. The application from Heron Homes followed a similar scheme for 28 homes, which was rejected in October because of over intensive development.

Appleby couple John and Edith Birkbeck will have plenty of family around to help celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary — for the pair have a total of 48 grandchildren and great-grandchildren! Mr. and Mrs. Birkbeck, of Keith Grove, officially celebrated sixty years of married life, and are marking the occasion with a family party at the town’s Tufton Arms Hotel.

GREYSTOKE

Artist Bill Wilkinson has created a novel tribute to his talented father, the veteran Lakeland cartoonist “Wilk”. Bill, who lives at Berrier, near Greystoke, didn’t put pen to paper for his work entitled “A letter to my father” — instead he came up with a two metre high wooden sculpture.

EDEN

East Cumbria Countryside Project officers are pinpointing the way towards making parish maps. The exhibition, which runs in Penrith Library, has been supplied by the Common Ground charity. Dick Capel, of the countryside project, staged a display in Melmerby village hall.

50 YEARS AGO — 1969

CUMBERLAND

The cost of education in Cumberland next year is estimated at £9,059,210, an increase on the estate for the current year of £447,000. This is only slightly above the “target” figure which had to be set following a call by the Government for restriction of expenditure. The Director of Education, Mr. G. S. Bessey, states that in keeping the cost down to this figure he is left with considerable anxieties about the well-being of the service. Unless 1970-71 is a better year, these anxieties will become acute.

PENRITH

Future plans for the re-organisation of Penrith infant and primary schools announced by the Cumberland Education Committee envisage the building of two new junior schools — one on Scaws and the other on Wetheriggs. These are in addition to the proposal already approved for the erection of a voluntarily controlled infants’ school on the Scaws estate, which of itself would lead to the closure of Robinson’s Infants’ School in Middlegate and the National Infants’ School in Meeting House Lane.

In planning to close down hospital premises which could be used to meet the needs of geriatric patients, a special area sub-committee of the Newcastle Regional Hospital Board were “short-sighted and callous,” alleged a member of Penrith Urban Council.

AINSTABLE

An Ainstable lady going to America to visit friends wanted to find an unusual gift to take, and she is to fly to New York with a weather vane made by a North Westmorland blacksmith! Miss Ellen Sponton contacted Mr. Gilbert Hodgson, Warcop, who is well known for his fine craftsmanship, and he fashioned a weather vane out of sheet steel finished with black enamel, depicting a horse at the plough.

100 YEARS AGO — 1919

KESWICK

The Literary and Scientific Society, who are celebrating their 50th year, heard an address by Dr. Alexander Knight, the President, who was one of those who started the Society in 1869.

APPLEBY

Due to the death of Mr. J. W. Dixon, a vacancy was declared on the Town Council. As this was the first election since war-time conditions were removed, it was thought that there might be a contest, but only one nomination paper was received. Returned unopposed was Mr. Wm. Ewin, Battlebarrow, retired farmer, who has settled in Appleby.