In this week in history 25 YEARS BASSENTHWAITE

Date: Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Pupils of Penrith’s Ullswater High School take part in a dance workshop at the school 25 years ago with Miranda Tufnell and Simon Whitehead, who also performed at the school.
Pupils of Penrith’s Ullswater High School take part in a dance workshop at the school 25 years ago with Miranda Tufnell and Simon Whitehead, who also performed at the school.

A new floating jetty built by the Calvert Trust at Bassenthwaite Lake at a cost of £20,000 was commissioned by the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, Sir Charles Graham. Sir Charles performed the ceremony at Catstock Woof, where the new structure has replaced the old fixed jetty.

A new floating jetty built by the Calvert Trust at Bassenthwaite Lake at a cost of £20,000 was commissioned by the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, Sir Charles Graham. Sir Charles performed the ceremony at Catstock Woof, where the new structure has replaced the old fixed jetty.

PENRITH

Members of the last generation to sit 11-plus examinations made their voices heard at a public consultation meeting at Penrith Queen Elizabeth Grammar School — and their loud and clear message was one of total opposition to the reintroduction of an academic test system for youngsters. An audience of around 200 packed the grammar school hall for the second in a series of five consultation meetings over proposals to introduce selective entry to the grammar school.

Penrith’s Ullswater High School under-13 Rugby Union team has won the Cumbria Schools Rugby Cup for the second successive year by beating Wyndham, of Egremont, 12-6.

KIRKBY STEPHEN

The Rev. Derek Cook, who directs the Marantha Ministries Trust based at the Christian teaching centre at Barras, Kirkby Stephen, has been invited with his wife, Lilian, to spend time in Jerusalem this year. Mr. Cook will spend a four-month sabbatical period from November acting as chaplain at the garden tomb in Jerusalem.

ALSTON

Alston Samuel King’s School was the venue for Age Concern Eden’s spring show. On display were 150 entries from those over sixty and over eighty years of age, as well as work for sale by residents of the Grisedale Croft home for the elderly, Alston.

CUMBRIA

Cumbria Police have been given the use of a Volvo car, supplied free of charge by Minories of Carlisle, for the summer period. The car will have police markings and will contain security devices which will be demonstrated by officers of the Special Constabulary at car park displays, shows and other similar events.

The reasons for many villages losing their resident policemen were explained by Cumbria’s Chief Constable, Mr. Alan Elliott. Speaking to members of Appleby Rotary Club and their guests at the charter anniversary dinner at Shap Wells Hotel, Mr. Elliot said radical changes in policing were being forced upon them, but he believed the new system could be efficient.

50 YEARS

WESTMORLAND

Mr. Michael Jopling, M.P. for Westmorland, is to visit the United States. He is a member of an all-party group of ten Members of Parliament who are going to have a four day conference in Bermuda with a similar number of United States Congressmen and Senators. Before going to Bermuda, the British party will spend three days in Washington where they will meet President Johnson at the White House.

PENRITH

Workmen were applying the finishing touches to the long-awaited pedestrian crossing at the foot of Brunswick Road in Penrith — more than two years after it was first sought. The scheme was submitted for Ministry of Transport approval in December, 1965, after the introduction of the one-way traffic system, which meant that main road traffic was diverted down Brunswick Road before continuing its journey north on the A6.

Two members of a Penrith family had a double birthday celebration. Mrs. Mary Allinson, Raiselands Croft, attained her 92nd birthday and her great-grandson, Mr. Richard Smith, Hutton Hill, was 21. A joint party for family and friends was held in the Evergreen Hall and each had a separate birthday cake.

CLIFTON

Engineers began a 54-hour non-stop program to move the 3,500 ton Clifton motorway bridge into position and so complete the biggest operation of this kind ever attempted in the British Isles. The bridge will carry the main London-Glasgow railway line over the Penrith by-pass section of the M6 motorway. It is longer than a football pitch.

MELMERBY

A Melmerby farmer, Mr. James Beaty, Churnside, heard a cuckoo for the first time this year. The bird was in the Shill Green area above the village. Mr. Beaty says that the cuckoo is not normally heard in this part of the country until about mid-May.

100 YEARS

ALSTON

Boy Scouts celebrated St. George’s Day by marching to Nenthall to meet the Nenthead troop. The newly-formed troop were sworn in and members of the Alston troop renewed their promise.

KESWICK

Through the kindness of Lady Rochdale, between 200 and 300 subscribers and friends inspected the new Auxiliary Military Hospital into which she has converted her beautiful mansion of Lingholm on the western shore of Derwentwater. It is expected that patients will begin to arrive next week.

LOWTHER

The Bishop has offered the Rural Deanery of Lowther to the Rev. J. P. Haslam, Vicar of Crosby Ravensworth, in succession to the Rev. J. Knight, Vicar of Morland.