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Date: Tuesday 29th December 2015
The cast of Alston Samuel King’s School Christmas play, Noel, 25 years ago. Back row (left to right) Andrew Reed, Sarah Makepeace, Philip Bell, Tom Horrocks, Sadie Parker, Kelly Dawson, Paul Green. Front: Jesse Reed, Linda Bramwell and Jayne Carrick.
The cast of Alston Samuel King’s School Christmas play, Noel, 25 years ago. Back row (left to right) Andrew Reed, Sarah Makepeace, Philip Bell, Tom Horrocks, Sadie Parker, Kelly Dawson, Paul Green. Front: Jesse Reed, Linda Bramwell and Jayne Carrick.

A Penrith councillor’s attempt to cut Eden Council’s spending was thwarted by fellow purse-string committee members, who said they stood alone in Cumbria as the only authority to spend less than Government permitted allowances. The cuts move came from Mr. Ernie Bain, who suggested a further look at each uncommitted growth item across all Eden’s committees. The suggestion was made as members of the Policy and Resources Committee set their own spending for the coming year and then went on to approve the budgets of all Council committees.

A Penrith councillor’s attempt to cut Eden Council’s spending was thwarted by fellow purse-string committee members, who said they stood alone in Cumbria as the only authority to spend less than Government permitted allowances. The cuts move came from Mr. Ernie Bain, who suggested a further look at each uncommitted growth item across all Eden’s committees. The suggestion was made as members of the Policy and Resources Committee set their own spending for the coming year and then went on to approve the budgets of all Council committees.

APPLEBY

There were a few surprises in store for the “father” of Appleby Town Council,, Mr. Martin Holmes, when he attended a Christmas party at the Public Hall. The fact the party was for him and he was guest of honour had been kept top secret! Mayor Mrs. Ella Langan paid tribute to Mr. Holmes’s 25 years of service to the Council. Praising his loyalty and generosity to the town, she presented him with two wine and two brandy glasses, engraved with the town’s coat of arms, and a bottle of brandy.

ALLERDALE

More than 30 shops in Allerdale, including 18 in Keswick, opened on Sunday in contravention of the Sunday trading laws. Mr. Mike Phillips, the District Council’s Environmental Health Services Manager, said a survey of the urban areas revealed that 31 shops had opened unlawfully. “We will be reporting this to the next meeting of the Health Committee in February,” he told the Herald. “It will be up to members to decide what action to take and whether to prosecute.”

KESWICK

The proposed new theatre for the Lakeside site in Keswick fails to achieve the quality of design required for such a sensitive site, say Lake District planning officers. The Cumbria Theatre Trust have applied to build a 300-seat theatre, costing about £1 million, to replace the Century Theatre’s “Blue Box”, on the site where they originally got outline planning consent for a £3 million 750-seat theatre for which there was no local authority support.

PENRITH

Two weeks off did Penrith’s rugby first teamers no good at all as their total lack of fitness showed against Carlisle, who scored eleven tries with comparative ease as they won 56-12. The reluctance to tackle by most Penrith players was inexcusable, and if this and other obvious faults are not soon rectified, then more heavy defeats will be inevitable.

GREYSTOKE

Opposition is mounting over plans for a golf course at Fort Putnam, near Greystoke. Local residents fear that the development will be sold off once planning permission is granted and then turned into a massive leisure development.

WARCOP

As most people tucked into turkey and Christmas pudding, an Eden man was battling against gale force winds and driving rain in an attempt to raise money for charity. Peter Thwaites set off from his home at Stone Crest, Warcop, at midnight on Christmas Eve in a bid to complete the 260-mile Cumbrian cycle way in less than 24 hours. However, the appalling weather conditions forced Peter to call it a day after 150 miles.

50 YEARS

PENRITH

In our advertisement columns the Cumberland County Council give formal notice of a temporary closing order for vehicular traffic on the road at Skirsgill Bridges, Red Hills, Penrith, for one week — 10th to 17th January inclusive. This is to enable essential work to be undertaken at the railway bridges in connection with preparations for the motorway bypass.

KESWICK

About sixty employees and friends from Messrs. McKechnie Chemicals Ltd., working at the barytes mines at Caldbeck and Force Crag, attended a dinner at the Royal Oak, Hotel, Keswick, to mark presentations to five long-serving colleagues. The company was represented by Mr. J. A. Andrew, managing director, and Mr. J. M. R. Boyle and Mr. M. Herriman, directors. After dinner, Mr. Andrew presented clocks to Mr. R. Wannop, Mr. W. H. Turner, Mr. E. Sewelland Mr. J. E. Evans, all from Caldbeck, and a watch to Mr. W. Whitehead, Hesket-new-Market.

KIRKBY STEPHEN

Members of Kirkby Stephen Whippet Racing Club, formed earlier this year, attended the first annual dinner and prize presentation in the Fountain Cafe. About 70 guests were present. Winner of most points was a local dog, Ladywell, owned by Master R. Dobson. He was given a cup and replica donated by Mrs. E. Sowerby, White Lion.

100 YEARS

PENRITH

The Rev. J. B. Clark and his wife (a daughter of Mrs. Muir, Lowther Terrace) left Penrith on their return to the mission field in Papua, New Guinea. They have been on holiday in England.

KESWICK

Mr. J. Wilson, Powe House, Portinscale, has been elected to the vacant trusteeship in the Keswick branch of the Carlisle and County Savings Bank, caused by the death of Mr. A. Mitchell-Dawson. Mr. Leicester Collier has been elected local representative on the Joint Board, where he will join Canon Rawnsley and Mr. A. Spedding.

MARDALE

The death of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Holme, Patterdale, at the age of 90, closes the final chapter in the history of a remarkable Westmorland family, for she was the last of the line of the “Kings of Mardale”. The family got their title through their large possessions in the dale. Tradition has it that the first members came over from France with William the Conqueror’s forces and later members came to Mardale after incurring the displeasure of King John. Mrs. Home’s real home was at Mardale Green adjacent to the famous Dun Bull Hotel.


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