In this week in history 25 YEARS EDEN

Date: Monday 20th March 2017
Pupils of Hunter Hall School, Penrith, struck a winning chord at Carlisle and district music and drama festival 25 years ago. The winner of the under-nine solo cup, Alexandra Moss, Portinscale, displays her trophy watched by third and fourth year pupils, winners of the open choric prose section.
Pupils of Hunter Hall School, Penrith, struck a winning chord at Carlisle and district music and drama festival 25 years ago. The winner of the under-nine solo cup, Alexandra Moss, Portinscale, displays her trophy watched by third and fourth year pupils, winners of the open choric prose section.

A 700-jobs boost could be winging its way to Eden from New Zealand, it was revealed. The district is being considered as a possible site by a New Zealand company wanting to establish a major meat processing plant within Europe. The firm, Fortex, which specialises in frozen and chilled sheep meat, has identified Eden, along with four or five other locations in the United Kingdom, as meeting many of its requirements. Eden Council officers are working on a promotional presentation to be made to company representatives when they visit Britain in June.

A 700-jobs boost could be winging its way to Eden from New Zealand, it was revealed. The district is being considered as a possible site by a New Zealand company wanting to establish a major meat processing plant within Europe. The firm, Fortex, which specialises in frozen and chilled sheep meat, has identified Eden, along with four or five other locations in the United Kingdom, as meeting many of its requirements. Eden Council officers are working on a promotional presentation to be made to company representatives when they visit Britain in June.

SHAP

A Shap man who received a medal from Field Marshall Montgomery in the Second World War has died at Preston, aged 76. Mr. Frederick Hugh (“Freddy”) Dixon was serving in the Middle East with the Northumberland Fusiliers when he saw a comrade badly injured by an exploding mine. Mr. Dixon carried the man to safety and, in recognition of this brave act, he was awarded the British Empire Medal.

ASKHAM

Askham farmers Jim and Barbara Greenop got a five-fold shock when one of their Mule ewes gave birth to bouncing quintuplets. The couple farm a flock of 350 head.

PENRITH

Former Penrith Queen Elizabeth Grammar School pupil Angela Smith is treading the theatrical boards with great success. Angela (25), the daughter of Mrs. Yvonne Smith, Clifford Road, Penrith, is currently on tour with Durham Theatre Company and has a leading role in their production of D. H. Lawrence’s “Women in Love”.

Officers of the Fire Brigades Union are to call for a judicial review into the decision to down-grade Penrith fire station — if the part-time men can’t meet required call-out standards. The town station is due to be officially down-graded in less than a month and union spokesman Mr. Dave Garlick told the “Herald” that they would be keeping a close eye on the time it took retained firefighters to answer calls.

A mystery fire at a Penrith church turned out to be the work of jackdaws! Penrith firemen were called out after a passer-by noticed smoke coming from a vent in the pavement outside the Methodist Church in Wordsworth Street. Fire prevention officer Mr. Dennis Robinson said: “It took us a little while to work out where the smoke was coming from but after a long search we tracked it down.” The cause was sticks dropped down an old chimney by jackdaws from 60ft. above. The sticks and general rubbish built up behind a blocked up fireplace and were ignited by the heat from a gas fire.

50 YEARS

GREAT STRICKLAND

Should non-drivers sit as magistrates? This question is posed in the March newsletter of the Cumberland and Westmorland Group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists by the Editor, Mr. Kenneth Meek, Great Strickland. He writes: “Whilst it is true that you don’t need to be married to try a bigamist, we do believe that fair and equitable justice may not necessarily be dispensed by a Bench which includes poor or non-drivers.”

CUMBERLAND

A large number of Cumberland school-children are among the party which will be leaving Venice at the start of a fifteen-day cruise in the Mediterranean — all for £55 each. Contingents from Cumberland and neighbouring Dumfriesshire, with accompanying adults, number 496 and they left by special trains, heading for Gatwick airport and charter flights to Italy.

ALSTON

Fire raged in Alston’s Crown Hotel, gutting two rooms and causing extensive damage to others. Firemen from Alston and Penrith fought the blaze from which the hotel owner’s wife, Mrs. Tina Edmundson, had to be rescued after being overcome by fumes.

KIRKBY STEPHEN

Wilson Metcalfe, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Metcalfe, Market Street, Kirkby Stephen, has been awarded a cadetship in the R.A.F. for training as a pilot and he is to report at the R.A.F. College at Cranwell, Lincs.

100 YEARS

APPLEBY

Mr. W. S. Blake, ex-postman, was presented with a silver tea and coffee service and suitcase, subscribed to by people in the Crackenthorpe and Brampton district, where he delivered letters for thirty years.

BROUGH

Mr. John Bailey Walton, solicitor, died at the age of 50. A much travelled man, his great interest in affairs of the Eden Valley will make his loss a sad one. Mr. Walton, a native of Brough, went to Appleby Grammar School. He later became a member of the South London Parliament as Liberal representative of Westmorland and was often elected to the Speaker’s chair.

PENRITH

At the annual meeting of the Golf Club in the George Hotel. Mr. S. W. Fleming, secretary, reported that 61 members were on active service and the course had seen little play during the season.