In this week in history 25 YEARS EDEN

Date: Wednesday 3rd January 2018

The 5th Eden Valley fun run organised by Appleby Rotaract Club proved more successful than ever, raising £3,600 through entrance fees and sponsorship for two local good causes. Appleby indoor swimming pool received £2,400 and the Eden Valley Hospice £1,200.

The 5th Eden Valley fun run organised by Appleby Rotaract Club proved more successful than ever, raising £3,600 through entrance fees and sponsorship for two local good causes. Appleby indoor swimming pool received £2,400 and the Eden Valley Hospice £1,200.

Despite the cold weather four brave horse riders took part in a sponsored ride around Kaber, Brough Sowerby, Barras and Rookby. The four were Lois Hutchinson, Gillian Atkinson, Carol Dawkin and Hannah Baldwick and their 12-mile trek raised £102 for the Horses and Ponies Protection Association.


It is a white Christmas — at least on the mountains. All the drama and beauty of just part of the Lake District is captured in a photograph by Roger Savage, of Berrier. In the foreground is the summit of Helvellyn and reaching up towards it is Striding Edge, with Red Tarn just below. Beyond is Birkhouse Moor and Glenridding Common with Ullswater snaking away in the distance. The picture was taken from 4,000ft. looking north east.


Christmas seems recession proof as far as Penrith traders are concerned, with many reporting average, if not better, seasonal trade. Kwik Save supermarket manager David Thompson said: “It’s been exceptionally busy with trade 25 per cent. up but we have moved to new premises and this may have affected new figures.” The Safeway superstore reported a similar story. Store manager Mike Cooper said: “It’s been an excellent year. If what people are buying is anything to go by people are certainly going to have a luxurious Christmas.”


A Christmas concert was held in Samuel King’s School, Alston, and presented by pupils of the school. A welcome was given to the audience by headteacher Mrs. Janice Moore, who also introduced the items. Several pupils showed their talent as instrumentalists and the opening item was a piano solo by Arthur Lanham who played Fantasia in C Minor.


People throughout Britain will be wishing they were in Cumbria when they see a television program made around Keswick. A crew from the Thames Television holiday program “Wish You Were Here” was in the town reporting on winter breaks in the Lake District. The program will concentrate on a new “Taste of Nature” holiday arranged between the national park authority, Cumbria Tourist Board and Mountain Goat Holidays.

The final teaching posts at the new infants’ school in Keswick will be filled once the governors know how much funding they will be given. Building work is progressing on St. Kentigern’s First School which is being built next to Trinity Junior School as a replacement for St. John’s, Crosthwaite and Brigham first schools.

Keswick town councillors claim they are facing a bill for £457 because of wrong advice from Allerdale Borough Council. The town councillors have asked for a review of the “consent” system of street trading in the centre of the town. Traders wishing to trade in any of a list of “consent” streets near the town centre have to apply to Allerdale for permission.


Lord and Lady Inglewood’s mansion home at Hutton-in-the-Forest, near Penrith, will be the setting for a mid-summer Arabian Night’s Ball held by the NSPCC whose centenary year this is. The organisers say it will be a high profile, high quality fund-raising event for which they are seeking sponsors.



Oven-ready turkeys are usually a tempting sight at this time of year — but not when they are found floating in a lake. Visitors to Ullswater found eighteen birds lying in the lake near Waterfoot. A C.I.D. spokesman at Penrith told the “Herald” that inquiries were proceeding to establish whether the turkeys were the result of crime.


Station Officer Joe Corry, who is in charge of Penrith’s ambulance service, has been awarded the Royal Life-saving Society’s medal in recognition of his gaining over 100 passes by members of his classes in emergency resuscitation. Mr. Corry gives up three nights a week to take the classes and travels about 2,000 miles a year to villages in the Penrith rural area.

Christmas at Penrith had all the customary traditions except one — snow. In contrast to last winter when there was a covering of snow and bitter frost, the weather remained mild and damp and somehow out of keeping with the season of holly and Christmas trees. For those in hospital, staff and doctors and local organisations went out of their way to create an authentic atmosphere while residents of old people’s homes and children’s homes were equally able to enjoy their Christmas due to the generosity and hard work of the staff.


Mr. John H. Hudson, Mount Pleasant, Kirkby Thore, found two lambs on Boxing Day morning and it is possible they may have been born on Christmas Day. Although he can recall other early arrivals, Mr. Hudson said it was unusual for lambs to be born before January.


Fifty years ago on 1st January, 1918, Mr. A. L. Kidd, Oakdale, Sockbridge, who retires this week as managing director of Penrith Farmers’ and Kidd’s Auction Company, was shot down over the German lines and became a prisoner-of-war.



At the workhouse the inmates had their usual Christmas dinner of roast beef, pease-pudding and potatoes, with apple and custard as a substitute for plum pudding. Present were the Guardians, Messrs. A. Scarr, R. Hunter and R. Johnstone, and Mr. W. H. Johnstone, the relieving officer. Gifts of cakes, sugar, coffee, tobacco, etc., had been sent by General and Mrs. Dawson-Scott, and Mr. E. T. Parker and Miss Parker, Carleton Hill.

Messrs. Forrester have had some attractive picture programs for the Christmas season at the Alhambra cinema. Dickens’s “Tale of Two Cities” — one of the finest films ever shown in Penrith — drew such a crowded house that there was not even standing room.