In this week in history 25 YEARS EDEN

Date: Tuesday 9th January 2018

Eden councillors are taking action to avert a cash crisis in both revenue and capital budgets following shrinking Government support to the district. Committee spending has had to be chopped to the tune of £175,820 in the light of recently announced support figures.

Eden councillors are taking action to avert a cash crisis in both revenue and capital budgets following shrinking Government support to the district. Committee spending has had to be chopped to the tune of £175,820 in the light of recently announced support figures.

Warnings over dismissal of staff and sanctions against councillors have been included in a report from Eden Council chief executive Ian Bruce dealing with the disclosure of exempt information. The report is the latest in an on-going investigation into the leaking of secret council documents.


Despite Home Office rejection of a bid for more police officers for Cumbria, Chief Constable Alan Elliott is to re-submit the plea for around seventy extra officers for the county.


Penrith joiner Wilf Thompson received the British Empire Medal in the New Year honours list. Mr. Thompson, of Musgrave Street, has been honoured for his services to joinery after working for over 50 years for Eamont Bridge-based builders and joiners Joseph Sarginson. He joined the firm on leaving Culgaith village school, first making carts, barrows and cartwheels.


Kirkby Stephen’s most prominent person, Mr. Geoffrey Harker, died suddenly at the age of 80. A stalwart of a wide variety of organisations, Mr. Harker was involved in the sporting, religious and social life of the town, and will be sadly missed. The great love of his life was cricket. A stylish and free scoring batsman and wicketkeeper, he played mainly for Kirkby Stephen, but also for Appleby, as well as at county level in the early years of the Cumberland County Cricket Club.


Plans to rebuild the war-torn cities and towns of Bosnia are already taking shape in the mind of one young Bosnian refugee currently living in Appleby. Vladimir Maric, aged 14, came to England to escape the troubles in the former country of Yugoslavia, and now attends Appleby Grammar School along with 15-year-old Maja Grbavac.


The long association of Mrs. Margaret Brass with Shap Primary School has come to an end. It began 29 years ago when she became dinner lady. After nine happy years working in the school canteen she became the school secretary.


When Christopher or Penelope Assheton-Stones turn on their tap to make a pot of tea they never quite know whether they will get water or thick brown gravy in the kettle. Although they are on the mains water system at Weasdale, near Newbiggin-on-Lune, the quality of the supply is far from consistent and, according to a spokesman for North West Water, the “gravy” is caused by rusting cast iron pipes.


A £5.2 million legal action by Swiss bankers against Allerdale Borough Council is due to start in the High Court on 18th January. Subpoenas have been served on 24 councillors and officers, some no longer with the council, to attend the hearing at the Commercial Division of the High Court in London. The council is being sued by bankers Credit Suisse over aloan guarantee made for the failed Keswick timeshare and leisure pool scheme.



Work is to start shortly on a further 2.34 miles of the M6 motorway between the end of the Penrith by-pass at Hackthorpe and Thrimby. The £1,420,383 tender of Messrs. Tarmac Civil Engineering Ltd. has been accepted for the work, which is due to be completed in the summer of 1969.

Ambulancemen at Penrith hope they have said goodbye for ever to “Bloody Fridays” — the day that used to start the weekend crop of accidents. The officer in charge of the Penrith station, Mr. Joe Corry, says that since the beginning of November, when breathalyser tests came in, the drop in accidents has been noticeable. “Over the Christmas and New Year period we had only two calls,” said Station Officer Corry.


The best known landmark in Alston, the picturesque Market Cross in Main Street, was completely demolished by a runaway lorry. The accident happened when a lorry driven by Mr. John C. Thrain, Hilltop Cottages, Nenthead, got out of control on black ice which was covering the cobbled street.


Members of the public, the Lake District wardens and the Press were praised at a meeting of the Lake District Planning Board at Kendal for the way they have co-operated in an attempt to avert the spread of foot and mouth disease to the fells. “After 17 years of working for access and publicity we have turned the process into reverse and achieved what we thought was a virtual impossibility, the closure of all open land in Lakeland,” said Mr. C. H. D. Acland, Ambleside.



A new order governing the sale of fat cattle began to operate at Penrith auction mart and there was a large attendance of agriculturists anxious to see the scheme in operation. At present it only applies to cattle, which were taken to the mart in the morning and fasted until about two o’clock. The grading committee consisted of Mr. R. Johnstone, representing the auctioneers; Mr. Wilson Harrington, Kelbarrow, a noted feeder of cattle, representing the agriculturists; and Mr. Walter J. Parker, representing the butchers.



In the Foreign Office list of New Year honours is the name of Mr. Dayrell Eardley Montague Crackenthorpe, of Newbiggin Hall, Counsellor to His Majesty’s Legation at Athens, who has been appointed a C.M.G.


The Parish Council has, although late, done the right thing in forming an Alston Parish Recognition and Welcome Home Association. The business was explained by the Chairman of the Council, Mr. G. W. Storey, after which the following appointments were made: Chairman, Mr. J. R. Walton; vice-chairman, Mr. Samuel Lee; vice-chairman, secretary, Mr. T. Smith; treasurer, Mr. J. Tatters.