In this week in history 25 YEARS KESWICK

Date: Tuesday 10th October 2017
Penrith’s Ullswater High School pupils and teachers who completed an eight-mile trek for charity 25 years ago.
Penrith’s Ullswater High School pupils and teachers who completed an eight-mile trek for charity 25 years ago.

A stained glass window in memory of Canon Richard Watson has been installed in St. John’s Church, Keswick, while another memorial window at Greystoke Church has been exposed to public view. The Greystoke window, by Charles Kempe, is a memorial to Hamlet Riley’s mother and was dedicated in 1901. It has been exposed by installation of a new church organ in a different position.

A stained glass window in memory of Canon Richard Watson has been installed in St. John’s Church, Keswick, while another memorial window at Greystoke Church has been exposed to public view. The Greystoke window, by Charles Kempe, is a memorial to Hamlet Riley’s mother and was dedicated in 1901. It has been exposed by installation of a new church organ in a different position.

New Keswick town councillor Mr. Vincent Murphy is the second Labour member to be elected in the current term. The first was Mr. Denstone Kemp who until now has been the lone Labour councillor among independents. Mr. Murphy won his seat against two other candidates and by a large majority of 192 in the east ward in a by election.

ULLSWATER

Romance blossomed again on the shores of Ullswater this week when a couple relived their early courtship, almost half a century ago. Sergeant Harry Robinson was stationed at Lowther Castle with the Tank Corps when he first set eyes on the girl of his dreams, Irene, a sergeant major with the Gas School, then based at Glenridding. Their first date included visits to the cinema and to a fish and chip shop in Penrith — lowly pleasures which Irene had never before encountered and for which, on that first meeting, she found she had to foot the bill.

PENRITH

Penrith’s Oxfam shop this week joined national celebrations of the organisation’s golden jubilee. Window displays highlighted the theme and “golden” gifts were given to customers to mark the anniversary. However, this week as in any other, the most valuable commodity in the shop was the dedication and hard work of the forty or so volunteers.

EDEN

An Eden vicar has returned to his peaceful parish after being chosen to join an international Christian mission to the troubled country of Albania. The Rev. Arthur Wilson, vicar of Skirwith, Melmerby and Ousby, was part of Operation Friendship. A group of twelve took part in the mission.

ALSTON

A meeting of Alston Moor residents this week backed a consultants’ preferred option which recommends turning the Town Hall into a £250,000 multi-purpose centre to serve both tourism and broader local community needs. Experts spent the past six weeks in Alston finding views on which building in the town would be best suited as the new proposed centre.

50 YEARS

PENRITH

Colin John Messenger has been in the Cumbria Force less than 24 hours, but he really is an outstanding policeman. With four other recruits, he went to Penrith Magistrates’ Court to be sworn in as a constable — possibly the tallest ever to be admitted to the two counties’ force. For Colin, from High Brigham, Cockermouth, is 6ft. 8in. in height. Supt. William C. Barnes, administrative superintendent to the force, told a “Herald” reporter: “He is exceptionally tall — so much so that a special uniform will have to be made. We will not be able to fit him from stock.”

A newly-wed Penrith couple sailed from Southampton to start married life in Australia. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hodgson are on the S.S. Fairsea and heading for Sydney, where they will seek jobs.

Members of Penrith Urban Council, frequently pre-occupied with planning for the future, took time out to look over some relics from the distant past. They were among the first visitors to a two-day exhibition of remains unearthed recently when the site of a Roman cemetery was excavated at Brougham before the area was handed over to the motorway contractors for a link road between the Penrith by-pass and the A66.

ULLSWATER

Fears that dredging in Gale Bay, Ullswater, in connection with the abstraction of water would cause danger to children paddling in this vicinity and also to livestock, were expressed at a meeting of the Lake District Planning Board at Kendal. Miss J. E. McInnes, Dacre, recalled that at the public inquiry into the matter, she understood that pipe was to be buried in the lake bed and not appear until it reached deep water.

MELMERBY

Mrs. Annie Curle, postmistress at Melmerby, has retired after twenty years’ service. Formerly Miss Annie Fairer, she was brought up on a farm at Colby before moving to Morland, Alston and Appleby and from there to Melmerby.

100 YEARS

ORTON

There was a large congregation at Orton Church when the new peal of bells was consecrated by the Dean of Carlisle, Dr. Rashdall. The new scheme was originated by the Rev. H. F. Tilbury, when he was Vicar of Orton and he raised about £600. One third was spent on repairs to the church and the remaining left for the bell fund. Mr. Harvey Goodwin, Orton Hall, promised £250 for two bells, which bear his monogram. The total cost of the peal of eight bells is expected to be about £700.

WINTON

An anonymous donor has presented an organ to the Baptist Church at Winton. A ceremony took place which was the occasion of the harvest thanksgiving services.