In this week in history 25 YEARS KESWICK

Date: Tuesday 1st May 2018
Emergency services descended on Tebay School in full force for a 999 day organised by parents Mrs. Pat Weatherley and Mrs. Lorna Kilpatrick 25 years ago. Sub-officer Howard Davis, an education firefighter, instructs children how to operate a hose.
Emergency services descended on Tebay School in full force for a 999 day organised by parents Mrs. Pat Weatherley and Mrs. Lorna Kilpatrick 25 years ago. Sub-officer Howard Davis, an education firefighter, instructs children how to operate a hose.

Staff at the Keswick Hotel found they had a surprise extra resident. The new guest, a female mallard duck, had taken up residence overlooking the garden at the hotel as a suitable place to bring up a family. The discovery was made when gardeners noticed a clutch of eleven eggs in one of their hanging baskets.

Staff at the Keswick Hotel found they had a surprise extra resident. The new guest, a female mallard duck, had taken up residence overlooking the garden at the hotel as a suitable place to bring up a family. The discovery was made when gardeners noticed a clutch of eleven eggs in one of their hanging baskets.

EDEN

A major restocking program is planned for the River Eden following a recent pollution incident. Members of Penrith Angling Association released 500 brown trout into the Eden as part of a scheme to restock three local rivers with a total of 1,500 fish. Others will be released into the Eamont and Lowther.

ALSTON

Miss Hannah Maughan has reached the grand old age of 108 in the town’s Cottage Hospital. A birthday party was held and Hannah, who still has a good appetite, said she had a wonderful day.

PENRITH

Penrith milkman Len Saunders has retired, 52 years after he first began delivering pints. Len was a boy of nine when he began delivering milk in 1941 in his home town of Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire.

It is the end of an era at a Penrith shop where customers are also friends and where a free cuppa is almost as accessible as the daily newspapers. May and Frank Tweddle are stepping down from their newsagency, confectionery and fancy goods shop after almost thirty years in business. However, Mr. Tweddle will continue his lifelong career with auction company Penrith Farmers’ and Kidd’s, where he is chief cashier.

The Ministry of Agriculture’s failure to match the tight deadlines and strict ground rules it imposed on farmers came under critical scrutiny at a meeting in Penrith. At an angry Cumbria National Farmers’ Union Executive Committee gathering, delegates expressed concern that MAFF was putting pressure on farmers over cattle identification and IACS (integrated administration and control system) deadlines, but failing to stick to its own rules.

APPLEBY

More than 120 of Appleby’s senior citizens were entertained in the town’s public hall by mayor John Lewis and mayoress Shelagh Norton.

MILBURN

Members of Milburn Youth Club will be making life more comfortable for bats and owls after picking up a British Gas grassroots action scheme award of £200. The club, for youngsters aged seven to 18, plan to put up bat boxes in the village and to build a box on top of a telegraph pole given to them by British Telecom.

NEWTON RIGG

Life in Newton Rigg College has taken on an international flavour with visits from a variety of overseas guests. The forestry department has played host to visitors from India, Indonesia, Finland and Canada, all keen to draw on the expertise of its staff.

50 YEARS

LANGWATHBY

A new bridge over the Eden at Langwathby to replace the one which collapsed in the floods on 24th March will cost over £300,000. This is revealed in minutes of the Highways Committee which will be presented to Cumberland County Council. Where the bridge will be sited has not yet been decided. Meanwhile, work is proceeding on the temporary bridge which it is hoped will be ready in four or five weeks.

PENRITH

An order worth £200,000 for pre-fabricated agricultural buildings in Southern Ireland has been won by the Penrith firm of Beacon Trailers. The order is from the Cork and Limerick areas and includes housing units for 4,000 pigs, large food stores, food distribution units, warehouses and bakeries.

Damage estimated at thousands of pounds was caused by a fire in the premises of Penrith ironmongers Messrs. Thomas Altham and Sons. But for a chance discovery of the outbreak by a 16-year-old shop assistant, Keith Atkinson, Council House, Skelton, the entire block of premises in Burrowgate might have been in danger.

A Penrith company are appealing against the refusal of the Cumberland County Council to allow them to build a cafe and petrol filling station on the new link road between the Slapestones interchange near Stainton and the Snuff Mill on the road to Dalemain and Ullswater.

EDENHALL

Every time they play a “home” game most of the Edenhall and Langwathby cricket team face a round trip of about 20 miles. Seven of the players live in Langwathby and some can even see the picturesque ground at Edenhall, on the other side of the River Eden, from their homes. But until the replacement of Langwathby bridge — swept away by floods — they will have to travel along the East Fellside and cross the Eden by the bridge at Lazonby in order to reach the cricket field — a car journey of 10 miles.

100 YEARS

ORTON

The son of a former Bishop of Carlisle, Mr. Harvey Goodwin, Orton Hall, for many years in business in Manchester as a shipping merchant, who died in October, aged 67, left estate of the value of £135,054.

EDEN VALLEY

Commencing on 1st May, there will be a rigorous curtailment of train services on the North Eastern Railway. Locally, important changes will be made on the Eden Valley line, due to the pressure of Government requirements.

APPLEBY

The Town Council is in the happy position of being able to keep last year’s levy for the rates of the Borough, and a special meeting has been held to receive estimates. This happy state of affairs is largely due to the foresight of the members many years ago when the Appleby water project was undertaken.