In this week in history 25 YEARS KESWICK

Date: Monday 11th June 2018
Some of the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith, students who gained the St. John Ambulance emergency aid award 25 years ago.
Some of the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith, students who gained the St. John Ambulance emergency aid award 25 years ago.

A scheme to build fourteen low-cost houses at Threlkeld quarry has got the green light. Threlkeld Housing Association was formed in 1990 to build the houses on land at Threlkeld Quarry, gifted to the association by quarrying firm ARC Limited. The association has now overcome legal hold-ups which were hindering the development and work is set to begin soon.

A scheme to build fourteen low-cost houses at Threlkeld quarry has got the green light. Threlkeld Housing Association was formed in 1990 to build the houses on land at Threlkeld Quarry, gifted to the association by quarrying firm ARC Limited. The association has now overcome legal hold-ups which were hindering the development and work is set to begin soon.

PENRITH

Whit week-end was the date of the parish of Penrith’s flower festival at Christ Church in aid of Childline North West and Penrith’s St. Andrew’s Centre. Opened by Mrs. Rene Roberts, the festival took five days to prepare and set up and it was the work of members of various local charities.

Penrith Soroptimists played host to two Polish visitors from their friendship link, Zabre in Silesia. The ladies, Professor Irena Norska-Borowka and Dr. Teresa Grzwna, stayed with members of the Penrith club and visited the paediatric department at Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, as well as seeing Eden and Lakeland countryside.

ALSTON

Alston Town Football Club ended the season as winners of the Crook and District League’s second division and champions of the Penrith and District Sunday League.

PENRITH

Budding actors Jonathan Little and Jonathan Mills have been selected to take part in the prestigious National Youth Theatre summer course in London. Both pupils of Ullswater High School, the boys upstaged almost 3,000 other applicants in two nerve wracking auditions to secure their places.

ORTON

The vast wealth of skills and talents available in and around the small village of Orton were beautifully displayed in a countryside festival held for three days. The setting was the ancient church of All Saints, Orton, which was crammed with everything from stone walling to delicate embroidery.

STAINTON

Stainton children’s sports committee held their annual village sports. The event began in lovely sunshine but concluded in the damp. The children gathered on the village green and paraded to the recreation field.

50 YEARS

PENRITH

A flower-find made in Penrith is so unusual that copies of its picture have been sent to experts at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. A buttercup and a daisy were found growing in the grounds of the County Maternity Home — on the same stem! Police Supt. Robert Walker, a keen naturalist, who has taken possession of the plucked flower, said there was “no kidology” about the inexplicable link-up which was generally found only in hybrid grafts.

PORTINSCALE

Commander and Mrs. F. M. Fox, Fawe Park, Portinscale, Keswick, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. They were married at Edinburgh in 1918. Both have received honours for the service they have given to the life of the county, Commander Fox holding the O.B.E. and Mrs. Fox the C.B.E.

KESWICK

Some unusual occupants have taken over a bird box at the home at High Portinscale, Keswick, of Mr. G. E. Gate. He has three nesting boxes in his garden and members of the tit family have occupied two. In the third, a colony of bumble bees have set up home and are busily engaged in rearing a brood. While totally unexpected, the bees are not unwelcome and apparently appreciate the comfort of their new home, for so far Mr. Gate has not been stung although he has taken the box down and examined the new occupants and their nest.

HACKTHORPE

Two workmen were rushed to hospital after a crane jib touched an 11,000 volt overhead electricity power line on a farm at Hackthorpe, near Penrith. The accident happened at Town End Farm during the erection of a silage barn and as a result electricity supplies to about 100 customers in the area were cut off for most of a morning. Mr. William L. Hutchinson, a 32-year-old steel erector, of Town Head, Stainton, received facial burns and was detained in the Cumberland Infirmary. The other man, 37-year-old Mr. Joseph Parkin, Talbot Cottage, Tirril, a foreman steel erector, also employed by the Penrith firm of Beacon Trailers (Building Division), was treated for electrical and physical shock at Penrith Cottage Hospital.

100 YEARS

HAWESWATER

Manchester City Council have accepted an engineer report containing a recommendation that procedure begin to obtain more water for the city from Haweswater. This would augment existing supplies from Longdendale and Thirlmere. The cost is expected to be about £7,000,000.

PENRITH

The town was the scene of great excitement when hundreds of tons of timber caught fire on the Beacon behind the town which has been stripped of its pine by the Canadian Forestry Corps. The blaze was seen for twenty miles around and to prevent it reaching the sawmill, nearly 300 Canadian lumbermen, Penrith firemen and a large band of townspeople tackled the outbreak. The burning wood comprised a fifty-feet high pyre of sawn strips and a high wind fanned the flames.