In this week in history 25 YEARS LANGWATHBY

Date: Monday 27th March 2017
Youngsters from the Ivegill area were excited visitors to a Penrith supermarket on Monday. Children from Ivegill School and the village’s Inglewood Nursery visited the Safeway store as part of their curriculum work on money and shopping. Sales assistant Nick Oldman shows some of the children a pineapple.
Youngsters from the Ivegill area were excited visitors to a Penrith supermarket on Monday. Children from Ivegill School and the village’s Inglewood Nursery visited the Safeway store as part of their curriculum work on money and shopping. Sales assistant Nick Oldman shows some of the children a pineapple.

Eden youngster Alex Whitley has been accepted for the Royal Ballet School. Alex, 11-year-old son of Melmberby bakery owners Andrew and Lis Whitley, was one of only a handful of boys chosen following a gruelling twelve-hour audition day. He has been studying ballet since the age of four and has been a pupil of former professional ballet dancer Michelle Moatt since 1975, when she began her Langwathby School of Dance.

Eden youngster Alex Whitley has been accepted for the Royal Ballet School. Alex, 11-year-old son of Melmberby bakery owners Andrew and Lis Whitley, was one of only a handful of boys chosen following a gruelling twelve-hour audition day. He has been studying ballet since the age of four and has been a pupil of former professional ballet dancer Michelle Moatt since 1975, when she began her Langwathby School of Dance.

PENRITH

Ideas for the promotion of Penrith were discussed when town groups met under the banner of a new forum this week. Representatives of Penrith Chamber of Trade, Penrith Residents’ Association, Eden District Council and Ullswater High School met to discuss ways of revitalising and promoting the town. Topics on a packed agenda were Penrith in bloom, an anti-litter campaign, parking and a leaflet to promote Penrith to the tourist market.

Mr. Jeremy Godwin has taken early retirement from his work as assistant archivist of the Cumbria record office at Carlisle due to ill health. He has been suffering from ME since March last year. Mr. Godwin is well known to many people in the area both through his work and his contributions to local life with letters and comments.

CUMBRIA

Cash starved Carlisle United are up for sale ... and it has been revealed that the club will be signing some players as part-timers next month. In a shock announcement on Thursday, the board of directors said they would be willing to listen to the right “calibre” of person who wanted to take over the club. However, they did not name a price.

KESWICK

A proposal by Allerale District Council to set up a market in Keswick on Thursdays has met with a blunt and angry response from Keswick councillors. The Town Council is sending a strong letter to Allerdale opposing the plan. “It is not fair on the Keswick traders,” said Mr. Paul Buttle. “Their rates have soared under the new business rates.”

KIRKBY STEPHEN

Eden District Council will take over responsibility for the town’s tourist information centre on Monday. The ceremony will mark the completion of a successful few years under the support and guidance of Kirkby Stephen Parish Council. The new arrangements are seen as confirmation of the continued importance of the centre as part of the Cumbria and Eden networks.

50 YEARS

PENRITH

“Time” was irrevocably called for one of Penrith’s oldest inns this week with the demolition of the Middlegate Inn, part of the property in Middlegate which is to be developed as a supermarket, offices and three new shops. The Middlegate, which closed last June, was the street’s last public house, although records dating back to 1840 indicate that there were once seven such establishments in close proximity. As well as the inn, other premises which have disappeared in what has been two weeks of dramatically fast demolition, are the late Mr. J. D. Chaplehow’s grocery store, Messrs Stephenson’s butcher’s shop and a fruiterers and florists shop formerly run by Mrs. A. Jackson.

A substantial sum was raised for the Cumberland Kidney Unit and Research Fund when the Rotary Club of Penrith held a very successful “Witches’ Cauldron” event in the George Hotel on Saturday night. In the hotel ballroom, suitably decorated with witches, warlocks and ghosts, hot punch was served from a steaming cauldron suspended over a realistic log fire and there was a selection of cold drinks and a variety of pastries.

NEWLANDS

The tiny Newlands School, which was tagged on to the Newlands Church when it was built by local labour in 1820, closed its doors on Wednesday, as a school for the 15 children of the valley, who are being transferred to Braithwaite School after Easter.

KESWICK

“This is the new conception of parks — wherever you go you see them opened up with free access to the public,” said Sir Percy Hope, Chairman of Keswick Fitz Park Trustees, when the Trust on Wednesday discussed a plan of the Cumberland County Council for the landscaping of land bordering on Penrith Road in conjunction with the Council’s road-widening sheme. The landscaping scheme allows for the opening up of the “Wivell” park by taking away the wall and having beds, containers, shrubs or heathers along the roadside.

NORTHERN FELLS

The North Lakeland fells are to be the scene of a long-distance ride of forty miles involving ponies and horses from many parts of the country. It is being organised in May by the Fell Pony Society and at the annual meeting in Penrith on Tuesday it was announced that the course is over fell country between Caldbeck and Threlkeld and will be in three stages of 20, 30 and 40 miles.

100 YEARS

PENRITH

The annual meeting of the Friars Bowling Club took place in the Bower, when Mr. James Bainbridge presided. It was reported that thirteen of the 84 members had joined the colours. Mr. J. M. Kirkpatrick was elected president and Mr. Bellas Simpson vice-president. Messrs John Beattie and R. Irving joint secretaries were re-elected and Mr. John Sarginson was re-elected treasurer for his 17th term of office. The committe consists of Messrs R. J. Pollard, M. Kitching, R. Hunter, George Harrison, Joseph Stephenson and T. J. Johnstone.

ALSTON

There was a damaging fire at the cottage of Mrs. Abbot, Butts. She left some clothes near the fire and while she was away they apparently took fire. The kitchen was badly damaged, but the flames were prevented from spreading to the bedrooms.

CLIBURN

Mr. W. Ford, stationmaster, who is leaving to take up a similar position at Glanton, Northumberland, was presented with a gold watch and chain, subscribed for by his many friends at Cliburn, Morland and district. Mr. A. L. Briscoe, Cliburn, made the presentation. At a meeting of the Red Cross working party, Mrs. Ford received presentations from the church choir and working party. These were made by the Rev. C. Wright, rector.

At a meeting of the North Eastern Railway Company, Mr. W. Harrison, Sunlaws, was appointed to succeed Mr. Ford.