In this week in history 25 YEARS LOWTHER

Date: Monday 7th January 2019

Two hawks from the Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre at Lowther have been moonlighting at a second job over the past few weeks, working as a flying pest control patrol in the Midlands. The Harris Hawks from the centre have been in action helping out a developer refurbishing a 1960s shopping precinct at Longtown in Stoke-on-Trent. She said the hawks did not actually catch the pigeons. All they did was fly down the precinct and the pigeons would be off.

Two hawks from the Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre at Lowther have been moonlighting at a second job over the past few weeks, working as a flying pest control patrol in the Midlands. The Harris Hawks from the centre have been in action helping out a developer refurbishing a 1960s shopping precinct at Longtown in Stoke-on-Trent. She said the hawks did not actually catch the pigeons. All they did was fly down the precinct and the pigeons would be off.

PENRITH

Enterprising sixth form students at Penrith’s Ullswater Community College are honing their organisational and fund-raising skills by planning their own month-long expedition to the mountain kingdom of Nepal. Links between Ullswater and a school at Dhulikel began several years ago, and £1,000 has already been raised by the Penrith college to provide two classrooms in Nepal.

CUMBRIA

Snowploughs and gritters were at work on the A591 in the Lake District over Christmas, say Cumbria County Council. They have responded to claims by a Keswick shopkeeper that he lost over £10,000 in trade on Christmas Eve and on Tuesday, 28th, because of late action in clearing main roads.

ULLSWATER

Congratulatory messages from across the country have been pouring into the Sharrow Bay Hotel at Ullswater after hoteliers Francis Coulson and Brian Sack were both awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours List for their services to the hotel industry. Among those expressing delight at the award was the hotel’s recent VIP guest, Prime Minister John Major, who stayed at the Sharrow Bay with his wife Norma on a Lakeland break in October.

KESWICK

A veteran Keswick climber believes he might have set a record by climbing Latrigg fell more than 500 times in a year. Cliff Sandham makes regular climbs to the 1,200ft. summit from his Keswick home. He celebrated on his 76th birthday by making four ascents in one day.

Protective fences to prevent footballs damaging caravans parked beside Keswick’s Walker Park soccer ground have been approved by Lakes planners. Keswick Town Council, who run the park, and Norman Garner Ltd., who own the neighbouring caravan site, both had applications before the Lake District Planning Board.

50 YEARS

CUMBERLAND AND WESTMORLAND

A number of Cumberland and Westmorland people received awards in the New Year Honours List. Mr. J. W. Millray, Shap, becomes a Member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to local government, and the same award goes to Miss Laura Smale for many years as district nurse in the Temple Sowerby area.

PENRITH

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hogarth, now living in New Zealand, have recently celebrated their diamond wedding, having been married on 30th November, 1908, at the Penrith Gospel Hall. Mr. Hogarth is the eldest son of the late Mr. Robert Hogarth, and his wife was formerly Miss Elizabeth Kindleysides, younger daughter of the late John and Alison Kindleysides, Clifton Dykes. They now live in Putaruru, North Island, New Zealand. They emigrated in 1925 from Great Strickland where Mr. Hogarth had a farm produce business which he turned over to his brother, the late Sidney Hogarth, and which was later merged with Penrith egg packing station.

ULLSWATER

Readers of the “Herald” are likely to spot some familiar locations during the next few months during the screening on I.T.V. of new commercials for Cadbury’s “Milk Tray” chocolates. Two new 30-second films featuring a daring “mystery man” hero were made on location at Ullswater during November, and are being screened nationally from 6th January.

CALTHWAITE

Life must seem full of comings and goings at the Merrythought Veterinary Investigation Centre, Calthwaite. Mr. Macleod Barr and his family have just returned from British Columbia, while Mr. Noel Allsup and his family flew out to Brazil. Both men, employed by the Ministry of Agriculture at the centre, are taking part in a scheme run by the Ministry of Overseas Development, which seconds veterinary officers to under-developed parts of the world.

100 YEARS

PENRITH

Penrithians generally were not aware that President Wilson was to remain in the vicinity of Penrith for some time, but a peal of bells and the flying of the Stars and Stripes at St. Andrew’s Church accorded a welcome to the great American leader. He left London in a train which was run into the loop line at Skirsgill. Here the train remained for three hours in order that the President and his party might have a period of rest before commencing the day’s duties.

SHAP

Master Arthur Caton Todd, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Todd, late master and matron at Shap Workhouse, had been appointed organist at Claughton Parish Church, near Lancaster. He is only 15 years old.

LONG MARTON

The Military Medal has been awarded to Lance-Corporal James William Eggleston, eldest son of Mr. James T. Eggleston, butcher, Long Marton. The young soldier was for 12 months in France, but latterly has been for 15 months on the Italian front. He has been recommended for this medal three times and this has been granted for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Before joining the Army he was a butcher with his father at Long Marton.