In this week in history 25 YEARS NEWBIGGIN

Date: Tuesday 10th April 2018
Kirkby Stephen Primary School caretaker Vince Watson (right) worked at the school for 15 years before retirement 25 years ago. He is pictured with headteacher Malcolm Doig and some of the children.
Kirkby Stephen Primary School caretaker Vince Watson (right) worked at the school for 15 years before retirement 25 years ago. He is pictured with headteacher Malcolm Doig and some of the children.

A nine-year-old Eden boy is proving you’re never too young to begin a career in farming! Simon Karam, of Town Head Farm, Newbiggin, near Croglin, knew exactly what to do when he saw a ewe about to lamb at a neighbouring farm as he made his way home from school. With nobody around to help the sheep, Simon drove it into the corner of the field, laid it down, took off his coat and jumper and began to deliver the lamb. A neighbour, Mrs. Margaret Alderson, rang the farmer, Mr. Brian Dixon, Holme Farm, but nobody was available to help so she went out and simply held the sheep’s tail as Simon delivered three lambs. One died later, but the others are perfectly healthy.

A nine-year-old Eden boy is proving you’re never too young to begin a career in farming! Simon Karam, of Town Head Farm, Newbiggin, near Croglin, knew exactly what to do when he saw a ewe about to lamb at a neighbouring farm as he made his way home from school. With nobody around to help the sheep, Simon drove it into the corner of the field, laid it down, took off his coat and jumper and began to deliver the lamb. A neighbour, Mrs. Margaret Alderson, rang the farmer, Mr. Brian Dixon, Holme Farm, but nobody was available to help so she went out and simply held the sheep’s tail as Simon delivered three lambs. One died later, but the others are perfectly healthy.

EDEN

An investigation has begun into how a load of about 8,000 litres of toxic chemicals was allowed to enter the River Eden, killing everything in its path for more than sixteen river miles. The spillage of the agricultural fertiliser ammonium hydroxide happened during the transfer of the liquid between tankers on farm land near Little Musgrave.

PENRITH

Calls to ballot the people of Penrith about the selection of children seeking admission to the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, or for the education department to rethink the decision, were rejected when a question was asked in the House of Commons. It came from the Labour MP for Workington, Dale Campbell-Savours, who described the decision to restore selection in Penrith as “an absolute outrage”.

APPLEBY

Appleby County School has become the first primary in Eden to vote to opt out of Cumbria County Council control. The decision followed a growing realisation among governors that the alternative was to begin shedding staff members and increasing class sizes to keep within county-allotted budgets, said chairman Eric Wooff.

KIRKBY STEPHEN

Eden councillors are to protest against the closure of Kirkby Stephen register office. Members of the Policy and Resources Committee were angered at the news that the county council want to effectively close the Upper Eden service to help save £8,000. Councillors were told people could register only births, marriages and deaths at the outstations in Kirkby Stephen and Appleby. Marriage ceremonies had to be performed at the base office in Penrith.

CUMBRIA

Dairy farmers who stuck with Milk Marque after the disbanding of the Milk Marketing Board would find themselves part of one of Europe’s strongest co-operatives, MMB vice-chairman Ben Kent told Cumbrian milk recorders. Mr. Kent was speaking at the annual meeting of Cumberland and Westmorland National Milk Records, staged at the Clifton Hill Hotel.

BORROWDALE

The clerk to Borrowdale Parish Council has announced that he will retire from the post in a few months’ time. Bill Hind has been clerk for 40 years and he says it is time for somebody else to take over.

GREYSTOKE

Greystoke stable lad Davey Dodds is hoping lightning can strike twice in the Grand National. Davey, who has worked at the stables of Gordon Richards for twenty years, was responsible for Lucius, winner of the big race in 1978. Now he looks after recent Irish import On The Other Hand, the horse bidding to give the trainer his third National winner.

50 YEARS

PENRITH

Almost 250 Penrith area people went for a Sunday walk — and earned over £1,100 for charity. Toddlers and grandfathers were among the crowd who defied vile weather conditions to cover the 21-mile walk, organised jointly by the Rugby Club and Round Table in aid of the cure of leper children and the Rugby Club’s grandstand fund.

The possibility of providing a road link between the Wetheriggs and Skirsgill areas of Penrith is referred to in Planning Committee minutes to come before the Urban Council.

THRIMBY

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Holme watched the demolition of a house and buildings at their farm at Thrimby to make way for the Westmorland section of the M.6 motorway. The farm buildings and a house are being demolished, leaving only the farmhouse where Mr. and Mrs. Holme will continue to live in retirement. With the completion of the motorway, their home will stand on a sandwich of land less than 100 yards wide, with the A.6 on one side and the M.6 on the other.

LANGWATHBY

Arrangements are in hand for the provision of a temporary bridge to replace the main road bridge over the River Eden at Langwathby which was swept away in the floods. The County Surveyor (Mr. F. L. Broughton) gave this information to the “Herald” following a meeting of Cumberland County Council’s Highways and Bridges Committee.

100 YEARS

PENRITH

A framed photographic enlargement in memory of the late Second-Lieut. Isaac Sowerby, who, before the war, was organist and choirmaster at Christ Church, has been unveiled in Christ Church choir vestry.

KIRKBY THORE

An accident resulting in injuries to two workmen has occurred at Messrs. McGhie’s barytes works at Kirkby Thore. During the removal of an old boiler, the hoisting chains of the crane broke, and the boiler, weighing about three tons, fell. Mr. Thornborrow, Temple Sowerby, was badly cut about the head and shoulder, and Mr. Joseph Wilson, Kirkby Thore, sustained a compound fracture of the leg and was removed to Penrith Cottage Hospital.