In this week in history 25 YEARS PENRITH

Date: Monday 31st December 2018

Penrith streets were alive with the sound of music just before Christmas as four schoolgirls busked to raise cash for their lessons. Sisters Sally and Aimee Johnson, Jane Siddle and Rebecca Wallace, popularly known as the Queen Elizabeth Quartet, fear after-school practice may be reduced because of cuts in the county music budget.

Penrith streets were alive with the sound of music just before Christmas as four schoolgirls busked to raise cash for their lessons. Sisters Sally and Aimee Johnson, Jane Siddle and Rebecca Wallace, popularly known as the Queen Elizabeth Quartet, fear after-school practice may be reduced because of cuts in the county music budget.

Although she retired from work as a teacher almost ten years ago, Penrithian Mrs. Margaret Atkinson is probably more studious than ever before. In 1987 she received a Master of Arts degree in religious studies and earlier this month was presented with the degree of Master of Philosophy in religious studies by Princess Alexanda at Lancaster University.

APPLEBY

Two Cumbria stations are in line for awards in the 1993 best station competition. Appleby and Carlisle have been named in a list of the sixteen finalists. The pick of 2,500 British Rail stations are nominated for the annual competition by local managers.

CUMBRIA

Margaret Thatcher’s former press secretary is asking Cumbria County Council to go against Government policy and totally reject the concept of wind farms in the county. The plea has gone to county council planners from Sir Bernard Ingham, on behalf of Country Guardian, a campaign organisation set up specifically to oppose “desecration of the countryside” by wind energy developments.

STAINMORE

Blasting times at a Stainmore quarry could be extended as work progresses on upgrading the A66 between Brough and Stainmore. An application from Kier Construction Limited, seeking to vary hours of blasting, is to go before Cumbria County Council’s planning sub-committee. Planning permission was granted for a borrow pit at Slapestones, Stainmore quarry, Stainmore, in connection with the current A66 upgrading works, with blasting granted on week days between 9-30am and 11-30am and between 2pm and 4-30pm. However, Kier Construction are now seeking permission for blasting between the hours of 10am and 4pm.

KESWICK

A Keswick woman who celebrated her 90th birthday on Christmas Day was presented with a special bouquet by Keswick Lions Club. Mrs. Christabelle Hartley received the flowers from Lions president Allan Little and Philip Butterworth, the international relations officer.

DERWENTWATER

Hardy souls who want to break the ice at New Year will be raising money for Barnado’s with a dip into Derwentwater. A sponsored “strip and dip” into the chilly lake waters will take place on New Year’s Day, with the opportunity to help the charity. Organiser Judith Bowles said about twenty volunteers were expected for the event.

TEBAY

Sparrows and seagulls are a common enough sight at motorway service stations. But the Tebay service area on the northbound M6 boasts a far more unusual form of birdlife — a large flock of mallard ducks. A handful of mallards were introduced to a pond at the service area several years ago as part of a campaign to encourage wildlife, and they found the site so commodious that their numbers have increased continuously ever since.

50 YEARS

PENRITH

A Penrith family received their best ever Christmas present — an £8,500 football pools win. The coupon was sent in by Mr. Stephen Welsh and his father-in-law, Mr. Joseph Warwick, Inglewood Road. The entry on Vernons Pools produced a top dividend and a third and fourth dividend. There were only seven draws on Saturday’s coupon but Mr. Welsh had 23 points on one line. Mr. and Mrs. Welsh are hoping to buy a bungalow with their winnings.

Penrith is one of three centres which have been selected for hearing objections relating to the new North Pennines Rural Development Board, which it is hoped to have operating early next year and is destined to make a great impact on the agricultural life of a 3,000-square mile area of the North, taking in parts of five counties including Cumberland and Westmorland.

CUMBERLAND AND WESTMORLAND

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Right Rev. Cyril Bulley, has sent out 600 Christmas cards, bearing the words “The Meanest Christmas Card of all.” The cards, single sheets of buff paper, wish the recipient a happy Christmas and the message says: “The meanest Christmas card of all comes from the Bishop of Carlisle. Although it costs him only a penny, it is adequate to convey to you and yours sincere greetings and good wishes for a happy Christmas.” It is recorded on that card that in 1967 the cost of sending 600 Christmas cards at 9d amounted to £22 10s. This year the cost is £2 10s. The Bishop says: “The saving of £20, to which you have contributed 8d (enough to pay for three bowls of rice for starving people in India) has been sent to Christian Aid.”

100 YEARS

PENRITH

For the first time since 1913, Christmas was once again Christmas in the true sense of the word, and perhaps the busiest place in the town was the Post Office, where the staff was kept working at full pressure. A welcome feature of the celebrations was the reholding of the poor folks’ Christmas Day treat. The annual treat, which had been held continuously for about 60 years was abandoned last year but owing to the generosity of Mr. C. H. Shaw, Eden Hall, it was once more held in the Market Place. Tickets were issued to about 400 people who ate a hearty tea while Mr. J. Varty’s orchestra rendered selections. The inmates at the workhouse had their usual dinner of roast beef, peas pudding, potatoes and, for the first time for several years, plum pudding. At the Lark Hall Children’s Home, the children had a happy time with many kinds of friends sending gifts of toys, and in Wordsworth Ward — the only ward open at the Penrith Auxiliary Hospital — the patients enjoyed a delicious dinner of turkey and plum pudding, and in the evening were entertained by the Men’s V.A.D.