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Date: Tuesday 14th March 2017

A Lakeside hotelier is recovering from the shock of receiving an electricity bill for nearly £22,000. Mr. Dan Sencier, of the Crown Hotel, Pooley Bridge, was horrified when the bill was presented by Norweb, who claimed that his meter had not been read properly for two years. Electricity bills for the hotel were sent direct to Whitbread, with only a general fuel costing directed to Mr. Sencier.

A Lakeside hotelier is recovering from the shock of receiving an electricity bill for nearly £22,000. Mr. Dan Sencier, of the Crown Hotel, Pooley Bridge, was horrified when the bill was presented by Norweb, who claimed that his meter had not been read properly for two years. Electricity bills for the hotel were sent direct to Whitbread, with only a general fuel costing directed to Mr. Sencier.

PENRITH

A cornet first presented to Penrith Town Band in 1976 in order to encourage junior members is back in tune. The instrument, first used by Jackie Holden, had so much continuous use over the years that it became very worn and in need of repair. Rotarians made a substantial contribution to the refurbishment of the cornet and it was handed over to bandmaster Allan Stobbs for further use.

EDEN

Eden councillors have done a U-turn over grant support to village swimming pools after discovering that a new policy, aimed at overcoming one anomaly, was about to create further unfairness. Until last year, money was shared out to Eden pools on the basis of rateable values However, a new policy was introduced after it was discovered that a rating anomaly meant that one of the district’s smallest pools was winning the lion’s share of funding.

ALSTON

Colleagues have honoured the retirement of Alston fireman Mr. Dick Harrison, who has reached the age limit. A presentation and farewell party was held at the Nenthall Country House Hotel. Mr. Harrison, Ashbourne, Alston, has been a member of Alston fire service for 22 years — the last eleven as sub-officer. He leaves with regret because he enjoyed his service, and his presence will be sadly missed by the current crew.

RAVENSTONEDALE

Members of Raven-stonedale Parish Council met at Newbiggin-on-Lune village hall. The clerk read a letter from the Rev. Colin Levery accepting with pleasure his appointment as parish council representative on the board of governors of Ravenstonedale Endowed School. The clerk reported that she was still waiting for written confirmation of Norweb estimates on street lighting for High Dyke, Ravenstonedale. The limit would be opposite Elm Lodge gates, enabling a 30mph speed limit through Ravenstonedale when it was in place.

50 YEARS

PENRITH

Allegations that the water supply was responsible for a housewife’s fair hair turning purple when she went for a perm in a Penrith hairdressing salon were answered by Mr. James Yerkess, engineer and manager to the Eden Water Board when they met at Penrith Town Hall. According to newspaper reports, 38-year-old Mrs. Margaret Baxter, Guardhouse, Threlkeld, blamed iron rust in the water supply at her home. She felt this was what caused her hair to turn purple when perm lotion was applied in the Middlegate salon. Luckily, said the reports, it was possible to remove the purple by washing.

APPLEBY

Mr. Fred Brown has accepted an invitation from Appleby Borough Council to serve as Mayor for a second year. A member of the Council since 1960, Mr. Brown was re-elected at the recent council meeting.

TROUTBECK

The Minister of Housing and Local Government is to take responsibility for the decision on whether or not Keswick publican Mr. Jim Temple may build a proposed £2,000,000 winter sports centre at Mell Fell, Troutbeck. Last year, Mr. Temple was given outline approval subject to stringent conditions by the Lake District Planning Board, but the Board now states that the Minister has asked for more details and will deal with the decision himself after a local public inquiry, which will not take place for several months.

BOLTON

The adventurous life in the United States of America of a lady who spent her early girlhood at Bolton, North Westmorland, has recently been described in a Maryland newspaper. Mrs. Alice Jennings Darrow, Cambridge, Maryland, served as a nurse during the 1914-18 war; nursed among a community of Indians; fought for an eye bank, and got it, for her home state; campaigned for legislation to protect laboratory animals against cruelty and took part in the 1963 Washington Civil Rights March. A reader of the “Herald,” Mrs. Darrow, has lived in America for over fifty years.

100 YEARS

KIRKBY STEPHEN

Mrs. Rhoda Bell, Kirkby Stephen, has had the honour of being received by the King at Buckingham Palace and of receiving the Victoria Cross won by her husband, the late Lieut. Donald S. Bell.

STAINTON

At the annual spring exhibition of Shorthorn cattle at Birmingham, Mr. John Gill, Stainton, was awarded first prize for young bulls and received the Maclennan Cup for the best bull under two and a half years bred by the exhibitor.

HAWESWATER

A recommendation has come before Manchester Waterworks Committee to take steps to acquire Haweswater as an addition to Thirlmere. Before Manchester decided on the source of water supply in the Thirlmere scheme thirty years ago, a proposal to acquire Ullswater and Haweswater had been rejected. The lake is owned by Lord Lonsdale. Negotiations have not yet opened, but Manchester is faced with the problem of securing additional water for its growing population. The consumption last year was about fifty million gallons.


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