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Date: Monday 11th February 2019

A second primary school in Eden is seeking to opt out of local authority control and become grant maintained. Orton School, which currently has forty pupils, is set to follow in the footsteps of colleagues at Appleby Primary School, which is already run and managed by its own governors.


A Lakeland specialist mail order leisurewear company is expanding to cater for an expected 50 per cent. increase in business. Hawkshead Countrywear, who employ more than 120 people at their Ambleside base, say they are growing faster than anticipated.


The mayor of Keswick and a founder of the town’s Trefoil Guild braved stormy weather to plant two trees in Derwent Close. Mayor Sean Crawford planted one of the sorbus trees on behalf of Keswick in Bloom. The second tree was planted by Trefoil Guild founder member Joyce Iliffe to mark that organisation’s 70th anniversary.


A talented duo of Appleby Grammar School students have designs on a trip to Florida, following success in a nationwide art competition. Tracey Wilson, Cliburn, and Martyn Soulsby, Temple Sowerby, have already completed the first stage of the national contest to win a minibus for their school and one for the Drive for Youth charity.


A Saddleback pig called Little Lottie Zig-Zag, a turkey called Rambo and a pygmy goat called Arthur (he’s only half a goat) are just some of the attractions to be found at a storybook farm which will soon be opening its gates to the public. Liz and Dave Skelton have set up an animal trail on their farm at Highgate, Morland.


Kirkby Stephen Grammar School pupil Ian Gowing has been presented with a north of England Colts Rugby Union shirt. Ian has played for the county Colts in the northern championship and was selected for the North Colts side in the divisional championship against London, Midlands and the South-West.



Recently awarded her cap and gown in music, following success in an examination for Associateship of the London College of Music, is Miss Linda Grisdale, Huntley Avenue, Penrith. Miss Grisdale, who is 21, a shorthand typist and cashier at Penrith branch of Lloyds Bank, is a pianist and has been studying music for 11 years. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grisdale, Miss Grisdale is a member of the Penrith Amateur Savoyards and is a member of the chorus of their forthcoming production of “Princess Ida”.

A Penrith girl has been selected by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs to visit India for six weeks this year in conjunction with their “Experiment in International Living” program. Twenty-four-year-old Cynthia Brown, daughter of the Rev. T. Brown, Sunnylea, Carleton, will go out sometime in July, together with four other young people from other parts of Britain.

The voice of youth was very evident in Penrith when a hundred protesting youngsters marched and chanted through the streets to win public support for their plea for a Youth Centre were seen, and this week a Council of Youth was formed in connection with the same aim. The march went from the Town Hall, escorted by police, to the Agricultural Hotel, home of Mr. W. Demos Burns, Chairman of Penrith Urban Council. There a deputation of four teenagers handed to the Chairman a petition bearing over 200 names, with which the youngsters had begun their agitation.


Although his proposal for a picnic area and camp site at Mayburgh, Eamont Bridge, is not favoured, Lord Lonsdale’s plans for a country park at Hackthorpe and a holiday village in the Elysian Fields in Lowther Park are supported or approved by the Planning Development Control Committee, whose minutes come before the next quarterly meeting of Westmorland County Council in Kendal.


A hotelier who wants to create a filling station at his premises at the Sportsman’s Inn on the A.66 Penrith-Keswick road — envisaged as part of a major road link between industrial West Cumberland and the M.6 motorway and the North East after 1970 — was told that even though Cumberland County Council are considering filling station sites on the road, his proposal was not acceptable.


Mr. Thomas W. Lowthian, The Grange, Great Musgrave, believes stone objects, which he found near Tebay, are a stone hammer head and a bowl from the Neolithic age. They were lying among a heap of stones in a farmyard near Tebay and about to be used in road building when Mr. Lowthian spotted them eight or nine years ago.



Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gasgarth, Belle Vue Road, who celebrated their golden wedding, are natives of Crosby Garrett and have resided in the Appleby district for more than 30 years. They have brought up six sons and five daughters, and have 23 grandchildren.


At a social function for the Kirkby Stephen carol singers, it was decided that a town choir should be formed. A committee was appointed, with Mr. Stewart as conductor, and Mr. R. W. Braithwaite as secretary.