25 YEARS KESWICK

Date: Friday 8th August 2008

Sheepdog handler Raymond McPherson was up with the lark to give England a winning send off in the Border International trials at Fitz Park, Keswick. Ex-world champion Raymond, from Hallbankgate, had a daunting day in prospect. The English and Scottish camps agreed that he could run both his dogs in the morning session so that he could set off on a marathon drive to Aberdeen. Raymond was due to catch the afternoon ferry for the Shetland Isles to give a sheepdog demonstration and judge. Keswick trial secretary Wilfred Relph said: “The reason for the long drive was because apparently Carlisle airport won’t allow dogs on the plane.”

GRASMERE

Labour leader Michael Foot took a day off politics to take part in the Wordsworth summer conference at Dove Cottage, Grasmere. After staying at the Red Lion Hotel, he rose early with other conference members to walk around Grasmere before breakfast.

PENRITH

Brian Williams’s relationship with Penrith, stretching back over 17 years, took a new turn when he took over the manager’s chair for the third time. Williams has been called in to replace Graham Winstanley little more than a year since his resignation following a “no-confidence “ vote. He is glad to be back and set about stamping his mark on the club again by guiding them to a 3-1 win over Preston North End in a friendly match. Williams has always had his supporters on the board of directors which reappointed him.

CALDBECK

Inhabitants of Caldbeck and Hesket-new-Market have cold shouldered a plan to make the villages conservation areas. At a public meeting at Caldbeck village hall residents of the two villages showed their hostility towards officials from the Lake District Special Planning Board who are eager to see the scheme go through. They alleged the board was patronising, interfering and untrustworthy. The board’s chairman said no decision had yet been taken on whether the villages would become conservation areas.

50 YEARS

KESWICK

Proprietor of a business in Keswick and a native of the town Mr. Keith Milburn, Scalehill Hotel, Loweswater, lost his life while fishing in the River Derwent at Bridge Foot, Cockermouth. Mr. Milburn , who was 58 years of age, was fishing with a friend. They were about 150 yards apart and after some time his friend found that Mr. Milburn had disappeared. It is thought that he may have slipped while casting, there is a very deep pool in the river at this point. His body was recovered later by police and River Board officials using grappling irons and ropes.

CUMBRIA

Speaking in Moscow at a conference Professor P. A. Shephard, professor of meteorology at London University, said a radioactive cloud stretched across the north of England after the accident at Windscale atomic reactor in December. He said that at one time the cloud had extended over 93 miles and straddled the country from coast to coast. The cloud drifted over south east England and by the time it reached the continent it was only a tenth of its original intensity. Tests were made every 24 hours by filtering radioactive air at numerous stations in Britain and the continent.

ULLSWATER

An all-woman team of climbers led by an Ullswater woman have been given permission to enter a forbidden zone of Central Asia, to which explorers from all over the world have been seeking access for many years. The expedition of three women, led by Mrs. Anne Davies, left Britain in May and became the first all-female party to make the overland journey to India. They then went to the Himalayas to climb and to make a sociological survey of women and children in the area. Now they are exploring the buffer area of Zasker which lies between India and Tibet and to which entry has been forbidden to many parties of explorers.

PENRITH

On the side of the Beacon at Penrith, the age-old lane leading to Scaws Farm is being transformed into a modern road to serve the new private houses and bungalows in that area, some already in existance some now being built, some planned but not yet started and some on vacant sites not yet taken. The new road, to be known as Scawes Drive, does not actually follow the farm lane from its beginning in Fell Lane. To avoid taking a crossroads with Nicholson Lane it starts lower down, just above Potter’s Lodge and makes a gentle curve to join the line of the old lane.

100 YEARS

APPLEBY

An inquiry was conducted at Appleby by a Local Government Board inspector into the application by the Appleby Joint Cemetery Board to borrow £2,100 for the purchase of land near Bongate Cross for a new cemetery. Mr. W. Hewitson, town clerk, said the population of the district was 2,240 and the graveyards attached to St. Lawrence’s and St. Michael’s Churches were nearly full. Mr. F. T. Balmer, surveyor, told the inspector that the cemetery could be ready for use two months after sanction was given.

THRELKELD

The death took place at the age of 80 years of Mrs. Elizabeth Bennett who farmed with her late husband at Wallthwaite for 37 years. A keen businesswoman and a good farmer, Mrs. Bennett enjoyed the reputation of being one of the best marketeers who ever went to Keswick market. She excelled in butter making and won many prizes for her butter at Penrith and Keswick. She was a woman of sterling character and possessed in a marked degree many old-fashioned domestic virtues.

ASKHAM

Wrestling was an important feature of the proceedings at the annual picnic of Askham Football Club. The prizes were given by the football club committee and Mr. W. Winskill. In the 10-stone competition F. W. Elliott, Penrith, was the winner, and W. Mossop, Sharrow Bay, was the successful competitor in the all-weight class.