Date: Saturday 17th October 1998

Heredities Ltd., of Stonehill Mill, Kirkby Stephen, a firm specialising in art replicas, produced a bronze bust of Princess Anne to coincide with her marriage to Captain Mark Phillips. Sculptor Oloff de Wet was specially commissioned to do the original and copies were produced by the firm’s technique of cold casting in metal.


Penrith Players presented the Emlyn Williams play, Night must fall. The cast included Jeanette Wilkinson, Paul Grinbergs, Carlotta Wilson, Jean Pearson, Susan Walton, Maureen Osborne, Paul Hargreaves, Douglas Wheeler and John Kirlew. The producer was Jenny Cross.

Penrith lost a character by the death, aged 75, of Mr. Jonathan Raymond (Ray) Lancaster, Clifford Road, formerly landlord of the Travellers’ Rest, Glenridding, and of the Castle Hotel, Penrith. A native of Patterdale, he followed the Ullswater foxhounds for 60 years.


The golden jubilee of the Toppin memorial hall, Skelton, was celebrated. Almost 150 people attended the supper and dance. The birthday cake was cut by Mrs. Dorothy Goadby, Godalming, Surrey, whose uncle, Mr. F. Toppin, presented the hall to the village.


Many of the rare relics of Orton were on display as part of a harvest festival weekend. They included church plate, a policeman’s truncheon, love tokens and a sermon preached in 1837 “on the occasion of the recent murder of a most respectable inhabitant of the parish”. An apprenticeship indenture, dated 1782, bound John Rawson for seven years, “to be taught the trade, mystery or occupation” of shoemaking.



Former Penrith newspaper reporter Ronald Thompson, aged 25, and a friend, Mrs. Margaret Dalrymple, aged 27, of New Longton, Preston, were killed in a road accident on the A6 at Hackthorpe, as they drove back to Preston after spending a weekend with Mr. Thompson’s parents in Arthur Street. He worked for the Penrith Observer before joining the staff of the Lancashire Daily Post at Preston in 1947. At the opening of the inquest tributes were paid to Mr. Thompson’s qualities as a journalist — “a very faithful servant to his masters”.


Mrs. Edith Vere Dent, wife of the late Mr. R. W. Dent, Flass, Maulds Meaburn, who died at the age of 85, gave notable service to the Red Cross as president of the Westmorland branch and was awarded the OBE in 1920. She founded a wild flower society, which had a membership of 400, and was president of Crosby Ravensworth WI from its inception.


The Rev. Maurice Birchall accepted the living of Castle Sowerby after spending 21⁄2 years as curate at St. Andrew’s Church, Penrith.


It was potato week and each day teenage children were driven in lorries and on trailers drawn by tractors, and returned in the evening — dirty, tired and staggering under loads of potatoes which most farmers allowed them to take for their own use. The children were issued with certificates by the education authorities, enabling them to take time off school. Female workers at the Eamont Vale laundry, Penrith, were given Saturdays off work to join in the tatie picking.



Preaching at the Wesleyan Chapel, Kirkby Stephen, Mrs. Lumsden, wife of the superintendent minister of the circuit, denounced in vigorous terms the men who occupied their pulpits yet would take a drink on the sly. How dare such men stand up and advise people to abstain from drink? Such men were a curse and the sooner they ceased preaching the better.


The annual kern supper, to mark the completion of the harvest, was held at Brackenburgh. Mr. Harris, of Calthwaite Hall, provided a plentiful supply of old English fare, in the shape of roast beef, plum pudding, jellies, tarts, etc., which were attacked in workmanlike manner. The rest of the evening — nay part of the next morning — was agreeably spent in dancing, pipe and song.


Showing at the Drill Hall, Penrith, was the great cinematographe passion play, Life of Our Lord, which was said to include, “Christ actually walking about the Garden of Gethsemane. You will see Christ on the way to Calvary. Crowds of people and weeping women form the sad procession. This sight will never be forgotten by those who witness it …”.

Licensed houses in Penrith were offered by Mr. Thornborrow, auctioneer. The General Wolfe, Little Dockray, was knocked down to Mr. Isaac Armstrong, of Brampton Old Brewery, for £2,270. The Museum, Castlegate, with stabling and cottages, was started at £1,000 and sold at £1,850 to Mr. Thomas Glasson.


Henry Ward, gamekeeper at Helbeck Hall, Brough, applied to Kirkby Stephen magistrates for an exemption under the Vaccination Act, saying that his views had been strengthened because his brother and eldest son had been very ill after being innoculated. His application was granted.