Date: Saturday 23rd November 2002

Orton farmer Mr. John C. Dunning was appointed a member of the Countryside Commission for three years. He was already a member of the Lake District Planning Board and the Northern Council for Sport and Recreation.


A Pennine Cricket League official hit out at outbursts of bad sportsmanship, temper and gamesmanship which, he alleged, marred many matches. League secretary Mr. Norman Mennie said: “It is up to clubs to tame their wild men and captains to see that their players accept decisions without visibly showing dissent.” He felt the conduct was often caused by a desire to win trophies and get into the averages.


Members of Alston Women’s Institute celebrated the 53rd birthday with a party at the Masonic Hall. Large floral arrangements by Mrs. M. Walton and Mrs. B. Richardson decorated the hall. A musical entertainment was given by Mrs. Margaret Thomas, Appleby, including folk songs to guitar accompaniment.


A new parish council, Bandleyside, was “born” at a meeting of Eden District Council when it was agreed to group the neighbouring villages of Hoff, Colby and Ormside. Bandley Beck ran through both Hoff and Colby and Ormside contributed the second half of its name hence Bandleyside. The parish council would consist of nine people three from each village.



A revival of interest in Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling led to the formation of a new academy at Skelton. The secretary, Mr. William Farrer, Netherscales, recalled the days when lads gathered on village greens and whiled away summer evenings in friendly wrestling rivalry. It was hoped to renew that interest by organising matches with other academics at Gilsland, Maryport, Gosforth, Carlisle and Kendal.


Bowlers of the Penrith Castle Park Club held their annual dinner at the Agricultural Hotel. The president, Mr. B. Stanaway, proposed the toast to the club and Mr. A. Bewley welcomed the visitors, for whom Mr. G. W. E. Bowman responded as chairman of the council’s parks committee.

There was a revival of interest in the Martinmas hiring fair at Penrith. Experienced men asked farmers for as much as £6 10s a week, but were generally offered £5 to £6. This was said to be a substantial wage, as board could be valued at £2 a week.


A long-serving member of Long Marton parish council and former local representative on Westmorland County Council, Mr. Thomas Bowness Todd, Ivy House, Brampton, Appleby, died at the age of 72. As a farmer, formerly at Far Broom and Town End, he built up a very good herd of non-pedigree Shorthorns and was a fine judge.

On a visit to Far Broom, Long Marton, for the first time since he emigrated in 1910, was Mr. John Henry Willan, New Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada.


Although Alston Rural Council were trying to encourage members of the public to take more interest in local government by attending meetings, the November meeting lasted only five minutes, during which the minutes of committees were formally adopted.



A deficit on the season of £4 6s 9d was reported at the annual meeting of Kirkby Stephen Cricket Club, but it was stated that almost £60 had been spent on improving the pavilion, laying additional ground and the purchase of a horse mower. G. E. Thompson was elected first team captain, with J. C. Parkinson in charge of the second eleven. A professional and a groundsman were to be procured.


At the quarterly meeting of Penrith Co-operative Society, under the chairmanship of Mr. A. E. Turner, Clifton, it was decided to buy a block of property in Burrowgate from Mr. R. Roper and to make alterations. The balance sheet showed profits available for distribution of £107 13s 7d and it was to pay a dividend of two shillings in the £.

Thomas William Kirkbride, aged 16, Rowcliffe Lane, Penrith, broke his thigh when he fell under the wheels of a wood wagon at Kirkby Thore.


The death took place, at the venerable age of 89, of Mr. James Hodgson, who had been parish clerk of Great Salkeld for 63 years.


The Earl and Countess of Lonsdale left Lowther Castle to begin their journey to India to attend the Coronation Durbar in Delhi. After their Indian travels, Lord and Lady Lonsdale were to go on to Japan and China, returning to Lowther by the June of the following year.