Date: Friday 29th January 2010

An ambition to sit in the famous “black chair” and face questions from Magnus Magnusson on the BBC television program Mastermind has been fulfilled by an Orton housewife. Mrs. Susan Millard, of Dawbank, Greenholme, Orton, was one of only one per cent. to be interviewed for the program out of over 4,000 applicants. Mrs. Millard chose the “Hebridean novels of Lillian Beckwith” as her specialist subject. The program was recorded last November in York Railway Museum and Mrs. Millard is sworn to secrecy as to her performance until it is screened next month.


The first Neighbourhood Watch group in Penrith has been set up and a second will come into operation shortly. Residents of Graham Street have formed a group to promote vigilance in the community, and the other group is in Nicholson Lane. Co-ordinator of the Graham Street group is Dr. Frank Edington who will act as a link between the community and police. “If I saw a strange car and a rather scruffy looking fellow got out and started looking at houses, I would tell the people who owned the property concerned,” said Dr. Edington. Cumbria Constabulary’s crime prevention co-ordinator, Inspector Halvor Norendal, told the Herald: “Whilst this group is only the first at Penrith, there are a number that have either already started or about to start just outside the town.”


Lazonby pool had a loss of almost £4,000 last year but at the annual meeting it was said that this was entirely due to the £6,500 cost of the new filtration plant and other capital expenditure. The chairman, Mr. L. Judson, presided and reported a successful year. The new filtration plant was installed and working well, repairs to the canteen had now been completed and the wall was now finished. The caravan site was becoming more popular and extra paid staff had been employed to help with the safety aspect.


Elderly people in and around Kirkby Stephen attending the day centre in the town’s Masonic Hall will be meeting in brand new premises hopefully by the end of this year. Work is due to start in March on the new accommodation, which will be at the rear of the health centre at Christian Head. Estimated to cost £73,000, including fees and furniture, the new premises will be a single-storey extension of the health centre with a separate access. The present day centre for house-bound elderly people has operated in the Masonic Hall since 1978.


Grand National winner Hallo Dandy is set to carry 10lb more in this year’s race but the rise in weight has not altered stable confidence behind the Greystoke-trained horse. Bookies took a pounding last year when Neale Doughty romped home on the 13-1 shot and both jockey and trainer Gordon Richards are confident of a repeat success.



The Lakes Gliding Club’s site at Tebay has been chosen by the British Gliding Association as one of the venues for the national gliding championships to be held during the coming spring. The competing gliders will be at the site for about a week. Meanwhile, the Lakes club has just taken delivery of a new glider an Olympia single seater high performance machine, built by Elliotts of Newbury, a famous firm of glider manufacturers.


The Penrith corps of the Salvation Army attains the 78th anniversary of its formation this month, having being formed in January, 1882. The occasion is to be celebrated by a visit from the Divisional Commander Brigadier Charles Byfield, Preston. The Carlisle Temple Young People’s Band will provide music. The first headquarters of the corps in Penrith were in York Street, but the building then erected was later blown down and, after a period without settled headquarters, the corps moved into the present premises in Hunter Lane in 1907. A notable son of the corps was the late Col. Joseph Pugmire, a native of Penrith, who became ADC to three successive generals of the Salvation Army.


The Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, founded by its president, Col. H. Westmorland 13 years ago, now has a new ambulance, a team membership of 45 and a balance in hand of £113 to face commitments for 1960. At the annual meeting, secretary Mrs. V. Nixon reported that 1959 proved to be the busiest ever, with over 20 call-outs, only five of which were rock climbing accidents.



Mr. H. S. Boyd, electrician to Mr. T. Hartley, Armathwaite Hall, met with a serious accident while doing his work. He was descending the cellar steps when he slipped and broke his leg and was taken to Keswick Cottage Hospital.


The handsome new entertainment hall, The Alhambra, which has just been erected in Middlegate, Penrith, by Mr. William Forrester, was officially opened by the Rev. J. Cropper. The hall has been built for concert and entertainment purposes and stands on the site previously occupied by the Middlegate Brewery. Replacing the brewery premises on this side of Middlegate is a handsome arcade of shops.


A mother and son had a narrow escape from drowning near to the entrance to Gramskeugh from the Hills Bottom, Kirkby Stephen. They were Mrs. Thornborrow Murray and her son, Richard. Richard and his younger brother were crossing the river from the Gramskeugh side, which was thinly covered with ice, when he broke through the ice and dropped waist deep into the water. He could not extricate himself and on hearing the younger boy’s cries, his mother, Mrs. Murray, ran out of the house which was nearby. She jumped down a high wall to go to her son’s rescue, but slipped on the frozen river and fell through the ice into a considerable depth of water. The younger boy ran to a neighbour’s house for assistance and Mr. Charles Barker and Mr. G. T. Brown were quickly on the scene. Mrs. Murray was first taken from the water and then the boy, who was so exhausted he was unable to grasp a wooden post pushed towards him, and had to be rescued in another way.