25 YEARS PENRITH
Brian Nixon became the new first team captain at Penrith Cricket Club, winning a three-cornered contest in which the other contenders were Eddie Waite and Cliff Hetherington. The new captain was a member of a family with a long association with cricket in the Eden Valley, first at Warcop and later at Edenhall. Team secretary Bill Mossop told the annual meeting that there had been two highlights in season 1977 the feat of Tim McVey in scoring two centuries in a day and Cliff Hetherington’s “milestone” in taking his 400th North Lancashire League wicket.
There was “coincidence in court” when Shap magistrates imposed fines totalling £30 on a lorry driver who had not completed his records and did not have a licence when checked on the M6. The driver was George William Skelton, his offences were discovered by PC Jon Skelton, and the officer who conducted the prosecution was Chief Inspector Gordon Skelton.
History was to play a big part in the christening at Brough parish church of 31⁄2-month-old David James Baines, of Croft House, Crosby Garrett, who would be wearing a 120-year-old christening robe. The robe was first worn by his great, great-grandmother and looking on would be four generations, including David’s mother and father, Gerald and Tina Baines.
Keswick Junior Netball Club played their first match against a team from Harraby, Carlisle. They held their own up to half-time but Harraby’s greater experience showed in the second period and they won by 17-13.
Staff from the Langwathby and Alston depots of J. H. Henderson and Sons, Ltd., with wives and friends, attended a dinner-dance at the Rampsbeck Hotel, Ullswater. A director, Mr. Tony Henderson, presented gold wristlet watches to three long-service employees, Mr. Jimmy Davison, Alston; Mr. Harold Birkbeck, Alston, and Mr. Laurie Abbott, Stainton. The Jolly Rovers played rousing music for dancing.
Mr. Robert Robertson celebrated 50 years with the Penrith furnishing firm of Joseph James Ltd., in which he rose from apprentice to managing director. He recalled that in his early years he was paid three shillings for a 54-hour week. He was a magistrate and a past-president of Penrith Players.
Miss Dorothy Banks, a 21-year-old shop assistant, Brougham Street, was chosen at a Drill Hall dance to be Penrith’s “Miss Ribble”, to represent the town in the final of a beauty contest run by the Ribble Sports and Social Club.
Skelton Dramatic Society presented three one-act plays in the Memorial Hall. Taking part were Mary Fawcett, Rose Clark, Jean Parker, Harry Atkinson, Sally Williamson, Jenny Kindleysides, Dorothy Hewetson, Audrey Williams, Robert Mounsey, Jane Grindal, Edwin Irving, Mary Satterthwaite, Jack Bell, Mary Hewetson, Doris Irving, Muriel Mounsey, Robert Macnamara and Joan Bell.
Recreational equipment for children was to be erected in several parts of Kirkby Stephen as a means of marking Coronation year. Householders were asked for suggestions as to the nature of celebration activities.
The 15-year-old Kirkby Stephen footballer, Carl Taylor, was invited to join Wolverhampton Wanderers. He played for the town team in the Westmorland League.
The annual meeting of Edenhall Cricket Club was told that the top player of season 1952 was Philip Monkhouse, who took 37 wickets and had a batting average of 38. Mr. H. M. Sharp was elected president, with J. C. Monkhuose as captain and T. H. Shepherd as vice-captain.
The report of the directors of Joseph Cowper Ltd., chemists, Penrith and Keswick, stated that the general business continued to be very satisfactory, although, owing to the cold, uncongenial summer, sales of mineral waters were down. The directors recommended a dividend of 71⁄2 per cent. on ordinary shares. The retiring director, Mr. C. N. Arnison, offered himself for re-election.
A regrettable incident occurred at the close of a football match between Appleby and Penrith. As he was leaving the field, Birkett, one of the Penrith players, was surrounded by the crowd and assaulted by an Appleby player. Appleby won the match 4-0.
Mrs. Hasell, Dalemain, gave out “Never absent, never late” medals at Stainton School. They were received by Sidney Dawson, John Jackson, Septimus Ousby, R. Hetherington, E. Harrison, S. Relph, Nellie Hetherington, Caroline Bellas, Isabella Bellas and Elizabeth Birkbeck.
Mr. John Westgarth relinquished his position as farm manager to Lord Brougham and Vaux and took a farm at Thorpe, Barton.
Captain Alfred J. Markham, son of Colonel Markham, who had been with his regiment in Egypt since the end of the South African war, arrived home at Morland House.
Morland Ploughing Association's annual competitions took place on Skygarth farm, Temple Sowerby. Ploughing began at nine o'clock, each man having half-an-acre to plough in six hours. R. Egglestone, Edenhall, won the open class; J. Little, Knock Cross, the local; and J. Egglestone, Morland, the boys under 19. The main prize for hedging was taken by J. Douthwaite, Murley Moss, Kendal.
A tramp, arrested for begging in Kirkby Stephen, was sent to prison for seven days, with hard labour, by the town’s magistrates.