Date: Saturday 16th October 2004

A public meeting of about 200 people voted “overwhelmingly” against a proposal by Cumbria County Council to bring back the 11-plus examination in Penrith. The council was accused of lack of consultation and there was anger because none of the education committee members or officials had responded to invitations to attend. “Officers have been cowed into silence and teachers told not to get involved,” said the Vicar of Penrith, Canon Alan Batty. “The ham-fisted and almost underhand way all this has been brought about beggars belief.”

Work began on the first development on the Penrith industrial estate an animal feed mill for BOCM.


The new Chief Constable of Cumbria, in succession to Mr. William Cavey, was Mr. Barry Price, previously Deputy Chief Constable of Essex. There were 14 applications for the post and three men were invited for final interviews. Mr. Price told the Herald: “My policy is to get bobbies back on the beat.”


Mr. William Frederick Renwick, The Butts, Alston, who died in Alston Cottage Hospital, aged 76, was born at Crossgill Farm, Garrigill. He entered the building trade with the firm of H. Kearton and Sons, but was also skilled as a shepherd and a maker of wooden sticks. He was a founder and former president of the Alston Moor Sheepdog Trials Association and a senior member of the Alston Masonic Lodge.


A new breed record price of £11,000 was paid at the annual Swaledale ram sales at Kirkby Stephen. The animal concerned was a shearling bred by J. A. Alderson, Barras Farm, and sold to T. Robinson and Sons, Catlow Farm, Sladeburn, Clitheroe. “Thursday saw the best selling trade for rams anybody could remember,” said auctioneer Stuart Bell.



The headmaster of Appleby Grammar School, speaking at the annual speech day, called for a ban on the sale of “the vicious, American-type comics”, which many children read. Mr. P. T. Griffiths urged pupils to read “good, healthy literature”.


Penrith Football Club’s reserve team staged a magnificent rally to defeat Carlisle United A by 3-2. Spectators included a scout of Middlesbrough FC, who was watching the performance of Carl Taylor, from Kirkby Stephen, the scorer of one of the Penrith goals.


The opening meet of the Ullswater Foxhounds took place at the Brotherswater Hotel, in the presence of a good gathering, including the Master, Mr. A. B. Peck. Representatives of other Lakeland packs, together with members of the Airedale Beagles, attended to add colour to the scene. Hounds paraded, under Joe Wear (huntsman) and George Black (whip), before moving off, initially to Caudale Fell and Rough Sides.


Nurse Elizabeth Rennie Mercer, West View, Tirril, retired after completing 22 years as district nurse with the Barton and Pooley Bridge Nursing Association. She was presented with a wristlet watch and a cheque.


Work began on the erection of a 240ft.-long Bailey bridge over the river Lowther, immediately upstream from Lowther Bridge, on the main A6 south of Eamont Bridge. The bridge was being constructed by soldiers from the 36th Army Engineering Regiment, from Ripon, and was a preliminary to the widening of the existing bridge by Westmorland County Council to accommodate two footpaths. The soldiers were camping in a field nearby. Penrith firemen were helping by pumping river water out of the foundations.


Keswick Ramblers’ Club was formed at a meeting in the county youth centre, with Mr. N. Foster as chairman and Miss M. Watts as secretary.



A popular fellside gathering, Knock sheepdog trials, took place in splendid weather. Wisely, the committee did not allow a beer tent, following the disgraceful rowdyism caused by the drinking of intoxicating liquors a year earlier. The first prize of £3 in the local class was won by R. A. Sowerby, Gamblesby, with “Hemp”, and they also won the open class for a prize of £7. There were many entries for the bread and butter classes and 100 guests enjoyed the luncheon, which was served in a marquee on the ground. The president, Captain Rigg, MP, and Major Noble gave short speeches.


A mild sensation was caused in Kirkby Stephen by a runaway horse which, with a farmer’s cart clattering behind, made its way at a mad gallop through the town. The animal, belonging to Mr. T. Parsley, Bleathgill, Stainmore, started off on its wild career, apparently heading for home, but was brought to a standstill near Kaber through colliding with another cart.


The fixtures of the Penrith and District Whist League were published. The teams taking part were Penrith Working Men, Penrith Townhead Conservative Club, Clifton, Cliburn, Penrith Liberal Club, Castle-town, Hutton and the Conservatives.


Messrs. Bainbridge and Allison, butchers, Brough, slaughtered a fat heifer, previously the property of Mr. M. D. Ewbanke, Brough Sowerby. In its stomach was the following curious collection: 56 wire staples (11⁄4 inches long), a button gun cap, knife blade, 12 small stones and several pieces of glass. The animal originally came from Ireland.


A man named Harry Foulds entered a police station in Nottingham, saying he wished to give himself up for a murder on Shap Fell two years earlier. He was known to have worked as a labourer at Shap granite works, but nothing was known locally of any crime. Foulds eventually admitted that his story was a complete fabrication.