25 YEARS PENRITH

Date: Saturday 18th February 2006

A Penrith member, Alf Dixon, wanted Eden District Council to consider reducing the number of chief officers. During a debate on staff numbers, he commented: “It is not the indians, who do all the work, that we want shot of, but the chiefs.” They should investigate the possibility of amalgamating departments, as other councils had done, he added.

Eden chief executive Denis Brown voiced fears of pressure being put on Penrith’s housing stock by “outsiders” seeking second homes or retirement retreats. He was disappointed that the town had been excluded from a designated area preventing the buyers of council houses from re-selling, other than to people who had lived and worked in the locality for three years.

UNDERSKIDDAW

Mr. Lancelot (“Lanty”) MacGlasson, Underskiddaw, Keswick, who died at the age of 92, was the head of Glassons, the Penrith brewery company, until it was taken over in 1959. He was educated at Penrith Grammar School, Sedbergh School and King’s College, Cambridge, and served with the Border Regiment in the 1914-18 war. He became chairman of the directors of Glassons and held other directorships, including those of Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Threlkeld Granite Co., Keswick Granite Co. and the Penrith Observer.

WATERMILLOCK

The death took place, at the age of 73, of Lady Mona Sybil Ainley, Horrock Wood, Watermillock, the wife of Sir John Ainley. The couple moved to the village in 1969, following Sir John’s retirement, and Lady Ainley was a member of the parish council and the WI.

TEBAY

The River Lune was restocked with fish by members of the Tebay Angling Association. About 1,500 brown trout were released into the river at Rayne Bridge and Kelleth Bridge by chairman Bruce Hooton and secretary Harold Riley. They were obtained from a fish farm near Clitheroe.

50 YEARS

PENRITH

Penrith Players’ entry in the Cumberland Drama League’s one-act play festival was Home is the Hunted, by F. R. Delderfield. The cast included W. G. Coppin, John Brinicombe, Roberta Nicholson, Elsie Wallace, Elizabeth Bowerbank and Ethel Sinkinson. The producer was Eva Sheffield.

A high-speed car chase ended at Penrith when a road block was set up by police near the Crown Hotel. Three teenage youths were arrested for stealing a Sunbeam-Talbot car from Kendal. PC Morrow, of the motor patrol, pursued the wanted vehicle at speeds up to 80mph and passed word to constabulary headquarters by radio, resulting in the block being put into place.

Penrith Cricket Club had a new coach in Ron Newstead, whose father, the late J. T. Newstead, played first-class cricket for Yorkshire early in the 1900s. He held weekly coaching sessions, aided by Mike Burrow, Derek Wardle and Peter Sarjeant.

THIRLMERE

The annual parish tea took place in Thirlmere recreation hall, the Vicar, the Rev. J. C. Johnson, presiding. Tea was provided by ladies of the parish, after which the church choir from Cleator entertained and three children, who accompanied them, gave an exhibition of Scottish reels, Irish jigs and ballet dances.

SHAP

The Shap footballer, George Holder, was injured during a match at Kirkby Stephen and taken to the Westmorland County Hospital. An X-ray revealed a cracked shin bone.

APPLEBY

Mr. Arthur Eggleston, The Pennines, Appleby, added to his innumerable successes as an exhibitor of Pointers at Cruft’s dog show at Olympia, London, by taking five firsts and the reserve championship. One of his Pointers secured the supreme championship of all breeds at Cruft’s in 1934.

EDENHALL

Mr. Leslie Durno, Edenhall, who was awarded the MBE in the New Year honours, attended an investiture by the Queen Mother at Buckingham Palace.

100 YEARS

CLIFTON

There was a search for a man who had committed a brutal attack in escaping from PC Waugh, of Clifton, who had arrested him on suspicion of theft. The man turned on the policeman and felled him with a blunt instrument. PC Waugh’s injuries would have been more serious had he not been wearing his helmet.

PENRITH

The editor of the Herald, Thomas Hodgson, was mourning the death of his son, William Brewis Hodgson, a journalist on the London staff of the Daily News. His powerful articles for the newspaper, often about social abuses, won him great praise as “a true knight of the pen”. He left a wife and two daughters, as well as his father, a brother and a sister.

Mr. J. Bushby, Dacre Lodge, a much travelled gentleman, gave a talk to the Penrith Literary and Scientific Society on “The Land of the Rising Sun”. His lecture was illustrated by a magnificent series of coloured Japanese views, showing fantastic temples, busy street scenes in Tokyo and lotus ponds.

A stained glass window was to be put in Christ Church, Penrith, as a memorial to Dr. D. G. P. Thomson. The design illustrated the parable of the good Samaritan.

HIGH HESKET

A lunatic, who had escaped from Whitehaven workhouse, was arrested at High Hesket and appeared in court at Penrith. “Don’t they treat you kindly at the workhouse?” the man was asked by the Chairman (Mr. G. A. Rimington). He replied: “They only give me half an ounce of bacca a week, instead of an ounce, and when a fellow’s got used to an ounce, it’s hard.” The man was sent back to the workhouse.