In this week in history 25 YEARS CULGAITH

Date: Tuesday 5th December 2017

A Settle-Carlisle line passenger train was derailed by a landslide near Culgaith during torrential rain. Two passengers were slightly injured as a result of the incident at West Bridge, near the village. The 7-10am “Super Sprinter” diesel train from Carlisle to Leeds was carrying five passengers and railway workers when it left the tracks at about 7-40am, damaging its front wheels.

A Settle-Carlisle line passenger train was derailed by a landslide near Culgaith during torrential rain. Two passengers were slightly injured as a result of the incident at West Bridge, near the village. The 7-10am “Super Sprinter” diesel train from Carlisle to Leeds was carrying five passengers and railway workers when it left the tracks at about 7-40am, damaging its front wheels.

EDEN

Council tax figures in Eden are likely to range from £395 to £1,186, it was revealed. The figures are based on the assumption that both the county and district council will spend up to their government rate-capping limit. Also published was news of the “banding” of homes according to their value.

ALSTON/BROUGH

Cumbria County Council’s decision to close refuse tips at Alston and Brough will cost Eden District Council at least £219,000 over two years. A spokesman said that the district council would have to acquire two further refuse vehicles at a cost of £117,000 in order to prepare for the closure of the disposal sites at New Shield Quarry, Alston, and Helbeck Quarry, Brough.

KESWICK

Keswick School’s plans to raise cash by developing land they own are being opposed at officer level by the Lake District Planning Board. However, members of the Development Control Committee deferred making decisions until they have seen the sites. They were told that there was an important bearing on the future of education at Keswick.

KIRKBY STEPHEN

After fifteen years at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, deputy headmaster Mike Rennison is taking early retirement. Mr. Rennison came to the school in 1977 as senior house master and history teacher, although he has also taught technology and games. He was made deputy headmaster in 1987.

APPLEBY

All the colours of the rainbow were displayed at Appleby Grammar School at a concert held in aid of Save the Children Fund. More than £620 was raised by children and teachers from the school who performed a variety of musical and drama items.

ULLSWATER

Claims that the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment carried out explosive tests in an old mine beneath the Lake District have been made in a book by Cumbrian author Ian Tyler. Mr. Tyler, owner of Caldbeck Mining Museum, says the Aldermaston-based weapons group came to the Lakes in the late 1950s and detonated a simulated atomic explosion, using TNT, over 1,000ft. down a lead mine.

Fire swept through the staff quarters of the famous Sharrow Bay Hotel on the shores of Ullswater. Eighteen guests were evacuated and, despite having to stand outside in the pouring rain in their nightclothes, were full of praise for the staff and fire crews.

50 YEARS

PENRITH

Castletown’s oldest male resident, Mr. James Swainson, Mill Street, Penrith, died, aged 91. Mr. Swainson was one of the best known characters of the Penrith suburb and was known to young and old as “Granda”. Of a farming background, he was born at Crosby Ravensworth, his parents having a farm there.

Four years ago somebody working for a pen-friend club made a mistake and a young Penrith woman, Miss Josephine Shepherd, received forty letters from people wanting to correspond with her. Later this month as she walks down the aisle on her wedding day, Josephine, of Wordsworth Terrace, may well be saying a silent thank you to that unknown person — for the best mistake they ever made! For the man Josephine will be marrying was the writer of one of those letters and by absolute chance he was one of only five she answered. He is Signore Eugino Verdi, a 28-year-old N.A.T.O. chief petty officer in the Italian Navy.

GREAT SALKELD

A former Kirkby Stephen vicar is returning to the Eden Valley as the Rector of Great Salkeld. He is the Rev. H. W. Mycroft, who left Kirkby Stephen in 1957 to take up his present post as Vicar of Dalston-in-Furness. He is also Rural Dean of Dalton.

ULLSWATER

Considerable interest centred on the auctioning on the premises of the Oldchurch Hotel, Watermillock, on the instructions of the owner, Mr. A. R. Wood, who has been in occupation for four years. An attractive Georgian period property, it has a 1,200ft. frontage to Ullswater and has been successfully run as a licensed country house hotel with club.

100 YEARS

PENRITH

Recently large crowds of people have availed themselves of the opportunity to get firewood from the Beacon, but owing to the privilege being abused, the wood was closed to the public and will remain closed except on Sundays. A few people, not content with firewood, have been removing pit props. Poor people are to be penalised because of the greed of a few.

ALSTON

Nurse McCaskell, daughter of Mrs. McCaskell, Alston, who received her training at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, has joined Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service.

JOHNBY

At the weekly sale of dairy cows at Penrith auction mart, the first-prize cow, shown by Mr. Robson, Johnby, made the record figure of £100. This had been much commented upon during the week, as such a figure for an ordinary cow was considered impossible.