In this week in history 25 YEARS CULGAITH

Date: Tuesday 28th August 2018

Most people say it with flowers, but county National Farmers’ Union chairman John Findlay said it with a noxious weed. Mr. Findlay, a Culgaith dairy farmer, thought he would create a favourable impression‚ and make a subtle point, with local MP and Home Office minister David Maclean when he presented him with a clump of poisonous ragwort. The unusual bouquet formed part of an NFU effort to ensure the Government leaves in place a statutory weed control measure.

Most people say it with flowers, but county National Farmers’ Union chairman John Findlay said it with a noxious weed. Mr. Findlay, a Culgaith dairy farmer, thought he would create a favourable impression‚ and make a subtle point, with local MP and Home Office minister David Maclean when he presented him with a clump of poisonous ragwort. The unusual bouquet formed part of an NFU effort to ensure the Government leaves in place a statutory weed control measure.

LAZONBY

Eden businessman John Bell, who helped found an independent family firm which has grown from a back of the shop bakery and mobile shop into a business employing more than 200 people, is retiring after almost fifty years at the head of the company. Mr. Bell founded bakers at Bells of Lazonby with his father and oversaw the company’s development into a leading local business, with eleven shops across the county. The firm’s production facilities have been expanded, developing a substantial wholesale business and branching out from traditional bakery lines into areas such as sandwich production.

EDEN

A total of 21 European students are staying with families in Penrith, Shap, Appleby and Brough. They are on a program with the Experiment in International Living called “Being young in Europe”, which is funded by the European Social Fund.

KESWICK

Keswick Town Council are facing a bill of about £1,500 to improve the fence around Hope Park to prevent golf balls hitting nearby houses. But the increase in height of the fence has met with concern from the Lake District Planning Board. The council’s insurers have asked for the fence to be increased to protect neighbouring properties. Martin Jordan, who lives near the park, said the types of netting being looked at by the council could make the park look like a sports stadium.

CROSBY RAVENSWORTH

Questions about the future of Crosby Ravensworth show were firmly answered when the event went ahead as usual at Low Row Farm. There had been some doubt as to its future after joint secretaries Dorothy Kindleysides and Josephine Furness announced their intention to stand down after some fifteen years. For a while it looked as though nobody would take over their jobs, but finally Helen Harrison and Betty Bowness stepped into the breach and ensured the day went with barely a hitch.

RAVENSTONEDALE

Superb weather and all-time record entries gave Ravenstonedale Agricultural Society the perfect combination for a bumper show. Hundreds of spectators flocked to the show fields at Low Lane, loaned by Messrs. Brownrigg, to delight in displays of home produce and handicrafts, fell and terrier racing and day-long sheepdog trials.

50 YEARS

PENRITH

The Minister of Housing and Local Government has approved an amended town map for Penrith which lays down how the town will be developed in the next ten years. The map shows the centre of the town as a pedestrian precinct, with urban traffic using an inner circulatory road. It also indicates the provision of a further thousand houses, a swimming bath, a new bus station, two new schools and a new car park on land between Albert Street and Meetinghouse Lane.

GRASMERE

A 22-year-old “flying Scot” stole the honours at a Grasmere sports meeting which opened under a shroud of threatening cloud but was largely held in brilliant sunshine. On a day generally dominated by wrestlers and fell runners, the 10,000 crowd rose to Alastair McFarlane, Bannockburn, as he put in a tremendous finishing burst to win the mile handicap.

CARLISLE

A merger of the “Cumberland News” and the “Carlisle and Cumberland Journal” was announced. A joint statement was made by Mr. John Burgess, Chairman of Cumberland Newspapers Ltd, and Mr. Donald Dixon, Chairman of Steel Brothers (Carlisle) Ltd. Mr. Dixon, a West Cumberland businessman, has accepted an invitation to join the board of directors of the Whitehaven News Ltd. In West Cumberland, the “West Cumberland Journal” is being merged with the “West Cumberland Times and Star.”

POOLEY BRIDGE

An air and sea search was being planned after a yacht, with a Pooley Bridge couple on board, was feared lost somewhere between England and the Isle of Man. However, it was called off when Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wallace, Dunsmore, High Street, and their 17ft. Silhouette sailing cruiser “Joka”, were found safe in Maryport harbour, more than 24 hours after they had set sail for the Isle of Man.

100 YEARS

APPLEBY

A plucky rescue took place when the little daughter of Police Sergt. Brown fell into the Eden at a deep spot near the cricket ground. The accident was observed from the opposite bank by Mr. Lawrence Milwray, Appleby, who, though partly crippled as a result of war wounds, swam across the river and rescued the girl. Mr. Milwray is employed at the Royal Deaf School, Manchester.

TEBAY

A serious accident took place in Tebay Station when an express goods train, drawn by two engines, ran into the rear of the Crewe to Carlisle goods train which was standing in the station, telescoping wagons 30 feet high. Several wagons were loaded with empty cartridges from the Front, and some hundred of these were scattered over the line. The wagons completely blocked both lines for several hours until breakdown gangs from Tebay and a steam crane from Preston cleared the debris. Fortunately, however, there were no serious injuries.

AINSTABLE

Mr. and Mrs. William Duers, Ainstable, have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. A gathering took place in the Church Institute when the majority of their sons, daughters and grandchildren were in attendance. The old couple are hale and hearty and enjoy perfect health. Mrs. Duers’s parents celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.