In this week in history 25 YEARS KESWICK

Date: Monday 6th November 2017

Keswick Town Council have been congratulated by local MP Dale Campbell-Savours on the town’s recent success in the Britain in Bloom competition. He sent a letter of congratulation following the award of “Best Small Town”.

Keswick Town Council have been congratulated by local MP Dale Campbell-Savours on the town’s recent success in the Britain in Bloom competition. He sent a letter of congratulation following the award of “Best Small Town”.

A Keswick furniture maker is looking to the past for inspiration in his latest venture of making “antiques” to order. It was the discovery of a supplier of reproduction hand-made nails that led Andrew Webb to work on hand-made furniture based on 16th Century designs.


The operators of steamers on Ullswater have slammed new water safety regulations as “impractical and unworkable”. The Ullswater Navigation and Transit Company, who run the passenger steamers, want Eden Council to support them in lodging their objections to the Department of Transport.


Penrith cricketers will face a tough trip to Workington in the preliminary round of next season’s North Lancashire League Higson Cup. The draw was made at the league’s annual meeting held at Furness Cricket Club. If they win that game they will travel to Vickers Sports.


Great Salkeld Parish Council chairman Miss Sylvia Windle has expressed concern that current Government policy, which denies councils the ability to build affordable housing, means that the emphasis in private schemes tends to favour the young to the detriment of retired members of the rural community. Her comments came after a talk by Eden Council’s assistant planning officer, Roger Hopcraft, who attended the parish council meeting to explain the philosophy behind the rural Eden plan.


The annual charity antiques fair held in the Bobbin Mill hall, Howtown, broke all records by raising £3,000 for the Macmillan nurses’ cancer care fund. The tiny hamlet has now raised a total of £11,000 for cancer care from the annual event over the last six years.


Lazonby schoolchildren have proved they can “brush off” the opposition when it comes to painting their way to county and national honours. Three of the school’s infants so impressed judges that they are to have their paintings included in the 1993 Cumbria in Bloom calendar, another has won a commendation and one is also being honoured by inclusion in the national Britain in Bloom calendar.


Three Eden schools have already risen to the challenge of helping Bosnian refugee children brought to the district after losing their homes through war — even though there might be no additional funding for their education. Three female pupils have been welcomed to Penrith Grammar School sixth form and Mr. John Rodgers said they were highly motivated students seriously committed to making up for their disrupted education.



October went out like a lamb, leaving in its wake record-breaking weather figures in many places. Weather recorders in East Cumberland and North Westmorland have been watching their gauges and charts with special interest during the past week as rainfall figures reached record proportions. Patterdale’s weather recorder, Mr. Tom Craig, reported a total fall for the month of 24.34in., a clear-cut record compared with the previous largest total of 21.57in in 1938.


A new link between Penrith and the Martindale valley was forged when this remote area became only the third in the country to be covered by a mailbus service, as a result of a joint G.P.O and Ministry of Transport scheme. As well as attending to the normal collection and delivery of mail to households and farms along the route, there is room for seven passengers in the vehicle — a modified mini-bus.


Four Keswickians left the town to fly to Johannesburg for holidays in South Africa. They are Mrs. I. Stone and her daughter, Miss Rita Stone, Chaucer House Hotel; Mrs. I. Burgon, Latrigg Close, and Mrs. E. Bone, The Hawthorns.


A special lecture in aid of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was given in Appleby Grammar School by Mr. R. W. Robson and Mr. T. W. Rudd. Most of the slides were from Mr. Robson’s own colour photographs, and most of the recordings had been made by Mr. Rudd in the surrounding countryside.



A woman, who was fined 10s. by Penrith magistrates for being drunk and disorderly, was said to have been so drunk that she had to be taken from Rowcliffe Lane to the Police Station in a wheelbarrow.


The villagers held an “Our Day” in aid of Red Cross funds and were helped by neighbours from Knock. Mr. J. E. Logan was chairman of a large committee and Mr. T. Allinson secretary. The Rev. J. Taylor Collins presided at a capital concert and Miss Brown, Miss Eggleston and Miss Hullock, Mrs. Harrison and Mr. J. T. Wood delighted the audience with their program.


Mr. and Mrs. Goulding, Low Wiend, have celebrated their golden wedding anniveersary, having been married half-a-century ago in Whitehaven. Both are aged 74. Mr. Goulding is a sawyer and was engaged on the building of the Appleby section of the Midland Railway. There are five children.