25 YEARS AGO — 1994 CUMBRIA
The Church of England in Cumbria enters a new era when fifteen women will be the first to be ordained priests. Four will feature in a ceremony conducted by the Bishop of Penrith, the Right Rev. George Hacker, at Holy Trinity Church, Kendal. The four are the Rev. Kathleen Reale, Lazonby, the Rev. Carol Farrer, Penrith, the Rev. Alex Stockley, Kendal, and the Rev. Jean Wright, Crosby Garrett.
A Penrith town centre Saturday market, based in Corn Market, has won the approval of Eden councillors. The market plan, the brainchild of the town’s Chamber of Trade, is aimed at providing an additional attraction for shoppers and helping the town compete with the out of town market held each Saturday. Despite concern from police and the highways authority, members of Eden Council’s works and leisure committee agreed to a 12-month trial of Corn Market, beginning next April.
Local auctioneer and surveyor Adam Day is parting company with mart firm Penrith Farmers’ and Kidd’s. The popular member of staff is returning to this home town, Cockermouth, to work for Mitchell’s Auction Company.
Villagers in Culgaith are planning to convert Tarn Field back into its original use as a nature reserve. The scheme includes the creation of shallow lakes, protected areas for insects such as dragon flies, and walks which, subject to adequate funding, could be made accessible to the disabled.
A plan was put forward to give 100-year protection to 92 properties in Appleby at risk from flooding. The £587,000 scheme was considered by members of the National Rivers Authority’s northern area flood defence advisory committee at a meeting near Millom. The project, with a provisional start date of 1994-95, includes the construction of barriers in the Chapel Street area of Appleby and the strengthening of existing walls.
One of the highlights of this year’s Appleby jazz festival, to be held in June, will be local girl Clare Hirst and her quartet, who will play at the event for the first time. A former pupil of Appleby Grammar School, 34-year-old Clare first hit the headlines when she played saxophone with the Belle Stars, whose song, “Sign of the times”, reached number three in the charts. Since then she has gone on to play with Hazel O’Connor, Communards, Choir Boys and Duran Duran.
Eden planners have been urged to attack Government policy on wind power and reject any wind farm developments in the district. John Moffat, Penruddock, speaking at a meeting of the planning committee which discussed Eden’s deposit draft of the local plan, said councillors were given the responsibility of defending the territory and beauty of the area, and that meant saying no to wind farms and similar developments.
50 YEARS AGO — 1969
One of Penrith’s oldest hotels, the 40-bedroom Crown Hotel in King Street, is to start a new lease of life under a new name, “The Hussar”. Already the decorators and furnishers are in the rambling old building known for generations as Siddle’s Crown Hotel — the Siddle family ran it for over a century until recent years. The three-phase program of alterations and redesigning which will turn an old “Crown” into a new “Hussar” were outlined by Mr. R. de Courcy, chairman and managing director of Grand Kerry Hotels Ltd., London.
As a form of tribute to one of the pioneers of council housing in Penrith, the late Mr. Isaac G. Sim, the Urban Council is being asked to name one of the courts on the £1 million Pategill housing development “Sim Court”. The recommendation, from the Housing Committee, is to come up for approval at a Council meeting. The late Mr. Sim was a member of the Urban Council for 33 years and its chairman three times. In 1959 he was awarded the O. B. E.
There is now a “serious danger to public health” in the village of Morland according to the Medical Officer, Dr. F. T. Madge, it has been reported by the Surveyor to North Westmorland Rural Council’s Health Committee. Committee minutes, to come before the Rural Council at Appleby for confirmation, also show that the Clerk (Mr. R. C. Howell) had written to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government expressing the Council’s concern and asking for authority for the invitation of tenders for the Morland sewerage scheme without delay.
100 YEARS AGO — 1919
The Cricket Club is fighting a proposal by the Urban Council to build 100 houses on Tynefield Park, where a fine pitch was laid out about twelve years ago at a cost of over £400. At a general meeting Mr. G. A. Rimington said the ground was second to none in the county, but the Council said it was a suitable site for a housing scheme and had asked the asking price. The meeting carried Mr. C. Cooper’s motion that the Council be urged not to take the field.
Mr. Tom Smith, Chairman of the Urban Council, who was a musketry instructor during the war, has been elected an honorary life member of the National Rifle Association.