25 YEARS AGO — 1994 KESWICK
Despite extra grant funding from Allerdale Borough Council, the Blue Box Theatre at Keswick are predicting a loss of £68,000 on the coming summer season because of the cost of meeting fire and licensing applications. The council agreed to give the Blue Box Theatre £22,500 towards the cost of staging a summer season, plus £9,000 towards safety work. The campaign to build a replacement theatre in Keswick also received a boost with a £6,000 grant toward costs.
Independent appeals panels have been hearing from applicants who failed to gain a place first time round at Penrith’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. The grant maintained school had allowed ninety places for the intake of 11-year-old pupils in September but could end up taking more children because of the appeals. Head Colin Birnie explained that 148 applicants had been interviewed for the ninety year 6 places at the Grammar School.
Proposals to extend Lazonby School have been slammed as “vandalism” by an Eden councillor. Tim Fetherstonhaugh, Kirkoswald, described the plans submitted by Cumbria County Council’s education committee as “quite unforgivable” and urged members of Eden’s planning committee to protest strongly. Under the proposals, internal alterations would be made to a cottage to provide extra teaching space and a store. A courtyard area would be infilled and an artificially slated roof constructed to form a further teaching area and conservatory.
At the meeting of Alston Moor Parish Council, a letter was received from Cumbria Magistracy stating the sub-committee of the Magistrates’ Court Committee had recommended Alston court to close from 30th September. In 1993 the court at Alston sat for 26 hours dealing with ninety defendants. It was pointed out by Bryan Metz that little would be gained from closing the court, other than some slight convenience to officials who had to travel from other parts of the region.
The foundation stone of Jubilee House, Eamont Bridge — the £4.75 million Fire Services National Benevolent Fund home — was laid at a special ceremony by fund chairman Ian Adam, who is firemaster of Central Region Fire Brigade, Falkirk. The new rehabilitation and convalescent centre is being built for the fund by Costains Ltd., under the project management of Bucknall Austin, Sheffield.
A wide variety of rare and unusual breeds are on show at a farm near Southwaite, which opened its gates to visitors. The Four Season Farm Experience at Sceugh Mire Farm was officially opened by Lord Inglewood, who said it was an excellent example of diversification.
50 YEARS AGO — 1969
The new Penrith Hospital in Bridge Lane opened its doors for its first patients, a contingent of sixteen old people ferried by ambulance from the Ormside geriatric hospital, near Appleby, to their brand new ultra-modern quarters in the new building. Bidding them farewell at Ormside was Mrs. Nora M. Bell, who now goes into retirement after seven years as matron there, and waiting to greet the new arrivals in Bridge Lane was Miss Dorothy M. Baird and her staff of eventually 23 full-time and 40 part-time nurses.
Despite the bitter cold there was a very large congregation at the funeral at Shap of a well known local tradesman, Mr. Joseph Arnold Fairer, Hillfield. Mr. Fairer, who was 63 years of age, took over his late father’s business as a draper when he was only 21 years old. It had been in the Fairer family for over a century and he soon began to extend it.
CUMBERLAND AND WESTMORLAND
For the second time in just over five years, members of local authorities, other bodies and individuals staged a fight at Carlisle to stop British Rail’s proposals to withdraw local passenger services from the Carlisle-Skipton railway line and close a number of stations. For nearly two hours members of the North Western Area Transport Users’ Consultative Committee heard the case of objectors in conjunction with written objections involving local authorities and more than 30 individuals relating mainly to the Northern section of the line from Kirkby Stephen to Carlisle.
The Blue Bell Hotel, Alston, was a hive of activity for the official opening of the new diner-bar. The honour of cutting the ribbon was given to Mr. J. W. Richardson, Underbank Farm, Kirkhaugh, the hotel’s longest attending client, who is now past his 85th birthday.
100 YEARS AGO — 1919
A Keswick soldier has won the Italian Military Cross for bravery during the big offensive on the Italian front. Mechanic Isaac W. Cartmell, U. S. A. Ambulance Service with the Italian Army, was formerly a farm servant with Mr. J. W. Gill, Long Close Farm, Underskiddaw, but went to America six years ago. His brother, Sergeant John Cartmell, won the Military Medal in 1917.
The Mayor of Whitehaven, Mr. J. R. Musgrave, has given notice of motion to the Cumberland County Council that the scheme already approved for a road over Sty Head Pass to Borrowdale should be carried out. Mr. Musgrave’s father, the late Mr. John Musgrave, Wasdale Hall, who strove strenuously to have the road made a few years ago, left £5,000 towards the total estimated cost of £10,000.