In this week in history 25 YEARS AGO — 1994 TEMPLE SOWERBY

Date: Monday 13th May 2019

Eden teenager Donna Kendall is flying high after gaining her wings for successfully completing initial and basic glider training. Donna, aged 16, of Newbiggin, Temple Sowerby, is a year eleven pupil at Appleby Grammar School. A cadet at 2192 Squadron Appleby Grammar School for two years, she was selected from the whole of the Cumbria and North Lancashire wing of the ATC to take part in the Glider training course by British Aerospace, Samlesbury, Lancashire. She soared above everybody else on the course by being the first to finish and achieve her certificate and wings.

Eden teenager Donna Kendall is flying high after gaining her wings for successfully completing initial and basic glider training. Donna, aged 16, of Newbiggin, Temple Sowerby, is a year eleven pupil at Appleby Grammar School. A cadet at 2192 Squadron Appleby Grammar School for two years, she was selected from the whole of the Cumbria and North Lancashire wing of the ATC to take part in the Glider training course by British Aerospace, Samlesbury, Lancashire. She soared above everybody else on the course by being the first to finish and achieve her certificate and wings.

ALSTON

A memorial plaque is to be unveiled in Alston commemorating the work of a former manager of the North Pennines Heritage Trust. The plaque is dedicated to Ray Forrester, who was trust manager from 1990 until his death last year. Trust members organised a memorial appeal and also arranged for a plaque in his memory at High Mill, Alston, one of the projects he had been committed to.

Alston’s threatened railway, which carried more than 2,000 passengers over the holiday weekend, won a reprieve when county councillors decided to take legal advice over a sell-off of the site and over their obligations to the voluntarily-run tourist attraction. Members of Cumbria County Council’s powerful policy committee sent the sell-off decision back to the property sub-committee for a rethink. Councillors heard that a sale advertisement was not in keeping with their intention of keeping the South Tynedale railway as a public amenity and attraction, since it purported to break up parts of the railway for separate sale.

KESWICK

A judge’s ruling in London’s High Court means that Allerdale Borough Council will escape having to repay the millions of pounds borrowed to fund a leisure pool and time-share development at Keswick which later collapsed under mountainous debt. In a critical judgement for local authorities nationwide, Mr. Justice Coleman said the council never had the power to guarantee the more than £6 million loaned in 1986 by merchant bankers Credit Suisse to a council-owned development company.

A proposal to turn Keswick’s disused railway station into a shop has been thrown out by planners. Lakeland Plastics sought permission to open a shop, along with restaurant and cafe facilities. The Lake District Planning Board’s Alec Bond said there was an alternative use for the building in the pipeline — Keswick Artshare’s plan for an arts centre for the community. “That seems to me to be a more appropriate use in that area than retail,” he added.

MORLAND AND NEWBY

Tributes have been paid to a couple who gave almost forty years’ service to Morland and Newby village hall. At the hall’s annual meeting, retiring chairman Eddy Hayes paid tribute to Tommy Richardson, who served as treasurer for 26 years, and his wife Mary, who was secretary for thirteen years. The couple recently retired to Penrith. During his long term of office, Mr. Richardson was closely associated with major improvements to the hall, including the building of the supper room and storage area, the modernising of the toilets and kitchen and the installation of central heating and modern lighting.

LANGWATHBY

First-class cricketer Paul Nixon has received his county cap after notching up his third century for Leicestershire. The 23-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman, from Langwathby, hit 106 as his side defeated Northamptonshire at Grace Road.

50 YEARS AGO — 1969

WARCOP

A Warcop man has had a particular interest in the “Daily Mail” trans-Atlantic air race, for he designed the trophy which will be presented to the competitor making the fastest time between New York and London. Mr. Gordon Hodgson, 24-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Hodgson, Warcop, who has spent seven years training as a silversmith and is at present at the Royal College of Art, won a competition for the best design for the trophy which is being presented by Vickers Ltd, together with £1,000. His design was carried out in titanium at Vickers Newcastle works and mounted on a base of Coniston green slate.

PENRITH

Mr. William Whitelaw, Ennim, Blencowe, M. P. for Penrith and the Border, has been chosen by the past captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club as captain for 1969-70. Mr. Whitelaw will follow the custom of “driving himself in” at St. Andrew’s in September.

At a special meeting, members of the Penrith Co-operative Society (founded 1890) voted unanimously in favour of merger with the Keswick Society (founded 1889), to produce an increased organisation of 10,600 members with annual sales in the region of three-quarters of a million pounds, and probably a better dividend for Keswick co-operators. Now all that remains to complete the “marriage” is the its formal acceptance by the Registrar of Friendly Societies.

100 YEARS AGO — 1919

NEWBIGGIN-ON-LUNE

Mr. Robert Mounsey, sub-postmaster for 30 years, has been presented with an illuminated address and nearly £42. Mr. Richard Fothergill, Askley Bank, and Mr. W. Dixon, Causeway End, collected the subscriptions, and the Rev. T. A. Prout made the presentation.

KIRKBY STEPHEN

Understood to be the only Kirkby Stephen man entitled to the distinction, Mr. T. A. Black, Market Street, and late of Durham Light Infantry, has received the Mons Star and ribbon. He is a member of the original Expeditionary Force (“The Old Contemptibles”).

PENRITH

The Friars Bowling Club was among eight clubs who met at Carlisle to form a county association. It was moved that it would be named the Cumberland and Westmorland Bowling Association, with Mr. W. Johnston as president, and Mr. J. J. Johnston, secretary and treasurer.