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CUMBERLAND AND WESTMORLAND HERALD 2001

 

50 YEARS AGO (1951) KIRKBY STEPHEN

 

Kirkby Stephen Harriers held their first run when a dozen members turned out in costume. The route was from the Black Bull Hotel, through the Hills Bottom to Hartley and home by Slackgap and Eden Place. Mr. S. Compston officiated as pacer and Mr. R. B. Sharp as whip.

 

 

CUMBERLAND AND WESTMORLAND HERALD  Friday, 23 January 2009

 

25 YEARS AGO (1984) MALLERSTANG

 

A dramatic rescue operation to save an 86-year-old man trapped in his snowbound home in the Mallerstang valley ended happily. Mr. Joss Atkinson, whose home is six miles from the village of Nateby, was brought on a “sledge” stretcher through the snow half a mile down the valley and taken to safety at Kirkby Stephen. Mr. Atkinson, who lives alone at Cumpstone Hill Farm with no electricity or a telephone, had been stranded by 10 feet deep snowdrifts. Finding Mr. Atkinson unwell, a neighbour had raised the alarm, triggering off the rescue operation. Following his ordeal, Mr. Atkinson was said to be much better and in good spirits.

 

CUMBERLAND AND WESTMORLAND HERALD  Friday, 23 January 2009

 

Our man in Harare knighted  Saturday, 04 January 2003  

CUMBRIAN-born diplomat Brian Donnelly, British High Commissioner in troubled Zimbabwe, was knighted in the New Year honours.

 

Sir Brian and his wife Julia great-granddaughter of the founder of this newspaper were previously in Belgrade in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia through the height of the bloody Kosovo crisis.

 

He has been made KBE Knight Commander of the British Empire an honour which in diplomatic circles tends to be associated with service in difficult postings.  Sir Brian is the Oxford-educated son of a Workington steelmaker whose career with the Foreign Office began in 1973. He married Julia Newsome in 1997, their first posting being to Belgrade where he was British Ambassador.

 

Julia, who was a pupil at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School when her family lived at Cumpstone House, North Stainmore, was evacuated from the Belgrade embassy in a road convoy when the Serbian leader Milosevic was threatened with NATO air strikes, her husband staying on with a skeleton embassy staff.

 

The couple were on leave in Cumbria this week visiting relatives, including Julia’s cousin, Patricia Bille, Croft Avenue, Penrith. Sir Brian’s posting in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, is due to extend to September, 2004.

 

Julia, a writer and examiner of English as a foreign language, is now formally Lady Donnelly, but will keep Julia Newsome as her professional name.  Mr. Donnelly’s wife, Julia, a cousin of Patricia Bille, Croft Avenue, Penrith, is an English teacher and author. Her great-grandfather was Thomas Hodgson who founded the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald in 1860. Her family lived at Cumpstone House, North Stainmore, in the 1960s and she was a pupil at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School.

 

CUMBERLAND AND WESTMORLAND HERALD  Friday, 23 January 2009

 

50 YEARS AGO ( 1959) STAINMORE

 

Mr. Ralph Dent, Hard Hills, Stainmore, died suddenly, aged 85. As a young man, he emigrated to the United States, returning to the area in 1901 to farm at Lane Head, Brough, and then at Cumpstone, Stainmore. He was survived by two brothers — J. E. Dent, in New Zealand, and John, at Windmore End.