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News - The Way: May 2018

Monthly magazine with news of Brough, Stainmore, and neighbouring parishes.




Clean for The Queen











On Saturday 5 March several Brough parish councillors, together with members of the Women’s Institute, local residents and school children turned out to Clean for the Queen.  Each group had a particular area to tidy and by the end of the morning approximately 45 bags of rubbish had been collected!
'Clean for The Queen' is a campaign launched by Country Life magazine in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy to clear up Britain in time for The Queen’s 90th birthday.
The parish council would like to thank everyone who helped ‘Keep Brough Tidy’ and to Eden District Council for their valuable help and continued support  – the offer of litter picking equipment for the day and the collection of all rubbish after the event was greatly appreciated.

Olympic Torch visit to Brough

Brough was pleased and honoured to be the first place in Cumbria to welcome the Olympic Torch on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 on Day 33 of its journey around Britain.

To mark this occasion Brough Parish Council in conjunction with Eden District Council and Cumbria Constabulary co-ordinated the welcome celebrations.

Neighbourhood Development Plan

Commencing at the end of May and running for 6 weeks the Upper Eden Community Interest Company (formally Upper Eden Community Plan) will be holding a consultation period for residents, businesses etc. regarding the proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan. Copies will be available at Kirkby Stephen Local Links, on the website, and, at various community venues throughout the area. Your feedback on the future of local planning issues is important to us and will help inform our plans. If you have any queries please email

New Flag for Royal Wedding

On Wednesday afternoon, just in time for the Royal Wedding, Church Brough raised a new Union Jack flag on a sparklingly refurbished flagpole on the village green.

Villagers held a celebration for the Royal Wedding with tea and cakes on Church Brough village green from 3pm onwards, with the flag flying for its first official engagement.

Jackie Featherstone and Wendy Simpson had been looking after the old flag, washing it and carefully repairing it with white bed sheets and red or blue fabric. Over the years the flag had gradually become smaller and the pole was in desperate need of a coat of paint.

Mrs Featherstone approached Brough Parish Council who agreed to fund a new flag and to buy paint for the flagpole. The flagpole was cleaned up and painted by Andrew Featherstone, Jamie Longrigg and Stuart Wilkinson.

Mrs Ethel Fothergill who has lived in the village since the 1950s remembers a wooden flag pole which broke and fell into the road one stormy night. She said that there were only five cars in the village at that time so, luckily, nobody's car was damaged. Mrs Fothergill was one of those attending the official first flying of the flag on Wednesday afternoon.









Big Tidy Up Brough

Teams of volunteers turned out to help and the whole village was covered, including the becks which were cleaned by Andy Featherstone. He pulled plastic bags, beer glasses, buckets, barbed wire, scaffold poles and several footballs out of the river.

Many of the village's younger residents helped, and Mrs Pauline Capstick said the youngsters were enthusiastic about the task of collecting rubbish and did an excellent job.

Brough Parish Council chairman Mr David Yeadell said the council helped to organise another 'Big Tidy Up Litter Pick' for the week commencing 11 April and many individuals and families answered the call to 'Keep Brough Tidy'. Volunteers gathered the smaller bags of rubbish at the current recycling centre at Grand Prix Services.

Mr Yeadell said: 'In excess of 40 bags of rubbish were collected during the week with many individuals excelling with their efforts. One family collected fifteen bags! Yet again individuals and families turned out in answer to the request for help to clean up Brough, especially just before the Vintage Commercial Rally at Easter.

'Litter is a problem that all communities suffer and it is refreshing to know that some people care enough to try and tackle the problem. The parish council are particularly pleased that many youngsters turned out during the week to help with the clear up. The community of Brough is indebted to them all and wish to express their thanks.'

Eden District Council provided pick sticks, hoops, gloves and bags to make the task easier and, the warm, sunny, weather helped too. Some larger items of rubbish such as tyres, exhaust pipes and a roll of carpet were noted and photographed so that the district council can collect these later.

London to Edinburgh Classic Trial in Brough

More than a century after the London to Edinburgh Trial stopped in Brough in 1910, the 3rd Flying Scotsman Classic Trial called in at the village's Castle Hotel on Saturday 2 April.

Over 80 vintage cars from before the Second World War took part in this year's Trial with vehicles crossing over from the Yorkshire Dales, over Stainmore and down to Brough in the afternoon. Pictured left is a Talbot 105 Alpine car (photograph by kind permission of Tony Lyons).  

Drivers and cars are came from across Europe and from America.  The oldest car taking part was a 1909 La France from the Netherlands.  The cars stopped in Brough and then headed on down the Eden Valley for an  overnight stop in Carlisle.  

The old photograph is of the London to Edinburgh Trial when the competitors stopped in Brough, outside the Castle Hotel.  In the foreground is an AC car, the first of which was built for the Crystal Palace motor show in 1903.  The car in this photograph using the 'AC' logo was built after 1913 as a sporty two seater.  Production was interrupted by the First World War.

This photograph was taken in 1919 when the London-Edinburgh Trial was run again following the War.  The photograph belonged to the late Miss Bainbridge and was inherited from her father Dr. Isaac Bainbridge who saw the rally first hand. 

Art Group Silent Auction

Brough and Stainmore Art Group organised a Silent Auction of their work and raised an amazing £350. Despite poor weather there were around 80 visitors at the weekend event and more than 40 pictures were sold.

Cheques were presented to Upper Eden Community First Responders and Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue at the Church Hall in Church Brough where the group meet every Thursday morning.

David Yeadell is chairman of the group and Sue Lord from Church Brough is the organiser said: 'Support for the event was immense and all the people who bought pictures were locals.'

The group has been running for six years and the artists use lots of different styles.
Sue Lord said: 'It's a self-help group and a social. Everyone comes and does their own thing, uses all sorts of media and everyone teaches each other.

'I organise workshops once a month and pay tutors to come in and give us a course on something. Twice a year we have a sale and at the end of November we held a silent auction for charity.'

Everyone who hung a painting paid a fee and a percentage of this, and of the sale of pictures went to the two groups. There were also home-made cakes and many of the artists had made cards from their paintings which were also sold to increase the funds.

Tony Lyons team leader of the Upper Eden Community First Responders said: 'The money will go towards the cost of a new defibrillator.' He explained that the First Responders now have a formal arrangement with local mountain rescue to improve their ability to get to emergency locations in remote areas or difficult conditions.

Adrian Cottrell, deputy leader of Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue said: 'The funds will be going towards swift water rescue training in view of recent serious flooding incidents in the county.'









Pictured, left to right, Tony Lyons from Upper Eden Community First Responders, chairman David Yeadell, Art Group organiser Sue Lord and Adrian Cottrell from Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue team.

Brough's Historic Clock

Brough's historic clock has a new official winder and at the April meeting of Brough Parish Council Mr Gillie Allison reported that the clock winder will be Mr John Pattinson helped by his sons Alan and Neal.

Mr Allison said: 'All three have been trained how to wind the clock, how to alter it and the safety aspects of it and they seem to be doing fine except one day when Neal's watch was five minutes slow! It's not a difficult job, except when you over-wind it then you've got problems.'

The clock tower is 99-years-old and was built by public subscription to commemorate the Coronation of King George V in 1911. A stone plaque on the clock was added in 1953 to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The upper part of the clock is the top of the original Market Cross.

Mr George Dinwoodie was in charge of the construction of the clock tower and was the first official clock winder until he retired in 1926. In those early days the wages were £1 a year, a gift from the late Mr Watson E Sayer.

Mr Gordon Davis of Main Street then took over. He kept the time in Brough for 44 years and finally retired in 1970 when he was 84-years-old. Mr Davis was paid two shillings (10p) a week and would put on his coat and hat each Wednesday and Saturday and walk the 100 yards or so from his front door to the clock tower.

Once inside he took a handle to wind up the one cwt and half cwt weights which have kept the mechanism going for almost a hundred years. The parish council gave Mr Davis a 'rise' bringing his wage to one shilling (5p) a week and later he had another rise to his final wage of two shillings (10p) a week.

Originally the clock tower was more in the centre of Main Street and the road to Kirkby Stephen was along Bridge Street. The main A66 ran through the middle of Brough for many years and the clock tower would have been something of an obstacle in the road. The clock tower was moved about three metres south to its present position when the cottages which stood near it were demolished to build the new section of road to Kirkby Stephen in the late 1950s.

The clock never stopped in the 44 years of Mr Davis' care except when the mechanism was overhauled and, on another occasion when a fourth face was added when the whole clock tower was moved. The clock mechanism was made by W. Potts & Son Ltd, Leeds, and is dated 1912.

Before the clocks had glass faces fitted, one problem was that sometimes the lads in town used to climb the tower to wind the pointers on. Mr Davis said in a report on his retirement that people really did rely on the clock in those days to catch buses, start work and so on.

By 1970 however, the chimes had been silenced. They had gone wrong a few years earlier and people said they preferred their time to be silent and guests at the nearby Castle Hotel could finally sleep through the night.

Watson Sayer, the original benefactor of the town clock winder was great-uncle to the new clock winder Mr John Pattinson. Mr Pattinson with his sons Alan and Neal, own and run well-known local firm Ben Sayer Ltd, haulage contractors.

With inflation the wages have now risen from £1 a year to £1 a week and Brough Parish Council agreed to pay £13.39 for the first three months of clock winding. The council also thanked Angela Dargue and Mark Morland for their work in looking after the clock.

Photograph, left: The unveiling of Brough's clock in 1911 to commemorate the Coronation of King George V. Right: Brough's official town clock winder John Pattinson (centre) holding the winding key, with his sons Neal and Alan, and grandsons.

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