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QUIZ NIGHT WITH PIE & PEA SUPPER Hospice at Home Carlisle and

North Lakeland Keswick Fundraising Group

Crosthwaite Parish Rooms, Keswick Wednesday 18th March, at 7.00pm Entry £10.00 per person

includes a pie and pea supper and a glass of wine Further wine can be purchased. Max number in team: 6

To enter, please call: Christine: 017687 74046 Isobel: 017687 76405 or Ros: 017687 76471

STAMP CLUB MEETINGS The Friends’ Meeting House, Kirkgate at 11.00am on:

Thursday 27th February - Members’ Displays; Great Britain and British Commonwealth Thursday 26th March - Spring Auction Details from Mike Roberts on 07885 839 622

CHARITY RACE NIGHT Cockermouth Community Hospital League of Friends

Fun Race Night at the Hundith Hill Hotel 7.00pm, Friday 20th March

Tickets: £10.00 per person to include sandwiches and chips

Available from the Cockermouth Paper Shop, or email

Your support will help provide a much-needed portable Bladder Scanner for the Hospital and Community Nursing Teams The Nainby Girls Fred Nainby

Fred was working in Cockermouth from the late 19th century until well into the 20th century, producing high-quality photographs, mostly of people and animals. He had a photographic studio and shop over the back of the Globe Hotel, roughly where Spice Club now stands. The family lived for a time in Challoner Street, where the Nainby girls were born, moving later to the house on Lorton Street.

Sometimes his daughter Edna would go with him to places such as Buttermere, he carrying the camera and she the tripod legs, where he would be commissioned to photograph prized farm animals. Fred also photographed many members of the Mitchell auctioneering family and there is a superb picture of a Horse Fair on the Fair Field from the early 1900s.

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Our volunteers will be available between

3.00pm and 5.00pm on Thursday 19th March

at The Wild Zucchini Bistro, Station Road, Cockermouth For further information

contact Jane 01768 800350 Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)

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We interviewed Edna a few years back when she was already 93 and she recalled life as a child with her family in Cockermouth. She had three sisters – Dorothy, Isabel and Mayfield (who became a nun) and a brother called Fred. Her father had been born in Lincoln, where his own father Edwin was a successful photographer. Fred junior was a clever lad, who became Head Boy and he chose to pursue photography as a career. He first worked in Millom, which is where he met his wife, before moving to Cockermouth. Edna recalled garden parties given by Colonel Ballantyne-Dykes of Dovenby Hall, when her father would take panoramic views of the groups, rushing to develop them overnight, since they sold well if he was able to get them out quickly. At another garden party at Isel Hall, while her father was busy taking photographs her brother Fred managed to fall into the river and had to be fished out. Her father also took many photographs of the original Wood Hall, then owned by a Mr. Tyson. He offered Edna a penny one day when she was there with her father, but she pointed out it wouldn’t fit through the opening of her money-box pig. The lucky girl instead was given a ‘dodger’, a silver 3d piece, so a happy memory for her.

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ISSUE 439 | 27 FEBRUARY 2020 | 3


Walking around town, there are always changes of one kind or another to observe. Work has now finished on the bungalow almost opposite the Methodist Church on Lorton Street, and what a good job has been made of it. It set me thinking about a previous occupant, the Cockermouth photographer Fred Nainby. At one time, he had ‘Nainby’ painted on the roof of his house in white letters, to be seen by passengers on passing trains nearby, until complaints were received.

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