On Monday afternoon, MRS. LONDON, cookery instructress, delivered her first lecture with practical demonstrations, in cookery, in the Brow Foot room. There was an attendance of upwards of twenty ladies. The lecture was continued on Tuesday, with a better attendance. The lectures were very interesting and instructive, and were well illustrated by public demonstration.
OPENING OF THE BROW FOOT ROOM, ULPHA.
This interesting event took place on Monday evening last, and was attended by a large number of parishioners and friends. We mentioned in our columns early last year that the vicar had appealed in the "Parish Magazine" for a parish-room or institute for classes, library, work-room, and concert room, where the vicar can meet his parishioners on all suitable occasions, and when the rising generation and the risen one may meet to enjoy themselves and help each other.
For this purpose a certain amount of outside help was promised, and a sale of work was projected by MRS. WHITAKER in aid of the project, to be held in August next.
Early this year, MR. JOHN GUNSON, J.P., Oak Bank, and MRS. GUNSON (his mother), expressed their wish to be at the entire cost of such a room, in order to leave the proceeds of the sale of work to be devoted to the improvement and enlargement of the schoolmaster's house, and the Vicar gladly accepted the proposal.
A commodious room of wood and corrugated iron has been erected at Brow Foot, near the Travellers' Rest, on land belonging to MR. JOHN GUNSON, who, as DR. HAMILTON in his humorous speech pointed out, retains the ownership of the room, but desires it to be available for all legitimate parish purpose.
The difficulty of property remaining a private room which could yet be available for parish purposes, was happily solved by MR. GUNSON himself, and the geographical site of the room has conferred the suitable designation "The Brow Front room".
At the invitation of MR. GUNSON, the chair was taken by the vicar (the REV. C. WHITAKER), who, in his opening address, alluded to the circumstances under which the room was erected, and expressed his belief that both MR. and MRS. GUNSON. by erecting this room, intended it for the benefit of the parish, and he congratulated them on the use of a building which would form a centre for social and pleasant evening gatherings. Alluding to the cooking lecture which had that afternoon really opened the room, and to the concert and dance which would follow, he remarked on the sides of human nature to which the day's programme appealed, the practical, since good cooking helps good humour, and the moral as ministered to by the poetry of sound and the poetry of motion, and he felt sure that the owners of the building would be glad if it could be used to promote the good of the parish.
The musical part of the programme included pianoforte solo by MISS A. STEPHENSON, Crosbythwaite; songs by MISS LINDSAY (Kirk House), and MESSRS. JOSEPH JACKSON, (Lowhurst), JAMES TYSON (Schoolhouse), and DR. HAMILTON (Windermere), the last named prefacing his song by witty and humorous remarks which evoked continuous laughter and applause.
Dancing and comical races concluded a pleasant and enjoyable evening.
Among the friends present were MR. and the MISSES MARR (Moorhouse), MRS. WHITAKER (Vicarage), MR. and MRS. T. DAWSON and the MISSES DAWSON (Seathwaite), MRS. LONDON, MRS. WHITELEY, MISS DICKINSON (Seathwaite), MR. J. R. BUTLER (Broughton-in-Furness), MR. and MRS. FRANCE (Preston), MR. R. HUTCHINSON, MR. R. LINDSAY, and MR. T. DAWSON (Ulpha), and many others.