Vice President Nita Eubank opened the meeting and Secretary Sheila Martin read the minutes of the last meeting which were duly accepted.
Nita introduced our speaker for the evening, Leah Lister, the Marketing Manager for the Cumberland Pencil Company which is now based at Lillyhall, Workington. Leah gave a fascinating insight into the history of the manufacturing of the pencil. Established in 1832, Keswick became the home of pencil making. The Borrowdale valley supplied graphite, the raw material. In 1875 Hogarth and Hayes took over the Southey Works in Keswick adjacent to the River Greta.
Today the industry has relocated to Lillyhall in a modern factory which is able to produce over one million different pencils ranging from graphic to coloured every week, with 65% being exported to over 75 countries.
This industry is certainly an asset to the county, achieving Investor in People accreditation and the Queen's Award for Enterprise.
The competition - A pencil case was won by Diana Clark, with Hazel Graves in second place.
The quiz was won by Martha Robinson.
The raffle was won by Diana Clark
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