A bright day brought more than 800 visitors to Urswick Fund Raiser’ Antiques and Collectors’ Fair at Urswick Recreation Hall on May 12, 1996.

There was a wide range of antiques and collectables on offer and many enthusiastic buyers.

The first prize in the draw, a remote-controlled portable television, was won by Mrs Blamire from Dalton.

A busy time was had by the plant and cake stalls, with a heavy demand for the delicious home-made refreshments.

The efforts of the group, meeting annually to raise money for local charities chosen each year, were supported by the wider community in the surrounding villages.

Organisers thanked all those who helped or donated goods for the event – their efforts had contributed to a successful day.

A total of £2,300 was raised for the year’s charities, which was considered an excellent result.

Donations were be presented to the new Abbeyfield ‘Extracare’ Home in Dalton to furnish a bedroom, Citizens Advice Bureau, the Probation Service Support Group, and the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Centre, all in Barrow-in-Furness, to help them continue their excellent and necessary work in the community.

An undated story in The Mail’s archives also highlighted the community spirit found in the Urswick area.

Urswick playground had got a brand new dry-stone wall thanks to the Dry Stone Walling Association.

Over the course of a year John Stoddart, of Coniston, along with colleagues, gave their time and expertise free of charge to build a new wall for the playground.

The Playground Association had been advised it would cost in excess of £3,000 to make the previous wall safe. The Dry Stone Walling Association made no charge for all their hard work and Burlington Slate gave the stone free of charge.

Over the years, as part of its coverage of the Furness area, The Mail has also reported on the activities of pupils at Pennington C of E School, including their successes in chess tournaments and a visit to Ulverston’s Oxfam shop.