Westmorland Red Squirrels

Bob Cartwright

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 10th October was Bob Cartwright of the ‘Westmorland Red Squirrels’, who gave an illustrated presentation on the work of the society.

He explained about the plight of red squirrels in this country and how they are combating the increase of grey squirrels since 1940. He detailed the measures being taken to ensure that the species survives and how this can be achieved.

The use of trapping and extensive monitoring is resulting in a gradual increase in reds and shows that all hope is not lost and this part of England’s heritage is not lost for ever.

The Rotary Young Technology Competition

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 3rd October was Rotarian Peter Lambson from the Carnforth club and he is the District co-ordinator for the Rotary Young Technology competition. 

This is held annually for all the secondary schools in the north west of England and challenges team of four pupils to design and build a working model to fulfil a brief given to them on the day (all equipment and materials are supplied) . 

There are three levels, basic, intermediate and advanced, depending on their age, and the Kendal Club has agreed to host the event for the south lakes area. It will be held in March 2017 and detail will be sent out in December.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award 2016

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 26th September were Zoe Partington and Jack Byrne from Queen Catherine School who had attended the Rotary Young Leadership Award scheme earlier in the year which was held at the ‘Castlesteads Outdoor Pursuits Centre’ near Grange over Sands. 

They gave a very professional presentation detailing the aims of the scheme and their experiences during the course. These encompassed five major challenges – Service, Leadership, Teamwork, Communication and Self Esteem.  Both had thoroughly enjoyed themselves and felt they had benefitted enormously.