The History of Steam Boats in the Lake District

Diana MatthewsThe speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 12th March was Diana Matthews who gave a fascinating presentation on the history of boats on Windermere and the other Lake District lakes. 

With her extensive knowledge because of her involvement with the Steamboat Museum, she gave a comprehensive descriptions of all types of craft covering everything from massive sailing yachts, early steam yachts, the Windermere Ferry and the still operational large steamers.

She, like everyone else, is looking forward to the Museum’s re-opening in the not too distant future.

Early steam boats

So you Think You Know Kendal

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 5th March was Past President Trevor Hughes, one of our own members, who ran a picture quiz entitled ‘So you Think You Know Kendal’ in which, as the name implies, all the questions were about Kendal. 

He then followed this up with the answers, giving a detailed history of the of the various parts of Kendal featured as well as supplementing them with more pictures. For many members it brought memories of their childhood and long forgotten parts of Kendal.

Voluntary Service Overseas in Malawi

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 26th February was Alice Taylor, a student they supported financially to facilitate a trip to Malawi. 

She gave a presentation detailing her 12 week placement which was organised by Voluntary Service Overseas and the International Citizenship Service, the  emphasis being on Health Awareness Training which involved teaching in local schools as well as running Community Action Days encompassing a Sports Action Day, a Hygiene and Sanitation Day and a Sexual Health and Rights Awareness day.

Living with a local family during her stay proved a most rewarding and enjoyable experience.