Influence of People in the Lake District

Ted BownessThe speaker at the meeting of 22nd August  was Ted Bowness, a well known photographer of the Lake District. He gave a thought provoking illustrated talk on the ‘Influence of People in the Lake District’ which included many of his favourite photographs.

He covered all aspects in his talk including the fells, the lakes, farming, industry, the traffic, the effects of tourism, second and holiday homes, the erosion of the footpaths, the speed limit on Windermere, planning decisions and many more relevant topics.

Support for Ugandan school and "Physionet"

Mike WillettsThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 15th August was Rotarian Mike Willets, from the Rotary Club of Carnforth, who gave us an update on their club’s continuing involvement in supporting a school in Uganda.

He also reported on their newest initiative to provide equipment for ‘Physionet’ a charity based in north Yorkshire which helps the disabled overseas by re-cycling redundant equipment and they currently supply to 20 countries.  Further details can be found on their website ‘’.

Donation to Tools for Self-Reliance

Richard hands over a cheque to TFSR

Richard Bird called on Tools for Self-Reliance in Windermere to present a cheque for £350. This was half the proceeds of the very successful K Shoes Male Voice Choir Concert at Heversham. The other £350 was for The Rotary Foundation.

Chairman of the Windermere group of TFSR, John Mullen, accepted the cheque. The charity collects and refurbishes tools which are sent to Africa to enable individuals and communities to start their own businesses. Donations are used for transporting the tools to Africa and providing basic training. Our club has held a collection of tools in Kendal.