Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) in Cumbria

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 16th October was Richard Preston who gave a presentation about the Great War and Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) in Cumbria.

VADs were set up in 1908 and were dotted around Cumbria (Kendal, Windermere, Penrith and Carlisle as well as many more). There was a VAD hospital in Stramongate and of course at Westmorland General Hospital which had over 150 beds. In 1917, 2035 were treated in Cumberland and Westmorland alone and they continued until just after the war.

Planting Purple Crocuses 4 Polio Eradication

On Sunday 15th October, Kendal Rotary planted 20,000 crocus bulbs on Castle Green Lane and the top of Parkside Road.

For the past six years with the backing of the Kendal in Bloom committee, the club has planted crocuses on many of the approach roads into Kendal and to date, they have planted 90,000 bulbs. The reason for crocus bulbs is to highlight the Rotary initiative to eradicate polio worldwide which is nearing completion.

The Yards of Kendal

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 2nd October were Patricia Hovey, from Kendal Civic Society and Trevor Hughes, one of its own members. They gave a talk on the yards of Kendal which was a preview of the Society’s latest publication, ‘The Yards of Kendal’ which is being published at the end of October. It is a comprehensive study of the history of the famous yards which are one of the unique features of the town.