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Beekeeping in Ethiopia

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 13th March was David Friend of the Rotary Club of Millom.  He gave an illustrated presentation on the latest Rotary initiative, ‘Beekeeping in Ethiopia’ in conjunction with the charity, ‘Bees for Development’, which aims to provide money to allow up to 100 young Ethiopians to be trained in bee management.

They will make their own hives locally which will then provide an income for themselves and their families.  This introduction of bees will be self-supporting when up and running and is a bonus to farming and the local economy. 

David is hoping to raise £15,000 which will then be eligible for a global grant from Rotary.

The Yards of Kendal

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The speakers at Rotary Club of Kendal's meeting on 27th February were our own Trevor Hughes and Pat Hovey of Kendal Civic Society. They previewed their new forthcoming publication, ‘The Yards of Kendal’, with a fascinating talk about the history of this key element of our town.

We heard about the development of the yards from burgage plots - they had nothing to do with invading Scots! We now know the size of an acre too: you can expect to see Rotarians pacing out the 22 yards between each one! 

Today's talk focussed on Highgate's yards and we look forward to hearing about Stricklandgate and Kirkland in the next exciting instalment.

The Child Care Trust

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Margaret Barrow & Barbara RichardsonThe speakers at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 20th February were Barbara Richardson and Margaret Barrow who gave a very informative presentation about the ‘Child Care Trust’.

They outlined the aims of the trust and the work involved in it. Run entirely by volunteers, they aim to provide a safe, neutral centre for children and parents of separated families to have fun and take part in activities. 

The Trust started in 1985 in Nottingham with the Kendal centre opening in 1997 and it is held at the Stricklandgate Methodist Church on alternate Saturdays.

Kendal Rugby Club's new home

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 13th February was Dr Stephen Green, the Chairman of Kendal Rugby Club, who gave an update on the progress of the new Rugby Club currently being built off Shap Road.

It will be completed this summer with the first match to be played there in September at the start of the next season. It promises to be a magnificent community facility with two pitches, one all-weather pitch and the other of traditional grass as well as training areas. 

The club house and viewing area  is substantially bigger than the existing building with better changing facilities and catering areas and will be focal point for many activities.

More Memories of a Village Policeman

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Jim WilsonThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 6th February was Jim Wilson, a retired local rural police constable, who regaled us with many humorous and sometimes sad stories of his time in the Cumbria force. 

He recalled the days when the local bobby was known to all the people on his area – and they all knew him.