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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.

A Career as a Farrier

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Angus WisemanThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 30th January was Angus Wiseman who gave a fascinating talk on his career as a farrier.

In 1985 he started his four year apprenticeship in Scotland learning all about horse foot anatomy with a hands on approach to making and fitting horse shoes, which was followed by a few months in America before finally working for a farrier in Kirby Lonsdale.

He is currently employed by Myerscough College training future farriers and passing on his hard earned experiences.