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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.

Films of Old Kendal

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Jim BownassThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 23rd January was Jim Bownass who showed the members some films of old Kendal.  Many of the film clips, collected over many years whilst Jim was a cameraman for Border TY, have been compiled and kept for future generations. 

The films, dating from the late 1960s and early 70s, showed how the town has changed over the years and clearly shows the demise of many of Kendal’s once famous industries – shoemaking, carpet weaving, insurance, snuff, brewing and horn works. To name but a few. 

The only constant feature was the ever increasing traffic jams!

ICS in Burkina Faso

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 9th January was Jonathon Snowden who gave presentation about the African Country of Burkina Faso. 

He had been involved in a project with the UN International Citizen Service.  Burkina Faso, formally the primarily French speaking Republic of Upper Volta,  is not only land locked  but one of the poorest countries in Africa.

He explained how the Handicap Solidaire Burkina organisation takes volunteers on 14 week placements to provide support and promote people with disabilities.

I.C.S. International Service

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Yasmin AzaryaThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 12thDecember was Yasmin Azarya who is going to spend her ‘gap year’ working for the I.C.S International Service.

The International Citizen Service (ICS) is a once-in-a-lifetime, UK government-funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds.

She is going to travel to Ghana, based near the town of Tamale in the north of the country, for a three month period to help with Ghanaian volunteers on a number of projects. She will give the club an update on her experiences on her return to this country.

Blood Bikes

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Philip Russell & Leon BarnesThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 5th December was Philip Russell from the North West Blood Bikes charity who gave an illustrated presentation on their work.   

The organisation which was set up in 2013 now has over 400 riders who, either riding their own bikes or when qualified using the charities bikes, to deliver blood, samples, records and anything which can safely be transported on a motorcycle.