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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.

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!