Westmorland Red Squirrels

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Bob Cartwright

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 10th October was Bob Cartwright of the ‘Westmorland Red Squirrels’, who gave an illustrated presentation on the work of the society.

He explained about the plight of red squirrels in this country and how they are combating the increase of grey squirrels since 1940. He detailed the measures being taken to ensure that the species survives and how this can be achieved.

The use of trapping and extensive monitoring is resulting in a gradual increase in reds and shows that all hope is not lost and this part of England’s heritage is not lost for ever.

The Rotary Young Technology Competition

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 3rd October was Rotarian Peter Lambson from the Carnforth club and he is the District co-ordinator for the Rotary Young Technology competition. 

This is held annually for all the secondary schools in the north west of England and challenges team of four pupils to design and build a working model to fulfil a brief given to them on the day (all equipment and materials are supplied) . 

There are three levels, basic, intermediate and advanced, depending on their age, and the Kendal Club has agreed to host the event for the south lakes area. It will be held in March 2017 and detail will be sent out in December.

The Northern Traverse in aid of Brain Cancer Research

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The speaker on 19th September was Dr Angela White who has set herself a target of raising £10,000 for Brain Cancer Research by taking part in extreme challenges, pushing herself beyond what most of us could only dread! She told of us of her experience in the Northern Traverse, a "run" of 190 miles across Wainwright's Coast to Coast.

She painted a vivid picture of crossing her "Bog of Doom" in swirling mist on the descent to Keld, of being hypothermic after 66hours, of keeping her shoes on because her feet were by then in such a terrible state, putting them on again would have been impossible, and described her consciousness at a level of "thinking through treacle". She did it: 191.1 miles, moving time 63:23, total time 88 hours (that's not a lot of rest over the 5 days!) and has so far raised £6,821 towards her target: next up "Lakes in a Day".

£250 funds a day's research for the Brain Tumour Charity: brain tumours claim the lives of many young people, but research is significantly under funded compared with the "popular" charities where survival rates are improving in relation to the funding received and research carried out.

Rotary Foundation - Update

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David SimpsonThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 5th September was Past District Governor David Simpson from the Rotary Club of Fleetwood who gave us an update on the ‘Rotary Foundation’.

The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s only charity and was founded in 1917 by President Arch Klumph (there’s a name to conjure with!), and over the years has raised millions of dollars to be used on various projects, the most notable of which is the elimination of polio worldwide.  They are now very close to achieving this aim with only three countries  where polio is still endemic. (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria).

Influence of People in the Lake District

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Ted BownessThe speaker at the meeting of 22nd August  was Ted Bowness, a well known photographer of the Lake District. He gave a thought provoking illustrated talk on the ‘Influence of People in the Lake District’ which included many of his favourite photographs.

He covered all aspects in his talk including the fells, the lakes, farming, industry, the traffic, the effects of tourism, second and holiday homes, the erosion of the footpaths, the speed limit on Windermere, planning decisions and many more relevant topics.