Kendal Deaf Centre Re-Opening

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Kendal Deaf Centre Re-Opening

On 11th November the Kendal Deaf Centre on Castle Street was officially re-opened. It has taken nearly two years to complete the renovations caused by storm Desmond in December 2015, and It was a major task because of the severity of the damage and the massive shortfall caused by an uninsured loss. The whole of the foundations of the buildings had to be replaced, a difficult and expensive task as well a complete refurbishment of the whole property.

The Cumbria Deaf Association had to find in the region of £40,000 and Kendal Rotary Club decided to step in and try to help. They applied for a District Grant from District 1190’s flood relief scheme. Three District Officers came and surveyed the damage and very quickly decided that they could give £15,000 and, not only that, they would in turn apply for a matching grant from Rotary Great Britain & Ireland. Again, with the minimum of fuss, the grant was quickly approved and the necessary funds transferred. Three quarters of the funds required, sourced at a stroke (£30,000). This is a classic case of ‘Rotary in Action’ and one of the best adverts of Rotary working with their local community.

It was therefore wonderful to see the finished renovation and the official re-opening allowing Cumbria Deaf Association to thank Rotary publicly, as the major contributor, and the other funders. Invited dignitaries assembled at 11am and a minutes silence was held to commemorate Remembrance Day which was followed by the opening by the Chairman of Trustees of CDA, Cllr. Roger Bingham of Cumbria County Council.

Rotary was represented by:

  • PDG Malcolm Baldwin (who was Governor when the grants were awarded)
  • PDG Arthur Jones (Grants Committee) and David Collins (Grants Committee)
  • DG Larry Branyon and ADG Richard Attenborough
  • Peter Smith PP of Kendal Rotary Club, Ken Gibson President Elect of Kendal Rotary Club, Tim Keegan Secretary of Kendal Rotary Club and Pam Keegan President of Kendal Inner Wheel Club

Many members of CDA including their CEO, John Brennan, who gave the initial welcoming speech, and members of the Kendal Deaf Club also attended. There is now a plaque on the outside of the building highlighting the massive contribution by Rotary. Following the opening refreshments were served and a tour of the building given to show just how much has been achieved.

Flood Appeal

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Collection & Donations Amount Specific Donations
Street Collection (in our buckets) £3,305.60
Collection at Booths £1,939.96
Levens Choir Carol Singing £468.13
Collection at ASDA £825.29 Kendal Relief in Need Fund
Donation from our Charity Account £500.00
K Shoes Pensioners Club £250.00
Other (local) donations £310.00
RC of Chicester £2,000.00
RC of Chichester Priory £1,000.00
RC of Hemel Hempstead £1,000.00
Our and District 1190 funds £700.00 Kendal Food Bank - baby food, requisites & clothing
Via Kendal Rotary Club (plus) £12,298.98
KSW Street Collection £3,681.30
KSW Club Donation £2,000.00
Total via the two Rotary Clubs £17,980.28

Grants Given and a Donation Received

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Grants Given and a Donation Received

Donations received in the wake of Storm Desmond in December 2015, have so far enabled Rotary District 1190 to allocate 20 grants to community groups. At the club meeting on Monday 25th April President Martin Jayne was pleased to hand over cheques for two substantial grants from the District flood relief fund.

Kendal Deaf Centre

The Deaf Centre building was flooded to a depth of two feet and the walls, plaster and floors badly damaged. In the course of repairs the floor had to be lifted and further damage to the foundations was discovered. This was old damage, not arising from the flood, but had to be repaired. The substantial cost of work was met in part by insurance, however a flood excess in the policy and exclusion of the old damage left the Centre with a worrying amount outstanding.

Ian Douglas on behalf of the Deaf Centre was very happy and much relieved to receive a cheque from the District fund for £30,000 to meet the cost of building repairs not covered by insurance.

Kendal Sea Cadets

The Sea Cadets' building on Queen Katherine Street was badly flooded by the storm and their musical instruments irreparably damaged. The cost of new brass instruments meant that it was unlikely the Sea Cadets Band could continue.  As the band has been a valuable way of recruiting new cadets the loss of the instruments could have threatened the organisation itself.

Sub/Lt (SCC) Neil L Allison RNR, Commanding Officer Kendal Sea Cadets was delighted to receive a cheque for £10,000 from the fund to enable the Sea Cadets to replace their instruments and to continue playing.

Give and ye shall receive

Derek Sutcliffe, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Knutsford, guest of Philip Hoyle presented the Club with a cheque for £500 to be added to the fund we have established to assist the Village of Khiraule in Nepal in recovering from the effects of the most recent earthquake. This fund now stands at £3,272.84 and Philip will meet with Lhakpa Sherpa and Pat Steel in June to discuss the best use of these funds.