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.