The Wordsworth Trust

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Bernadette CalvertThe speaker at the recent meeting of Kendal Rotary Club was Bernadette Calvert, Education Development Manager of the Wordsworth Trust.

She gave a presentation giving a history of the work of Trust and explained about the forthcoming proposed major changes to Dove Cottage and the Museum. The work which will take place gradually over a year will bring a much needed update to many aspects of the Museum and prepare it for the future.

It is due to re-open fully in April 2020 when it is the anniversary of the 250th birthday of William Wordsworth.

The History of Lancaster Castle

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 15th April was Terry Bond, who gave an illustrated presentation of the History of Lancaster Castle with particular focus on the now closed prison. Having worked there for many years, he had an intimate knowledge of its workings and showed pictures of many parts of the building not generally seen by visitors. 

The castle has a long and fascination history and was once owned by John of Gaunt otherwise known as the Duke of Lancaster.  Originally a Roman fort and then a Norman castle, it has been enlarged over the years to become the Grade 1 listed building it is today. 

Of the many famous inmates of the prison, the ‘Pendle Witches’ and the ‘Birmingham six’ are probably the best known.

A 'Rise Against Hunger' Meal Pack

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13 members of Kendal Rotary participated in a Meal Pack Event at Cartmel Priory School on Saturday 13th April 2019 to provide 60,000 meals for children facing hunger.   The event was organised by Grange-over-Sands Rotary on behalf of Rise Against Hunger which is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable with the goal of ending hunger by 2030.

The Khiraule Project - Update

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 4th March was Philip Hoyle, one of our own members. He gave an update on the clubs ongoing project to help Kiraule, a remote village in Nepal and how the recent two earthquakes has affected them. 

It takes four days hard trekking just to reach it and everything has to carried either by mules or carried in by themselves. Originally the club funded the village with £30,000 to help build and equip a new school which is now up and running.  The earthquakes resulted in many houses being destroyed and they are now gradually being re-built and there are plans to build a community centre for which £20,000 is needed. 

The club has already put aside £10,000 towards the fund with more to come.

A Short Story

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The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 25th February were Judith Shingler and Alison Peake of the Ambleside Oral History Group who gave an illustrated presentation entitled  ‘A Short Story’ which was the story of Short Brothers factory for the building and maintenance of Sunderland Flying Boats at White Cross Bay on Windermere during WW2, which included spoken tales and anecdotes from the village built for the workers and their families.

Their presentation featured many photographs of the Sunderland Flying boat including one film of the only plane to land on a grass airfield because the hull had been damaged. The captain and all the crew survived uninjured, a remarkable feat of flying skill.

A Rotary Friendship Exchange

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 11th February was Past President Richard Bird, one of our own members.

Last year Richard, along with other Rotarians from Cumbria, took part in a Rotary Friendship Exchange to America and he gave an illustrated presentation describing their time there.

He was hosted by three American Rotarians from in and around the city of Rochester in New York State over a 12 day trip.  They had many trips around the area as well as attending some of the host Rotary Clubs.  Later this year it is planned to reciprocate with that a return visit to Cumbria of the Americans.