The History of Steam Boats in the Lake District

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Diana MatthewsThe speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 12th March was Diana Matthews who gave a fascinating presentation on the history of boats on Windermere and the other Lake District lakes. 

With her extensive knowledge because of her involvement with the Steamboat Museum, she gave a comprehensive descriptions of all types of craft covering everything from massive sailing yachts, early steam yachts, the Windermere Ferry and the still operational large steamers.

She, like everyone else, is looking forward to the Museum’s re-opening in the not too distant future.

Early steam boats

So you Think You Know Kendal

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 5th March was Past President Trevor Hughes, one of our own members, who ran a picture quiz entitled ‘So you Think You Know Kendal’ in which, as the name implies, all the questions were about Kendal. 

He then followed this up with the answers, giving a detailed history of the of the various parts of Kendal featured as well as supplementing them with more pictures. For many members it brought memories of their childhood and long forgotten parts of Kendal.

South Cumbria Rivers Trust

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 12th February was Jayne Wilkinson of the South Cumbria Rivers Trust, who gave a presentation on the work of the organisation. 

Founded in 2006 and employing eight staff and many volunteers, its aims are to ‘Monitor, Protect and Conserve Waterbodies’ which encompasses all river and becks, lakes, tarns and watercourses and covers all aspects including agricultural pressures, the effect of tourism, domestic hazards, pollution, flooding, wildlife conservation, water management and many others.

My £2.5 million PhD

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rOGER sIDDLEThe speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 19th February was one of our own members, Roger Siddle, who gave a talk entitled ‘My £2.5 million PhD’.

He told the story of his time at Manchester University studying high energy physics and working with a group that were exploring nucleon isobars ('heavy protons') at the Daresbury Science Laboratory near Runcorn.

Where did the money go? 200 hours of beam time from the Daresbury accelerator which cost the country £10,000 per hour in current money!  The results included the first indications that protons contain tiny, dense particles - now known as quarks.

Voluntary Service Overseas in Malawi

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 26th February was Alice Taylor, a student they supported financially to facilitate a trip to Malawi. 

She gave a presentation detailing her 12 week placement which was organised by Voluntary Service Overseas and the International Citizenship Service, the  emphasis being on Health Awareness Training which involved teaching in local schools as well as running Community Action Days encompassing a Sports Action Day, a Hygiene and Sanitation Day and a Sexual Health and Rights Awareness day.

Living with a local family during her stay proved a most rewarding and enjoyable experience.

The Cumbria Community Foundation

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 5th February was Dr Jenny Benson, the Philanthropy Officer for the Cumbria Community Foundation, who gave an informative presentation on the aims and workings of the organisation.

Better well known for its flood grants following the devastating effects of Storm Desmond in 2015, the Foundation in fact encompass many other functions and Dr Benson detailed all of them.

The Foundation’s mission is: “Cumbria Community Foundation exists to alleviate poverty and disadvantage and strengthen Cumbria’s communities by inspiring people who give money with impactful and potentially life-changing projects.”