The Hincaster Trailway

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Bridget Oickthall

The speaker at the Monday 5th December lunchtime meeting was Bridget Pickthall, secretary of the Hincaster Trailway Group.

The railway from Hincaster to Arnside was operated from 1876 until 1942. Like many small lines it was not economically viable and after it closed the rails were removed (in 1966) and the land was sold back to neighbouring farms.

In 2008 Bridget initiated a project to reuse the old railway line for leisure purposes and most recently as a 'trailway' that can be accessed by wheelchair users.

The Blackpool Tower

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Barry ShawThe speaker at the Rotary Club of Kendal’s meeting on 28th November was Barry Shaw, President of Blackpool Civic Trust.

Barry who is a noted local historian gave a fascinating presentation on the history of Blackpool Tower from its inception to the present day. The tower which took four years to build and was opened in 1894 and was then, at 518ft 9ins, the second highest man-made structure in the world, and the biggest in Britain. (The highest was of course the Eiffel Tower.)

It cost £45,00 to build and featured the ‘Tower Circus’ right from the start which is still in operation today.

 

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

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John DawsonThe speaker at the Rotary Club of Kendal on 14th November was John Dawson who gave a presentation on the work of the ‘Voluntary Service Overseas’ organisation.

VSO send volunteers to 41 countries throughout the world on various projects to try and achieve their aim of “A World Without Poverty”. The areas of help they focus on includes Disability, Education, Health, HIV and AIDS, Participation & Governance and Securing Livelihoods.

John and his wife both went to northern Ghana in 2006 -7 as volunteers from the Cumbria VSO group and thoroughly enjoyed working on an education project in the north of the country.

 

 

The Alzheimer’s Society

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Julie Prior

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on Monday 31st October was Julie Prior, of the Alzheimer’s Society, who gave a presentation on the work of the Society.

With over 7,300 sufferers in Cumbria alone, she outlined the services and support given to its members. These include outworkers, help-lines, drop in centres, clinics and initiatives to raise awareness of this debilitating disease as well as highlighting how the Society was funded.

 

A Day In The Life of a Submariner

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The speaker at the Rotary Club of Kendal’s meeting, on 24th October, was Commander Alan Hoskins, a Royal Navy Submariner, who gave a fascinating insight into life underwater.

He gave a presentation explaining how a submarine works, its command structure and daily routine and also gave an insight into the everyday lives of its crew. The submarine service has close links with this area as the finest nuclear powered submarines are still built in Barrow.