Charles Robinson at Barclays Bank

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 4th February was Charles Robinson, one of their own members.  This year, Charles will have been a Rotarian for 40 years and he gave a talk about his time working for Barclays Bank. 

He told the story of his involvement in an attempted bank raid on a local branch in Darlington and how he was one of the first on the scene. He was sent in by the police to see how much money had been taken and was very surprised to see one member of staff had been shot and was lying on the floor and being attended to, whilst another had apprehended the burglar and had him an head lock.

Charles recognised the man and informed the police who quickly arrested the man who subsequently was sentenced to 10 year in prison. Just another day in the life of a bank manager!

Animal Rescue Cumbria

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The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 28th January were Amanda Hall and Phoebe Wharton from ‘Animal Rescue Cumbria’.

They gave an illustrated presentation about ‘Kapellan’, the animal shelter at Grayrigg, which was opened in 1984 with Alfred Wainwright providing the initial funding when he and his wife, Betty, became Trustees.

The centre currently rehomes around 350 dogs and cats every year and they are now reliant on charitable donations and their own fundraising to keep the charity going. They are looking to purchase a new home to expand the centre as they have outgrown the current premises.

Old Hall Farm

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The speaker at the recent meeting of Kendal Rotary was Charlotte Sharphouse from Old Hall Farm, Bouth.  She gave a brief summary of the history of the farm, and how she and her husband bought it in 2007. 

After many years of hard work it is now run as a vintage working farm with a vintage dairy and features many attractions. The Chicken Shed Tea Room, Ice Cream Parlour, Working Shire horses, Milking Parlour, Vintage Tractors, Butter making, Steam and Historic Vehicle display, all weather Horse Arena, Blacksmith workshop to name just some of them.

Reablement

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 19th November was Matthew Beaumont from Cumbria County Council, who gave a presentation about his function as ‘Reablement Team Manager’. 

This service is part of Social Services and is based at Bridge Mills in Kendal and caters for anyone over the age of 18. 

Referrals or hospital discharges are assessed by a team of qualified professionals for on average about three weeks and the aim is to make them as independent as possible and if necessary refer them to other bodies.

Mary's Meals and Primary Schools in Malawi

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 5th November was Past President Duncan Hamlett from Lunesdale Rotary Club.  For many years he has been involved with the charity, ‘Mary’s Meals’ and has been organising fundraising featuring a request for a Global Grant from Rotary. 

This has been a long drawn out process which has now finally come to fruition.  The project , working with a local Rotary Club in Malawi, was to build a number of pre-schools in the south of the country.  There are now 15 brand new centres catering for 3000 children, many HIV positive, who are provided with two meals a day.

The project is still ongoing and the aim is continue fundraising and to fully equip the centres.

District Governor's Visit

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 22nd October was Mary Bradley, the Rotary District Governor for the North West who came to talk to the club about their achievements in the previous year and highlighted the aims and challenges for the year ahead.

The push to complete Polio Eradication will continue now that we are so close to finishing the project.

Mary’s own project is to support the ‘ShelterBox’ charity and a cheque was given to her to purchase one immediately.