Kendal People's Cafe

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 15th October was Gillian Cowburn who gave a presentation on her involvement with the ‘Kendal People’s Café’. She explained the objects and aims of the charity and how it all began about 18 months ago. 

The café, which is based in ‘The Foyer', on Blackhall Road receives waste food from various sources in and around Kendal which is made into meals which are then served to customers .  The customers then ‘Pay as they Can’ which may be nothing or they can give a donation they can afford. 

The charity now receives food from many supermarkets, wholesalers and food outlets to which they are extremely grateful.  The charity only provides meals for the needy but saves good food from being dumped into landfill - a win/win situation.

Rotary Peace Scholars

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 1st October was one of their own members, Angie Biggs, who gave a presentation detailing the role of Rotary Peace Scholars.

There are only six universities worldwide offering Peace Fellowships on ‘Peace and Conflict Resolution (Australia, England, Japan, Sweden and Thailand and USA).  The Department of Peace Studies at Bradford is the largest in the world and offers several master’s degrees and is one of the most popular. 

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. Many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.

Amasango School in South Africa

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 24th September were Linda Ngamlama and Martin Coombs.  Linda is the Principal at ‘Amasango’ School in Grahamstown, South Africa and Martin is a trustee and volunteer. 

They gave a presentation telling the story of the school and how it caters for the extreme poor.  As a special, needs school, it provides an education which encompasses the normal curriculum as well as many other vocational and non-vocational subjects.

The children (called learners) are given porridge and bread, peanut butter and jam for breakfast and provided with a cooked meal at lunchtime. (More info at