My £2.5 million PhD

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.

South Cumbria Rivers Trust

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.

The Cumbria Community Foundation

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.”