Airplanes on Windermere

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 14th May was Ian Gee from the Lakes Flying Company Ltd., who gave a fascinating presentation entitled ‘Airplanes on Windermere. 

He detailed the life of one of Kendal’s unsung heroes, Edward Wakefield who was a true pioneer in the field of hydro-airplanes. Edward, a one-time Mayor of Kendal, helped in the development of airplanes which could take off and land on water when, at that time, people thought it was impossible. 

Currently a replica of Wakefield’s first plane ,’Waterbird’, is being built and has successfully taken off and flown  from land with a water take off coming soon.

Aquaboxes

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 30th April were Past District Governor Roger Mason and his wife Mary, who gave us an update and detailed description and work of their chosen charity, ‘Aquabox’.

Since its formation in 1992, Aquabox has distributed more than 110,000 boxes to countries suffering from natural and man-made disasters, helping hundreds of thousands of people in more than 50 countries.

As well as a water-filtration unit, each Aquabox contains a variety of humanitarian aid items, including cooking utensils, hygiene equipment, tools, shelter materials, baby and children's clothing and educational items.

Aquabox is almost entirely a volunteer-led organisation, with one part-time paid administrator, so the proportion of total donations contributing directly to aid boxes is amongst the highest achievable.

QEStudio - A Fresh Approach to Learning

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 26th march was Alison Wilkinson, the Principle of ‘QEStudio’, a free school, and a new addition to Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale. 

She explained the ethos behind the Studio – ‘A Fresh Approach to Learning’ - and how it works as a whole within the existing school.. Its emphasis is vocational technical learning with local professional partners and has up to 300 pupils from age 14 to 19.

It is one of only 35 Studio schools in the country and has links with Kendal College and many local businesses.