My Job - Martin French

Martin FrenchThe speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 19th March was Martin French, one of our newest members, who gave his ‘My Job’ talk.

He outlined his career in the hospitality industry by detailing his time working in, and finally being a General Manager in many hotels both abroad and in the UK.

Now retired to the South Lakes area he devotes his time to many voluntary organisations; Age UK,  Walking Rugby for the over 50s, and others. He is Clerk to Crosthwaite Parish Council as well as Clerk to the Helsington Land Trust.

How did he find time to work?

The History of Steam Boats in the Lake District

Diana MatthewsThe speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 12th March was Diana Matthews who gave a fascinating presentation on the history of boats on Windermere and the other Lake District lakes. 

With her extensive knowledge because of her involvement with the Steamboat Museum, she gave a comprehensive descriptions of all types of craft covering everything from massive sailing yachts, early steam yachts, the Windermere Ferry and the still operational large steamers.

She, like everyone else, is looking forward to the Museum’s re-opening in the not too distant future.

Early steam boats

So you Think You Know Kendal

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 5th March was Past President Trevor Hughes, one of our own members, who ran a picture quiz entitled ‘So you Think You Know Kendal’ in which, as the name implies, all the questions were about Kendal. 

He then followed this up with the answers, giving a detailed history of the of the various parts of Kendal featured as well as supplementing them with more pictures. For many members it brought memories of their childhood and long forgotten parts of Kendal.