Voluntary Service Overseas in Malawi

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 26th February was Alice Taylor, a student they supported financially to facilitate a trip to Malawi. 

She gave a presentation detailing her 12 week placement which was organised by Voluntary Service Overseas and the International Citizenship Service, the  emphasis being on Health Awareness Training which involved teaching in local schools as well as running Community Action Days encompassing a Sports Action Day, a Hygiene and Sanitation Day and a Sexual Health and Rights Awareness day.

Living with a local family during her stay proved a most rewarding and enjoyable experience.

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.