Charles Robinson at Barclays Bank

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 4th February was Charles Robinson, one of their own members.  This year, Charles will have been a Rotarian for 40 years and he gave a talk about his time working for Barclays Bank. 

He told the story of his involvement in an attempted bank raid on a local branch in Darlington and how he was one of the first on the scene. He was sent in by the police to see how much money had been taken and was very surprised to see one member of staff had been shot and was lying on the floor and being attended to, whilst another had apprehended the burglar and had him an head lock.

Charles recognised the man and informed the police who quickly arrested the man who subsequently was sentenced to 10 year in prison. Just another day in the life of a bank manager!

Animal Rescue Cumbria

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 28th January were Amanda Hall and Phoebe Wharton from ‘Animal Rescue Cumbria’.

They gave an illustrated presentation about ‘Kapellan’, the animal shelter at Grayrigg, which was opened in 1984 with Alfred Wainwright providing the initial funding when he and his wife, Betty, became Trustees.

The centre currently rehomes around 350 dogs and cats every year and they are now reliant on charitable donations and their own fundraising to keep the charity going. They are looking to purchase a new home to expand the centre as they have outgrown the current premises.

Old Hall Farm

The speaker at the recent meeting of Kendal Rotary was Charlotte Sharphouse from Old Hall Farm, Bouth.  She gave a brief summary of the history of the farm, and how she and her husband bought it in 2007. 

After many years of hard work it is now run as a vintage working farm with a vintage dairy and features many attractions. The Chicken Shed Tea Room, Ice Cream Parlour, Working Shire horses, Milking Parlour, Vintage Tractors, Butter making, Steam and Historic Vehicle display, all weather Horse Arena, Blacksmith workshop to name just some of them.