From Local Government to Election Observer

Jim MorrisonThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 8th February was one of their members, Past President Jim Morrison, who gave a talk on his career in local government. 

Originally his roots were in Aberdeen where he went to the local school before attending Aberdeen University and obtaining his degree. His first job was for the local authority in Norwich where did most of his training. He then moved to Suffolk and worked on the administration side and it was here that he first became interested in election procedures.

He subsequently ran and co-ordinated all type of elections, both local and national which led to his becoming an election observer and travelling the world as an observer. He moved to SLDC in the 1980s and has now retired but still lives in Kendal.

The Cumbria Oral History Society

Jean TurnbullThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 26th October was Jean Turnbull from the Cumbria Oral History Society.

She entertained us with a series of short recorded interviews of local people about their childhood memories dating from the early 1900s onward. She covered topics such as games and pastimes, schooldays and general history of the area.

The invaluable collection of oral history is kept in Kendal Library and is still being collated. Currently it goes up to the 1940s with the 1950s in being researched.