Kendal BID (Kendal Improvement District)

Sarah WilliamsThe speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 20th November was Sarah Williams of ‘Kendal BID’ (Kendal Improvement District) who explained that it was started four years ago with the aim of promoting and enhancing  the town.

It is run by a main board manned by people from some of the 700 businesses that have signed up to the scheme as well as representatives from the local Councils.

Among its many ways of achieving this are, promoting Swipii – Kendal’s Loyalty Card, encouraging a clean, safe and attractive environment, supporting all the local festivals, installing new Christmas lights, producing town trails leaflets (History Trail& Food and Wine Trail) and re-branding the town.

University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 13th November was Past District Governor Arthur Jones from the Carnforth Club who came to talk about University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust.

He explained the structure, function and organisation and how the trust works. It allows decisions to be made locally by people who live and work in the area and can hold the Executive Board to account so that local wishes are listened to. 

Anyone can become a trust member and can also be elected as a Governor if they so wish. The board is made up of people from all walks of life and includes the general public and staff from many sections of the NHS.

The History of Indigenous Malaria in Cumbia

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 6th November was Professor Ian Hodkinson who gave a presentation entitled ‘The Ague;  The History of Indigenous Malaria in Cumbia’.

The Ague is better known as Swamp Fever or its more common name, Malaria, which is spread by a species of the mosquito. It had almost disappeared in this country but has started to show signs of return although not in Cumbria as of yet.  This is caused by a number of factors, namely re-wetting of wetlands, climate warming, drug resistance, no current vaccine and more intensive farming of cattle, all of which contribute to this return.