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Kendal BID (Kendal Improvement District)

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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

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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

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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.

Hannah Hodgson

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 30th October was Hannah Hodgson, a young person who has numerous crippling disabilities but still retains a very positive outlook on life.

Only diagnosed a few years ago she now has some chronic conditions including a neurological disease similar to MS and cannot eat or drink normally.  She is amazingly inspirational and is now an acclaimed local poet who has won some very prestigious awards and writes and speaks about her experiences. 

She is currently aiming to purchase an Apple computer which has the necessary software to help her continue with her poetry and video editing.

Hannah's Email address: Hannahwritesablog@gmail.com
Twitter: @HannahHodgson20

Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) in Cumbria

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 16th October was Richard Preston who gave a presentation about the Great War and Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) in Cumbria.

VADs were set up in 1908 and were dotted around Cumbria (Kendal, Windermere, Penrith and Carlisle as well as many more). There was a VAD hospital in Stramongate and of course at Westmorland General Hospital which had over 150 beds. In 1917, 2035 were treated in Cumberland and Westmorland alone and they continued until just after the war.