Travelling Tales of an Engineer

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 25th January was one of its own members, Ken Gibson, who gave a presentation entitled, ‘Travelling Tales of an Engineer', in which he described his experiences whilst travelling abroad in his capacity as a Design Engineer for a company manufacturing, installing and maintaining power station turbines throughout the world.

His first foray was to Israel, near Tel Aviv, which was subsequently followed by trips to Australia and round the Middle East. He told us that it was actually work and not just a sightseeing come holiday trip!

The Windermere Steamboat Museum

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 1st February was Charlotte Upton who gave an illustrated presentation on the ‘Windermere Jetty’ project (originally the Windermere Steamboat Museum).

She updated the members on the progress and plans for the future of the collection of historic boats and how the work is going forward. The plans include a total new complex of wet docks, exhibition rooms, conservation workshop and  a cafe.

Largely funded by a Heritage Lottery grant and grants from other bodies as well as individual donations it is hopefully to be finished and open to the public sometime in 2017.

The Samaritans

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on December 7th was Carl Mantel from the ’The Samaritans’, who gave a presentation explaining their work and vision.

He is based at the Lancaster Branch, one of 201 situated around the country from London to Orkney, and explained their mission statement ‘that fewer people die by suicide’.

The Samaritans Values are ‘Listening, Confidentially, People making their own decisions, Non judgemental and Human contact’. They are open 24hours a day providing emotional support and receive a phone call about every six seconds.

Recollections of life in the Cumbria Police Force

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 14th December was one of its own members, Past President Les Thompson,  who had just celebrated his 90th birthday and to mark the occasion gave some of his recollections of his life and work in the Cumbria Police Force.

Leaving school at the age of 14, he initially worked on the railways and various labouring jobs before eventually joining the force in 1946 and worked his way up to become a Superintendant before his retirement.

Les was a highly respected officer and was well known in Kendal and around the area.

A Career in Hotels and Catering

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 4th January was one of its own members, Past President John Chew, who gave a talk detailing his career in the catering and hotel industry.

Born in Worcestershire, and following his National Service, he worked in many parts of the country and eventually ended up as the owner of the Blue Bell Hotel at Heversham from which he has been retired for over 24 years although he still lives in the village.