Teaching and Training

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 18th April was one of its own members, Past President Stephen Hinchliffe, who gave a retro job talk in  which he outlined his career.

He was born in Huddersfield and educated there before being apprenticed to the Yorkshire  Electricity Board. He went on to National Service in the RAF and whilst there developed a taste for education for which he had a talent and enjoyed the teaching role which came in useful when he eventually returned to the Electricity Board. As an engineer he became involved in management training and eventually became an Inspector for the Electricity Council.

Now retired and living in Old Hutton, he is involved in many community projects, notable in his objections towards wind farms and has studied in depth their effects on the environment.

The Lake District Holocaust Project

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 4th April was Trevor Avery from the Lake District Holocaust Project.

He gave a very moving account of the 300 Jewish children refugees who were housed at the Calgarth estate, near Windermere, following their traumatic experiences in concentration camps during WW2.

He highlighted one particular individual who managed to survive the horrors of Auschwitz and played recordings of him telling his story of how he was sent there and also on the death march through Germany at the latter end of the war.

An Extramarital Affair

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David Ratcliffe with Olympic torchThe speaker at the meeting 14th March  was David Ratcliffe who gave a talk entitled ‘An Extramarital Affair’!  Not as you might imagine, but the story of his passion for running.

He  started originally because his then employer suggested that he should take part in the cross country team (something he had never done before), and after much persuasion he finally agreed to do the job and from that moment he was hooked. He subsequently became fitter and fitter which resulted in him running numerous marathons. Bolton, Windermere, London (7 times), New York and the Great North Run 14 times and also twice as a guide runner, to name but a few.

Whilst doing so he has raised many thousands of pounds for charity and in 2012 he received the ultimate accolade in being selected to be an Olympic Torch bearer running through Kendal.

My Military Career

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 21st March was Major Justin Tancrel of the Parachute Regiment who gave a very moving account of his time commanding a company of soldiers in Helman Province in Afghanistan.

He highlighted the realities of war and its effect on the men and he outlined his time out there and spoke about the objectives of the British Army.

It was not just about fighting the Taliban but also to try to improve the lot of the populace and bring back some form of governance to the local people.

Our Web Sites

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 7th March was Rtn. Roger Siddle, one of their own members, who is responsible for designing and maintaining the club’s website.

He felt that members needed to understand how to use the site and the benefits of keeping it up-to-date and regularly updating its content as an ideal way of distributing information about the activities undertaken by the club.

He further went on to demonstrate both the District website but also the Rotary International site and how they can inform the public about the ethos of the Rotary movement worldwide. The introduction of a ‘Facebook’ page is fast becoming one of the best ways of communication for the club and generates a great deal of interest from local people.