A Career in Trading Standards

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 13th June was one of our own members, Past President Pat Hutchinson, who gave a talk on her career working for trading standards in Bedfordshire.

She regaled us with stories both serious and humorous about her involvement with the various cases she handled whilst there.

The case of the ‘blow up doll’ which would not stand upright, and the purchaser who then wanted his money back was one case in point. Suffice to say he did not get his money back!

Chestnut Events - Update

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Jan Quinn & Sam Willacy from Chestnut EventsThe speakers at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 27th June were Jan Quinn and Sam Willacy, from ‘Chestnut Events’, who gave us an update on their Charity and how their successful Lottery application grant was being used.

They are now working with many local schools and community groups by providing volunteers and professionals to help set up garden projects. So successful are these gardens that many schools are using the vegetables to provide fresh soup for the pupils at lunch time.

They have also been working with Westmorland General Hospital to re-vitalise the central garden space for the benefit of staff and patients.

Kids Out 2016

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Earlier in June the Rotary Club of Kendal organised their annual ‘Kids Out’ day for Sandgate School.  All the school pupils, teachers and helpers are taken to Lakeside and then transported by one of the Windermere steamers along the lake and down to ‘Brockhole’.  Here they are provided with a cooked lunch and allowed to play and roam in the grounds before being taken back to school in the afternoon.

This event coincides nicely with the retirement of the existing President and with the inauguration of the new incoming one. 

This was done in July and the now Past President Martin Jayne handed over the reins to new President Peter Smith. It was at this event that a ‘Paul Harris Fellowship’, presented for outstanding service to Rotary and the local community, was awarded to Past President David Poole who has served the club faithfully for over 20 years.

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.