QEStudio - A Fresh Approach to Learning

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 26th march was Alison Wilkinson, the Principle of ‘QEStudio’, a free school, and a new addition to Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale. 

She explained the ethos behind the Studio – ‘A Fresh Approach to Learning’ - and how it works as a whole within the existing school.. Its emphasis is vocational technical learning with local professional partners and has up to 300 pupils from age 14 to 19.

It is one of only 35 Studio schools in the country and has links with Kendal College and many local businesses.

My Job - Martin French

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Martin FrenchThe speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 19th March was Martin French, one of our newest members, who gave his ‘My Job’ talk.

He outlined his career in the hospitality industry by detailing his time working in, and finally being a General Manager in many hotels both abroad and in the UK.

Now retired to the South Lakes area he devotes his time to many voluntary organisations; Age UK,  Walking Rugby for the over 50s, and others. He is Clerk to Crosthwaite Parish Council as well as Clerk to the Helsington Land Trust.

How did he find time to work?

The History of Steam Boats in the Lake District

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Diana MatthewsThe speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 12th March was Diana Matthews who gave a fascinating presentation on the history of boats on Windermere and the other Lake District lakes. 

With her extensive knowledge because of her involvement with the Steamboat Museum, she gave a comprehensive descriptions of all types of craft covering everything from massive sailing yachts, early steam yachts, the Windermere Ferry and the still operational large steamers.

She, like everyone else, is looking forward to the Museum’s re-opening in the not too distant future.

Early steam boats

So you Think You Know Kendal

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 5th March was Past President Trevor Hughes, one of our own members, who ran a picture quiz entitled ‘So you Think You Know Kendal’ in which, as the name implies, all the questions were about Kendal. 

He then followed this up with the answers, giving a detailed history of the of the various parts of Kendal featured as well as supplementing them with more pictures. For many members it brought memories of their childhood and long forgotten parts of Kendal.

South Cumbria Rivers Trust

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 12th February was Jayne Wilkinson of the South Cumbria Rivers Trust, who gave a presentation on the work of the organisation. 

Founded in 2006 and employing eight staff and many volunteers, its aims are to ‘Monitor, Protect and Conserve Waterbodies’ which encompasses all river and becks, lakes, tarns and watercourses and covers all aspects including agricultural pressures, the effect of tourism, domestic hazards, pollution, flooding, wildlife conservation, water management and many others.

My £2.5 million PhD

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rOGER sIDDLEThe speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 19th February was one of our own members, Roger Siddle, who gave a talk entitled ‘My £2.5 million PhD’.

He told the story of his time at Manchester University studying high energy physics and working with a group that were exploring nucleon isobars ('heavy protons') at the Daresbury Science Laboratory near Runcorn.

Where did the money go? 200 hours of beam time from the Daresbury accelerator which cost the country £10,000 per hour in current money!  The results included the first indications that protons contain tiny, dense particles - now known as quarks.