Animal Rescue Cumbria

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 28th January were Amanda Hall and Phoebe Wharton from ‘Animal Rescue Cumbria’.

They gave an illustrated presentation about ‘Kapellan’, the animal shelter at Grayrigg, which was opened in 1984 with Alfred Wainwright providing the initial funding when he and his wife, Betty, became Trustees.

The centre currently rehomes around 350 dogs and cats every year and they are now reliant on charitable donations and their own fundraising to keep the charity going. They are looking to purchase a new home to expand the centre as they have outgrown the current premises.

Old Hall Farm

The speaker at the recent meeting of Kendal Rotary was Charlotte Sharphouse from Old Hall Farm, Bouth.  She gave a brief summary of the history of the farm, and how she and her husband bought it in 2007. 

After many years of hard work it is now run as a vintage working farm with a vintage dairy and features many attractions. The Chicken Shed Tea Room, Ice Cream Parlour, Working Shire horses, Milking Parlour, Vintage Tractors, Butter making, Steam and Historic Vehicle display, all weather Horse Arena, Blacksmith workshop to name just some of them.


The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 19th November was Matthew Beaumont from Cumbria County Council, who gave a presentation about his function as ‘Reablement Team Manager’. 

This service is part of Social Services and is based at Bridge Mills in Kendal and caters for anyone over the age of 18. 

Referrals or hospital discharges are assessed by a team of qualified professionals for on average about three weeks and the aim is to make them as independent as possible and if necessary refer them to other bodies.