The Lake District Holocaust Project

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.

My Military Career

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.

An Extramarital Affair

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.