Mark EvansThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 10th February was Mark Evans, the Community Resuscitation Manager from the North West Ambulance Service.

He gave a brief history of the Service and then concentrated on the work of the Ambulance Service today and its role on community response.  He then, in more detail,  highlighted the use of defibrillators and the need for more to be provided in public spaces and  buildings and emphasised the point by showing how they are saving lives.

The Rotary Club of Kendal are now committing to purchasing at least one defibrillator for the town.

Solicitor's Tales

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 27th January was David Colllinson,  a retired legal advisor to the Kendal Magistrates court, who regaled us with ‘Solicitor’s Tales’.

He told us some of his many experiences, both humorous and tragic, whilst appearing in court over many years and knowing and working with many local magistrates.

He covered all types of crime ranging from minor ones right up to murder trials.

Saucy Postcards

Alan BeaumontThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 9th December was Alan Beaumont who gave an illustrated presentation entitled ‘From Cradle to the Grave’ in which he detailed his interest in collecting old saucy postcards.

He showed us a selection which covered all aspects of life from childhood to old age, many of which in today’s society were politically incorrect. Seaside humour has always been ‘close-to-the-knuckle’, but even today, these old postcards can still be amusing.

Paper for the Poppy Appeal

Tony Parrini The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal  on 20th January was Past District Governor Tony Parrini from the Rotary Club of Carlisle South, who,  wearing another hat, gave a presentation on the work of ‘The British Legion’. 

He outlined the aims of the charity and its function of caring and looking after the welfare of ex armed service men and women and their families. Over 9.5 million people are eligible and around £1.7 million is spent every week in providing welfare.

The local connection with the Legion is that all the paper for the 40 million poppies distributed every year is made by Croppers’ paper mill in Burneside.

J K Rowling doesn't need to worry ..

Alan Radcliffe

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 2nd December was one of their own members, Alan Radcliffe, who gave a humorous Christmas anecdote.

Whilst contemplating the meaning of life and other important issues, he decided that he would write a book! He surmised that if J K Rowling can do it and make a fortune, so could he. Undaunted he put pen to paper and came up with, in his own words, a masterpiece.He proceeded to tell us a tale of simple Kendal folk and it is no exaggeration to say we were all totally underwhelmed.

Ah well, back to the drawing board!