Kendal Rotarians Trek to Nepal

Philip Hoyle and Ray Wood, members of the Rotary Club of Kendal, have just returned from three weeks in Nepal where they visited the village of Khiraule, in a remote part of the Solu Khumbu (Everest region).   The trip represents the culmination of two and a half years of work and co-operation, locally and internationally, to raise nearly £25,000 to fund a major redevelopment project at the village school to include: a water sanitation scheme; the building new classrooms and refitting existing ones; and the delivery of new teaching aids and sports equipment.

Khiraule is the home village of Lhakpa Sherpa who, with his wife Pat, lives, in the summer months, in Barbon, near Casterton. The village has a population of approximately 400, mostly small-scale farmers, of whom about 90 are children who attend the local school.  To reach the village, the party of 10 trekkers, mostly local residents, had to walk for 4 days each way from and to the regional airport of Phaplu - walks that included both descents and ascents of around 1,000 metres and required sleeping under canvass, sometimes at height of nearly 3,000 metres, when the temperature dropped to around -7 degrees.

Peter W.D. Smith - My Job

Peter W.D. Smith The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 1st December was one of its new members, Peter W. Smith, who gave his ‘My Job’ talk which told us a little about himself and his career.

He started initially working at ‘Windscale’ but soon left and went to work for the CIS, firstly working in ‘Time Study’ followed by ‘Organisation and Method’.

On obtaining his qualification to be a Company Secretary, he went on to become the  Executive Secretary of CIS and Head of Human Resources and also worked on the EU Social Affairs Committee prior to his retirement.

World War I and the people of Kendal

Arthur NichollsThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 10th November was Arthur Nicholls, the well known local historian, who appropriately, at this time of remembrance, gave a presentation on the effect of WWI to the people of Kendal and how it affected the everyday lives of the inhabitants.

Having trawled the Westmorland Gazette archives for that period he found many interesting, tragic, funny and poignant stories which gave a glimpse of how the war impacted on local people.

At the same meeting a cheque for over £8000 was presented to Tony Crane of the Royal British Legion which was raised by the Rotary Clubs of Ambleside and Kendal at a Military Band concert held recently in Kendal.

British Legion Cheque handover

My Job - Part 2

Ken Thwaites

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 24th November was Ken Thwaites, one of their own members, who gave his ‘My Job Part 2’ talk in which he detailed his career initially with the Royal Marines and lastly with his time in the Cumbria Police Force.

He thought  he had the best job in the world when he became the Police Lake Warden on Windermere and was instrumental in obtaining a new Police Patrol Boat and would spend his time cruising up and down the lake looking for problems. He is now retired but looks back with fondness on his time on the force.


Kendal Town Football Club

Haydon Munslow

The speaker at the meeting of The Rotary Club of Kendal on 3rd November was Haydon Munslow, the current Chairman of Kendal Town Football Club, who gave a talk about the Club. 

He gave a history of the club dating from the time when it was known as Netherfield FC right up to the present day. The Club, which is non profit making, is owned by the members and is run with help of many volunteers and relies on many loyal sponsors and supporters to finance it. The players are all part time and all have regular day jobs.

They are currently lying mid table in the league and recently beat the league leaders, Salford.