SPEAKER at the Kendal Rotary meeting was Julie Balshaw of Carers Support South Cumbria, who gave a presentation detailing the work of the charity.

Carer Support South Lakes is an independent, local charity and network partner of Carers Trust.

The charity provides a range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers of all ages throughout South Lakeland.

One of the new initiatives is the provision of a service encouraging people to take out a Lasting Power of Attorney where help can be given in completing the necessary forms. 

PROF Sibte Hadi from the University of Central Lancashire gave a fascinating and insightful talk on DNA and its Application in Forensics to the Kendal and District Engineering Society and the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

He described the basic construct of DNA, how minute samples could be acquired, cut into segments and analysed to provide evidence.

He also discussed future developments in genetics, medicine and genealogy.

The next talk, joint with the Institute of Civil Engineers, is on the A684 Birkland Culvert and A591 Prizet upgrades, by Antony Mulligan of Eric Wright Civil Engineering, supported by Cumbria County Council, on Wednesday, October 16 (7.15pm) at Castle Green Hotel, Kendal. 

KENDAL Fellwalkers began their winter programme on Sunday. The A group followed valley tracks from Coniston to Tarn Hows and Little Langdale.

Here, the climbing began up the rocky slopes of Wetherlam Edge to its summit. Walking in mist, they continued to Swirl How and along the ridge to Coniston Old Man, from where the South Ridge led down to the Walna Scar track.

The B group’s route took them from Troutbeck to Sour Hows, Sallows and the long ridge of Yoke and Ill Bell to Thornthwaite Crag. They dropped down by Scots Rake to finish their walk over Troutbeck Tongue.

The C group climbed from Glencoyne Bay to Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike.

Rain fell as they followed the path traversing the slopes of Glencoynedale but there were attractive views on the descent through woodland beside Aira Force. 

SPEAKER for Kendal Inner Wheel’s meeting was special to the audience as she is one of their own members.

Suzanne Flynn gave a talk entitled Engineers in Pink and Light Blue which gave everyone an insight into an unknown side of her life.

She told of her engineering education at university and the struggle to get employment as a woman in the industry.

The RAF gave her the opening to a career which led her to be one woman among many men in the field of assessing phones and computers for the military and safety of instruments in nuclear power. 
Members had also enjoyed a visit to Brief Encounter at Carnforth Railway Station.