Richard steers a water course

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THE President of Morpeth Inner Wheel, Mrs Anne Parsons, welcomed members to the February meeting held at the Queen’s Head Hotel.

After the meal, she introduced the speaker, Mr Richard Cansdale, whose topic was Recycled Water.

Originally a biologist, a transfer of talents and curiosity has, during the past 33 years, steered him on a water course where he is well known in the water aid world.

Although we had all heard of the simple water pumps which enable many people in Third World countries to obtain clean water for the first time, Mr Cansdale described the technology which allowed a pipe to be sunk into the sand, reaching water which the pump brought to the surface having been filtered.

Funding was never easy. Water Aid is a major provider, Rotary clubs have raised large amounts of cash for this vital piece of equipment and also other groups fundraise, but if there is need, the cost to the receiving community is nil.

Demonstrating another type of pump, Mr Cansdale explained that the small but vital rubber cap was made from recycled car tyres, happily given away by local garages.

Seeing a need and making gadgets to make people’s lives easier was his ever-present passion. One example was the Hay Mate, which has made huge bales of hay easier to move and store.

Mr Cansdale was thanked by Mrs Anne McPate, who echoed members’ admiration of his inventions.

A short business meeting followed. President Anne thanked members for their support at a soup lunch and for contributions of toiletries for a women’s refuge on International Inner Wheel Day.