Young Photographer Competition

Calling all aspiring YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS


With phones and tablets, there are probably more young photographers now than ever before!

So how about entering a competition?

Rotary have an annual ‘Young Photographer’ competition, with stages at local, district and national levels.

Your local Rotary Club are inviting entries for judging.

There are 3 age groups (age at 31 August 2018) – 7 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years and 14 to 17 years.

You can enter with a portfolio of 3 photographs with the theme of ‘Beauty of Nature’

Photographs can be in colour or black or white, on photographic paper. Each print must be on separate paper, and no larger than A4 size. Please also include a brief sentence of what each photograph represents in relation to the theme.

There will be a first prize of £25 in each age category.  Rotary may organise a local exhibition of entries.  Winners will (if they want) go forward to district level.

More details can be found on the ‘Rotary Young Photographer website’ or you can leave a message with any questions on the contact page on our website.


Entries must be received by Sunday 03 March – please send them in an envelope (or deliver them) to the Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell, Springfield Hotel, A55 Expressway, Pentre Halkyn, Holywell CH8 8BD.  Please put you name and contact details on the back of each photograph.


Good luck – Rotary look forward to receiving your entry.




Delyn Gymnastics Club

January 2019

Delyn Gymnastics Club was founded in 2014 as a response to huge latent demand for recreational/non-selective gymnastics in the Flint/Holywell area. Its aims were to offer affordable, accessible gymnastics sessions for children that were otherwise not able to participate and reap the benefits the sport has to offer. After the first year of running at Flint High School the club then opened another satellite club based in Holywell High School responding to high demand for access to our club in the local area. As both of these areas have previously been ring fenced as areas of deprivation our club was careful in its pricing of sessions so as not to create a barrier of unaffordable fees. Delyn GC currently offers Women’s/Men’s Artistic, General Gymnastics, Freestyle, Disability, Youth Sports Leader Development and Foundation Phase gymnastics to their members.
We currently operate 4 days a week offering 15 hours of gymnastic provision between both Holywell High School and Flint High School. Its founders are a high school PE Teacher, a 5×60 School and Community Sports Officer and a Gymnastics Coach. The team has since grown exponentially with the club allocating a lot of its income to training and development of the team. Many of the high school children who began with us as gymnasts have moved on through our Sports Leadership programme to receive training and experience in a volunteering capacity and are now the back bone of our club’s operations.

The Rotary Club of Flint & Holywell were supportive of this venture – up to 290 people access this initiative weekly- by presenting a cheque of £500 toward the purchase of new mats etc.


Christmas Tree Collections

January 2019

Members joined with members of Rhyl and Prestatyn Rotary Clubs in collection of christmas trees – arrangements for collection were made by Linndsey Thomas and colleagues at St Kentigerns Hospice

All proceeds were in support of the Hospice and thanks from the organisers were expressed to members:

I just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you so much for all your hard work at the weekend collecting our trees.  We really appreciate your ongoing support of the scheme and the hospice itself.  This year we had over 500 trees registered and raised over £4,000 in donations, none of which would be possible without your kind assistance.

Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum – Caernarvon

At our meeting on 26th November 2018 we welcomed Tim Jones and Shirley Williams to address members on the facilities available at the museum.

Below is an extract from the website –

The Museum is housed in two towers of Caernarfon Castle. In it you will find a wealth of original exhibits, supported by film, sound and models, which tell the story of over 300 years of service by Wales’ oldest infantry regiment, in peacetime and in war, all around the world.
You can learn how the Regiment won 14 Victoria Crosses and hear the words of the famous writers who served with the Royal Welch during the First World War – Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, ‘Hedd Wyn’, David Jones and Frank Richards. You will see what life was like for the ordinary soldier and his family and discover the Regiment’s unique traditions.
Royal Welch history begins with the campaigns of William III, and includes Marlborough’s wars, the American War of Independence, the wars with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, the Crimean War, the Boer War and China. Many battalions of the Regiment saw action in the First and Second World Wars. In peacetime the Royal Welch has provided garrison troops in Canada, India, Hong Kong and the West Indies.
More recently the Royal Welch has carried out many tours of duty in Northern Ireland and has been deployed on peace-keeping and humanitarian operations, often under the UN or NATO. These have included missions in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
On the 1st March 2006 the two line Welsh Infantry regiments combined to form a new regiment – The Royal Welsh. Between 2006 and 2014 the title of the Royal Welch Fusiliers was retained as 1st Battalion Royal Welsh (The Royal Welch Fusiliers). With further defence cuts in 2014 the 1st and 2nd Battalions were combined to form the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh (23rd/24th/41st of Foot). The values, traditions and heritage of the Royal Welch Fusiliers are now preserved in the regular 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh and the Reserve 3rd Battalion, The Royal Welsh.
North Wales is the traditional home of the Royal Welch Fusiliers but recruits have come from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland, particularly during the two World Wars. This means that the Regiment has connections with families worldwide and we will be pleased to help with your family history research. Our Enquiries page will tell you how to proceed.

1st World War Commemorative Event – Holywell 11th November 2018

The Rotary club of Flint and Holywell were appreciative of the support received from schools in preparation for this unique event. Thanks are due to the organising committee and from a Rotary perspective thanks to Rotarian Rob Board representing the club in arrangements for this celebration and commemoration.

The letter below expresses our thanks to the schools / personnel involved:

12 November 2018


Dear ……………………..,

Flint and Holywell Rotary Club members wish to express their warmest and most sincere thanks for the tremendous work and effort your school has put into the World War One commemoration project.

There have been, and will remain for quite a while, some excellent outcomes from this project. Above all for our members has been seeing our young generation getting immersed with such commitment and enthusiasm in a topic so important in the development of their understanding of a time in history that should never be replicated.

I know that many in your school have been involved and to single out anyone is difficult, but we have been so impressed with the energy and leadership of …………, and ask you to express our special thanks to them.

All the research by your students has undoubtedly helped them learn and appreciate just what life was like for so many in Holywell 100 years ago. War was just perhaps an incidental factor given living and employment conditions, and extending studies into other factors such as war poetry is a useful by product of this project.

As a club, we are in awe of all your efforts, and can only repeat our thanks and appreciation.

With best wishes,

David Roberts – President


A selection of photos of the event:




RNLI Fireworks Display


Club members were pleased to support Flint RNLI last Friday night (2nd November) manning the gates at their annual fireworks display.

A tremendous effort by all concerned should realise a profit of £3500 – I am confident that the amount raised will be utilised effectively in the highly valued service the RNLI provide.



Life as an auctioneer

Rotarian John Crane (Liverpool City Club) gave an illuminating talk on his experiences as an auctioneer – 35 years in the business. From the 1980s John has led his his company Cato Crane Auctioneers to the forefront of his profession commanding equal respect amongst those he serves and colleagues. The company operates from two auction rooms in Stanhope Street Liverpool and an ‘open door’ policy is testament to the service he and his colleagues provide.

A vote of thanks was given by Rotarian David Pearse

The picture below, of John, holding a brass bell originally from the Leverhulme Estate