Forest school update – August 2019

Press release:

Flint and Holywell Rotary Club , Mold Lions , Hollingsworth Group , Puritan Stone , Westbridge Furniture , Thorncliffe Builders Merchants , Simon O`Rourke , P&A Group and Truwood Furniture all joined forces to turn a dangerous old playground area ( see pic 1) into a Forest School that the children of Canolfan Enfys School can enjoy safely.

The project has taken 3 years in total and is a good news story for Flintshire. If you would like more information or to go to the School to meet the staff and see the area , then please contact myself or Carol Speed ( School Learning Manager). Below is a brief outline of the project and the school.

Paul Islip (Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell)



Canolfan Enfys is a small educational provision for up to 24 children between 3 and 7 yrs old who have learning and/or behavioural difficulties. Our aim is to enable children to develop their social and learning skills in a holistic way and hopefully return them to mainstream schooling.

It is the only provision of its type in the Flintshire catering for extremely challenging, very young children. We are not funded like mainstream schools and do not have a PTA to help with extra fundraising so have to rely on generating funds ourselves from different sources. However, this has not deterred us from taking on a large project which will be of enormous benefit in the long term, to the children we teach.

We would like to develop the outside area so we can provide and enriching learning area that brings the classroom outside and allows children to learn in a structured but less formal way, enhancing their skills and nurturing their natural curiosity about the world around them. The children we teach and work with all respond to learning in the outdoor environment. Our plan is to provide a small forest school area with a shelter and provision for outdoor cooking on a small fire –  we are fortunate to have 2 fully qualified Forest school teachers on out staff. In addition, a garden with raised beds and possibly a small pond, and area for insects and wild flowers and in the play area, a mud kitchen, an outdoor water, construction, music and small world and areas.

We have had removed an old and unsafe adventure playground equipment and this will now be cleared, levelled and top soil laid so we can begin planting trees. Next we need to lay wood chip pathways, create a seating area and shelter and have screening (brushwood/willow screens) attached to the railings as we are in a very public and exposed area being on a busy road junction in a residential area.

Original state of site:


Working group – Sept 2016 – project now completed

Anastasia update – August 2019

The following received recently – another tremendous success – congratulations Ana from the Rotary community.


Thought you could share our news with the rest of the club, this weekend saw Anastasia play for wales under 18s in the National Junior championships at Worcester, her 6th year playing for Wales, but her first time in the under 18s squad, being the youngest on the team, they have broken the welsh record today by taking silver against the rest of Britain, a massive achievement for Wales, and for Anastasia and her team, this is a first as Wales under 18s have never gained a medal in this competition, ever.

Thought you may like to know

Kristal  (Ana’s mother)


Mostyn Hall – Aug 6th 2019

Lord Mostyn – Greg – facilitated a conducted tour of the house and gardens – a minefield of the history of the house and his ancestors – no more information (the photos do the talking) – visit the house – open on 28 days / year as advertised on their web site.

Thanks to LM were expressed by Paul Islip.






Last but by no means least – Lord Mostyn :


Prepare for the future!!!!!! – 5th August 2019

Nesta Davies (agent – member Geoff Davies)  a solicitor at Clement Jones, Mold addressed members at the Monday meeting on our obligations to “those that follow” – a timely reminder of our responsibilities in ensuring that we take seriously the need to make our wishes known to our family by making a will and if considered necessary the advantages of creating a Power of Attorney – financial, health or both.

An interesting question / answer session ensued which Nesta dealt with in a professional manner.

Take notes members – get your affairs in order!!!!

Guest speaker – Nesta Davies

Members – Mike Holt, Damian Davies, Gordon Cook & Barry Harrison with Nesta

Jubilee Tower – 22nd July 2019

President Jim extended a warm welcome to David Shiel – Manager of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and invited David to address the Club on the history of the Jubilee Tower at the summit of Moel Famau – at 554 metres the foundation stone was laid on the 25th October 1810 as a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the reign of George the 3rd.

At an estimated cost of £3235  the project was slow in construction – raising £328 from Denbighshire and £801 from Flintshire  – ‘tight’ those Denbigh residents!!!

During the late 1800’s the tower declined due in the main due to the poor quality of the building materials and in late 1862 the obelisk collapsed during a fierce gale.

Projects in 1970 and currently involve reconstruction of the lower bastions of the tower – again can only be completed through public support and donations.

Moel Famau’s Jubilee Tower: Ancient Egypt in Georgian Wales

President Jim Reid & guest speaker David Shiel AONB

Forest School – July 2019

The Forest School project, started in mid 2018, duly completed on Saturday 20th July 2019 – at Ysgol Bryn Gwalia, Mold.

The plaque, provided by the generosity of Truwood Furniture, expresses thanks to supporters of the project.

It is hoped that pupils at YBG will enjoy many hours of pleasure in utilising the facility and not get too mucky!!

Rotarian Gareth the strimmer
Rotarian Gordon the ‘tree surgeon’


Rotarians Gareth, Pres Jim (the bacon butty man), Gordon, Paul & Steve

School staff members Carol & Nikki join the ‘team’

Tractor Run – July 2019

Members were once again pleased to support the annual Flintshire Vintage and Classic Tractor Society tractor rally through marshalling the 21 mile route – proceeds of the event are split 50/50 and we are always grateful to the Society for their generous contribution to Rotary projects.

Lawrance, Sue, Paul & John


Alan, Gordon, Paul & friends – at Tremeirchion


from little to big ……………….