Members were suitably entertained by Hon member Edwin on Monday last – tea, coffee & biscuits prior to an excellent talk on Edwin’s incredible collection of tractors – history, development, manufacturers, modifications – an extensive knowledge brilliantly presented followed by a meal at our usual venue where the discussion on tractors continued.
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 – FOREST SCHOOL PROJECT
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
Members, partners and guests visited Denbigh Museum – established in 1992 in Denbigh the museum houses a number of classic cars and memorabilia from the 1950’s – kitchen, living room and shop items of interest bringing back memories of times past rounded off by a feast of egg, ham and chips at the Brookhouse Mill.
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.
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.
Rotarian Paul Islip recently completed his 25th – yes 25th – triathlon – Alcatraz Prison site in San Francisco Bay – completing his fantastic effort in just over 4 hours and in so doing raised £6500 for Hope House / Ty Gobaith ( a hospice service specifically for children) in the process.