Chester Zoo – 24th September 2018

Members welcomed Julie Platt, Fundraising Manager at Chester Zoo to the weekly Monday meeting – a unique presentation on the diverse range of activities at the zoo – research, environment, conservation (Act for wildlife), information sharing and a whole range of topics – not just the zoo itself.

A few facts – 2nd most visited tourist attraction in UK (1st Tower of London) – 1.9 million visitors / year, site is on 125 acres employing 1000 staff to look after and support welfare of 21,000 animals. Total turnover is £35 million and all commercial profits are invested in the charitable arm of the zoo.

Membership has increased from 62,000 in 2014 to 137,000 in 2018 – a measure of the success in a local attraction

A sincere vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Alan Brooke.

               President Elect Jim Reid and Julie Platt


Funding for local athlete

Appeal received via our web site address:

Hi, I am looking for help funding a new sports wheelchair for my daughter, we live in Carmel. My daughter Anastasia Blease is 13 years old and has spina bifida and has been playing wheelchair basketball since she was 8 years old, she has played nationally for Wales under 15s each year since she was 9, with being selected as vice captain for the past 2 years, winning silver in the Lord taverners junior Championships for the last 2 years also. She plays for North Knights and won gold with her under 15s team as the only girl selected in the 2017 Junior league. She has recently been selected for the GB under 24s women’s squad, being the youngest girl selected in the country. During the past year Anastasia has won many awards, such as Denbighshire disability sports award, British wheelchair basketball rising star award, British wheelchair basketball young female player of the year award, sports excellence award for disability Wales and is an I am embolden ambassador for deaf and disabled women. Anastasia is also a young ambassador for disability sports working with our local Flintshire sports officer through her school, St Richard Gwyn. Anastasia has just been measured for a new sports chair which will enable her to progress and success in the sport, and will enable us to show local talent on the world wide stage, I am looking locally to see if there are any organisations who would be willing to donate to our cause , local support for a local rising star. The chairs are a very expensive piece of equipment which are made to measure for each individual ensuring they are comfortable and able to perform to the maximum ability. I would very much appreciate your response, and of there is any help that can be offered.

The Club were delighted to respond to the appeal by way of a donation of £500 – presented by Community Service Chairman Gareth Owen and the secretary of the Club.

Ana –



Since the presentation we received the following from Ana’s mother:

“Its very exciting news, just been announced today, she has been selected to go to France in the European Championships in the under 24s, the only welsh female to be selected”.

EDITOR – well done Ana – a 13 yr old selected for an under 24 team!!!! – tremendous. If any of our readers would wish to contribute to Ana’s wheelchair appeal please contact me via our web site address.

WW1 Project – Holywell schools visit to Caernarfon Castle – 14th September 2018

As part of the World War One commemoration project, 6 year students from Ysgol MaesGlas, Ysgol Maes y Felin and St. Winefride’s have recently visited the regimental museum of the 5th battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers at Caernarfon Castle.

A key part of the project involves the school children researching and writing up individual citations for all 54 soldiers from Holywell and Greenfield who died in battle during the war.  Most of these soldiers joined the 5th battalion.   Their work will be presented to everyone at a commemoration event at the Holywell Roll of Honour on 11th November.

The photographs show children from Maes y Felin being show items and artefacts used by soldiers – including what they wore and carried, and what they survived on, and was presented by Lorraine, dressed up as. World War 1 nurse.  Can you spot the soldier in the audience?

All the children were very enthusiastic and learnt so much from the demonstrations and visiting the museum.  The visits were funded by monies received from Heritage Lottery for this project.

Teacher of the Year – Helen Jones – 10th September 2018

Our Rotary Club were very pleased to welcome Helen Jones, Science Teacher at Flint High School.   Helen was recently awarded the ‘Outstanding Young Teacher of the Year’ by the Welsh Assembly.

Helen told us how she came to be nominated for this award, and all the assessments she had to survive.  It was very evident in her talk to us how she fulfilled all the words in the citation that accompanied her award – “she conducts her lessons with pace and plans thoroughly to make sure everyone is included, regardless of ability. Her lessons are fun and innovative. She is an excellent role model and good team player”.

It was very clear to all Rotarians that Helen is a teacher with considerable passion. She clearly has the interests and welfare of her students always in mind, and this can only have a lasting benefit for everyone.  It is just gratifying to know that one of our local schools has such talent and commitment.

Her success in the Welsh competition means that she will go forward to the UK national finals on 21 October (which will be televised on 28 October).  Flint and Holywell Rotary wish her every success.

A vote of thanks was given by Immediate Past President Neil Roberts

Helen with Rotary Vice President Jim, and             Vocational Committee lead Rob


Helen with the magnificent Welsh slate trophy awarded to her

History of Comedy – 3rd September 2018

The topic ‘History of Comedy’ resonated with members – a very interesting presentation, by David Carrington, which brought back memories of times when comedians were classically funny and entertaining.  The vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Malcolm Mellor.

President Dave Roberts & David Carrington

President Elect Jim Reid, President Dave Roberts with Honorary members Edwin Hughes & Mark Isherwood AM

Visit – North West Cancer Research Inst. – Bangor University – 6th August 2018

Bangor North West Cancer Research Institute:

The Bangor North West Cancer Research Institute was founded in 2004, with support from North West Cancer Research (NWCR), Bangor University and the Welsh Assembly Government. The Institute is housed in recently refurbished laboratories at the School of Medical Sciences in the Brambell Building.

Cancer and Cancer ResearchCurrently, 1 in 2 people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their life time. There are more than 200 types of cancer, each having a unique cause and set of symptoms. Due to the complexity of cancer, there is no single cure for all types of cancer and different cancers require different treatments. The aim of our research is to understand the differences between different types of cancer cells and their healthy equivalents, and then to utilise these differences to devise new diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic procedures to be employed in the clinic for specific cancers. Thanks to the money invested in cancer research, many advances have been made over the last decades: while 50 years ago the chance that a cancer patient was still alive 10 years after diagnosis was only slightly above 20 percent, the current average 10-year cancer survival rate is around 50 percent. However, the cancer incidence rate is steadily increasing and more research is needed to improve cancer diagnostics and treatments!

Research at Bangor
Members of the Institute use a range of model systems and state of the art technologies to research various aspects of carcinogenesis, cancer diagnostics and treatment. The research groups of Dr. Jane Wakeman and Dr. Ramsay McFarlane use human cell lines to investigate tumour invasion and metastasis, and to identify novel cancer markers that can be used in diagnostics and treatments. The groups of Dr. Thomas Caspari, Dr. Rita Cha, Dr. Chris Staples and Dr. Edgar Hartsuiker are interested in mechanisms that maintain genome stability and thus prevent cancer. Dr. David Pryce is interested in understanding the role of the immune system in cancer. One of our aims is to translate our research findings into the clinic to improve the treatment of cancer patients. For this purpose, we are increasingly collaborating with clinicians in Wales and Liverpool.

Flint & Holywell members and partners are indebted to Amy Robinson (NWCR), Dr. Edgar Hartsuiker, Dr. Rita Cha and members of their research team for facilitating our visit.

‘Back to school??’
Dr. Edgar Hartsuiker
Amy Robinson, Dr Hartsuiker and Dr. Cha









Supper – fine dining – fish and chips at Enochs


Project Dignity – BBQ 30th June 2018


HOST: Rotarian – JR

It was a great pleasure to accept an invitation from Jim who is not a stranger to S.A. to co – host a South African style BBQ (Braai) at his home in North Wales.

Jim even went so far as to have Boerewors (Farmers Sausage) made by his Butcher in Chester. Wow that is truly in the spirit of Rotary.

Jim, my Darling husband Dave and my Sister – in Law Chrissie spent some considerable time cooking, setting tables and chairs and erecting a Gazebo to hold the bar, tables etc.

We hosted over 70 people most of who were from the Rotary Club of FLINT AND HOLYWELL. We were aided by friends of Jim and other Rotarians. I would like to say a very big thank you to all concerned for the hospitality and sheer hard work that went into preparing and hosting this event.

I presented past President Neil Roberts with a certificate from our club and am (I am told) shortly to receive a flag from the club.

We managed to raise a whopping total £1250.00 which is being split between our Club for Project Dignity and the FLINT AND HOLYWELL club for a shipment of 40 boxes of educational books to schools in Uganda.


Thank you all once again for your help and for the friendship shown with so much practical help.
Rotarian Arlene Arnold
Rotary E-Club of South Africa One

Greenfield Valley – 16th July 2018

A member’s ‘away night’ took advantage of a visit to a local amenity on their doorstep – a visit to Greenfield Valley

The Greenfield Valley Museum opened in 1982 and developed around the agricultural buildings of the original Abbey Farm, which was a working farm until 1979. Buildings rescued from elsewhere in Flintshire were moved here to form an open air museum which included historic farmhouses and a Victorian school house.

The majority of the collections span a date range between 1850 and 1950 covering a variety of themes including agriculture, social history and the industrial history of the local area.

President Dave Roberts (a local lad) expressed thanks of the members to staff at the centre for the excellence of the ‘all to brief’ tour




          Where am I ??and / or which one is our President ???