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 ???

Dragon’s Den at Ysgol Treffynnon, Holywell – 18th July 2018



Rotary were delighted to be asked to provide a ‘Dragon’s Den’ for 4th year students at Ysgol Treffynnon, Holywell

In a session that lasted all morning, some 50 students in 12 teams presented business plans around the creation and marketing of an educational board game, essentially for younger children, but with potential for all age groups.

All product presentations were incredibly well researched, financed and potentially viable as very marketable.

Students acted out roles that would be found in all Companies – Managing Director, Financial Controller, Production, Marketing and Sales Managers.

Rotarians came away exceptionally impressed by all the presentations they heard.


The Dragons – Rotarians Jim Reid, Martin Barker, Rob Board & Lawrance Hughes


Overall winners – Diversity X – Chloe, Nathan, Ellice, Mabli & Lucie P


      Best presentation – Edu City – Ellie, Millie, Emma, Lottie & Abi


Best creative product – DCIS Games – Steven, Cameron, Isssac, Dylan & Paul


                         DIVERSITY X and The Dragons


DIVERSITY X , The Dragons & Mark Seale (Director of Learning at Ysgol Treffynnon)



River Dee Raft Race – 1st July 2018

An excellent Sunday at the Chester River Dee Raft race.

The Rotary Club raft with six very brave men got a thorough soaking as you can see from the photo’s and video uploaded by Martin (see F & H Facebook pages). So, we hit the bridge, with no eggs or flour thrown, am now thinking, “that invisibility spray, from ebay, is working.
Passing flyboard Jay, will be a piece of cake…… or perhaps not”

The all girl raft this year sponsored by the Druid Inn, Gorsedd, Holywell did exceptionally well winning two medals in two separate categories.

All sponsorship monies raised will be utilised to support local charities and needy causes.

The event – Chester Rotary Club


             Ladies Raft – sponsored by Duids Inn, Gorsedd


                    ‘Lads’ Raft – sinking before they start????


             Lady winners – putting the lads to shame!!!




WWI project – 11th November 2018 will be special in HOLYWELL

The 11th November 2018 is a very important event in British history, as it will be 100 years since the end of World War 1.

There will be national commemorative events, but it is very important that Holywell should have its own special event to remember with gratitude the 54 brave soldiers from Holywell and Greenfield who went off to war and did not return. Their sacrifice must never be forgotten.

Flint and Holywell Rotary Club, working with Holywell & District Royal British Legion, Holywell Town Council and other organisations are planning a very special memorial event after the Remembrance Day Service at St James Church and the laying of wreaths in Panton Gardens.

Heritage Lottery Funding have awarded the team a grant and this will be used by –

  • Students at Ysgol Maes Y Felin, Ysgol MaesGlas and St. Winefride’s researching all 54 names on the Holywell High Street Roll of Honour, and the Greenfield War Memorial, and writing up a summary history of each soldier. They will also be holding special school assemblies.
  • Students will also be looking at the history of the 5th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers, which most of the volunteers joined and visiting the regimental museum at Caernarvon Castle, and Birkenhead Park.
  • Students at Ysgol Treffynnon are going to be looking at supporting material such as some World War 1 poetry, especially the Welsh war poet Hedd Wyn, who died on the first day of the battle of Passchendaele in 1917 and preparing some special music.


All information produced will be recorded on a dedicated new local heritage website and be available for future years.

Can you help with this very special project please?

Family members and relatives of some of the 54 soldiers may still be living in and around Holywell, Greenfield and surrounding West Flintshire districts.  Do you have any information, maybe photographs, medals etc. that can be made available to help the students in their research?  We would be especially interested in seeing any copies of ‘letters home’

If you can help, please leave a brief message on this website using the ‘Contact Us’ page.  Someone will get back to you quickly. Please do not at the moment send any material, as we may not be insured against losses or damage.

 The project is also looking to recruit volunteer Mentors who can assist the local school students in their research, collecting local research information and/or providing content for the new website.  If you are interested in joining the project and would like to know more, we will be holding a volunteer drop in briefing session on:

26 July 2018, at 7pm, at the Stamford Gate Hotel, Holywell                                  

More information will be available on the night.

If you are reading this after the date shown, don’t worry – we would still be pleased to hear from you.

 Please tell anyone else you think may be interested in this Project and can help.

Thank you very much.

An inspirational talk – Crohn’s & Colitis Garden – a winner

In 2016, The Royal Horticultural Society revealed that people in their 30’s and 40’s were a ‘lost generation’ of gardeners – Baby Boomer parents hadn’t passed on the skills, and gardens were now be decked rather than nurtured. But as shadows lengthened over Chelsea last year, a solitary figure shimmered into view – with garden trowel in hand – and brought with them a devotion for the sheer joy and promise of gardening that is certain to bring inspiration to Generation X and Y.

Denise Shields has achieved something we had previously been unable to realise visually – the confusion, pain and loneliness of living with a
chronic condition but with a pleasing peek towards hope and a welcoming place to retreat.

The idea for the Crohn’s and Colitis UK charity garden was conceived by Denise in October 2015. The passionate amateur gardener has experienced, first-hand, the devastating effects of Crohn’s Disease. At the age of 13, Denise’s son was diagnosed with the disease, and in 2013 at the age of 23 he had a severe relapse of the condition which nearly cost him his life, changing his life forever.

Denise was inspired by the bravery and resilience shown by her son in the face of his debilitating disease, so she wanted to do something positive to help him and all those people who are affected by these dreadful conditions. The 77sq m garden was designed by Rory Tompsett and Peter Hulland working with Denise, to share the story of an individual’s emotional journey through illness and remission. The journey begins in Facing Fear, an uninviting place. The confusion, loneliness and turbulence an individual can suffer when their condition erupts are symbolised by a steet pergola, angular path and bubbling pool while the sensations of fear and pain are represented by the dark colour and texture of the planting. When exhaustion becomes overwhelming, the bespoke redwood chair provides a welcome place to retreat. Steps, drawing the visitor downward into Finding Hope represented by a bright sunken area, reflect the transition towards better health. This is a happy place, where improved well-being and confidence are illustrated by the attractive, colourful planting and gently flowing water, which raises the spirits. A formal hedge, denoting an inner boundary is a reminder that Crohn’s Disease has no known cure and those diagnosed have to learn to manage the disease. This ambiguity is emphasised by the specially commissioned stainless steel sculpture.

The Crohn’s Disease inspired garden called ‘Facing Fear: Finding Hope in support of Crohn’s and Colitis UK’ was on display at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park from 20-23 July 2017 and won both the Gold Award and the People’s Choice Award a credit and incredible achievement by the inspirational leader and her cohort of volunteers.

On behalf of Flint and Holywell Rotary Club members our thanks for your presentation at our Monday meeting – it’s message will not easily be forgotten.

Are there angels??

In your desperate plight
When the world has gone black,
And you scrabble to get a grip on your situation
And can’t get one…
You might pray for help
Even if God is an imaginary friend
And praying is reverting to a childlike state
You still might pray.
And here’s the thing,
God sends his angels.
They pick you up
They smile at you
They cry compassionate tears.
Some angels have familiar faces
And others are unknown
But the look in their eyes is the same.
If there are answers for you, they find them.
If there are none, they settle your mind
I pray that you find the kindness of strangers
And the kindness of friends.
You never see them coming,
You did not expect them.
They do not know they are angels
But God sends them anyway.

Steve Blakesley © January 2017 (Steve, our poet laureate, is a member of the Rotary Club of Flint & Holywell)

     President Neil Roberts & Denise Shields