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

Youth Speaks – Presentation to members

Members of the Club and partners were delighted to welcome competition teams from Holywell and Flint High Schools at their meeting on 21st May – a truly memorable occasion.  Holywell presented a debate on homelessness and Flint on Mental Health – sterling performances and great maturity by a;ll participants – our thanks.


Dawn Jones (English teacher / tutor) Erica, Kate & Carys (Flint HS)
Sarah Lewis (Creative Arts teacher) Amy, Rachel & Jessica (Holywell HS)
Teams – Holywell HS and Flint HS

Youth speaks – National final

Top chairperson in the UK

As previously reported, the team from Flint High School reached the National finals in
the Rotary Youth Speaks competition. Despite a magnificent performance, they were not in the first three places, but let nothing detract from what is a tremendous achievement.
On a personal success, Erica Roberts was judged as the best Chairperson of all teams. Again, their chosen topic was Mental Health as was delivered by Kate with considerable passion. The vote of thanks was delivered by Carys. All of Flint High and Flint and Holywell Rotary are so proud of them. Also huge thanks to English teacher, Mrs Dawn Jones, who has nurtured and guided the team to their success. Also mention to their parents and family who made the long journey to Exmouth and back.

The photograph below shows the team at the final in Exmouth – from the left, Mrs Dawn Jones, Kate John, Erica Roberts and Carys Watchorn.