Installation of President Neil Roberts

  • July 3rd 2017 marked a new Rotary Year with President Alan Brook handing over the baton to incoming President Neil Roberts.  Unfortunately phone photographs do not make good copies 

The Club were also delighted to offer Honorary Membership to Edwin Hughes – a long time supporter of the aims of Rotary and in particular the Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell.

Vice Presidents Dave Roberts and Jim Reid were presented with chains of office. Treasurer for 2017-18 Gordon Cook and Secretary Barry Harrison

Chester Rotary Raft Race 2017

The Chester Raft Race is an annual charity event taking place every July in the Groves on the River Dee and organised by the Rotary Club of Chester. The rafts race against the clock over an approximate 400 metre course starting just upriver of the Royal Chester Rowing Club, passing under the pedestrian Suspension Bridge to a finish on the north bank of the river by Recorder’s Steps to the Walls and just above the weir. Although the race is over at this point, the rafts then have to retrace their route back to the launch area on the Meadows.

The UK Fly-board Champion Jay St John came with a spectacular display of fly-boarding right out of 007.

Flint and Holywell Rotary were delighted this year to loan their rafts to the Bagillt Royal Stars (Dance troop), raising in excess of £2,500 from sponsorship.

Well done and a great effort.

Snowdon Rocks 2017

By your side appeal culminated in a performance on the top of Snowdon by Mike Peters with his guitar.

They were joined by two trains full of people from The Strength Train, Cancer patients/ carers, Dementia patients/ helpers and The Rainbow Train.

What a great feat after walking 150 miles throughout the week.

Defibrillators in the Community – Halkyn News

HALKYN COMMUNITY COUNCIL – working in partnership with the Welsh Ambulance Service and Flint and Holywell Rotary Club


In response to recent suggestions, your council has given consideration to the provision of a defibrillator, sited at the Halkyn Parish Hall. However, a recent meeting with the local Rotary Club, who are actively promoting and funding defibrillator provision in local communities, and the Welsh Ambulance Service (WAS) have led to a significantly better proposal.

The defibrillator is a vital piece of life saving equipment for people experiencing cardiac arrest. It provides electrical stimulus to the heart muscles, in an attempt to restart the heart. There is proven evidence that says that with chest compressions, if the defibrillator is applied within 6 minutes, then the patient has an 85% chance of recovery (with further hospital treatment). Whilst a defibrillator situated at the Parish Hall in Halkyn might be advantageous, if it is in a locked box, then any usefulness is hugely diminished, notwithstanding it will be ineffective for those living in Pentre Halkyn, Rhosesmor and Rhes-y Cae!

Your council believe that by far the best option is to promote a scheme of trained first responders, who will be trained by the Welsh Ambulance Service in emergency response techniques and will have the defibrillator with them. As well as being trained in dealing with cardiac arrests and using the defibrillator, they will also be trained on how to deal with heart attacks, choking in both adults and children, and serious bleeding emergencies. Responders will be in direct contact with ambulance control and tasked by them.

In the year up to December 2016, the Welsh Ambulance Service was called out to 803 incidents in the Halkyn Mountain area and analysis shows that first responders could have helped in 90% of these calls. Efficient as they are, Welsh Ambulance Service will not always get to this locality in 6 minutes!




An open event led by the Welsh Ambulance Service is planned for Saturday 24th June in Halkyn Parish Hall at 11.00am. The Welsh Ambulance Service will give a talk on the role of the first responder, demonstrate the equipment they use and explain how you can volunteer and be trained to become a first responder. The other very important issue is to look at the possibilities of having first responder teams not just for Halkyn, but Pentre Halkyn, Rhosesmor and Rhes-y-Cae. We really need to see just what response is forthcoming before the possibilities can be considered.   The event will last for some 90 minutes, with plenty of time for questions, and to speak with the Ambulance people.


Everyone is very welcome – there is absolutely no commitment. Becoming a volunteer first responder will be your decision, and this event is just to help you with information, and to demonstrate that applying chest compressions and a defibrillator is not as complex as you may think.

If at the outset you have no desire to be a first responder, please still come as there will be some administrative support (and possible fund raising) that the team will need, and for which you could be well suited.

There is also another great incentive – if we can get a responder team trained, Flint and Holywell Rotary Club will consider funding all or part of the cost of the defibrillator (around £780.00). That means monies identified by the Council can be used to provide the other essential equipment for the team.

Two of your local Councillors – Mrs Delyth Jones-Taylor (contact Tel: 01352 – 781630) and Mrs Wendy Sigsworth (contact Tel: 01352 – 780394) are coordinating this project.

If you are interested and would like to volunteer to become one of the First Responder Team in Halkyn Mountain but cannot attend the event, then please contact either councillor, and we will keep your interest and contact you later.  If you would like any further information, please leave a message on Flint and Holywell website  – we will answer all enquiries.

P.S.  if you are reading this and interested, but don’t live in the Halkyn Mountain area, please still come to the event.  Later in the year, Rotary will be approaching the Community Councils in Brynford and Ysceifiog, so by having an interest now, you will be ahead of the game!  There are also first responder schemes in Bagillt, Holywell and Caerwys, always looking for new members.

Running Challenge

Running challenge over two days – guess total mileage covered to win a hamper. Supported by 7 local Primary schools and with the exceptional support of Tesco staff the event raises money for the purchasing of dictionaries presented to primary school leavers when moving forward to secondary education.

Rotary Technology Tournament sponsored by Airbus UK 20th Oct 2016

Truly inspirational talent was on show at Coleg Cambria for the 6th annual Rotary Technology Tournament sponsored by Airbus UK. This end of half term display of talent saw  8 teams from Flint High school, St Brigid’s Denbigh and Ysgol Glan Clwyd of St Asaph engage in a battle of wits to design and construct a bridge using nothing more than card, string and drinking straws.  Easy? Not when it had to support a kilogram lead weight in the middle and have a lifting mechanism.

Coleg Cambria apprentices from Airbus, Promethean and Thomas Cook Airlines acted as judges and mentors for the students.   Overseeing all their efforts were retired engineers from another generation from the Rotary clubs of Mold and Flint & Holywell.  Event organiser, Steve Blakesley from Flint and Holywell Rotary said, ”This was a superb team effort. We look forward to more schools entering next year to give their students a chance to start a career in a STEM subject.”  Next year it’s on  Thursday 19th October 2017. Phone 01352 780311 to book your school’s place.