PopStarz – Local support

The Club received the following letter from the leaders of PopStarz – members were pleased to support this appeal – hard working leaders / supporters adding value to a local community.


To whom it concerns,

Popstarz is a local. singing and dancing academy which as husband and wife we set up just over 6 years ago and now have 132 pupils aged between 5-16 years old. Our name is now getting out into the community and we are now being asked to attend local events to support our local community, which is lovely, and the pupils really enjoy it too.

So far this year we have invited to local Nursing homes to perform for the residents and Mold Carnival.

On top of this we have our own show to look forward too. “Popstarz to Rockstarz”, which is being
held at the Theatre Clwyd, Mold on June 16’h and Undo

We.try to keep our hourly fees to a minimum, so we are affordable to as many pupils as possible
which means we must work hard fundraising each year to cover the added costs of costumes, props
etc for our two-,!,early performances. We do regular fund raisers within the academy and so far this
year we have organised a sponsored walk at Greenfield Valley in May, we had a Popstarz Bingo
afternoon last month which raised £760 and we are doing another Dragon Ba&s clothes collection
this term too, which last year raised £260. These cover quite a lot towards the cost of the summer
show which is usually around £1500 but does not leave us much to spend on new equipment to
make the academy the best it can be.

Along with the show costs we need to buy some new equipment to make the academy the best it
can be, we really need the following equipment ready for our show in June.
Qty 1- RCF ART 715-A MK4 15″ 1400W Active Powered PA Speaker, cover and 3-year warranty £578.
Qty 2 – Heavy Round Anti-Vibration Base Microphone Black £19.99 Each
Qty 1- Padded Protective Transport Bag 15″ Speaker Mackie Peavey ReF £24.50 Each
We also need some new cables which in total come to around £100
Total £742.48

We appreciate that Flint and Holywell Rotary Club also, have to work very hard fundraising
themselves for the local community. But if Flint and Holywell Rotary Club would be able to put a
donation towards the above equipment so we can make our Popstarz academy better again that
would be amazing.
Kind Regards




Message received via  Messenger, thanking us for the donation to Popstarz.

On behalf of Popstarz, I would like to thank the Rotary Club for your kind donation towards our academy for equipment for our shows. The children, …………. and I appreciate it so much and we can’t thank you enough Kind regards P…….. D……..

Bee Keeping – 8th July 2019

Jill Wheeler (and husband Graham) are trustees of the Welsh Beekeepers association and Jill is the current Vice Chair and Secretary of the organisation. There are 19 local Associations in Wales affiliated to WBKA. Jill & graham consider themselves to be hobbyists – 16years and 20 hives into their passion.

Jill explained the essence of good bee keeping and informed the members present about:

Types of honeybees – Queen, Drone and workers
Life cycle of the honeybee
Management of hives
Comb management
Becoming a bee keeper
Feeding bees
Plants for honeybees
Winter care
Honeybee disease
Migration of bees
Honey and wax production plus answering many questions

A honey bee is very small but also very important. She pollinates plants and trees with pollen carried from one plant to another on her hairy body so we can have fruit and seeds. Without bees fewer plants would grow and we would not have enough variety in our food to keep everyone healthy. Bees also make honey for us to eat and use in medicine. Beeswax can be used to make candles, beauty products and furniture polish. Grow bee friendly plants – bees like many varieties of flowers and trees as well as flowering fruits and vegetables.

The website is a useful starting point to this fascinating hobby

Pres Elect Gareth Owen, Pres Jim Reid, Jill Wheeler and VOT member Martin Barker

Raft Race – Chester – 30th June 2019

This year, we have three rafts, in Chester Raft Race 2019.

One adopted by The Druid Inn, Gorsedd ……The Rocketeers.

Second to Point of Ayr Holiday Park…….The Roman Stragglers.

Third, used by ourselves ….The Rotary Rogue Crusaders.

The Rocketeers, won fastest ladies raft.
More importantly, apart from the fun, more than £1,440 was raised, between the rafts, to be shared between St Kentigern Hospice and local community causes.
Thanking everyone for their support and do you want your eggs back. ?

Community Awards to High School Pupils – June 2019

The Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell were chuffed to bits to welcome three young people who had gone the extra mile for their community. Every year, the club gives bursaries to a student from each of the three high schools , Flint High, Ysgol Treffynnon and St Richard Gwyn, in recognition of their efforts to help others.


Rhys Lloyd from Ysgol Treffynnon attended with his mum Ann Marie. He had organised several sponsored events for 3 different charities to raise hundreds of pounds.

Daniel,from St Richard Gwyn attended with his mum Angela. Daniel played the last post at several Remembrance Events in Flint and Holywell making our centenary commemorations truly memorable.

Masie from Flint High School has been helping younger children transfer to High School by involving them in sport long before they transfer to Flint High School.

All three students spoke confidently to the Rotarians and shared their positive vision for the future of our communities.

Riverside clean – Flint 23rd June 2019

Stimulated by a plea from our District Governor, Steve Martin members of the Club scoured the banks of the river Dee on Flint foreshore, with the support of Wendy Jones of Keep Wales Tidy, for rubbish mainly of the plastic variety.

Several bags were collected and it is intended that members continue to support KWT through arranging litter picks throughout the year – flintshire is setting up a hub system where litter pickers, bags etc can be sourced at any time of the year – watch this space!!

That’s the way

We didn’t sit idly by!!! – it’s a lady in wood


Stopped for a well earned rest


When most people look forward to a “lie in” and possible a lazy morning reading the papers before

settling down to the Sunday Roast, members of The Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell were out again

in force this Sunday. This time the team were out on the Flint foreshore, where large volumes of plastic

and other waste materials were collected.

The secretary of The Club, Barry Harrison, who was for many years a pharmacist in Flint commented

that The Rotary Club has been involved in “Beach Clean Ups” for some time now, yet despite all the

publicity about the environmental problems associated with waste material, particularly non bio

degradable plastics, we still find large volumes of detritus littering our coastlines.








Causing more problems????

Our mediator member, Graham Ross, recently attended the Rotary Club of Vilnius in Lithuania (the largest in Lithuania) – the only question asked post his visit was – did our relationship with our eastern European colleagues improve ?? – no answer was given (naturally Graham as a fellow Evertonian only joking)



Here’s a pic for the record. The President ,  handing me their pennant, is Sigitas Rencys and to the right is the club Secretary Tadas Vilcinskas .



A few weeks ago, we announced the winner of our Young Writer completion at Ysgol y Llan, Fred Phillips. Since then, a lot more has happened. Fred was one of two entries that went forward to our District, and again he was chosen as the winning entry. Given there are 57 Rotary Clubs in the District, and thus a considerable number of entries, this was a remarkable achievement. Fred then went forward to the National completion representing our District. With entries from all 13 Districts, he did not get into the top 3, but was nevertheless “highly commended” by the judges. Fred’s winning entry was all about his great grandfather, Harry James Shepherd, who fought and was killed in the First World War. Fred has spend many hours researching his great grandfathers bravery, and has been inspired by this Fred says “ I thank him, and everyone who gave their lives, for what they did to save ours. We thank the Lord that there were people like that in our world. I hope Harry’s sacrifice will help me to become a peacemaker and maybe one day I will become someone’s inspiration”.

The judges said this about Fred’s entry. “ this is an excellent piece of writing. It comes across as heartfelt, sincere and vert powerful. The author does very well to convince the reader of his emotional commitment to his ancestor”.

Fred was presented with 2 more certificates, and he is seen with his winning certificate from the District, and with Rotarian Rob holding the certificate signed by the President of Rotary for Great Britain and Ireland.



Our other winning entry in the District completion from Maddie Humphries at Ysgol Bro Carmel was “highly commended” by the judges.

Rotary extend their thanks and appreciation to Deputy Head Nathan Williams at Ysgol y Llan, and Deputy Head Nicola Jackson at Ysgol Bro Carmel for all their help and support to the many students that submitted entries. Rotary look forward to this competition appealing to more local schools next year.

Camino de Santiago – June 2019

An extremely interesting powerpoint presentation from Hugh Burgess on his pilgrimage from Gorsedd to northern Spain – The way of Saint James – at the end of the evening Hugh – please write the book!!

President Elect Jim Reid and guest speaker Hugh Burgess

The Camino de Santiago –  known in English as the Way of Saint James among other names, is a network of pilgrims’ ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in north western Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth..

The Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the later Middle Ages, together with those to Rome and Jerusalem, and a pilgrimage route on which a plenary indulgence could be earned.

Legend holds that St. James‘s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain, where he was buried in what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela.

The Way can take one of dozens of pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela. Traditionally, as with most pilgrimages, the Way of Saint James began at one’s home and ended at the pilgrimage site. However, a few of the routes are considered main ones. During the Middle Ages, the route was highly travelled. However, the Black Death, the Protestant Reformation, and political unrest in 16th century Europe led to its decline. By the 1980s, only a few hundred pilgrims per year registered in the pilgrim’s office in Santiago. In October 1987, the route was declared the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe; it was also named one of UNESCO‘s World Heritage Sites. Since the 1980s the route has attracted a growing number of modern-day international pilgrims.

It has been only recently, in the 1990s that the pilgrimage to Santiago regained the popularity it had in the Middle Ages.

Since then, hundreds of thousands (over 300,000 in 2017) of Christian pilgrims and many others set out each year from their homes, or from popular starting points across Europe, to make their way to Santiago de Compostela. Most travel by foot, some by bicycle, and a few travel as some of their medieval counterparts did, on horseback or by donkey (for example, the British author and humorist Tim Moore). In addition to those undertaking a religious pilgrimage, many are hikers who walk the route for travel or sport. Also, many consider the experience a spiritual retreat from modern life.

ALUN WYNNE JONES – in memory of a Rotarian and a true friend to so many


By Aaliyah Rugg

Funeral arrangements have been made for Alun Jones who touched the hearts of many people

A FAMILY has paid tribute to a local ‘hero’ who touched the hearts of a lot of people.

Funeral arrangements have been made for Alun Jones, of Flint, who died at the age of 72 from an infection whilst battling cancer.
Mr Jones died on Tuesday, May 21 and leaves behind wife Lorraine, children Jamie Jones (44) and Zoe Cottam (48) and four grandchildren.
Daughter Zoe told the Leader that her dad was a caring man and would do anything for anyone.
She said: “He was a man that cared. He was a caring, hard-working man who always put everybody before himself by going that extra mile.
“He was a generous and loving father, and a humble man. Nothing would ever be a problem because he would go out of his way to help people. He touched a lot of people.”
Mr Jones took over the family business in the 1980s which was honoured by the Mayor of Flint.
The Leader has previously reported that Mr Jones – the third generation and owner of Jones Motor Services, Flint – celebrated over 100 years in business and he received an award at a ceremony at the Town Hall in 2013.
The company was founded in 1898 by his grandfather Edward Jones and the 72-year-old was also previously the owner of the Spar garage and convenience store in Flint.
Mr Jones was also a member and past chairman of the Roundtable and Rotary club and past chairman of Flint FC. As well as that, he was the chairman of Flint lifeboat and received a medal for 25 years of service.
Mrs Cottam added: “He’s been a part of Flint Lifeboat for years, and they’re going to carry him down in the funeral.
“He did a lot for St Kentigern’s as well (local hospice in St Asaph) which was a charity that was quite close to his heart, and one that he’d used to help raise money for. He used to do raffles and different things to send money over to them.
“He was a businessman, a family man, and a bit of a jack of all trades, but I honestly don’t know how he found the time.”
Mr Jones was also president of Flint Town Football Club, chairman of the Flint and Holywell Round Table and the former chairman of the Flint Citizens Advice Bureau. He was also a member of the organising committee for Flint bonfire and firework display for four decades.
Mrs Cottam said: “A lot of people have called him a ‘hero’ and said that I’m blessed to have him as a dad. If I could be half the person he was, I’d be a better person. You couldn’t ask for a better dad.
“We’re devastated, but he’s at peace now.
“We’ve asked for there to be no flowers, but for money to be donated to St Kentigern’s.”
The funeral will take place at 12pm on June, 4 at Pentre Bychan in Wrexham.
Alan Forrester, lifeboat station manager, worked with Mr Jones for many years and he said he will be sadly missed.
He told the Leader: “He was a very well respected member of the community and he did a lot for Flint.
“He was chairman of our committee for many, many years and was involved in anything and would do everything that was going on.
“He was a polite and pleasant person and will be sadly missed by the community of Flint.”



Secretary of Flint and Holywell Rotary Club with AJ’s ‘family wife’ Lorraine and ‘business wife’ Theresa – at the celebration of Alun’s life

ALUN’S STORY  (Read at the celebration of life service on 21st May 2019) :

Born in Connah’s Quay on 27th November 1946 Alun was one of five children of Doris and Gwillym Jones. The family owned Jones Motor Services, but as his grandad delivered paraffin oil he was known as ‘Jones the Oil’, which is how the family nickname began.  Alun had very happy childhood memories of playing in Swinchard Fields, of making go-carts using orange boxes and pram wheels which he used to go bonking up and down the hills. Although it must be said ‘bonking’ then was not the same as bonking today!

A source of great pride to Alun was, he was picked to go for running trials by Ron Pickering, something he dined out on for many years, and would often roll his trouser legs up to display his fine athlete’s legs!

There was never any doubt where Alun’s future lay and after leaving school he joined the family business, where he helped Dougie who was a panel beater and sprayer. He passed his driving test at 17 and began driving taxis, wedding cars and helping the local funeral director, eventually taking over and becoming a funeral director himself for several years.

Never one to rest on his laurels Alun passed his PSV when he was 21 and began driving coaches. He loved his work, and his customers were very important to him. Alun was a brilliant storyteller and had he got around to finishing his life book of all the weird and wonderful things that happened to him over the years during the course of his work, it would have been a best seller!

In the 80s he ran the family business with his brother and brother in law for a number of years. Alun then went on to focus on the development the holiday and retails side of the business.

Behind every successful man there is a successful woman, now Alun was exceptionally lucky in this respect – because he had two! He had his home wife Lorraine, and his work wife Theresa …wasn’t he lucky!

Alun and Theresa worked together for over 30 years. Alun and Theresa were very close, and she knew what he was thinking, sometimes before he did! Alun never had problems, he had challenges, and Theresa helped him deal with the challenges that came up every day.  Theresa became a very good friend to both Alun and Lorraine.

Alun and Lorraine met at a party when they were 16. During their courting days many of her friends went out with their boyfriends on the bus, not Alun and Lorraine, They went out in a London taxi, wedding cars, and even a hearse! Alun knew how to treat a girl.

He was a trendy young man who quite fancied himself as a Buddy Holly lookalike, and he had the moves to go with it. Both Alun and Lorraine were regulars at The Lido where they loved to jive the night away.

They married on 16th June 1968 and over the next few years their two children Zoë and Jamie were born. Alun worked long hours, and the children knew they had to share their dad with his other babies, his coaches. But when he came home they had his undivided attention. He was relaxed, easy going and fun, Alun loved family days out at the beach always with a picnic, Friday nights ten-pin bowling, family crazy golf tournaments, but punctuality was not his strong suit as he was often held up in work.

One of the first things Alun did when he came home from work was take his socks of, which he would roll up and shove just about anywhere. Lorraine used to find them all over the place. But at his first meeting with his future son in law the convenient place that day was down the front of his trousers, which was a bit of a surprise for Gary!  His daughter in law Seline was spared such a treat!

When he became a grandad to Alani, Alex, Samuel and Harry, Alun was determined to spend as much time with them as he could. Gramps took them out on many trips, trampolining at Bounce Below, the beach, Anfield, museums, he’d just get them all bundled up in a mini bus and off they’d go. After one day trip the children came home in fits of laughter after Gramps had taken a tissue out of his pocket and a £20 note also came out and blew away. Gramps went off like a rocket after it and dived on it. He waved it in the air and shouted, I saved the ice cream money”.

As you will no doubt remember Alun was a little impulsive and very adventurous, and was not afraid to try anything. He abseiled, went up in a microlight, and would have loved to jump out of a plane.

A slightly safer past time was gardening. Alun loved his garden and would get totally absorbed in what he was doing. But it was a good job he didn’t go into hairdressing as everything was pruned to within an inch of its life. No matter how many times Lorraine showed him he couldn’t tell the difference between a weed and a plant, and would pull out a plant to give a weed more room to grow.

Alun would take on any job and would get very excited if it meant he could use power tools. But the mere mention of power tools had Lorraine quaking in her boots.  He had loads, but when he said he was going to get a chain saw Lorraine put her foot down. Alun was so accident-prone she worried he may lose a leg.

But even in the garden Lorraine couldn’t take her eyes off him, just in case he was tempted to get the ladder out, as he fell off that more than once, one time he fell off and was dangling upside down by his foot for over 30 minutes!

He collected old photographs of Flint and was a member of the Flint Historic Society; he played golf and was a member of Pennant Park Golf club. He enjoyed music, the family bought him a drum kit for Christmas one year, which he loved playing. It was impossible for anyone to identify the tune he was playing, but he had a good time.

Another love in his life was Liverpool FC. As a young man he was a Chester fan, but after taking a coachload of fans to Anfield he was converted. He became a season ticket holder and went to every home match possible, usually with a coachload behind him.

Holidays were when he relaxed. Alun and Lorraine travelled far and wide, but Alun also looked forward to his weekend breaks in Llandudno. Family holidays with the grandchildren were very special to Alun, particularly when they went to Euro Disney. The first time they flew over, but the second time they went by coach.10 people on a 53 seater coach. On the way back boarder security were very surprised and slightly suspicious of so few on such a big coach. So they got on board to inspect. What they saw was 10 people all tired and somewhat disheveled, but what surprised them the most was the train set they had set up and had running around the coach!

As busy as he was, Alun found time to be involved in various club and groups. For many years he was an active member of several trade associations. He was the longest serving member of the Flint & Holywell Round Table, until the group disbanded. Past president of the Rotary, and Flint Football Club, Former chairman of Flint CAB, a member of the 41 Club. And he was very proud to be Chairman of Flint Lifeboats for over 30 years and would have been very proud and honoured that they escorted him here today.

Alun had a great sense of humour, loved a laugh and was never afraid to make a fool of himself. He hosted many reunion tours when he and his staff would dress up in fancy dress to raise money for St Kentigans Hospice. He also on occasion opened up his garden to help raise funds, as it was a charity very close to his heart.

With that in mind any donations made in memory of Alun will also go to St Kentigan’s Hospice.

Alun was a kind, generous and humble man, who never had a bad word to say about anyone. Someone who never took life too seriously, except when it came to his family  – who he adored. Alun and Lorraine were married for over 50 years. Alun used to joke that the first 25 were hell and the second 25 were fantastic.  He instilled the values of hard work and decency into his family and inspired them to be the best that they could be, and they feel blessed to have had him in their lives …and no doubt everyone here feels the same!