Samaritans – Feb 3rd 2020

Diane Langhorn addressed the Club at our weekly meeting on the work of the Samaritans – Diane is a volunteer at the Chester Branch of the organisation.

To quote from their web site:

We’re working together to make sure fewer people die by suicide.

Diane outlined the training undergone pre ‘sole working’ – 6 months of a listening agenda. In the UK there are 200 branches, receiving a call every 6 seconds answered by one of 20,000 volunteers – 365 days a year, 24/7. In 2018 the Chester branch handled 21,000 calls plus emails – incredible. Many of the calls are not of a potential suicidal intent and can range from personal relationship breakdowns, mental health issues, people ‘in crisis’ to prisoners often with Samaritans being their only outside contact – unfortunately there are an excess of sexual demanding calls to the operators. Interestingly Samaritans are a listening, non advisory service and volunteers will only sign post to other organisations if requested to do so.

      President Jim Reid and Diane Langhorn

A vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Mike Holt.


Life in Japan – language and culture – Jan 27th 2020

Monday 27th January – The Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell had great pleasure in welcoming Lord Greg Mostyn as its principle guest to give a talk on Japan and his love of Japanese culture. Lord Mostyn explained that he first visited Japan shortly after he left University to teach English as a foreign language. He almost immediately fell in love with the Country, and since then, had revisited on many occasions,  and now tries to visit at least once every year. He explained that to understand Japan, it was essential that he learnt the language, and after six months he felt he was reasonably proficient, sufficient to undertake some limited conversation, and since then his fluency has increased considerably. This ability to converse with visiting Japanese people has been a tremendous asset, he explained, when he greets the increasing number of Japanese tourists who come to look around Mostyn Hall each year. The tourist are surprised and delighted when they meet a British aristocrat who can actually welcome them in their own language,he commented.

On an earlier visit to Mostyn Hall, Lord Mostyn showed Rotary Club members a “Japanese Garden” which had been laidout by one his ancestors who had toured Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. Lord Mostyn then took great pride in explaining how he and his staff had lovingly restored the gardens, and later showed Club members an album containing photographs taken during this earlier visit together with another album, this time containing photographs taken by himself showing many of the same views as they are today

Rotarians were particularly interested to get an insight into the the culture and characteristics of the Japanese people, which is so different from our western culture. His talk also encompassed the beautiful countryside of Japan, its remarkable transport system and in particular its food which is one of his favourites. The last time Lord Mostyn visited Japan was to support Wales at the recent Rugby World Cup and Rotarian David Pearse, an avid English rugby supporter, who had also been in Japan for the Final when proposing the vote of thanks commiserated with Greg on the failure of Wales to get past the semi finals. Lord Mostyn immediately countered this by proclaiming that England’s defeat in the Final to South Africa was one of the best days of his life! Honour being satisfied on all sides, the meeting concluded with the Club’s President, Jim Reid also adding his appreciation.

Lord Mostyn, President Jim Reid and Rotarian David Pearse

Rotakids – Whitford Ysgol y Llan

Well done to you all – a great effort (Rotary Club Flint & Holywell)


Hundreds of pounds raised for hospice by Whitford primary school Ysgol y Llan

Evening Leader 20th January 2020


A GROUP of primary school pupils from Whitford have been busy raising money for Hope House Hospice.

The children at Ysgol y Llan, near Holywell, who call themselves The Rotakids, have the specific role of generating ideas to help raise money for those less fortunate then themselves, led by senior teacher Rhian Roberts.

This year, the pupils had three specific goals. They wanted to use any money raised to help support children, they wanted to help local children and they wanted to support children with a range of illnesses.

Following this, Hope House Hospice was suggested as a worthy charity.

Hope House were contacted and Nicola Jackson, a representative from the hospice, came to school and led an assembly which informed pupils and staff about all of the work that the hospice does. The assembly included information about the hospice using special pools to provide children with muscle therapy, pools with special access to help wheelchair users, as well as the use of music therapy to help users interact with the environment around them.

The Rotakids organised a special ‘Sparkle and Shine’ glitter event, where the children paid to have eco friendly hair glitter and glitter tattoos, as well as toast and milkshakes for snack.

This was followed by a coffee afternoon for parents and grandparents, and raffles with various luxury hampers as prizes. The school collected bags with donations of clothes and toys. It was also agreed any money raised from other recent fundraising events would be added to the Hope House fundraising total.

Nathan Williams, deputy head teacher, said: “The events were a great success. In total Ysgol y Llan raised over £800, including the value of sales from our donated bags of clothes and toys. This is a fantastic achievement for our small school and we are very proud of our children.”


Penri Cunnah – Health & Safety

Penri is the Head of health & Safety for the mydentist group of dental practices in the UK – they provide both private and NHS services.

They are Europe’s largest dental care provider –  600+ network of practices, employing over 10,000 people and with a turnover of £600m – committed to providing the latest treatments, and helping the nation improve their oral health. Over 5 million people in the UK trust them with their dental care.

Penri outlined the challenges facing the profession in health and safety issues and current legislation which, clearly, must be followed – improvement not only in outcomes for patients but equally for those professionals involved in providing dental services – reduction of risk is an essential element within the service and ongoing training of staff is a major part of the work within his management team.

Award winning health & safety at mydentist

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              President Jim Reid & Penri

Pres JR, Penri, Rtns. Alan Cunnah & Malcolm Newberry

(Prestatyn Rotary Club)



Competition – Young Photographer

Calling all aspiring YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS       With phones and tablets, there are probably more young photographers now than ever before!

So how about entering a competition?

Rotary have an annual ‘Young Photographer’ competition, with stages at local, district and national levels.

Your local Rotary Club – FLINT and HOLYWELL – are inviting entries for judging.

There are 3 age groups (age at 31 August 2019) – 7 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years and 14 to 17 years.

You can enter with a portfolio of 3 photographs with the theme of ‘THROUGH MY EYES’

Photographs can be in colour or black or white, on photographic paper. Each print must be on separate paper, and no larger than A4 size. Please also include a brief sentence of what each photograph represents in relation to the theme.

There will be a first prize of £25 in each age category.  Rotary may organise a local exhibition of entries.  Winners will (if they want) go forward to the next level of competition (Rotary district)

More details can be found on the ‘Rotary Young Photographer website’ or you can leave a message with any questions on the contact page on our website.

Entries must be received by Sunday 09 February – please send them in an envelope (or deliver them) to the Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell, Springfield Hotel, A55 Expressway, Pentre Halkyn, Holywell CH8 8BD.  Please put you name, age  and contact details on the back of each photograph.


Good luck – Rotary look forward to receiving your entry.

Amelia – a Holywell Star – November

The Rotary Club were delighted to offer financial support enabling Amelia to attend an Isle of Man invitation tournament on 30th November

The note below is from her mother expressing thanks to Rotary:

I would just like to thank you again for to kind donation towards Amelia’s recent gymnastic competition.16th Nov Amelia travelled to Haverfordwest and became 11/12yr Welsh tumbling champion.

30th Nov Amelia in the Isle of Man Invitational

11 & Under – Level 4
Amelia 1st vault 1st bars 2nd Floor

1st overall from all the age groups in Level 4(11-15yr)
Amazing results for the North Wales senior squad in their first outing.


Dragons Den – Holywell High – 29th Nov 2019


For the past few months, year 10 students at Treffynnon have been working hard as part of their business studies, developing a marketable product in the form of an educational game targeted at younger people, but able to be used by parents and others to enhance learning.

Last week, teams of students presented their finished work to 4 ‘Dragon’s’ – members of Rotary who have had many years of business experience.  Teams had to convince these ‘businessmen’ that they had researched their market, costed their product and produced a game that had the potential to provide a great learning experience and make profits!

All 4 Dragons were tremendously impressed with the efforts of all teams. A fairly simple assessment was used, using 4 criteria where a score of 5 meant that the presentation was “excellent, really good content, well researched and thought through – persuasively and passionately presented”  Added was then an ‘investment potential’ meaning that Dragon’s would certainly put their money into financing the product.

Rotary had a small prize for the winning team, but had a huge dilemma in deciding which team were winners, as 4 teams had perfect 5’s and a 100% investment potential!

Just by the smallest of margins emerged team EduMax – Tom, Lily, Liberty, Emma, Natasha and Charlie.  Their product was a game that focussed on the ecological issues affecting the planet, so creating awareness in young people of how they must give real consideration to reducing plastics and other waste materials. We all thought this was a brilliant concept.

Rotary send their warmest congratulations to all the teams, and thank Treffynnon for the opportunity to take part.  We all felt very privileged to see young students applying such huge effort to innovative thinking and learning.

The picture shows the winning team – EduMax – Tom, Lily, Liberty, Emma, Natasha and Charlie, with Rotarians Gareth, Kevin, David and Rob, and teacher Mark. (this was a double success for Charlie who on the previous day was the joint winner of the Rotary Community Award).

Santa comes to Flint 29th Nov. 2019

Santa, ably assisted by one of his Elves, made his first appearance of the Christmas Season in his newly refurbished sleigh at the increasingly popular Flint Christmas Fair. This event has grown considerably in popularity in recent years and a packed Church Street was treated to a host of Christmas Stalls, side shows and this year, some extremely frightening “Fairground” rides. The steps leading up to the ancient and recently restored Parish Church of St Mary’s provided the setting for choirs singing Christmas Carols, complimenting the Christmas music coming from Santa’s own sleigh.

Santa, as ever, was ably supported by not his elf, but many members of the Flint & Holywell Rotary Club who ensured that all the children who queued patiently to meet Santa were able to meet him and give him their letters. In return, Santa gave each of the children a lolly and promised them a reply to their letters which he would arrange via the local Rotary Club.

Rotary spokesman, David Pearse who worked in Church Street Flint for over 35 years commented that he was delighted to see how popular the event had become, and also how wonderful it was to see so many new shops, and businesses coming back into the Town. The good people of Flint, as ever, dug deep into their pockets to ensure that funds would be available to help the Rotary Club to assist with the many requests for help that are received throughout the year, and the Club hoped that this generosity would be repeated throughout the towns and villages of Flintshire when the Float passes by.

The highlight of the evening was a spectacular firework display, with Flint’s stunning Edwardian Castle providing the backdrop, followed by the switching on of The Christmas Lights.




28th November 2019

Flint and Holywell Rotary Club were delighted to present their Community Award to two dedicated and talented students at the recent School Awards evening.

The award this year was shared by Charlie Gudger and Ben Powell.  Both these incredible young year 10 students have given many hours of their time to a community project which involved planning and organising skills development for new year 7 students, and following up with coaching and mentoring.  The impact and successes through their commitment and efforts have been tremendous, and both have received very high marks in the assessment.  Charlie and Ben are both very worthy of this award, and Rotary send their warmest thanks and appreciation.

The picture shows Charlie ( holding the Rotary trophy) and Ben, with Rotary President Jim Reid, and Rotarians Rob Board ans Steve Blakesley.