Royal Yachts of the River Dee – 25th March 2019

Club members were regally addressed by David Waller, a member of the Northop Heritage Society, on the significant place in the history of the Dee in transporting arms and salaries to  troops in Ireland through the port of Dublin.

The Dee provided a convenient base for military expeditions to Ireland.
From 1600, substantial numbers of troops, provisions and equipment were sent to Ireland. For example in early 1600, 800 men were transported to Loch Foyle from the Dee.
On 16 November 1643, about 2,500 troops (4 regiments of foot and one of horse) landed at Mostyn from Ireland to support the Royalist cause in the Civil War.
The Cromwellian invasion of Ireland of 1649-1650 was initially mounted from Milford Haven, but a huge number of sailing vessels were needed to transport troops and their equipment. There were complaints from inhabitants of the Wirral about the rapacious conduct of troops waiting to be transported from the Parkgate area.

HMY Mary was the first Royal Yacht of the Royal Navy. She was built in 1660 by the Dutch East India Company. Then she was purchased by the City of Amsterdam and given to King Charles II, on the restoration of the monarchy, as part of the Dutch Gift. She struck rocks off Anglesey in thick fog on 25 March 1675 while en route from Dublin to Chester. Although 39 of 74 crew and passengers managed to get to safety, the wreck quickly broke up. The remains (bronze cannon) were independently discovered by two different diving groups in July 1971. After looters started to remove guns from the site, a rescue operation was organised and the remaining guns and other artefacts were taken to the Merseyside Museums for conservation and display. After the passing of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973, she was designated as a protected site on 20 January 1974.

HMY Royal Escape was a royal yacht used by King Charles II. She was a former coastal trader, a brig named Surprise.
King Charles took passage on Surprise after the final defeat of the royalist cause in 1651, narrowly avoiding pursuing Parliamentarian forces. He arrived safely in France, where he lived in exile until the Restoration in 1660. On his return Charles purchased the ship he had travelled on, naming her after his escape from England nearly a decade before. He kept her moored close to his palace, showing her to other royals. The ship remained on the Navy Lists for many years, being sold finally in 1750, though several other vessels perpetuated the name until 1877.

Club members were probably more attentive on learning of the mistresses of Charles II – pictures of his ‘harem’ were a welcome end to an interesting topic.


March 2019 –


Many congratulations to the Treffynnon Youth Speaks team for achieving first place in the senior section of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition. Their presentation on “why should more money be invested in stem cell research” received huge praise from the judges.
Regrettably, in the Regional final they were not winners, but to get to the last six in a region that covers all of North Wales, Merseyside, Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria is a massive achievement. They were competing against schools from Rochdale, Penrith, Carlisle and Wimslow.
The Treffynnon team in the photograph are (from the left), Mablia Kadelka-Williams who proposed a vote of thanks, Nathan Hall, the speaker, and Mia Richards, the chairperson.



Flint and Holywell Rotary Club are delighted with your success. We also extend our thanks and appreciation to teacher Mrs Siobhan Henry who has coached and supported the team so well.



D G Steve Martin visit – 11th March 2019

D G Steve sang for his supper at our meeting last Monday – an innovative talk on his experience as a DG – not the usual 1.0…. million Rotarians in x number of countries but an extremely  illuminating insight into the lead up to a DG role and six months of experiences in the role.

NOT your normal DG address and highly recommended – Steve’s first approach at this presentation – a Rotary message embraced within his experiences of fellowship.

Thanks Steve


ACE’s – Adverse Childhood Experiences – 4th March 2019

Club meeting on 4th March addressed by Andrew Bennett – Programme Support Consultant to the Early action Together Programme and to the National approach to the Policing Vulnerability Programme.

An extremely thought provoking programme – comprehensive data on the way ACE’s can affect future and current generations – an excellent presentation.

What are ACE’s :

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

ACEs include:
• Physical abuse
• Sexual abuse
• Emotional abuse
• Physical neglect
• Emotional neglect
• Intimate partner violence
• Mother treated violently
• Substance misuse within household
• Household mental illness
• Parental separation or divorce
• Incarcerated household member

• Preventing ACEs and engaging in early identification of people who have experienced them could have a significant impact on a range of critical health problems. Using ACEs research and local ACEs data to identify groups of people who may be at higher risk for substance use disorders and to conduct targeted prevention is of significant use in preventing adverse experiences
ACEs Research and Behavioural Health
Research has demonstrated a strong relationship between ACEs, substance use disorders, and behavioural problems. When children are exposed to chronic stressful events, their neurodevelopment can be disrupted. As a result, the child’s cognitive functioning or ability to cope with negative or disruptive emotions may be impaired. Over time, and often during adolescence, the child may adopt negative coping mechanisms, such as substance use or self-harm. Eventually, these unhealthy coping mechanisms can contribute to disease, disability, and social problems, as well as premature mortality.
ACEs and Substance Use
• Early initiation of alcohol use. Efforts to prevent underage drinking may not be effective unless ACEs are addressed as a contributing factor. Underage drinking prevention programs may not work as intended unless they help youth recognize and cope with stressors of abuse, household dysfunction, and other adverse experiences.
• Higher risk of mental and substance use disorders as an older adult (50+ years). ACEs such as childhood abuse (physical, sexual, psychological) and parental substance abuse are associated with a higher risk of developing a substance use disorder.
• Continued tobacco use during adulthood. Prevalence ratios for current and ever smoking increased as ACEs scores increased, according to a 2011 study on ACEs and smoking status.
• Prescription drug use. For every additional ACE score, the rate of number of prescription drugs used increased by 62%.
• Lifetime illicit drug use, drug dependency, and self-reported addiction. Each ACE increased the likelihood of early initiation into illicit drug use by 2- to 4-fold, according to a 2003 study on childhood abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction and the risk of illicit drug use.

ACEs and Behavioural Problems
• Suicide attempts. ACEs in any category increased the risk of attempted suicide by 2- to 5-fold throughout a person’s lifespan, according to a 2001 study. Individuals who reported 6 or more ACEs had 24.36 times increased odds of attempting suicide.
• Lifetime depressive episodes. Exposure to ACEs may increase the risk of experiencing depressive disorders well into adulthood—sometimes decades after ACEs occur.
• Sleep disturbances in adults. People with a history of ACEs have a higher likelihood of experiencing self-reported sleep disorders, according to a 2015 systematic review of research studies on ACEs and sleep disturbances in adults.
• High-risk sexual behaviours. Women with ACEs have reported risky sexual behaviours, including early intercourse, having had 30 or more sexual partners, and perceiving themselves to be at risk for HIV/AIDS. Sexual minorities who experience ACEs also demonstrate earlier sexual debut according to a 2015 study.
• Foetal mortality. Foetal deaths attributed to adolescent pregnancy may result from underlying ACEs rather than adolescent pregnancy,
• Pregnancy outcomes. Each additional ACE a mother experienced during early childhood is associated with decreased birth weight and gestational age of her infant at birth.
• Physical health outcomes. Experiencing adverse childhood family experiences may increase the risk for long-term physical health problems (e.g., diabetes, heart attack) in adults..
• Poor dental health. Children who have experienced at least one ACE are more likely to have poor dental health.


President Dave Roberts & Andrew Bennett

MOSTYN DOCKS – past and present

Guest speaker – Jim O’Toole – Managing Director

The Port of Mostyn Ltd is located in the central Irish Sea where it has been a significant trading point between the U.K. and Ireland for over 400 years. With recent expansion and modernisation Mostyn has been developed to become one of Europe’s most important ports for the offshore renewable energy sector.

The Port is privately owned and operated located in North Wales in the outer estuary of the River Dee.  It is a Statutory Harbour  Authority and also the Statutory Pilotage Authority for navigation in the estuary.

As one of the oldest ports in the country, Mostyn has a long history of handling cargoes including steel, timber and woodpulp, and also bulk cargos of coal, iron ore, woodchip and sulphur for the region’s heavy industries of the time.

Animal feedstuffs and fertilizers for the agricultural sector of north Wales and the north-west and midlands of the U.K. were also handled at the Port.

Over recent years however, Mostyn has become one of the main centres in Europe for the assembly and installation of turbines; a large portion of its business is now dedicated to the sector.

The presence of our guest speaker, Jim O’Toole, as chairman of St. Kentigerns Hospice Trust, gave the Club the opportunity to present a cheque for £3230 toward hospice funds, raised through the Casino Night held in October last.

A vote of thanks was given to the speaker by Rtn. Paul Islip and Jim O’Toole responded by thanking members, in particular Paul Islip, for organising a very successful event.

In attendance to receive the cheque and to brighten the top table –  Laura Parry – Fundraising manager at St. Kentigerns.


Jim O’Toole, Laura Parry, Paul Islip & Dave Roberts (President)



Jim O’Toole, Laura Parry and President of the Rotary Club Dave Roberts

Senior pupils welcomed

At our Club meeting on 11th February we were pleased to welcome staff and senior pupils from our three High schools – our guest speaker – David Carrington – gave an interesting and ‘quizicle’ talk on ‘The history of movies’.  Rotarian Robert Board gave a brief presentation on the history and mission of Rotary and in particular the Rotary Club of Flint & Holywell.  Photos below with president Dave Roberts:

Holywell High School Director of Learning Mark Seale, Head Girl Chloe & head Boy Nathan
Flint High School Headmaster Jim Connelly, Head Girl Megan & Head Boy Oliver
St Richard Gwyn Head of 6th form Tracey Jones, Head Girl Megan & Head Boy Tom
Flint High School with Rtn. Robert Board
Pres. Dave Roberts and guest speaker David Carrington

Young Photographer Competition

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 are inviting entries for judging.

There are 3 age groups (age at 31 August 2018) – 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 ‘Beauty of Nature’

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 district level.

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 03 March – 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 and contact details on the back of each photograph.


Good luck – Rotary look forward to receiving your entry.




Delyn Gymnastics Club

January 2019

Delyn Gymnastics Club was founded in 2014 as a response to huge latent demand for recreational/non-selective gymnastics in the Flint/Holywell area. Its aims were to offer affordable, accessible gymnastics sessions for children that were otherwise not able to participate and reap the benefits the sport has to offer. After the first year of running at Flint High School the club then opened another satellite club based in Holywell High School responding to high demand for access to our club in the local area. As both of these areas have previously been ring fenced as areas of deprivation our club was careful in its pricing of sessions so as not to create a barrier of unaffordable fees. Delyn GC currently offers Women’s/Men’s Artistic, General Gymnastics, Freestyle, Disability, Youth Sports Leader Development and Foundation Phase gymnastics to their members.
We currently operate 4 days a week offering 15 hours of gymnastic provision between both Holywell High School and Flint High School. Its founders are a high school PE Teacher, a 5×60 School and Community Sports Officer and a Gymnastics Coach. The team has since grown exponentially with the club allocating a lot of its income to training and development of the team. Many of the high school children who began with us as gymnasts have moved on through our Sports Leadership programme to receive training and experience in a volunteering capacity and are now the back bone of our club’s operations.

The Rotary Club of Flint & Holywell were supportive of this venture – up to 290 people access this initiative weekly- by presenting a cheque of £500 toward the purchase of new mats etc.