Blood Bikes – 11th November 2019

Note the date – not only a moments silence to recognise those who have fallen in conflict but a day to thank those who devote their time voluntarily to saving lives – Blood Banks Wales.



Blood Bikes Wales are a Welsh charity based in Wales, providing a completely free courier service to the NHS, delivering blood supplies, plasma, documents and other items all across Wales.

The service is free of charge and operates between 7pm on Friday evening until midnight on Monday morning including bank holidays & even Christmas day!

At Blood Bikes Wales riders and supporters gear up to provide a completely free courier service for the NHS, relying solely on volunteers and donations to offer this service. This is not possible without amazing volunteers and public support.

                 442 VOLUNTEERS                   264 RIDERS

                     6 TRUSTS      14,037 DELIVERIES

Incredible statistics.

Members were addressed by Tim (the rider) and Sheila (the talker) – an insight into the valuable service given by volunteers – a cheque in the sum of £450 – which covers the insurance cost of a bike for one year – was presented by President Elect Gareth Owen.


President Elect Gareth Owen, Tim and Sheila Brown


Buddi the bike – named after the founders dog!!


The entertainer – 23rd Sept 2019

Barry Williams – a ‘treading the boards’ entertainer addressed members at the Monday meeting.

An acrobatic artist of 40 years standing started performing at the age of six with his brother and tutor, followed by a duo act with his brother and finally with his wife – his career terminated by a fall during his act whilst in Singapore.

Barry had performed in most of the major cities and continents of the world – an interesting, humorous and illuminating life story of clubs, theatres, strip joints and other unmentionable venues – very funny.

Pres. Jim Reid & Barry Williams

Pant Du, Pen y Groes, Gwynedd – 16th Sept 2019

Ten members enjoyed a pleasant evening – incredible sunset – at Pant Du – a family run vineyard and orchard established in 2007 producing wine, cider, apple juice, honey and spring water – in N Wales – can you believe it!!!

Apple trees – 18 acres over 1000 trees and 9 acres of vines – our host Richard Huws conducted an interesting tour of the estate followed by a sampling session of wines and cider completing our visit with a sumptuous meal.

Well worth a visit – fabulous views across Snowdonia.

The evening was arranged by Rtn. Ed Davies to whom members extended thanks.




Peru etc – Sept. 9th 2019

Honorary member Edwin Hughes addressed the members on his recent ‘farming’ ‘educational’ trip to South America – the majority of time spent in the Andes and Peru – a very interesting power point presentation of an unforgettable experience.

Prior to his address Edwin presented the Club with a cheque from the Vintage Tractor Society in lieu of members support in marshalling their annual tractor run – our thanks for their support of Rotary.

A vote of thanks was given by the President.

Jim & Edwin

Save the Children – John Roberts – August 19th 2019

John Roberts an ambassador for Save the Children addressed members

President Jim Reid & guest speaker John Roberts

TO QUOTE:   “WHAT WE DO – In the UK and around the world we make sure children are safe and healthy. We support them to learn, grow and become who they want to be”.

Save the Children do this through elements of service including hunger, health, emergency situations, education, child poverty and protection throughout the world.

To quote “Save the Children’s work is only possible thanks to our 5 million supporters in the UK and their amazing commitment – from wearing a Christmas jumper to running our local shops to organising fundraising events.”

Their web site gives an interesting insight into the aims of the society and the history of the organisation

Our thanks to John for an interesting insight into Save the Children

Forest school update – August 2019

Press release:

Flint and Holywell Rotary Club , Mold Lions , Hollingsworth Group , Puritan Stone , Westbridge Furniture , Thorncliffe Builders Merchants , Simon O`Rourke , P&A Group and Truwood Furniture all joined forces to turn a dangerous old playground area ( see pic 1) into a Forest School that the children of Canolfan Enfys School can enjoy safely.

The project has taken 3 years in total and is a good news story for Flintshire. If you would like more information or to go to the School to meet the staff and see the area , then please contact myself or Carol Speed ( School Learning Manager). Below is a brief outline of the project and the school.

Paul Islip (Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell)



Canolfan Enfys is a small educational provision for up to 24 children between 3 and 7 yrs old who have learning and/or behavioural difficulties. Our aim is to enable children to develop their social and learning skills in a holistic way and hopefully return them to mainstream schooling.

It is the only provision of its type in the Flintshire catering for extremely challenging, very young children. We are not funded like mainstream schools and do not have a PTA to help with extra fundraising so have to rely on generating funds ourselves from different sources. However, this has not deterred us from taking on a large project which will be of enormous benefit in the long term, to the children we teach.

We would like to develop the outside area so we can provide and enriching learning area that brings the classroom outside and allows children to learn in a structured but less formal way, enhancing their skills and nurturing their natural curiosity about the world around them. The children we teach and work with all respond to learning in the outdoor environment. Our plan is to provide a small forest school area with a shelter and provision for outdoor cooking on a small fire –  we are fortunate to have 2 fully qualified Forest school teachers on out staff. In addition, a garden with raised beds and possibly a small pond, and area for insects and wild flowers and in the play area, a mud kitchen, an outdoor water, construction, music and small world and areas.

We have had removed an old and unsafe adventure playground equipment and this will now be cleared, levelled and top soil laid so we can begin planting trees. Next we need to lay wood chip pathways, create a seating area and shelter and have screening (brushwood/willow screens) attached to the railings as we are in a very public and exposed area being on a busy road junction in a residential area.

Original state of site:


Working group – Sept 2016 – project now completed

Anastasia update – August 2019

The following received recently – another tremendous success – congratulations Ana from the Rotary community.


Thought you could share our news with the rest of the club, this weekend saw Anastasia play for wales under 18s in the National Junior championships at Worcester, her 6th year playing for Wales, but her first time in the under 18s squad, being the youngest on the team, they have broken the welsh record today by taking silver against the rest of Britain, a massive achievement for Wales, and for Anastasia and her team, this is a first as Wales under 18s have never gained a medal in this competition, ever.

Thought you may like to know

Kristal  (Ana’s mother)