1st World War Commemorative Event – Holywell 11th November 2018

The Rotary club of Flint and Holywell were appreciative of the support received from schools in preparation for this unique event. Thanks are due to the organising committee and from a Rotary perspective thanks to Rotarian Rob Board representing the club in arrangements for this celebration and commemoration.

The letter below expresses our thanks to the schools / personnel involved:

12 November 2018


Dear ……………………..,

Flint and Holywell Rotary Club members wish to express their warmest and most sincere thanks for the tremendous work and effort your school has put into the World War One commemoration project.

There have been, and will remain for quite a while, some excellent outcomes from this project. Above all for our members has been seeing our young generation getting immersed with such commitment and enthusiasm in a topic so important in the development of their understanding of a time in history that should never be replicated.

I know that many in your school have been involved and to single out anyone is difficult, but we have been so impressed with the energy and leadership of …………, and ask you to express our special thanks to them.

All the research by your students has undoubtedly helped them learn and appreciate just what life was like for so many in Holywell 100 years ago. War was just perhaps an incidental factor given living and employment conditions, and extending studies into other factors such as war poetry is a useful by product of this project.

As a club, we are in awe of all your efforts, and can only repeat our thanks and appreciation.

With best wishes,

David Roberts – President


A selection of photos of the event:




RNLI Fireworks Display


Club members were pleased to support Flint RNLI last Friday night (2nd November) manning the gates at their annual fireworks display.

A tremendous effort by all concerned should realise a profit of £3500 – I am confident that the amount raised will be utilised effectively in the highly valued service the RNLI provide.



Life as an auctioneer

Rotarian John Crane (Liverpool City Club) gave an illuminating talk on his experiences as an auctioneer – 35 years in the business. From the 1980s John has led his his company Cato Crane Auctioneers to the forefront of his profession commanding equal respect amongst those he serves and colleagues. The company operates from two auction rooms in Stanhope Street Liverpool and an ‘open door’ policy is testament to the service he and his colleagues provide.

A vote of thanks was given by Rotarian David Pearse

The picture below, of John, holding a brass bell originally from the Leverhulme Estate

Beach Clean – 30th September 2018

With support of Wendy Jones, Keep Wales Tidy Officer (Flintshire) members walked the walk collecting litter and rubbish from the shores of the River Dee – Greenfield Dock area toward Flint. The weather was kind and 20 bags of rubbish collected plus tyres, vehicle parts and even a violin.

Well worth the effort for a couple of hours of our time – thanks to fellow Rotarians, partners and relatives

Chester Zoo – 24th September 2018

Members welcomed Julie Platt, Fundraising Manager at Chester Zoo to the weekly Monday meeting – a unique presentation on the diverse range of activities at the zoo – research, environment, conservation (Act for wildlife), information sharing and a whole range of topics – not just the zoo itself.

A few facts – 2nd most visited tourist attraction in UK (1st Tower of London) – 1.9 million visitors / year, site is on 125 acres employing 1000 staff to look after and support welfare of 21,000 animals. Total turnover is £35 million and all commercial profits are invested in the charitable arm of the zoo.

Membership has increased from 62,000 in 2014 to 137,000 in 2018 – a measure of the success in a local attraction

A sincere vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Alan Brooke.

               President Elect Jim Reid and Julie Platt


Funding for local athlete

Appeal received via our web site address:

Hi, I am looking for help funding a new sports wheelchair for my daughter, we live in Carmel. My daughter Anastasia Blease is 13 years old and has spina bifida and has been playing wheelchair basketball since she was 8 years old, she has played nationally for Wales under 15s each year since she was 9, with being selected as vice captain for the past 2 years, winning silver in the Lord taverners junior Championships for the last 2 years also. She plays for North Knights and won gold with her under 15s team as the only girl selected in the 2017 Junior league. She has recently been selected for the GB under 24s women’s squad, being the youngest girl selected in the country. During the past year Anastasia has won many awards, such as Denbighshire disability sports award, British wheelchair basketball rising star award, British wheelchair basketball young female player of the year award, sports excellence award for disability Wales and is an I am embolden ambassador for deaf and disabled women. Anastasia is also a young ambassador for disability sports working with our local Flintshire sports officer through her school, St Richard Gwyn. Anastasia has just been measured for a new sports chair which will enable her to progress and success in the sport, and will enable us to show local talent on the world wide stage, I am looking locally to see if there are any organisations who would be willing to donate to our cause , local support for a local rising star. The chairs are a very expensive piece of equipment which are made to measure for each individual ensuring they are comfortable and able to perform to the maximum ability. I would very much appreciate your response, and of there is any help that can be offered.

The Club were delighted to respond to the appeal by way of a donation of £500 – presented by Community Service Chairman Gareth Owen and the secretary of the Club.

Ana –



Since the presentation we received the following from Ana’s mother:

“Its very exciting news, just been announced today, she has been selected to go to France in the European Championships in the under 24s, the only welsh female to be selected”.

EDITOR – well done Ana – a 13 yr old selected for an under 24 team!!!! – tremendous. If any of our readers would wish to contribute to Ana’s wheelchair appeal please contact me via our web site address.

WW1 Project – Holywell schools visit to Caernarfon Castle – 14th September 2018

As part of the World War One commemoration project, 6 year students from Ysgol MaesGlas, Ysgol Maes y Felin and St. Winefride’s have recently visited the regimental museum of the 5th battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers at Caernarfon Castle.

A key part of the project involves the school children researching and writing up individual citations for all 54 soldiers from Holywell and Greenfield who died in battle during the war.  Most of these soldiers joined the 5th battalion.   Their work will be presented to everyone at a commemoration event at the Holywell Roll of Honour on 11th November.

The photographs show children from Maes y Felin being show items and artefacts used by soldiers – including what they wore and carried, and what they survived on, and was presented by Lorraine, dressed up as. World War 1 nurse.  Can you spot the soldier in the audience?

All the children were very enthusiastic and learnt so much from the demonstrations and visiting the museum.  The visits were funded by monies received from Heritage Lottery for this project.

Teacher of the Year – Helen Jones – 10th September 2018

Our Rotary Club were very pleased to welcome Helen Jones, Science Teacher at Flint High School.   Helen was recently awarded the ‘Outstanding Young Teacher of the Year’ by the Welsh Assembly.

Helen told us how she came to be nominated for this award, and all the assessments she had to survive.  It was very evident in her talk to us how she fulfilled all the words in the citation that accompanied her award – “she conducts her lessons with pace and plans thoroughly to make sure everyone is included, regardless of ability. Her lessons are fun and innovative. She is an excellent role model and good team player”.

It was very clear to all Rotarians that Helen is a teacher with considerable passion. She clearly has the interests and welfare of her students always in mind, and this can only have a lasting benefit for everyone.  It is just gratifying to know that one of our local schools has such talent and commitment.

Her success in the Welsh competition means that she will go forward to the UK national finals on 21 October (which will be televised on 28 October).  Flint and Holywell Rotary wish her every success.

A vote of thanks was given by Immediate Past President Neil Roberts

Helen with Rotary Vice President Jim, and             Vocational Committee lead Rob


Helen with the magnificent Welsh slate trophy awarded to her

History of Comedy – 3rd September 2018

The topic ‘History of Comedy’ resonated with members – a very interesting presentation, by David Carrington, which brought back memories of times when comedians were classically funny and entertaining.  The vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Malcolm Mellor.

President Dave Roberts & David Carrington

President Elect Jim Reid, President Dave Roberts with Honorary members Edwin Hughes & Mark Isherwood AM