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Amazed – Activities in the Parrish – 8th April 2024

Rotary were pleased to welcome guest Jon Andrews at our Monday Springfield meeting.  Jon is the Youth and Children’s Worker for the Holywell Ministry ( the Church in Wales churches at Holywell and Greenfield).   Jon told us about the extensive work currently happening to provide community support to so many people in need.  We were very impressed with ‘The Table’ initiative, which for two years since the end of the pandemic has been providing much needed practical support through a Monday lunch where people can meet with friends and support each other.  In practice however, there are some people for whom this lunch is only one of a few they will actually get that week, and Jon told us about a young mother who, in order to feed her baby, had gone without food for six days.  Grants and donations have enabled this Monday lunch to be free, but for a £2 contribution, people can access ‘The Pantry’ which enables them to select up to 12 items from the food bank stocks. This valuable resource allows people to have the essentials such as sugar, tea and coffee etc as well as some tinned food.  Again, all this has been funded through grants and donations, but Jon says that the stocks can only reflect what the income can allow, and shelves can be a bit sparse at times.     In addition to all this, St Peter’s does have a food bank, but as above stocks depend on funds available.  Local supermarkets have been very helpful in providing support.

Jon went on to tell us about numerous workshops he organises with young people.  His career as a sound and lighting engineer has been put to excellent use.  Jon also does extensive work with local schools in providing spiritual and pastoral support with young children, and the need for this is much greater than most will imagine.

Finally, we learnt of the exciting plans to transform St James’ Church into a community hub for Holywell – a venue where everyone can access support they need. This project – costing £450, 000, funded through grants and donations, will include a ‘Well Cafe’, a parish nurse, a community counselling service and space for community groups to operate.  There will also be a ‘Skill- Way’ -an innovative scheme to pass on skills to young people to help them enter the world of work.

All Rotarians present were just amazed at the amount and extent of the work currently being done by Jon and his parish colleagues, and in thanking him for coming, Rotarian Barry Harrison said that the Club would be exploring ways of giving some sustained support, both to the projects currently running, and the new ‘Well- Being’ centre.

Dragons Den – Holywell High School – March 2024

Rotary were pleased to respond to the school request to provide a Dragons Den to assess students work in their business studies. Students in small teams were asked to design an educational game, and produce a business plan looking at production costs, marketing and selling plans, and a profit prediction. They then presented their product on the basis of seeking investment

 

The Dragons were very impressed by all presentations, and severely hampered by the fact that at the end 5 teams had achieved maximum points.

Having a small prize for the winning team, and after much deliberation, a team called LAB RATS were judged winners.  This team designed and produced a board game designed to interest young people in science through questions on cards. Their research was impressive which included market research based on opinions from the children at Ysgol Maes y Felin.

Also impressive was a full design of their game materials and graphics showing  production costing and a profit and loss account.
The Dragons were also asked to identify any individual students who whilst not in the winning team really left an impression that they had shown considerable skills and effort in their presentations.  5 students were chosen.

The photo shows 4 members of LAB RATS, Kadie, Sophie, Charlotte and Molly with the Rotary Dragons, Mrs Dawn Islip, Malcolm Mellor, Sian Golding and Rob Board.  2 LAB RATS team members, Hollie and Kayleigh were in other lessons.

Rotary send their congratulations to all the teams.

 

Technology Tournament – October 2023

FLINTSHIRE’S ENGINEERS OF THE FUTURE

For many years now, The Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell have been organising and hosting A Technology Tournament for local High Schools. Teams of budding engineers compete against each other to design and construct a “machine or structure” capable of undertaking a specific task using basic materials provided.

The event organiser, Rotarian Steve Blakesley stated that the Tournament was set up to encourage students to work as a team and use their combined skills to design a machine that this year, could travel a set distance up an incline using nothing other than gravity. The material provided comprised simply lengths of wood, a set of pulleys, four wheels, string, a piece of cardboard and a 200g weight!

The event was held at Coleg Cambria and students from Flint, Holywell and Saltney competed against each other under the watchful eyes of Steve and fellow Rotarian, Rob Board and Rotarians from North Wirral and the Passport club. As usual, on hand to give “expert” guidance, were engineering apprentices from Airbus, who have supported this annual project for many years. North East Wales has always been a centre of excellence in the field of engineering, and this dates back even before the days of The Second World War, with such iconic planes as “The Wellington” and The Lancaster” rolling off the Broughton production lines. Currently, whilst the huge Airbus factory dominates the area, there are many more companies in this field who are constantly looking out for their engineers of the future. Steve, himself a former teacher, commented that this experience allows students to develop a number of transferable skills such as problem solving and team building. Such skills make students very employable

The winning project this year came from St David’s School, Saltney, and their entry was demonstrated to the Rotarians at a recent meeting. Members were very impressed not only with the quality and precision of the winning team’s entry, but also the fact that the students had to come up with their own fully working design completely from scratch.

We are grateful for the help of Coleg Cambria who provide this excellent venue for the tournament.

Photos:

Project organiser Steve Blakesley with The Winning Project :

 

The Winning Team from St David’s School Saltney with their entry :

 

A selection of other entries :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oriel Glasfryn Gallery – Caerwys – 14.8.23

 

 

 

Members and partners visited the gallery and gardens in Caerwys – an interesting visit to a local initiative followed by a pleasant end to the the evening at the Indian Lounge, Nannerch.

From the website:

Oriel Glasfryn Gallery is owned by Dave and Lise Roberts. Dave is a professional landscape artist and together it was their life-long dream to run a gallery that showcases the best contemporary artists and makers from across Wales. So, in 2019 they bought Glasfryn Hall, a fine country house that they are now lucky enough to call home, and they started to turn their dream into reality.

Oriel Glasfryn Gallery opened at Easter 2022 and is the only independent art gallery in North East Wales.

We present the finest original Welsh art and craft from a variety of mediums including painting, jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, glass, textiles, wood and metalwork. We take pride in the fact that all of our artists are from Wales

 

 

 

 

 

A New Rotary Year – President Andy Orhan

 

After a most successful year as President of The Rotary Club of Flint & Holywell, local Chartered Accountant Malcolm Mellor handed over the Chain of Office to the Club’s new President, Andrew Orhan. Andy is a local Flintshire lad having been born in Carmel. He is married to Lisa and they have three children. After living in Bagillt for the first 5 years of their married life, Andy and Lisa moved to Lixwm some nineteen years ago and both play an important part in local village life, including taking a prominent role in the Village Institute and the organisation of the annual Caerwys Show.

Andrew was apprenticed to an electrical engineer immediately after leaving school, and nineteen years ago he set up Orhan Electrical Limited, which has evolved into one of the county’s leading firm of Electical Contractors. He joined the local Rotary Club thirteen years ago and has held many appointments within the Club, before taking on the role of President. Also elected as The Rotary Club’s Vice President was local undertaker and farmer, Edward Davies, who also lives in Lixwm.

 

Caerwys Agricultural Show – June 10th 2023

For second year since the end of pandemic restrictions a tremendous effort by members of CAS – an incredible show due in the main to good planning and support of upstairs in providing the weather – they turned up in their thousands so something must be right – maybe it was due the the ambience provided by Rotary members in the two bar areas!!!!

Over 2000 pints served – profits shared equally between Rotary Charities and Caerwys Agricultural Show.

 

Tractor Run – 21st May 2023

Members were, once again, more than happy to assist in marshalling the annual Clwyd Vintage and Classic Tractor Society’s get together – 50+  tractors both small and large winding their way through rural north Flintshire from Llanerch ymor. Whitford, Holywell Town, Pentre Halkyn, Caerwys for a break returning to Mostyn via Rhewl.

Always a delight to see the members enjoying their hobby and for some their vocation.

Quote from organiser Steve – “Today’s Tractor Road Run was a huge success again earlier today and I want to thank you all for your help, support and work on the run to ensure it was safe and very successful. Weather wise was excellent so a perfect day was had by all.

Once again, many many thanks and I will see you all soon, cheers, regards Steve”  our pleasure and thanks

 

Rotarians Andy and Dave need all the help they can get!!

THE  Boss man – Steve Watts

 

THese things do Happen !!

Honorary Rotarian Edwin enjoying his day out

Lunch break in the sun – Caerwys

 

Mostyn Hall – 6th April

A memorable tour of Mostyn Hall – not any tour guide – oh no – the honourable Lord Greg Mostyn opened his house to us and guided us through some of the history of the family and the Mostyn estate.

Our sincere thanks to Greg for inviting us to the house and giving of his personal time with such warmth and knowledge.

 

Yes – that is himself in the middle in the orangery top!!!

President’s Night 29th April 20232

The pandemic has changed the way we celebrate our ‘birthday’ and it would appear that the old style charter nights are a thing of the past.rated

Members, partners. past members and friends celebrated this 66th anniversary at the Springfield Hotel

Guest speaker was Gareth Owen, amongst other strings to his his bow, an ex manager of Rhyl Pavilion – regaled us with amusing anecdotes and stories of stars that he had met over his many years in the industry our thanks to Gareth for a brilliant hour of recounting times past’

President Malcolm Mellor and Gareth Owen

President Malcolm and guest thespian Ian Turner

Ian and Gareth reminicing