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A BRIGHTER HOLYWELL

Members are responding to environmentalists by planting bulbs at the Tesco Car park (480 crocuses and 600+ daffodils) and have recently approached Greenfield Valley with the proposal of a wishing well on the site.

Further plans include the planting of trees and bulbs at Pant y Wacco, Flint foreshore, flower planters at the Welcome to Holywell signs, Holway Community Centre and welcome any suggestions at other appropriate sites.

Flintshire Classic & Vintage Tractor Society – 11th July 2021

The annual rally, this year toured around Brynford, Pant Asaph, Caerwys, Llangwyfan and returnin through Nannerch to John Hooson’s farm in Brynford.

Over 80 vintage tractors took part in the event and Rotary were once again delighted to be given the opportunity of marshalling along the route – Not only supporting a local event but raising funds for our community.

At a recent meeting of the Club a cheque for £876 was presented to the Community account of Rotary by organiser and chair of the Society – Steve Watts.

The club are indebted to Rotarian Paul Islip for making the marshalling arrangements.

                  Steve Watts- Chairman

Honorary Rotarian Edwin Hughes

Here comes Santa

Santa, the reindeer and sleigh are in Holywell High Street this Saturday the 12th December between 10.00am and 11.30am

PLEASE REMEMBER – Social distancing and advisory wearing of facial coverings (adults) will assist in reducing the spreading of the Corona virus.

In the absence of street collections this year donations to Rotary charitable causes may be made to our bank account:

Rotary Club of Flint & Holywell

Sort code 42-24-27  Account 51159666

STAY SAFE!!!! – watch this site for more Santa visits

 

Where is Santa???

 

Where is Santa ?????

 From the photographs identify where Santa is and write out the answers.

Send the answers to :

 admin@flintandholywellrotary.co.uk or pharmacistrbh@btinternet.com or

post to – Rotary Competition, Green Haze, Trelogan, Holy well Flintshire CH8 9BY

 All entrants must be aged 13 and under and in replying please state your age and contact details – most importantly a £25 gift voucher will be awarded to the winner – in the event of a tie a draw will take place to decide the winner.

 Closing date – 28th December 2020

 The final decision will be made by the judges and you need to be assured that any information you provide will be solely used in this competition and destroyed after the 28th.

Good Hunting!!!!!

BUDDING YOUNG WRITER AT YSGOL GWYNEDD 03.2020

It is difficult to tell from the picture below who was the most excited.  Rotary Vice President Gareth Owen was certainly delighted to be presenting the winner of the Young Writer prize from Ysgol Gwynedd.

But all the congratulations go to Fearne Conway who submitted an outstanding piece of writing on the ‘CONNECTIONS’ theme, on aspects of her family.  The judges thought this was a brilliant piece of thinking and imagination, and captured the theme perfectly.

Fearne’s Mum was discretely watching from a distance, and was equally delighted when the envelope was opened and revealed the winner.

Judges were very complimentary about the high standard of entries from the school, who have promised to submit even greater numbers next year.  Rotary thanks go to teacher Mrs Sarah Washington, who has supported the school students in the competition.

 

 

Holywell Museum & Point of Ayr Coalmine – Mar 2020

At our Monday meeting on 2nd March members were addressed by local mining experts John Witshire & John Larner  – that is working at the Point of Ayr coalfaces for many years.

Through their labours they have moved forward from setting up the PoA path to progressing work in developing the Holywell Museum – situated in the former Kings Head Public House in the High Street of Holywell.

John W regaled the meeting with his experiences at the coalface whilst John L talked about the engineering and safety aspects of the mining industry. It is our fervent hope that the public will support this venture – the town needs innovative ideas.

A cheque presentation was made to the museum fund and a vote of thanks expressed by Rotarian Dave Roberts.

Rotarian Peter Williams – ready for work – a novelty!!!

John Larner, Peter williams, John Wiltshire & Geoff Davies

K Mc, PW, RB, MM, CH, JW GJ & GD

Cheque presentation – John Wiltshire, Pres Elect Gareth Owen,

John Larner and Pres Nominee Malcolm Mellor

Ysgol y Llan – inspiring writers – March 2020

INSPIRING YOUNG WRITERS AT YSGOL Y LLAN

It was the turn of Ysgol y Llan students to have a presentation for the winners of their entries in the Rotary Young Writers competition.

The quality of the entries proved to be a very difficult task for the judges  After considerable reading and rereading, two entries were inseparable, so two first prizes were awarded.

The joint winners were Alexa King and Katie Jones, and their prize was presented by Rotary Vice President Gareth Owen.

Three other entries received a   ‘Highly Commended’ award, and there were certificates for everyone – even a  ‘Thank You’ one for teacher Mr Nathan Williams, for his encouragement and support in the fantastic standard achieved by everyone.

Alexa (left) and Katie receive their awards from Rotary Vice President Gareth Owen and Rotarian Rob Board.

Westbridge – Vocational visit – 3rd March 2020

 

Nine members of the Club attended a vocational tour of the Westbridge factory units in Greenfield and Deeside – hosted by the Managing Director (Commercial) of the company – Rotarian Paul Islip

Westbridge Furniture Design operates out of four UK production sites occupying in excess of 450,000 square feet of production, design and office space, employing over 1300 people in the UK and also a dedicated cut and sew factory in Romania.

With a vast and diverse range of over 1200 fabrics and leathers widely sourced throughout Europe and Asia, their fabric stores stock in excess of 300,000 metres of cover in readiness for quick and on time delivery.

In 2006 they started their Eco journey to become the first ‘Model Green Factory’ in the UK in partnership with Marks & Spencer.  Their initial goals were to reduce our carbon footprint and send zero waste to landfill.  The company  have had continued success in reducing the amount of material that becomes waste, rather than recycling it.  For example reusable transport packaging for supplies into Westbridge, rather than single-use cardboard, or polythene packaging. Much of the recent success they have had is due not only to their own efforts, but to the help received from partners, JEM Recycling Ltd and Art Services Ltd which takes a proportion of our timber waste and turns it into charcoal for barbeques and filters.

Westbridge are suppliers to the biggest and best high street retailers including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis Partnership, Next home, Ikea, Sofology, Argos and to over 200 of the best independent retailers

 

The company employs 1200 people of which one third are of Eastern European origin many of whom have worked for the company for many years.

 

 

The local economy benefits from Westbridge – the third highest employers in Flintshire following the Local authority and airbus – with a turnover of £83m emanating from an incredible production rate of 7000 pieces of furniture including 3000 suites per week.

In the near future they will be introducing a training academy and apprentice scheme with the support of Coleg Cambria.

An education in ‘what goes on’ on our doorstep – thanks Paul

Rotarians Malcolm Mellor, Alan Friend, Peter Williams, Kevin McIntyre, Damian Davies, Paul Islip (resting) Rob Board, Gareth Owen & Barry Harrison