Flint and Holywell Rotary Club donate Christmas float money to Turkey

Flint and Holywell Rotary Club donate Christmas float money to Turkey

10th February 2023

from an article in Leader Live;

A FLINTSHIRE rotary club has stepped up to the plate to donate to the  earthquake appeal in Turkey thanks to money raised from their annual Christmas float.  (Image: Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell)

A FLINTSHIRE rotary club has stepped up to the plate to donate to the earthquake appeal in Turkey thanks to money raised from their annual Christmas float.

Members of the Flint and Holywell Rotary Club were informed of the financical results of their recent Christmas Float last Monday evening, in which club president, Malcolm Mellor confirmed the club was able to immediately donate £1,100 to help those people in Turkey who have been devastated by the recent earthquake.

Malcolm informed members that the money would be sufficient to provide two shelter boxes which as the name implies, provides temporary shelter and basic facilities for those affected by disasters such as an earthquake.

Overall, the success of the float saw £4,000 received, with after deducting costs, left over £2,000 available for worthy causes.

Club treasurer, Gordon Cook said: “The Christmas Float has been for many, one of the most looked forward to events of the year in our area.

“Many local residents, who are now grandparents recall fondly their own memories when they were children, of seeing a brightly lit Rotary sleigh being pulled by four reindeer with Santa waving to the children to the accompanying sound of Christmas carols.

“Unfortunately, collections from the public have been falling in recent times to the point that these are failing to match the ever increasing costs of funding this operation, and in fact this year, for the first time, the public collections failed to cover these costs.


“However the club has been fortunate indeed to have the continuing support of many local businesses who, despite the many post pandemic financial problems, dug deep into their pockets this year, donating over £2,000 to ensure that there was a significant surplus of money available for the club to support so many worthy causes.”

In addition to the vital aid provided to help the earthquake appeal, the club has also made donations of £1,000 to St Kentigern’s Hospice, £500 to The Air Ambulance and £250 to The National Military Dog’s Memorial, currently being built in Holywell.


Marie Curie support

Rotary Club Out in Force for Marie Curie Nurses

Rotarians Martin Barker, Mike Holt, Steve Blakesley and David Pearse

Taking a break from helping Father Christmas tour the villages of Flintshire, at this time of year, members of the Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell Rotary Club were out in force at Broughton Shopping Centre, collecting money for The Marie Curie Nurses.
Teams of four Rotarians took turns throughout the day as they have done for many years now, and as ever, the good folk of Flintshire did not disappoint with their generosity.

Gordon Cook, the Rotary Club’s Treasurer and organiser of the collection commented that the treatment and comfort these specialist nurses provide to “end of life” patients is incalculable, and this is recognised by the generous donations people give. ‘Indeed” commented Gordon, “ Even in these difficult times, we had little difficulty filling the collection boxes and the sight of the Marie Curie “Yellow Daffodil” logo immediately attracts many to open their purses and wallets to support these wonderful people.

Back to school for Santa

The Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell were very pleased to take Santa down to the Christmas Fair at Ysgol Maes y Felin on Friday last.

Apparently, Santa’s usual sleigh could not be used on the school playground, so what better way for Santa to arrive on the Rotary float.

Santa was warmly greeted by all the school children, waving and cheering, and with all the teachers as well enjoying the fun


Santa goes Green


Christmas Float

It is coming to that time of year again when the nights are drawing in, the leaves are falling off the
trees, we are starting to see the shops selling Christmas decorations and Rotarians can be heard
hard at work, preparing the Christmas Float for another year, touring the towns and villages to
bring the wonder of Father Christmas with his brightly illuminated sleigh and the sounds of
Christmas hymns and songs to the children of North East Wales.
But behind the scenes, there’s an awful lot of work required to ensure the Float looks at its best
and everything works!
For the best part of a month each year the Float with its various teams of volunteers suffers the
vagaries of Welsh December weather, from hail and snow to driving rain and all this takes its toll on
not only the Float, but also the specialist four wheel drive dedicated towing vehicle, (not to mention
the Rotarians themselves!). Rotary President Malcolm Mellor commented that each year, after the
float finishes its touring just before Christmas Day, it languishes unloved in outbuildings kindly
provided by local farmer Edwin Hughes at Cornist Farm, just one of the many generous sponsors,
without whose support, the Christmas Float would not be possible.
Then October comes round and both Float and towing vehicle are inspected and a schedule of
repair, refurbishment and replacement works is prepared. Rotarian John Williams who has a well
known motor engineering business in Rhosesmor ensures the ageing Daihatsu towing vehicle is
serviced and MOT’d, an increasingly onerous duty in view of the age of the vehicle, whilst other
Rotarians with specialist skills or simply the ability to wield a paint brush give up many weekends to
ensure The Float looks at its best. Malcolm commented “all the members’ time is undertaken on an
entirely voluntary basis, however the additional costs of renewals and repair are significant and the
Club are this year asking for donations from the general public to ensure the future of this much
loved tradition”.


This year’s touring schedule, like last year, is somewhat reduced from previous years, due not only
to the reduced number of volunteers, but also ever increasing health and safety obligations,
although all the ever popular Static Town Centre events will remain.
Float organiser, Gordon Cook stated that he has arranged the touring schedule in such a way that
the Float can be seen by as many people as possible, although this does mean that, “Santa Stops”
are limited to fixed points only as advertised on the touring schedule.


The schedule will be found on the Rotary Club’s website when finalised.

If you wish to donate the details are provided below:
A/C Name: Rotary Club of Flint & Holywell Sort Code: 40 24 27 Account Number: 51159666

Bailey Hill, Mold – August 22nd 2022

Bailey Hill Project Manager Jo Lane and her team describe the extent of the works undertaken around “Mold’s Castle”


Members of The Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell were guests of The Mold Town Council when they visited the recently completed Bailey Hill Park in Mold. Showing the Rotarians around the site, The Bailey Hill Project Officer, Jo Lane gave a brief history of the site from its earliest days following the Norman invasion of England and Wales in the 11th century. William “The Conqueror”, following his successful invasion  of 1066 rewarded the Norman Knights who helped him defeat the Saxons at the Battle of Hastings, with grants of land. The area now known as Mold was given to a Roger De Monthaul and to protect his new domain, he constructed the first castle in the traditional ”Mott and Bailey” style of that period, with a large mound “The Mott” built at the top of Bailey Hill, positioned to take full advantage of its commanding views looking over the Alyn Vale whilst providing living accommodation for “The Lord” and his knights and families. This would have been a defensive structure protected by wooden palisade fencing, with a lower area occupied by the villagers, (The Bailey) also protected by firstly wooden and later by more substantial and permanent stone walling.

Jo, and three of her volunteer guides, Bill, Graham and Karin explained that following a Heritage Grant from the National Lottery of £1.8m, the entire Bailey Hill site had been dramatically improved with a new visitor centre. New pathways and cosmetic re planning of the site, with improved access was also undertaken, designed to encourage increased visitor numbers. Jo, a Mold resident herself, explained that there were many Mold residents who had lived in the town all their lives but had never explored the site, which in the past had been used for a variety of recreational purposes including tennis courts and a bowling green. Indeed to the lower “Bailey” twelve Gorsedd Stones from the 1922 Eisteddfod can be found on a plateau adjacent to the northerly boundary. The excavation works had also uncovered a wide range of artefacts, many in excellent condition, including arrow heads, building and cooking implements and over twenty skeletons! These skeletons, many of which are in surprisingly good condition, have been sent to Durham University for analysis and Jo stated the entire team were eagerly looking forward to the results of these tests which would give them a much clearer picture of the type of people who lived in Mold in Norman and Mediaeval times, including their ancestry, their diets, life spans etc. The President of The Rotary Club, Malcom Mellor thanked Jo and her team for such an interesting talk and for providing such a fascinating history on the origins of The Town of Mold and its castle.

For further information contact:

David W. Pearse, Press & Publicity Officer E: Tel:01352 758922



Caerwys Show – June 11th 2022

The Club were pleased to accept the Show Committee’s invitation to provide bar facilities at this years show – after a weather and pandemic break of 3 years. What a day!!! what a success !! Congratulations to all who were involved in the organisation pre and on the day of the show.

Twelve members (and a couple of partners) assisted in serving nearly 2000 pints of lager / bitter / cider in the course of one afternoon and reinforcement of stocks was evident at 3.30pm – an undoubted record unlikely to be beaten. The Club members are conscious of the tremendous efforts of our leader , Rotarian Any Orhan, in bringing this service to fruition and the gratification in working as a team and as a consequence providing funds for local and approved international charities – 50% of the profit is allocated to the Caerwys Agricultural Show.

Well done lads.




Traditionally at the annual CAS event the Club organises a Roll- a – Bale competion for youngsters and teenagers – under the guidance (and no appeals / objections) of Rotarian John Williams:



Litter pickers!!!

Members of the Club have enjoyed convivial times whilst embracing the mission of Keep Wales Tidy – two sessions to date for the hardy band of pilgrims setting out the clean up the foreshores at Flint and Greenfield. One item of interest thrown in the bushes at Greenfield was – a violin!!! We intend continuing the KWT initiative and our next port of call is the now defunct rail track from Greenfield Valley to Holywell Town Centre – come and join us.


Flint foreshore

Greenfield Coastal path