Rotary were delighted to present the winner of the YOUNG WRITER COMPETITION entry of Ysgol Gwenffrwd, Lois Roberts, with a prize and certificate.

Lois wrote a super story about a young girl called Millie, who had a heart transplant, and then set out to find the family of the donor.  Millie and her family ended up moving closer to the donor family and remained friends for ever.  The theme for the competition was ‘Connections’, so it is easy to see how Lois met the challenge.

There were 7 entries from the school, and the judges thought all of them were of the highest standard.

Well done Lois – so when can we expect your first book !

Rotary really appreciate the encouragement given by teacher Mrs Angharad Rule.

The picture shows Lois, with teacher Mrs Angharad Rule, and Rotary Vice President Gareth Owen.

Young Chef Competition – Feb 2020

What’s cooking???

The answer was a superb and delicious dinner of a Pea and Mint Soup starter, followed by Mexican Pasta, and a magnificent healthy Fruit Cheesecake for sweet.  All this accomplished by Young Chef Rachel Jones from Ysgol Treffynnon, who was the entry from Flint and Holywell Rotary Club in the annual  District Rotary Young Chef competition.  All this took place on Saturday 8 February at Coleg Cambria, and judged by Michelin Star Chef Bryan Webb and owner of Tyddyn Llan, and Paul Smith, Chief Lecturer at Coleg Cambria.

Rachel had just 3 hours to produce this great dinner, and within a budget of just £20. Although not placed in the top two, Rachel received some very complimentary comments from the judges.

This was the first year that your local Rotary have entered a competitor, and we will certainly do so again, as it allows young students such as Rachel good opportunity to showcase her talents.  Our warmest thanks go to Mrs Jenny Morris, teacher at Ysgol Treffynnon who has organised our entrant and supported Rachel.

Well done Rachel, a great effort.  Even with these obvious skills, she still aims to be a Doctor!

The pictures show Rachel’s Dinner, and Rachel with Jenny Morris:

Thanks to the Clubs Vocational & Youth Services Chairman, Rob Board,for supporting Rachel’s contribution to the competition.


United Cavers Exploration Team – Feb 10th 2020

What a presentation – spellbound for 75 minutes – brilliant!!!

Tim watts ( vice chair UCET) and Ian Adams (Secretary UCET) addressed members and friends at our Monday meeting – Tim talking through the presentation and Ian providing technical backup.

As background – from the UCET web site:

U.C.E.T. was formed in 2003 by a few experienced cavers who wanted to push the boundaries a little further. We are based in North Wales where we’re lucky enough to have a wide selection of caves and mines. Easy “training grounds” through to more technical and sustained cave and mine systems. With plenty of scope for finding more and more ‘new ground’.

Caving keeps you fit and (depending how far you want to go) can involves a fair bit of walking, crawling, climbing and dangling on ropes. It also demand a high degree of team spirit, problem solving and planning to make progress into previously un-explored areas.

We continually welcome new members and pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming bunch! We meet on Thursday evenings for local trips and generally aim to be back to the Glan Y Afon Pub in plenty of time for a pint or two although sometimes we head to alternative pubs depending on the time and geographics of the trip! Longer trips and trips further afield take part most weekends.

The club has equipment to lend to new members and has a dedicated training officer who can run through all the relevant training as and when you want to progress. But remember, there are as many walk in walk out trips available as technical trips so there really is something for everyone!

Feel free to have browse and join our web forum. We are a very open club and welcome input from members and non-members alike.


Their presentation majored on the N E Wales geo-structures and in particular the Milwr tunnel – from construction in 1897 to closure in 1987 – information on the tunnel can be be found on the Wikepedia web site at

It is impossible for me to condense their presentation on this site suffice it to say – one of the most interesting talks ever given to members – sincere thanks – more to come ?? – i think so

President Jim Reid, Tim Watts & Ian Adams

A vote of thanks was expressed by Rotarian Paul Islip


PRESS RELEASE  – courtesy of D  Pearse (Press Officer)


A packed meeting of The Flint & Holywell Rotary Club at The Springfield Hotel in Pentre Halkyn sat spell bound as local caver Tim Watts from Pantymwyn described in great detail, the vast network of caves that exists under Flintshire. Tim who is the vice chairman of The United Cavers Exploration Team (UCET) aided by Club Secretary, Ian Adams brought with him plans of the mine workings some of which go back to Roman times. Whilst the knowledge of old limestone coal and lead mining is already well known to most members, many were surprised to hear the extent of some of these workings and one of the Rotarians was particularly shocked to find that some of the very deep early workings extended directly under his own farm buildings!

Some of the photographs and video clips also showed the presence of a huge underground chamber near Holywell, whose depth has never been determined, but which extends well over 300ft below sea level, Apparently when this vast chamber was discovered in the early 19th century, many local miners were killed when they broke through into the previously unknown underground lake, which engulfed all the surrounding workings, creating one of the biggest disasters in the history off local lead mining.

Many were also surprised that lead working was still taking place until the mid 1980s and photographs showed some of the Caving Club’s recent initiatives undertaken to ensure that further unknown workings can be discovered and investigated. This includes the design and construction of a purpose built motorised unit which has been manufactured by Club Members themselves, specifically to utilise existing railway lines left in the old workings.

Rotary members had recently been invited to view the old wartime tunnels at Rhydymwyn, but were surprised to here that there were even deeper  mine workings extending almost 600 ft below the surface close by, which had been constructed to provide some of the purest limestone available for use by Pilkingtons in St Asaph for the production of glass. Further photographs were shown which demonstrated the massive chambers created by these old workings, some of which had been used in wartime to store not only strategic food supplies, but also the country’s gold reserves.

The meeting went on far longer than usual and the UCET members agreed to return to the Club at a later date to continue with their talk. In the meantime The Rotary Club Members were invited to join the cavers in a trip down one of the “easier” local caves, an invitation which interested many members.




Samaritans – Feb 3rd 2020

Diane Langhorn addressed the Club at our weekly meeting on the work of the Samaritans – Diane is a volunteer at the Chester Branch of the organisation.

To quote from their web site:

We’re working together to make sure fewer people die by suicide.

Diane outlined the training undergone pre ‘sole working’ – 6 months of a listening agenda. In the UK there are 200 branches, receiving a call every 6 seconds answered by one of 20,000 volunteers – 365 days a year, 24/7. In 2018 the Chester branch handled 21,000 calls plus emails – incredible. Many of the calls are not of a potential suicidal intent and can range from personal relationship breakdowns, mental health issues, people ‘in crisis’ to prisoners often with Samaritans being their only outside contact – unfortunately there are an excess of sexual demanding calls to the operators. Interestingly Samaritans are a listening, non advisory service and volunteers will only sign post to other organisations if requested to do so.

      President Jim Reid and Diane Langhorn

A vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Mike Holt.


Life in Japan – language and culture – Jan 27th 2020

Monday 27th January – The Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell had great pleasure in welcoming Lord Greg Mostyn as its principle guest to give a talk on Japan and his love of Japanese culture. Lord Mostyn explained that he first visited Japan shortly after he left University to teach English as a foreign language. He almost immediately fell in love with the Country, and since then, had revisited on many occasions,  and now tries to visit at least once every year. He explained that to understand Japan, it was essential that he learnt the language, and after six months he felt he was reasonably proficient, sufficient to undertake some limited conversation, and since then his fluency has increased considerably. This ability to converse with visiting Japanese people has been a tremendous asset, he explained, when he greets the increasing number of Japanese tourists who come to look around Mostyn Hall each year. The tourist are surprised and delighted when they meet a British aristocrat who can actually welcome them in their own language,he commented.

On an earlier visit to Mostyn Hall, Lord Mostyn showed Rotary Club members a “Japanese Garden” which had been laidout by one his ancestors who had toured Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. Lord Mostyn then took great pride in explaining how he and his staff had lovingly restored the gardens, and later showed Club members an album containing photographs taken during this earlier visit together with another album, this time containing photographs taken by himself showing many of the same views as they are today

Rotarians were particularly interested to get an insight into the the culture and characteristics of the Japanese people, which is so different from our western culture. His talk also encompassed the beautiful countryside of Japan, its remarkable transport system and in particular its food which is one of his favourites. The last time Lord Mostyn visited Japan was to support Wales at the recent Rugby World Cup and Rotarian David Pearse, an avid English rugby supporter, who had also been in Japan for the Final when proposing the vote of thanks commiserated with Greg on the failure of Wales to get past the semi finals. Lord Mostyn immediately countered this by proclaiming that England’s defeat in the Final to South Africa was one of the best days of his life! Honour being satisfied on all sides, the meeting concluded with the Club’s President, Jim Reid also adding his appreciation.

Lord Mostyn, President Jim Reid and Rotarian David Pearse

Rotakids – Whitford Ysgol y Llan

Well done to you all – a great effort (Rotary Club Flint & Holywell)


Hundreds of pounds raised for hospice by Whitford primary school Ysgol y Llan

Evening Leader 20th January 2020


A GROUP of primary school pupils from Whitford have been busy raising money for Hope House Hospice.

The children at Ysgol y Llan, near Holywell, who call themselves The Rotakids, have the specific role of generating ideas to help raise money for those less fortunate then themselves, led by senior teacher Rhian Roberts.

This year, the pupils had three specific goals. They wanted to use any money raised to help support children, they wanted to help local children and they wanted to support children with a range of illnesses.

Following this, Hope House Hospice was suggested as a worthy charity.

Hope House were contacted and Nicola Jackson, a representative from the hospice, came to school and led an assembly which informed pupils and staff about all of the work that the hospice does. The assembly included information about the hospice using special pools to provide children with muscle therapy, pools with special access to help wheelchair users, as well as the use of music therapy to help users interact with the environment around them.

The Rotakids organised a special ‘Sparkle and Shine’ glitter event, where the children paid to have eco friendly hair glitter and glitter tattoos, as well as toast and milkshakes for snack.

This was followed by a coffee afternoon for parents and grandparents, and raffles with various luxury hampers as prizes. The school collected bags with donations of clothes and toys. It was also agreed any money raised from other recent fundraising events would be added to the Hope House fundraising total.

Nathan Williams, deputy head teacher, said: “The events were a great success. In total Ysgol y Llan raised over £800, including the value of sales from our donated bags of clothes and toys. This is a fantastic achievement for our small school and we are very proud of our children.”


Penri Cunnah – Health & Safety

Penri is the Head of health & Safety for the mydentist group of dental practices in the UK – they provide both private and NHS services.

They are Europe’s largest dental care provider –  600+ network of practices, employing over 10,000 people and with a turnover of £600m – committed to providing the latest treatments, and helping the nation improve their oral health. Over 5 million people in the UK trust them with their dental care.

Penri outlined the challenges facing the profession in health and safety issues and current legislation which, clearly, must be followed – improvement not only in outcomes for patients but equally for those professionals involved in providing dental services – reduction of risk is an essential element within the service and ongoing training of staff is a major part of the work within his management team.

Award winning health & safety at mydentist

RoSPA Gold award 2016RoSPA health and safety gold award 2017rospa-2018-commendedrospa-2019-commended

              President Jim Reid & Penri

Pres JR, Penri, Rtns. Alan Cunnah & Malcolm Newberry

(Prestatyn Rotary Club)



Competition – Young Photographer

Calling all aspiring YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS       With phones and tablets, there are probably more young photographers now than ever before!

So how about entering a competition?

Rotary have an annual ‘Young Photographer’ competition, with stages at local, district and national levels.

Your local Rotary Club – FLINT and HOLYWELL – are inviting entries for judging.

There are 3 age groups (age at 31 August 2019) – 7 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years and 14 to 17 years.

You can enter with a portfolio of 3 photographs with the theme of ‘THROUGH MY EYES’

Photographs can be in colour or black or white, on photographic paper. Each print must be on separate paper, and no larger than A4 size. Please also include a brief sentence of what each photograph represents in relation to the theme.

There will be a first prize of £25 in each age category.  Rotary may organise a local exhibition of entries.  Winners will (if they want) go forward to the next level of competition (Rotary district)

More details can be found on the ‘Rotary Young Photographer website’ or you can leave a message with any questions on the contact page on our website.

Entries must be received by Sunday 09 February – please send them in an envelope (or deliver them) to the Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell, Springfield Hotel, A55 Expressway, Pentre Halkyn, Holywell CH8 8BD.  Please put you name, age  and contact details on the back of each photograph.


Good luck – Rotary look forward to receiving your entry.

Amelia – a Holywell Star – November

The Rotary Club were delighted to offer financial support enabling Amelia to attend an Isle of Man invitation tournament on 30th November

The note below is from her mother expressing thanks to Rotary:

I would just like to thank you again for to kind donation towards Amelia’s recent gymnastic competition.16th Nov Amelia travelled to Haverfordwest and became 11/12yr Welsh tumbling champion.

30th Nov Amelia in the Isle of Man Invitational

11 & Under – Level 4
Amelia 1st vault 1st bars 2nd Floor

1st overall from all the age groups in Level 4(11-15yr)
Amazing results for the North Wales senior squad in their first outing.