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Tree of Lights donation to St. David's Hospice


This morning we presented a cheque for £11,127.44 to St.David's Hospice, Llandudno which had been donated through our Tree of Lights event. Since its inception we have raised over £179,000 for the hospice thanks to the generosity of our local community. Each individual donation, in memory of a loved one, is recorded in a Book of Thanks kept in the chapel at the hospice.




New Rotarian

On Thursday last President Geoff Price inducted our first new member of 2017. 
Owen Morris is a Business Education Consultant, originally from Holyhead. Owen currently lives in Colwyn Bay.

Welcome to Rotary Owen.


Tree of Lights

Rhos on Sea Rotary Club's Tree of Lights in aid of St David's Hospice was switched on 27th November. Some 700 people attended and an extra £1009 was donated to add to the posted £8000 approx given to date. Thanks to all who attended and in particular our sponsors the Bay of Colwyn Town Council, Specialist Technical Services Denbigh, Gap Electricals Conwy, Absolute Sounds Colwyn Bay and the Pioneer and the North Wales Weekly News.






Rotary spruces up the Park

A team from Rhos on Sea Rotary took on a challenge to spruce up their local park. Benches were rubbed down and painted. Posts were similarly tackled. The odd crocus was added to the bank. We are looking forward to a fine display in the Spring.

All in all a most enjoyable few hours improving the look of our neighbourhood. We hope you like it.



 

Great Wall of China

 At our last meeting club member Pauline Hogan retold her adventures when she trekked along the Great Wall of China last year in aid of St. Kentigens Hospice.

High temperatures, strange food and steep climbs were taken in their stride, well almost. 
Ably lead by Rotarian Rev Clive Southerton of the Rotary Club of Prestatyn the team raised over £133,000 for the hospice, a magnificent achievement.  

Where will our superhero go next on her travels? Nepal or Rhyl? Who knows?


On 1st July President Ken Owen handed over to our new President Geoff Price.

Geoff thanked Ken for his hard work during the year, in particular his continuing organisation of the "Tree of Lights" ceremony.

Geoff looked forward with working with all members to achieve another successful Rotary year for the club.

Following the induction we were "Royally" entertained by Paul Richards a former member of the Royal Protection Squad of the Metropolitan Police. Paul originally from North Wales had served in Wrexham and Beaumaris before transferring to the Marine Section in London. His many tales of the characters working in the royal palaces gave a real insight into a different world. Thank you Paul. 

          Grand Fondo Conwy

Once again several members got out of bed early last Sunday to help with stewarding of the Conwy Grand Fondo Cycle Tour. Good fun and weather was kind. Useful way of raising funds to help with day to day running of the club. Thanks to all who took part. Keep ringing those bells!

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Rhos on Sea Rotarian Pauline Hogan received a cheque for £100 from President Ken Owen at the club meeting today to be sent to the Nepal supporting charity " So the Child May Live".
Pauline had taken part in the Llandudno Boxing day dip to raise money for this worthy cause and the club felt they should also support her magnificent effort. Well done Pauline.



Capel Horeb Carol Concert raises £1250 for local hospices.

On Thursday 3rd December at Capel Horeb, Rhiw Road, Colwyn Bay a packed audience enjoyed a programme of carols and festive music. A choir from Ysgol Bod Alaw, Cor Meibion Colwyn and a wonderful soloist Sioned Alaw Hughes from Penrhyn Bay were supported by an enthusiastic audience. 

The proceedings were led by Rev Philip Barnett and organist Gwyn Jones. A short address and blessing were given by Rev Jennifer Hurd.

Tea, coffee and mince pies ( donated by courtesy of Tesco) were enjoyed after the concert.

The collection of almost £1250 , which includes a generous donation from the Capel, will be shared between Ty Gobaith and St. David's Hospice.

The concert was organised by Rotary President Ken Owen and Cllr Philip Edwards who were assisted by Rhos on Sea Rotary Club members at the event.

Tree of Lights Switch on

 The Tree of Lights organised by the Rotary Club of Rhos-on-Sea is again, for the seventeenth time, shining out on Cayley Promenade to celebrate those we love and to raise money for St David’s Hospice.  Shortly after dusk last Sunday in gale force conditions, the lights were switched on by the Mayor Cllr. Dr. Sibani Roy assisted by Mrs Gladys Harrison Chairman of St David’s Hospice and the President of Rhos-on-Sea Rotary Club, Ken Owen. 

The adverse weather did not deter the large crowd who joined in with the short service of carols sung and played by the long established Cor Meibion Colwyn and by the excellent Beulah Brass band.  Both these groups performed free of charge with their own special effort to raise funds for the Hospice. The Rotary Club is especially grateful to them.  A short prayer and blessing were given at the end by the Rev. Quentin Bellamy. 

Floodlights had to be secured in the high winds and generators to light the scene were erected at no cost by Mr.Shaun Williams, Specialist Technical Services, Denbigh, sponsored by Paul McBreeze, Gap Electricals,Conwy and through the support of Colwyn Town Council. Audio systems were sponsored by Absolute Sounds, Colwyn Bay. During the event just short of £700 was collected, all of which will be donated to St. David’s Hospice. Rotary President Ken Owen commented, “The adverse weather thankfully did not deter people from coming and we were able to go ahead with the event. I thank everyone for their help but most of all the many who came and supported us showing outstanding generosity for our local hospice. I will update everyone through the Pioneer with our progress next week.” 

Please help to make this a record breaking year and make a donation to St David’s Hospice by completing the coupon.  Every penny  goes to the Hospice and they rely heavily on voluntary fundraising and it’s services are continuously desperately needed in our community.  Your donation, and the names of people or events you wish remembered, will be recorded in a ‘Book of Lights’ which will be on display at the Hospice. 

Please give generously and let a light shine for the rest of 2015 for someone you love from the ‘Tree of Lights’ this year.

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 Rhos on Sea Rotarians spent some time Friday morning putting signs up for Tree of Lights switch on on Sunday 4.30p.m. Cayley Promenade. 




Rotary Tree of Lights

The Rhos on Sea Rotary Tree of Lights will be switched on on Sunday 29th November at 1630. The Tree of Lights allows us to demonstrate our support for the good work done by St.David's Hospice, Llandudno. Over £150,000 has been raised in the 11 years since the tree was first organised.

This annual ceremony takes place on the Cayley Promenade and allows our community to remember those loved ones who are no longer with us but also to herald the coming of Christmas.

We are joined as usual by our friends from Cor Meibion Colwyn and Beulah Brass. All are welcome to this annual event.

Our local newspapers have included a coupon in current issues to allow those who wish to donate a light in support of this worthy cause.

A Book of Lights containing the names of donors and the people or events they wish to remember or commemorate will be on display at St. David’s Hospice.

         Bodnant's Dai Chef Visits Rotary

Recently we were extremely fortunate to have a visit from Dai Chef of the Bodnant Food Centre in the Conwy Valley. Dai recalled his humble beginnings at the age of 10 starting to work at a hotel in Aberystwyth and followed up with a range of stories from rowing a boat across the Irish Sea to catering for Mrs. Simpson and Roger Moore at a house in Antibes. A wonderful life, which is being followed by his children, in particular daughter Megan, who at the age of 11, works in the evenings with Dai at Bodnant . We felt privileged to hear Dai 's story.A real Welsh success story.

Prince Madoc sails again

Bank Holiday Monday saw the launching of the Rhos on Sea Rotary commemorative raft, the Prince Madoc, at Rhos on Sea harbour.

A slight swell made the launch a little more difficult than expected but our intrepid crew set off for Mobile, Alabama in good heart. Only 4500 miles to go

A North Westerly breeze pushed  the craft along the shore and reluctantly it was decided to beach at the Aberhod slipway. A large crowd enjoyed the antics of the Rhos on Sea Rotarians and the event was considered a great success especially by those who took part.

Our grateful thanks go to the Conwy Harbourmaster’ staff for their welcome support and advice  which helped to make the morning’s event a success. 

We received a large number of photographs of the event from members of the public and we again thank those who have recorded the event and allowed us to use their work.

Who knows what will be planned for next year’s commemorative event?

Prince Madoc to sail from Rhos on Sea Harbour to

 Porth Eirias on Monday 31st August at 1100

Legend has it that the Welsh Prince Madoc sailed from the ancient harbour of Rhos-on-Sea in 1169 and heading West, discovered America long before Christopher Columbus in the fifteenth century.

Following the death of his father Owain Gwynedd ap Gruffydd, he and his brother Riryd, set out for the New World in two small ships and made landfall near Mobile, Alabahma, USA in 1170. A plaque at Fort Morgan records his arrival there.

In 2009 the Rotary Club of Rhos-on-Sea, in celebration of his great achievement, first entered the Chester Raft Race with a longship lookalike named after the Prince.

Since then it has had several outings on Llandudno and Rhos promenades, helping to raise cash for local charities but has not as yet ventured out to sea. Until now!

On Bank Holiday Monday 31st August the "Prince Madoc" will sail again from Rhos Harbour and head for the "New World"..... represented this time by Porth Eirias.

The journey starts at 1100 and with a fair tide and following wind should end on Porth Eirias beach at about 1230.

The Rotary Club is not only aiming to raise awareness of  the Prince Madoc legend but trying to raise funds for local charities particularly St. David's Hospice.

To hear the full story of Prince Madoc's adventure just turn up at Porth Eirias on Bank Holiday Monday and if you like the story throw a few coins in the sailors buckets.

Hope to see you there



 We will be at the Eglwsbach show on 

Saturday 8th August with our Hoopla Stall.

 

                           See you there.

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     Rotarians refurbish Promenade benches


 

Rotarians from Rhos on Sea Rotary Club have recently been refurbishing benches on the promenade.
The benches had been originally provided by Rhos on Sea Community Group about 25 years ago and were showing signs of wear.In conjunction with the recently formed Colwyn Bay Men's Shed, who replaced a number of arms which had deteriorated, Rhos on Sea Rotary members cleaned the area around the benches, rubbed them down and applied a coat of wood preservative.

Rotary President Clive Myers said," Members enjoyed this project and hope that residents and visitors will use them to enjoy the spectacular views across the bay.We will continue to look after the benches in the future to ensure that they stay in good repair."

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3 Shelterboxes for Nepal

   At this morning's meeting the club agreed to send three Shelterboxes to Nepal to assist with recovery following the recent earthquake.

Many thanks to local people who gave so generously on Saturday at the Colwyn Centre, to Capel Horeb and other individuals for their support 



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Help sent to Vanuatu Islands

The club has sent a donation of £300 ($450) to the Rotary Club of Santos, Vanuatu to help with the aftermath of tropical storm Pam which devastated much of this group of Pacific islands. We have been in touch with the Santos Vanuatu Rotary Club via facebook to find out what was needed. More details on our facebook page.

PIcture shows a group of Rotarians accompanied by a doctor and nurses on board a boat carry household and hardware packs and 400 bags of rice supplied by local Vanuatu businesses to distribute to the islands of South East Pentecost, South East Ambryn and Paamma. 

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Rhos on Sea Rotary 25th Charter celebration

Almost 100 guests including present and past members of the club spent a most enjoyable evening at the St.George's Hotel, Llandudno on Friday 31st Jan.

We were royally entertained by  local violinist Iestyn Tyne and an incredible speaker Lydia Slack who spoke with great humour about her life as a farmer's daughter in Derbyshire.

District Governor Rotarian Les Wilson presented Paul Harris Fellowship awards to local Rotarians Chip Wood & Geoff Price. He also thanked the club for it's hard work in raising over £150,000 for St David's Hospice since 1999 and supporting many other UK and overseas charitable endeavours

President Clive Myers welcomed Rotarians and guests from Clubs from North Wales, Merseyside , Cheshire and Derbyshire

Many thanks to Rotarian John McDowell for organising a great night out

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Carol Concert at Horeb
Chapel
in aid of local
Hospices
Our Carol Concert at Horeb Chapel, Colwyn Bay on Thursday 4th December raised over £1100 which will be divided between Ty Gobaith and St. David's Hospices. Thanks to our soloists Sara Davies and Ryan Davies, pupils from Ysgol Llandrillo yn Rhos, and Cor Meibion Colwyn for a most enjoyable evening and thanks to the Horeb Chapel for arranging the event and providing refreshments to follow.
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Rotary Tree of Lights Switch On.

Large turnout on a warm evening . Great carols accompanied by Cor Meibion Colwyn and Beulah Brass . A wonderful start to Christmas in Rhos on Sea and great support for St. David's Hospice, Llandudno. The collection on the night raised over �1200 our best ever total. Thanks to all who made this possible

     
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              Rotary Young Chef 

Local heats held at Eirias High School, Colwyn Bay today. 
Judged by Dai Chef & Megan from Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, Paul Kelly and John Roberts.

Winner was Naimh Davies who received a cheque for £50 and goes forward to the District Final to be held at Deeside College in February. Runners up were Beth O'Rourke and Aimee Burke.

Dai Chef praised the high quality of the cooking and has invited Niamh to spend some time at Bodnant improving her cooking skills.
All entrants received a cheque for £10 towards their costs and an apron. They will also receive certficates for their Records of Achievements Folders.
Many thanks to Miss Owen & Miss Clough of Eirias High School for thier hard work in make this event possible.
Good luck to Niamh in the District finals
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Tree of Lights Switch on

4.30pm Sunday 30th November

Cayley Promenade Rhos on Sea 

with Band, Choir & Carols 

in aid of

St. David's Hospice.

See local press( Pioneer & North Wales Weekly News) for coupon to sponsor a light in aid of a loved one or use the coupon below.

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         Flanders Cromlech unveiled

On Saturday 16th August 2014, around 1,000 people gathered to see the unveiling of a lasting monument to Welsh soldiers who died in World War One in Flanders.

The cromlech built in Langemark, Belgium, marked the 100th anniversary of the war's outbreak and followed years of campaigning by those who wanted a permanent dedication to the fallen.

It is estimated 40,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen from Wales died during the 1914 to 1918 war.

First Minister Carwyn Jones, who unveiled the monument, told the service: "This memorial is the result of many years of hard work by dedicated individuals both in Flanders and of course in Wales.

Indeed the appeal has caught the imagination of people around the world and this impressive sculpture demonstrates the importance with which we, in Wales together with our partners in Flanders hold the memory of those who sacrificed their lives a century ago."

BARN DANCE 29TH AUGUST

Members and friends enjoyed an excellent evening with a Barn Dance at the Colwyn Bay Rugby Club.

Great music from Aderyn Prin and fine food from Conwy Valley Rotary catering.

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                   A Grand Day Out

Members, partners and friends enjoyed a Grand Day Out organised by President Clive Myers.

Travelling in a restored Crosville single decker from the 1950s we were picked up along Route12. Our first stop was the Rest and be Thankful cafe on the Great Orme having enjoyed spectacular views of Llandudno Bay along the Marine Drive.

Descending to the West Shore we travelled through Conwy to the Split Willow Hotel in Llanfairfechan for an excellent lunch.

Our journey home allowed us to appreciate the beauty of our home surroundings amongst a happy bunch of friends.

     

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 Charity Fashion Show

Rotary Charity Fashion show success

A charity fashion show held at the St.George's Hotel, Llandudno

on 1st May has been hailed as a great success by Rhos on Sea Rotarians

The show, generously sponsored by M & Co of Llandudno and the St. George's Hotel,

raised over £750 for local charities and good causes.

Lady Rotarians, friends and family paraded as models, who were professionally guided by

Vanda Griffiths and Lavinia Roberts from M & Co of Llandudno who had generously

provided the fashions.

The show was compered by Brian George.

Interlude music was provided by Garry Chilton on electric piano

The club are also grateful to the many retailers of Rhos on Sea who generously provided

raffle prizes and for 'Friends of Rotary' for their support in running the raffle

President Jennifer Fielding said,  'We are most grateful for the tremendous support we

have had from M & Co of Llandudno and the St George's Hotel in making this a successful

fundraising event.' 

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          Gran Fondo Conwy

On Sunday 27th April several Rhos on Sea Rotary club members acted as marshalls at a number of sites around the three courses. Over 600 cyclists took part around three courses varying from 42 to 104 miles. A family run from Conwy Quay to Deganwy Quay was also well supported. A very enjoyable day out. 

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Rotary Support Children of Chernobyl with £200 donation

Gerrie and Chris Barrie from Children of Chernobyl North Wales Coast Link recently spoke to the club. 

The North Wales Coast Link brings children from the areas affected by the disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, April 1986 to give them a month of living with clean air. 

The one month stay seems to have a major positive effect on the children that visit, that appears to continue for the rest of their lives. 

Most of the children come from , a small country of 8 million people that had just recovered from the devastation of World War 2, to be devastated again by the fire and explosion at .  It is now again a poor country, 80% of Belarusians live on contaminated ground, 70% of the fallout from (in the ) fell on .  The tower blocks that were built in the Soviet era are now in disrepair, the Belarusians authorities allow people to live rent free in the contaminated buildings! 

Children are in danger of developing cancer; some are born with serious defects.  When people in were asked what help they would like, instead of asking for money, hospitals, schools (all are needed badly), they asked that their children could be taken away for a holiday where they would be able to breathe clean air. 

So the North Wales Coast Link does just that, Children are brought from to stay with families in .  They have  month to get  as much clean air as they can ( we do have a lot of fresh air and water!!!), each child has a medical, dental and optical check up  and then is given as much fun as they can handle! 

Gerrie talked of this and their own visits to .  She was very moving and (I think) made many of us more aware of just how lucky we are to have so many benefits that we are not normally aware of, how do you put a price on fresh air.  The half life of many on the contaminants from is measured in hundreds or thousands of years. 

The club have made a donation to the  North Wales Coast Link of £200.

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The recent concert in aid of the Welsh Flanders memorial raised over £1200

                                           

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 Girl Guide Gemma's India Project

Gemma Connor, aged 17, has been involved in guiding for ten years and is currently a young leader with a Brownie and Rainbow group . She was selected, along with five others from many girl guides in the country, to take part in an international trip to India. Gemma was required to raise funds to cover the cost of her trip and was partially sponsored by the Rhos on Sea Rotary Club.

In the summer of 2013 she travelled to Sangam in Pune, one of the four headquarters of the world association of girl guides and girl scouts. Gemma stayed in India for two weeks, and whilst she was there she took part in a community development project. She worked with the Green Tara foundation whose aim is to empower women living in the slums of India. 

Gemma help the organisation by running sessions with the girls living in the slums, teaching them about topics such as nutrition, confidence, independence and sex education. She also made educational aids such as posters and charts.

Gemma gave an excellent presentation on her experiences to the Rhos on Sea Rotary Club at a recent meeting 

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Meeting Information...

We meet on Thursdays at 1915 for 1930 (Dress code for normal meetings is "smart casual". Variations for special events will be notified to members. No meetings Christmas, New Year and Maundy Thursday.) Rhos Fynach
Rhos Promenade
Rhos On Sea. LL28 4NG
except second Thursday when we meet at 0915 at Wetherspoons, Princess Drive, Colwyn Bay LL29 8LA LL28 4NG tel: 01492 548185

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