The Rotary Club of Colwyn Bay was chartered in 1927 and this year celebrates its 86th Anniversary. We enjoy living on the beautiful North Wales Coast between the sea and the mountains, and we hope this site gives you a taste of who we are and what we do.
President Graham Roberts recently presented Paul Harris Fellowship Awards to four well-deserving members of our Club, Michael Roberts, John Barker, Brian James (pictured below) and Trevor Hill (inset). Congratulations to all four.
Colwyn Bay supports local School Radio
Members of Colwyn Bay Rotary Club attended the opening of a new school radio station at Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn primary school in Colwyn Bay, the official opening being performed by Secretary of State for Wales David Jones, himself an honorary member of the Colwyn Bay Club. The Club donated £3,000 towards this project which enabled the school to purchase the latest computer controlled mixing desk and mikes, and the children have quickly learned how to use the equipment. They prepared a number of question for David Jones, including "what is your favourite football team?" which turned out to be Liverpool which was greeted with mixed cheers and boos from the assembled children and Rotarians. He was also asked for his favourite carol which was The Holly and the Ivy, but when this was found not to be on their database he said "we'd better have the Pussycat Dolls instead!".
Immediate Past President Arthur Jones was the driving force behind this project and he and the Club were thanked by the Headteacher John McLennan, who explained how the radio station was accessible to children and parents via their school website and part of the interview with David Jones can be heard on http://www.ysgolpenybryn.com/news_detail.asp?Section=8&Ref=737. President Graham Roberts was also interviewed and expressed the Club's pleasure in being able to help to set up this valuable resource.
At a recent meeting three of our members were presented with Paul Harris Fellowship awards for their work and commitment to Rotary over many years. President Graham Roberts presented the awards to Rotarians Michael Roberts, John Barker and Brian James.
Colwyn Bay Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs have agreed to jointly fund the fitting out of a new room at St David's Hospice in Llandudno to the tune of £15,000. The Hospice is undergoing alterations to create several new single rooms instead of the former communal rooms and of course they require new beds, mattresses, hoists and other technical and specialist equipment. A plaque is to be fitted outside the room when completed to mark Rotary and Inner Wheel's funding.
The Club also benefited from a legacy from former member Bill Meredith of £2,000 and it was agreed by our Projects Committee that this would be donated to Colwyn Link/Y Gadwn audio magazine for the blind as Bill suffered sight loss in later life as a result of a stroke. The Secretary Stephen Walburn is to be interviewed for the magazine giving the background to the donation, and also to hear about Stephen and President Graham's 3-week trek on the Annapurna Circuit Trail last April. (pic - Graham and Stephen 2nd & 3rd from left).
Rotary Young Writer Competition.
The Rotary Cub of Colwyn Bay recently invited local primary schools in the area to enter Rotary's Young Writer Competition on the subject of "The Olympic Spirit". There were categories for Poetry and Prose and over 200 entries were received and judged, the winning entries in each section then went forward to North Wales District final. The winner of the poetry section was 9yr old Amy Butler of Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn and President Arthur Jones visited the school to present Amy with her certificate and a book token (see pic).
The prose section was won by Hannah Mew-McAdam of Rydal Penrhos Prep School who will also receive a book token, and both entries won the District heat and were selected to go through to the national final at the end of March.
. Focus on Crocus
The Focus on Crocus campaign to "turn Colwyn Bay purple" in February has been taken up by several local primary schools in the area encouraged by our Foundation Chairman Peter Jennings who has expertly explained the connection between the "purple pinkie", the little finger painted purple after a child has received the Polio immunisation, and the purple crocus. Each child is being offered 5 crocus bulbs to plant in a container of their choice and these will be judged on Rotary Day on 23rd February to find the most unusual, quirky or magnificent "Bunch of Five".
Arthur Jones, Peter Jennings and Peter Jenning and pupils of Ysgol
pupils of Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn Llandrillo-yn-Rhos Infants
In February 2010 the Club bestowed Paul Harris Fellowships on Rotarians Graham Roberts and Terry Deakin, Graham for his services to Rotary as Past President, Fund Raiser, Bulletin editor, Membership Chairman (among other duties), and Terry also for his fund-raising activities and for his support for the Mercy Ships Aberdeen Hospital in Sierra Leone. They were presented with their awards by ADG Howard Ferdinando, seen here with President John Barker. Also presented with Paul Harris Awards were Rtns. David Evans and Jim Barry, seen below on the right:
Look at our Fund Raising page for our "Do at the Zoo" event.