About us

The Rotary Club of Colwyn Bay was chartered in 1927 and this year celebrates the 90th anniversary of its Charter in 1927. 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.



Congratulations to Ellis Thomas for winning the Regional Final of Rotary's Young Musician competition in Liverpool Cathedral. Ellis now goes forward to the National Final and Colwyn Bay Rotary Club are proud to have sponsored him in his journey so far.

Also congratulations to Tegid Goodman-Jones who came a creditable second in the Young Singer Competition with much praise from the judges.


Colwyn Bay member Rev Peter Jennings was recently presented with a Sapphire award to add to his PHF recognition, here seen awarded by District 1180 Foundation Chair Philip Horwood.


President Alan and 80 guests celebrated the 90th anniversary of the first meeting of the founding members of Colwyn Bay Rotary Club at a Charter Luncheon at Colwyn Bay Cricket Club.  A magnificent meal was served by Martin, Melanie and their crew (pictured below) and the nautical theme was continued throughout the speeches and the address by Rt Hon David Jones MP.  An excellent day was had by all.

New President Alan Morgan takes office

Immediate Past-President John Barker hands over the President's jewel and cifflinks to incoming Presidetn Alan Morgan.

Diabetes Awareness Day

To follow up our very successful Stroke Awareness Day when we took the blood pressure of 170 shoppers in the Bay View Centre, we took the new step of organising a Diabetes Awareness Day in the same venue, assisted by nurse Amie from Diabetes UK.  We were able to give 130 shoppers advice and tests on the possibilities of developing Diabetes and our Rotarian doctors were on hand to give personal consultations. A very successful and valuable project, one which we plan to repeat next year and would urge other Clubs to consider.

The Saunders Award 

Rotarian Donald Saunders celebrated his 40th year in Rotary and 25th anniversary of his Presidency of the Club by presenting a magnificent optical glass trophy recognising Exemplary Vocational Service by club members.  It is to be a perpetual Trophy, and Donald was delighted to present the inaugural award to Rtn Ken Clarke in recognition of his valiant work as Club Almoner, and for his past service in the Vocational committee, being heavily involved with the Youth Speaks competition, formal Mock Interviews and others.

It is with great pride that The Rotary Club of Colwyn Bay announces that the road from the A55 dual carriageway to the roundabout on Abergele Road a section of road that houses both Police and Ambulance services has been named

The signs have been provided and funded by GallifordTryplc, the national firm of civil engineers who were responsible for the Colwyn promenade improvements and beach reshaping in 2014 and Conwy County Borough Council provided technical advice and support to the Rotary Club. 

There has always been a way and now The Rotary Way will greet and bid a fond farewell to travellers as they arrive and depart from Colwyn Bay guiding, welcoming and supporting all as required, true and faithful to the fundamental principles of the worldwide organisation known as Rotary and the Rotary Club of Colwyn Bay. 

Visit to 5th Wheel, Rhuallt

Several members of the Club visitied the high-tech factory of 5th Wheel, a local company making high-spec caravans and especially semi-articulated models which hitch onto a pivot on a pick-up. After a tour of the factory President Stephen presented the company with a Citation recognising the great achievements of a prestigious local company.

Kyles Miracle Wish

We made a presentation to Kyle Weaver and his Grandad Derek Hobson to enable 5 year-old Kyle to be fitted with new leg braces to assist with his walking and to pay for travel to Glasgow for specialist treatment for a year. Here the presentation is being made by President Stephen Walburn and members of the Club.

Newly elected President-elect John Barker, Terry Deakin and Brian James had an exciting day out at the Wales Air Ambulance base at Caernarfon Airport where they presented a cheque for £500 to support the vital service.

New Paul Harris Fellows

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) .  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 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



New Paul Harris Fellows:

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.

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Monday 23rd April 12.30

Lunch - speaker

Monday 30th April 12.30

Lunch - speaker

Monday 7th May 12.30

No meeting - Bank Holiday

No meeting

Monday 14th May 18.30

Evening -

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