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Army Cadets recount South African adventure

At a recent meeting of the Rhos on Sea Rotary Club, members of the Colwyn Bay detachment of the Army Cadet Force retold their adventures taking part in an expedition to the Kwa-Zulu Natal region of South Africa last year. 

The object of the expedition was to follow the Zulu trail on foot and by boat, taking in the battlefields at Isamdlwaha and Rourke's Drift.

The event had been part-funded by the Rotary club but was mainly funded by the cadets own efforts.

Following an introduction by Major John Baxendale an explanation of the logistics organising a large group of cadets from the whole of Wales was provided by 2Lt. Andrew Orme.

Andrew described their journey to South Africa, including a number of small “happenings”, up to when the group arrived via Johannesburg at a giraffe game reserve which was to be their initial base. The team then split up into those who were walking and those who were travelling by boat.

Ex L/Cpl Bryn Baxter described in great detail their trek along the Zulu trail and the need to adapt to local conditions with limited water and shelter. Their guides were able to explain the layout of the battle fields and recount more of the history of events.

They visited a Zulu school and were very impressed by the enthusiasm of the pupils despite the limited equipment and facilities at the school.

L/Cpl Yori Maguire-Evans was part of the section which canoed along the Tugela river, sleeping in the open air on the banks of the river. Yori was responsible for much of the cooking. Both he and Andrew were impressed by the quiet of their surroundings except for the noises of the animals.

All agreed their memories of this adventure would stay with them for a lifetime.
 

Rhos on Sea Rotarians Wyn Jones, Cliff Large  and Phil Joy have today been carrying out repairs to a bench in the park behind the Rhos Fynach.


The club has a regular programme of carrying out repairs to benches locally and also the maintenance of the Princess Diana Memorial Garden in the village

 

Rhos on Sea Rotary President Gavin Davies and several members visited Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice this afternoon and presented a cheque for £2300, the proceeds of our recent fashion show     

 

25th Rotary Tree of Lights Ceremony

 

 

Tribute To John Morris Roberts

Past President and Club Secretary

A large congregation gathered at the Colwyn Bay Crematorium on Monday 20th November 2023 to pay their respects to Rotarian John Morris Roberts PHF.

John was born in Chester in 1944 and was educated at the Royal Masonic School for Boys at Bushey in Hertfordshire. 

He later attended catering college in Blackpool where he was to meet his wife Kath

Whilst there he honed his skills as a toastmaster.

Later he moved to work at Cartrefle College in Wrexham, to a family bakers in Altrincham and in 1969 to Pilkington's in St. Asaph as catering manager.

Whilst there John and Kath settled in Llanddulas, which was to remain their family home. Daughters Claire, Jo, Sally and Jenny grew up in Llanddulas

John then took charge of the Cheshire County Council Menai Centre then finally moving to become Town Clerk for the new Bay of Colwyn Town Council.

He tackled this job with his usual great gusto and is particularly remembered for organising the annual bonfire night fireworks display at Eirias Park

John was a well respected member of the local magistrates bench for 15 years.

In his younger days John was an active player for Colwyn Bay Rugby Club, later becoming Chairman and President.

In 1999 John joined the newly formed Rotary Club of Rhos on Sea,  becoming President and for many years a very active Club Secretary.

John was always first to volunteer to take part in any new project the club took on from setting up for the Tree of Lights ceremony to bench painting on the promenade and in the park.

Whatever John did he had a smile on his face and was always ready to make a real contribution to his local community. 

A true example of “ service above self”
 

 

 

Rhos Rotary collects over £500 for Welsh Air Ambulance


A recent collection by the Rotary Club of Rhos on Sea, at Tesco Llandudno Junction, raised over £500 for the Welsh Air Ambulance Service.
The Welsh Air Ambulance Service, which has a base at Caernarfon Airport, covers North and Mid Wales and provides a rapid response throughout the area.
Wales Air Ambulance offers advanced critical care and is often described as a ‘Flying Emergency Department’. The on-board consultants and critical care practitioners are highly skilled and carry some of the most pioneering medical equipment in the world. They can deliver blood transfusions, administer anaesthesia and undertake emergency operations at the scene of the incident, before flying the patient directly to specialist care.
Rotary President Gavin Davies said, “ We are delighted to support the Air Ambulance, a vital service providing critical rapid response in times of need.”
 

 

Induction of New President and President Elect

At a recent meeting Gavin Davies was inducted by Past President Pauline Hogan as our new President for 23/24.

 

In turn Gavin inducted John Tristram as our President Elect

 

 

 

Plant Stall raises over £500 for Macmillan Cancer Care

Yesterday's Rhos on Sea Rotary's Plant Stall raised over £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Many thanks to all of those who supported us. In particular thanks to the Rhos Fynach for allowing us to hold our plant sale on their car park.
Many thanks also to Colwyn Bay Gardening Club and B&Q Llandudno with help in supplying plants for the stall.

 

 

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Members were busy this morning maintaining the Princess Diana garden in the village.

 

Members have been carrying on with our programme of ensuring promenade benches are in good condition. Replacing  deteriorating woodwork on benches on the Cayley Promenade.
Grateful thanks go to Snowdon Timber of Mochdre and Bangor for supplying the timber for this project.

 

Rhos on Sea Rotary members have been painting benches and bollards in Rhos Park recently in readiness for the Coronation.

 

Rhos Rotary Fashion Show raises £1500 for Ty Gobaith Children's

Hospice

A fashion show held at Rhos on Sea Golf club on 21st April raised £1500 for Ty Gobaith.

This was the second fashion show organised by Rhos Rotary in aid of the children's hospice based in Conwy.

Thanks go to Sophie Reynolds of Elle-Kat who organised the show. Sian Turner of Rhos on Sea Golf Club for providing the venue, and Eric Avery for donating a microlight flight in the auction.

Rotary President Pauline Hogan said,” We were delighted to have this opportunity to support this very worthwhile cause. Our members thoroughly enjoyed taking part and supporting the event”

Picture shows Martyn Harvey, Sophie Reynolds and Cliff Large from the club and Bev Bradley from Ty Gobaith

Rotary Fashion Show 21st April 2023 at

               Rhos-on-Sea Golf Club

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Rhos on Sea Rotary members have recently been at Morrisons Colwyn Bay collecting on behalf of Marie Curie charity.

 

Rotary Tree of Lights
Many of your readers will be aware that the Rotary Club of Rhos on Sea carried out the Tree of Lights Ceremony over the Christmas period. We are very pleased to say that this year, to date, it has raised £26,245 (excluding tax gift aid), every penny of which has gone directly to St. David's Hospice to support them in the good work they do. A total of £386,000 has now been raised since we started the Tree of Lights Ceremony . I am writing to express our Club’s sincere appreciation to those who contributed and supported this very worthy cause. The satisfaction of knowing that our local St. David's Hospice has benefited through people’s amazing generosity helping terminally ill people, young and old alike who are in such need of support, along with their relatives and carers. I would also thank the Pioneer and the North Wales Weekly News for supporting Rotary in this venture. That support has been central to its success. I hasten to add that this is not just a fundraising event because equally importantly, it gives so many of us within our communities the opportunity to remember and commemorate loved ones at what can be a difficult time for many. Let us hope we can ensure the tree shines on the Cayley Promenade with special meaning again next December and hopefully for many years to come.
Diolch i bawb am eich cefnogaeth hael.
 

 

Rotary supports local Para Snow Sports group

On Saturday President of the Rotary Club of Rhos on Sea, Pauline Hogan, presented a cheque for £200 to the local Para Snow Sports Wales group at a gathering on the ski slope on the Great Orme, Llandudno.

The money had been raised following  Boxing Day and New Years Day dips Pauline had taken part in and sponsorship from Rotary club members.

Para Snow Sports provides access to skiing facilities using specially adapted equipment to enable people of all abilities to enjoy ski sports


 

 

       Conwy Food Bank  donation

Rhos on Sea members today visited Conwy Food Bank and handed over a cheque for £310 plus a variety of presents Santa had left behind in his grotto at the Rhos Fynach.

 

      Rotary Tree of Lights Returns

A large crowd gathered on the Cayley Promenade on Sunday 27th November to witness the Rotary Tree of Lights switch on.

This was the first time the public had been able to gather since 2019 due to the pandemic restrictions. The Tree of Lights is an opportunity for the public to remember loved ones and celebrate the coming of Christmas.

Dr. Lyndon Miles from St David's Hospice updated the crowd on new developments and the continuing work of the hospice

Rotary President Pauline Hogan said, “We were so pleased to invite the public to witness the switch on this year following such difficult times. All proceeds from the Tree of Lights will go to support the fantastic work of St. David's Hospice in Llandudno.”

The lights were switched on by the Mayor of the Bay of Colwyn Cllr Colin Matthews.

An address and the blessing was given by Mr. Owen Morris 

 

Our grateful thanks go to the choir, Cor Meibion Colwyn and Beulah Brass who led the crowd in carol singing.

The sterling efforts of Griffiths Construction, Specialist Engineering Technical Services, Absolute Sounds, Conwy County Borough Council, Bay of Colwyn Town Council and the staff of St. David's Hospice made the whole event possible. We are most grateful for their continuing support.

Since it's inception, 23 years ago, the Tree of Lights has raised over £300,000 for the hospice. Donations in memory of loved ones can still be made either via local press or through the St. David's Hospice website:-
        
      https://stdavidshospice.org.uk/donations/tree-of-lights-2/

 

 

Tree of Lights switch on tomorrow 4.30p.m.

 

 

Charter Night  at Colwyn Bay Cricket Club


Members and guests were welcomed by President Pauline and enjoyed an excellent meal accompanied by the Quaynotes Swing Jazz Quintet. This was our 33rd Charter Night .

A good opportunity to meet up with friends and dance the night away

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23rd. Christmas for Rotary Tree of Lights

(Since its inception The Tree of Lights has raised over £365,000 for Hospice funds)

Members of The Rotary Club of Rhos-on-Sea with the support of St. David’s Hospice have carried out the Tree of Lights on the Cayley Promenade since Christmas 1999/2000.  This December will see the 23rd. birthday of the event supporting our local St. David's Hospice, Llandudno, as we have done since the beginning. The tree will once again shine giving many within our local communities and well beyond the opportunity to celebrate or commemorate the lives of loved ones or to celebrate a special occasion or other meaningful event and at the same time supporting this very worthy cause.

Because of the Covid 19 restrictions, our local Hospice has experienced very difficult times and sadly we have been unable to carry out our Switch On Ceremony for the past three years as a Rotary Club. The cancellation of fundraising and other supporting events has had an impact on the Hospice’s financial resources and they need our support now more than ever to help them carry out their vital work.  For example, costs of running the Hospice in 2021 was about £5 million but only 9% of that comes from the Local Health Board.  This leaves £4.5 million to be raised annually through voluntary means such as the Tree of Lights.

It is fair to say that the Rotary Tree of Lights by now has become an annual feature and very much an integral part of Christmas for our local communities and also much further afield. The response to this annual appeal over the years has been overwhelming. Since it all started, over £365,000 has been donated to the Hospice. We are however well aware that this annual event represents much more than just fundraising.  Most of us have lost loved ones and our need to reflect and remember is so important. Setting aside time to commemorate brings a degree of comfort in concentrating our thoughts at what can be a difficult time of year for so many coming to terms with ongoing bereavement and loss. This has been that much more acute in the pandemic we have experienced. By dedicating a light to a loved one, we hope it helps to bring that comfort and peace in our daily busy lives.  St. David's Hospice are ever grateful for the support this brings and it is an important event in their calendar as indeed our own. Last Christmas, the tree was adorned with our recently acquired LED lights. They shine brighter than ever. This was made possible with the very kind sponsorship of the Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm and also the support of the Conwy Voluntary Services Council, Dŵr Cymru and Colwyn Town Council. All this will hopefully enable the event to carry on for many years to come in support of this very worthy local cause.

It was disappointing in past years to have to cancel our traditional switch on ceremony. Without going to the finer details, this was in the main because of the pandemic situation and public safety is paramount. Whilst Covid remains, this year, once again, we are faced with a different situation in that extensive works on the sea front are ongoing with a two way traffic system on the Cayley Promenade.  Having regard to all this, in particular the fact there cannot be a road closure on the Cayley Promenade for this year, our Ceremony will be held on the main Promenade Road immediately below the Tree of Lights and within the enclosed Construction Site area with the very kind consent and support of the site Contractors,  Griffiths Construction and Conwy Council.

The lights will be illuminated during our ceremony as from 4.30 p.m. on Sunday, 27th. November, 2022 remaining lit throughout December. After the lights are switched on, a short video recording will also be available for viewing on the Rhos on Sea Rotary Club and St. David’s Hospice Websites along with their respective Facebook pages. Although the tree is not yet illuminated dedications can still be made from now on and right through until the end of December through the coupon in the Pioneer newspaper and North Wales Weekly News or by using the form from any Hospice Shop, or just by posting a plain letter quoting the ‘Tree of Lights’ to St. David's Hospice, Abbey Road, Llandudno. On-line donations can also very easily be made on the Hospice Website.
 
Rotary President Pauline Hogan commented:

“Our ceremony this Christmas will be directly below our tree on the bottom main Promenade Road. Having to cancel our event was a  painful decision knowing that it means so much to so many. We are grateful to the Contractors, Griffiths Constructions and Conwy Council for their support of Rotary and St. David’s Hospice and in turn our community. The opportunity to remember our loved ones is so very important and dedicating a light at Christmas is a lovely way to do this commemorating those no longer with us.  Every penny donated will go to St. David’s Hospice supporting the vital work they do for all communities right throughout North West Wales.  They have been unable to hold as many fundraising activities because of Covid restrictions and they need our support more than ever.  Despite everything, we will certainly see our Rotary Tree of Lights shine proudly on the Cayley Promenade once more this year with special meaning for all.”
 

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Rotary supports Para Snow Sports Wales

Rhos on Sea Rotary recently supported ParaSnowSports Wales, an organisation established to encourage less able people to enjoy winter sports.
The group is based at the ski slope on the Great Orme, Llandudno.
President Pauline of the Rotary Club of Rhos on Sea presented a cheque for £350 to the group at their meeting on Saturday. Pauline is a regular helper at their meetings.
The funds were raised at a collection at Tesco Llandudno Junction to whom we express our thanks for their continuing support.


 

Rotary Supports Macmillan Cancer Charities

President Pauline of the Rotary Club of Rhos on Sea recently presented a cheque for £300 to Macmillan Cancer Support at a Coffee Morning at Horeb Methodist Church Colwyn Bay. 

The donation was from a collection Rotary had recently made at Tesco Llandudno Junction.

The Coffee Morning enabled a total of just over £685 to be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support through the Conwy Christian Cancer Support Group under the leadership of Mr. Owen Morris.  This Group also recently presented a donation of £400 to this good cause.  

 

A PUNJABI PICNIC
The Rotary Club of Rhos-on-Sea recently spent a day coming to grips with the skills needed for survival when an eco disaster strikes.  Rotarian Chip Wood, who spent his early years in Jhelum, Pakistan, hosted a fundraising meal cooked outdoors to try and understand what the poor people of the flood hit areas of Pakistan and parts of Africa are currently having to endure.
Club members cooked a healthy variety of curried dishes, made their own chapattis and took part in practical tests involving making water filtration and purification devices from a pile of rubbish.  
Cooking on log fires using improvised cooking pans such as a half beer barrel and a satellite dish proved tricky but a terrific meal was produced and eaten with gusto to the surprise and delight of all!
A competition between teams to make water filters and small, fuel efficient ,stoves to purify dirty water so that it became drinkable produced some startling inventions and no small amount of hilarity!
Raffle and bar profits, added to donations from a great many of the 33 club members, raised £650 which has been sent to the Rotary charity organisation AQUABOX.  who are currently in the flood hit areas providing the most urgent need for water purification kits.
Club President Pauline Hogan said that she, and fellow Rotarians now had a much better understanding of the problems faced by people in flooded areas trying to survive with a minimum of assistance.  
 

                                                                            Well it looks OK and smells good


Making stoves and water filters out of  rubbish

 

Rhos on Sea Rotary donates £435 to Marie Curie Charity

At a recent meeting of Rhos on Sea Rotary club Peter Hughes, a fellow Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Abergele, gave a presentation on the work of Marie Curie charity.

Peter, who is currently Chairman of the local Marie Curie committee, outlined the range of support services offered by the charity to those in end of life situations, from on-call nursing care to individual phone calls to assist patients with particular difficulties. A team of Marie Curie nurses are based at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan.

The charity tries to make sure as much as is practical that funds raised locally are used locally

The club had recently held a hog roast to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee and were pleased to present a cheque to Peter for £435

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Members carried out hedge cutting and a general tidy up at the Princess Diana Garden in Rhos on Sea this morning . Good opportunity to show Rotary working to improve our community.

 

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On Saturday President Pauline Helped out at a Para Snow Sports Wales event on the Great Orme ski slope at Llandudno.

She met up with Oswestry Rotarian Dr. Stephen Walker, his wife Erika and son Michael, along with other members and volunteers to enjoy a great mornings skiing followed by a barbecue.

Rhos on Sea Rotary are holding a collection at Tesco, Llandudno Junction in aid of Para Snow Sports Wales and McMillan Cancer Support on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd July.

 

 

All change at the top for Rhos on Sea Rotary

 

Last night saw the handover from President Cliff Large to our new President Pauline Hogan.

Cliff had guided the club over the last two years throughout the pandemic.

He thanked the club for their support and reminded them of what they had achieved through difficult period. In particular the Tree of Lights which had raised over £80,000 for St. David's Hospice over the two years.


Pauline thanked the club for the support she had received to step forward as President. Her main focus this year was support for those who are less able.

Gavin Davies was welcomed as our President Elect.

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Rhos on Sea Rotary Supports Ukrainian family now living in Rhos on Sea

 

 

(picture courtesy of North Wales Pioneer for illustration purposes only)
 
In April, 2022, Rhos-on-Sea Rotary Club was successful in their application to Rotary District1180 for a grant of  £1,000 to support a family of Ukrainian refugees being hosted locally. A mother and her two daughters fled the war zone in the Kviv area whilst the father has had to remain in the country.

 

The much-needed funds were used to purchase school uniforms for the two children, shoes and learning materials. The money also allowed the purchase of two laptops which will greatly assist the children to catch up on their studies and  more effectively learn English. Both children have settled at a local Primary school and the family are extremely grateful for the assistance Rotary has provided. 

 

 

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Rotary Fashion Show for Ty Gobaith is a great success.

 

A fashion show organised by Rhos on Sea Rotary and local fashion stores raised over £1300 for Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice.

 

The show held on Friday at Colwyn Bay Cricket Club was attended by almost 100 guests.

 

A variety of models of all ages provided a dazzling array of up to date fashions.

 

Hosted by Sophie Reynolds the audience enjoyed a refreshing prosecco on arrival and an opportunity to win a fabulous array of prizes in an inclusive raffle.

 

Clothes featured were supplied by ElleKat and Ni+Mi with jewellery by Skylark Jewellery

 

A cheque for £1000 was presented to Beverly Bradley of Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice on the night and further donations are likely to be made when all expenses are calculated.

 

Rotary President Cliff Large, who introduced the show, said, “ So many people have worked hard to make this event a success. We are delighted to help this most worthwhile cause.”

 

Particular thanks go to Ellekat, Ni+Mi and Skylark Jewellery and the staff of Colwyn Bay Cricket Club

 

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Tree of Lights raises over £27500  for St. David's Hospice

 

Rhos on Sea Rotary Club would like to express the sincere appreciation of members for all the help and invaluable support once again received in supporting St. David’s Hospice with our annual Tree of Lights appeal.

It was with great regret we had to cancel our Switch On ceremony at the end of November but people’s safety and well being is paramount.

A little over three months ago our Club appealed for help with this year’s event and the public has so generously responded to support the Hospice. The total raised this year is £27,513.64p. which does not include Tax Gift Aid.

Every penny donated through this Rotary project has been donated to the Hospice. Through the Tree of Lights, so far, a total of over £361,000 has been raised for St. David’s Hospice and as a Rotary Club, we are delighted with that.

However, the main appreciation is to everyone who has supported this worthwhile cause over many years. We will be repeating it again next Christmas.

The Tree of Lights is not just about fundraising, equally importantly it enables people to remember loved ones and it gives us so much satisfaction knowing this has happened and helped people cope at what can be a difficult time..

We hear day to day about atrocities and strife in the world and in these difficult days of the Pandemic which has affected us all, good news often fails to hit the headlines. We hear so little about the good that is being done by ordinary people. Diolch am bob cefnogaeth unwaith eto.

 

Rhos on Sea Tree of Lights switching on ceremony goes virtual

 

 

In the light of the current events, Rhos on Sea Rotary Club and St David’s Hospice have had to make an extremely difficult decision about this year’s Tree of Light Switching on ceremony in Rhos on Sea.

 

It has been decided, for the safety of everyone involved, the switching on ceremony on Sunday 28th November will now take place virtually as it did in 2020.

 

The lights will still shine bright, loved ones remembered and the Tree will be lit beautifully at the end of November. The virtual ceremony can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own homes, in your own time, not only in North Wales but across the world.

 

It will be posted on the Hospice’s YouTube, Facebook pages and on the Hospice and Rotary websites. Rhos on Sea Rotary Club and St David’s Hospice are extremely sorry for any disappointment caused, and we hope to join you in person in 2022.

 

Details about the virtual switching on ceremony can be found at www.stdavidshospice.org.uk

 

To dedicate a light on the tree go to https://stdavidshospice.org.uk/donations/tree-of-lights/

 

 

Rotary Spruces up Combermere Garden Benches

Rhos on Sea Rotarians have been repainting benches in Combermere Gardens on the Promenade at Rhos on Sea this morning.

The gardens are a popular spot for locals to enjoy the beautiful views across the Bay of Colwyn.

The club has carried a number of bench and garden refurbishments over the last few years as part of their Community Service efforts.

President Cliff Large said , “We really enjoy doing what we can to make Rhos a better place for locals and visitors alike.”

Further information on Rhos on Sea Rotary Club is available on our facebook page and our website.

https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=1683

 

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Rhos on Sea Rotary Tree of Lights Sunday 28th November 4.30pm

Remember your loved ones this Christmas by dedicating a light on the Rhos on Sea Rotary Tree of Lights and supporting the work of St. David's Hospice.

We are hoping with restrictions being lifted to be welcoming you to the Tree of Lights switch on ceremony on the Cayley Promenade.

If we are unable to have our traditional ceremony, instead we will once again be sharing a virtual switch on ceremony which will be posted online on Sunday 28th November at 4.30pm.

To dedicate a light of the Tree of Lights this year please visit:-

www.stdavidshospice.org.uk

e mail:- rhian.jacobs@stdavidshospice.org.uk

or call 01492 873664

 

Rhos on Sea Rotary Club supporting the work of Shoe Aid UK.

 

 

Shoe Aid UK is a national charity that recycles and reuses shoes by collecting, sorting and redistributing them to the needy in both UK and across the world.

 

It is estimated that 3 million pairs of shoes go to landfill every year in UK

 

Next month Shoe Aid UK  are holding “Shoetember” and are requesting donations of serviceable and usable shoes. Childrens' shoes are particularly welcome but shoes of all types (including wellingtons ) can be reused.

 

Rhos on Sea Rotary members will be contacting family and friends over the next few weeks to hopefully make a positive contribution to the good work of this charity and benefit those in need.

 

If shoes have laces, please tie them together, those with buckles should be strapped together. If neither, tie them in pairs with string or an elastic band.

 

Pop them into a plastic bag to await collection.

 

Ring Rotarian Ian Brogden on 07855 095 197 to arrange collection.

 

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Rotary donates clothing to local homeless charity

Rotarian Judy Barnard has co-ordinated a collection of clothing from Rhos on Sea Rotary Club members for clients of Hope Restored homeless charity based at the Lighthouse Community Church, Great Orme Road, Llandudno.

President Cliff Large said, " We were delighted with this opportunity to help homeless people in our community through this excellent charity"

 

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Rhos on Sea Rotary visits

Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum Caernarfon.

On Monday last members visited the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum Caernarfon, based in Caernarfon Castle.

After battling with the technology in the Dockside car park we were entertained to a most interesting lecture on the history of the Royal Welch by former serving members of the Regiment, Merfyn Thomas and Keith Jones, Followed by a guided tour of the museum.

The museum houses battle honours and medals from the 17th century to modern times and has a huge array of uniforms, paintings and military paraphernalia, including 10 Victoria Crosses.

A real treasure house of our nation's history which is well worth a visit.

 

 

           Plant Stall in aid of the Alzheimer's Society

                                          Rotary Plant Stall raises over £700

A Plant Stall organised by the members of Rhos on Sea Rotary last Saturday raised over £700 for The Alzheimer's Society.

The stall was held in the car park of the Rhos Fynach on the Promenade at Rhos on Sea. Members had been busy over the last few weeks bringing on their plants despite the inclement weather.

A very generous donation of plants from B & Q Llandudno gave the stock we had to display a significant boost.

President Cliff Large said ,” Members have greatly enjoyed getting their plants ready for the sale and we have had a most rewarding day.

In particular we would to express our appreciation to the staff at the Rhos Fynach who have made this great result possible.”

Beach Clean

Members carried a beach and gardens clean around the village today and met up with Colwyn Bay Rotary who were doing the same.

 

 

Tidy up Of Princess Diana Garden

Members carried out a tidy up of the Princess Diana garden in the village on Saturday 1st May

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 Club makes donation to Conwy Foodbank

The club recently made a donation of £500 to Conwy Foodbank. Here Rotarian Ruth Coleman-Jones hands the cheque to Foodbank manager Nancy Hughes

 

 

Tree of Lights shining over the Bay. So far this year over £35000 has been raised.

 

See our facebook page for a video of the             Tree of Lights switch on today  or by copying it into your address bar

 

https://vimeo.com/484369046/40a40fa4c2

https://youtu.be/bLVmoMPwPr0

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New Signs for Tree of Lights

We have recently acquired new signs for the Tree of Lights through the generosity of local sponsors.

The tree will be switched on Sunday 29th November at 1630. There will be no public ceremony this year due to the coronavirus epidemic. The ceremony will be shown on line.

Keep an eye out on our facebook page and the facebook page of St. David's Hospice. Stay safe everyone.

 

 

 

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President Cliff Large paid tribute to the fallen at a ceremony at the Colwyn Bay War Memorial this morning.

 

 

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Tree of Lights  

How to make a donation in memory of a loved one

The Tree of Lights Ceremony will not be held this year due to the Corvid19 pandemic. However a video showing the switch on will be published on Sunday 29th November at 1630.

To make a donation in memory of a loved one please follow this link onto St.David's Hospice. Each donation will be recorded on an online book which will be available on St.David's Hospice website after the switch on.

https://stdavidshospice.org.uk/event/tree-of-lights-2020/?instance_id=180

( If the link doesn't work copy and paste into your address bar at the top of your webpage)

22nd Christmas for Rotary Tree of Lights

NO PUBLIC EVENT DUE TO CORONAVIRUS 
EVENT WILL BE SHOWN ON VIDEO SEE DETAILS BELOW 

 (Since its inception The Tree of Lights has raised over £291,000 for Hospice funds) 

Members of The Rotary Club of Rhos-on-Sea with the support of St. David’s Hospice have carried out the Tree of Lights on the Cayley Promenade since Christmas 1999/2000.  This December will see the 22nd birthday of the event in aid of St. David's Hospice, Llandudno. The tree will once again shine giving many within our local communities and well beyond the opportunity to celebrate or commemorate the lives of loved ones or to celebrate a special occasion or other meaningful event and at the same time supporting this very worthy cause.

Sadly this year, because of the Covid 19 restrictions, our local Hospice has experienced very difficult times. The cancellation of fundraising and other supporting events has had a severe impact on their financial resources and they need our support now more than ever to help them carry out their vital work.

It is fair to say that the Rotary Tree of Lights by now has become an annual feature and very much an integral part of Christmas for our local communities and also much further afield. The response to this annual appeal over the years has been overwhelming. Since it all started, over £291,000 has been donated to the Hospice. We are however well aware that this annual event represents much more than just fundraising.  Most of us have lost loved ones and the need to reflect and remember is so important.  In our busy daily lives, setting aside time to commemorate brings a degree of comfort in concentrating our thoughts at what can be a difficult time for many coming to terms with ongoing bereavement and loss.  By dedicating a light to a loved one, we hope it helps to bring that comfort and peace.  St. David's Hospice are ever grateful for the support this brings and it is an important event in their calendar.  Last Christmas, the tree was adorned with brand new LED lights. They shine brighter than ever. This was made possible with the very kind sponsorship of the Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm and also the support of the Conwy Voluntary Services Council, Dŵr Cymru and Colwyn Town Council. All this will enable the event to carry on for many years to come.

IT IS WITH GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT WE ANNOUNCE THAT THIS YEAR THERE WILL BE NO TRADITIONAL CEREMONY TO LAUNCH THE EVENT ON THE CAYLEY PROMENADE. THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE COVID 19 SITUATION AND RELATED RESTRICTIONS.    SAFETY FOR ALL IS PARAMOUNT.

The lights however will be illuminated as from 4.30 p.m. on Sunday, 29th. November, 2020 remaining lit throughout December. As from this time, a short video recording of ‘Switch On’ Ceremony will be available for viewing on the Rhos on Sea Rotary Club and St. David’s Hospice Websites along with their respective Facebook pages. Although the tree is not yet illuminated dedications can still be made from now on and right through until the end of December through the coupon in the Pioneer newspaper or by using the form from any Hospice Shop, or just by posting a letter quoting the ‘Tree of Lights’ to St. David's Hospice Abbey Road, Llandudno. On-line donations can be made on the Hospice and Rhos on Sea Rotary Websites.
 
Rotary President Cliff Large commented:

“It’s sad that we cannot hold our ceremony on the Cayley Promenade but we will not let Covid 19 stop us supporting St. David’s Hospice. The opportunity to remember our loved ones is very important and dedicating a light is a lovely way to do this during Christmas time commemorating those no longer with us. I hope it brings a degree of comfort and concentrate our thoughts in these unusual and difficult times. Every penny donated will go to the Hospice supporting the vital work they do for all communities right throughout North West Wales. I will update you on our progress. Despite this difficult time, we will see our Rotary Tree of Lights shine proudly on the Cayley Promenade once more this year with special meaning for all.

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President welcomes new members

On Thursday 15th October President Cliff welcomed Judy Barnard and Ruth Coleman-Jones as our newest members of the club. Both have been regular visitors over the last few months and helped us with our bench painting and other projects. We welcome them to the wider family of Rotary

 

 

 

                                                     New Member introduced to the club

President Cliff was delighted to welcome a new member to the club at last night's meeting. Martyn Harvey is a retired Fire Officer who has already shown prowess in bench painting over the last few weeks. You are very welcome Martyn.

 

 

 

 

                 Sue's Arbour

 

The late Sue Williams was a member of Rhos-on-Sea Rotary Club and a true inspiration to everyone who met her and not just club members. One of many projects she was instrumental in achieving was the renovation of the Princess Diana memorial garden in the centre of Rhos. She, more than anyone else drove the project, converting what was an overgrown, derelict site into a pleasant, restful place which is enjoyed by people of all ages.

 

Sue lost her battle with cancer earlier this year causing great sadness and sorrow to all who knew her. The Rotary club in particular wanted to remember her in some tangible way and after much discussion they decided to honour her memory by placing her name on the arbour in the centre of the garden, a suitable honour for a much loved lady.

 

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Refurbishing the benches on the Cayley Promenade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happening soon...

Thu, Feb 29th 2024 7:00 pm

Speaker TBA or maybe St. David's Day Dinner

Rhos Fynach

Thu, Mar 7th 2024 7:00 pm

Fire Cover in North Wales Paul Kay

Rhos Fynach

Thu, Mar 21st 2024 6:30 pm

National Gardens Scheme

Rhos Fynach

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Rhos-on-Sea
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