Greenfield Valley Heritage Park Community Garden news

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Fruity Event in the Greenfield Valley Heritage Park

Gallons of gorgeous fresh juice were pressed today (Thursday, 4th October) from the apples in the beautiful orchard which forms part of the Greenfield Community Garden next to Basingwerk Abbey.
“We think the trees produce such a wonderful bounty every year because we wassail them every January – and have even composed some of our own wassail songs to thank and encourage them!” said Roberta Owen of Holywell Transition & District who were the main organisers of the Apple Pressing Day.
“Our volunteers were well supported by Karen Rippin, Greenfield Valley Heritage Park Ranger, who had even “dressed” one of the apple trees (see pic), and also by Mike of Cyfle Cymru based in Shotton, who brings volunteers to help with the gardening on a fortnightly basis. So it was a great social event too – especially as homemade apple cakes with cream were served at a well-deserved break in the proceedings!” said Mrs Owen.
New volunteers are always welcome at the Community Garden-and-Orchards, situated behind the Abbey Café. Work sessions (plus tea and socialising) currently take place on Thursday mornings – anytime from about 10am onwards. Expert fruit and vegetable growers would be an absolute bonus – but complete beginners are also very welcome.

For further information please contact:
Rob Owen: tel: 01352 710714
Karen Rippin: tel; 07771346002

Holywell receives special mention in Rising Star category of great British High Street Awards

Holywell High Street has also received a “Special Mention” in the Great British High Street Awards in the Rising Star category due to the hard work of the Holywell & District Group’s Holy-WELL Being day! #GBHSHolywell #MYHIGHSTREET #Holywell

Mayor Cllr Rosetta Dolphin presents Ysgol Maes y Felin with Wales in Bloom school category award 2018

Mayor Cllr Rosetta Dolphin presenting the Schools Category Wales in Bloom 2018 Award to Mrs Martin this morning at Ysgol Maes y Felin’s school assembly. The school did a fabulous job as did all other entrants and we are looking forward to seeing next years work already. Da iawn pawb!

Holywell Shortlisted for Great British High Street Awards!


• Holywell High Street in Flintshire has been shortlisted in the Champion category of the Great British High Street Awards 2018;
• The Champion category celebrates and showcases the best high streets across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland;
• Winners of Great British High Street Awards 2018, sponsored by Visa, will be announced on 15 November 2018.

Holywell, 17th September – HOLYWELL HIGH STREET in Flintshire has been shortlisted in this year’s Great British High Street Awards 2018, sponsored by Visa, putting it in the running to win a £15,000 prize.

Holywell High Street has been shortlisted in the Champion category of the Awards, which aims to find the UK’s best high street. After a rigorous selection process, Holywell High Street was chosen by an independent judging panel as one of 26 streets to be shortlisted for the award.

The shortlisted high streets will now battle it out in a public vote, which accounts for 30 per cent of the final scoring, and will then have the chance to impress an expert judging panel as they seek to be crowned Britain’s best. Those interested in participating in the public vote can visit for more information.

The winning entries for both the Champion and Rising Star categories will be announced on 15 November 2018 at an awards ceremony in London.

The bid by Holywell Town Council followed research commissioned by Visa, sponsor of the 2018 Great British High Street Awards, which revealed promising signs of renewed confidence in the country’s high streets despite a challenging retail environment.

In fact, Visa found that more than half of the nation’s independent high street retailers interviewed are optimistic about the future of their local high street, whilst four out of five shoppers would miss their local high street if it was no longer there.

High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP said: “I’d like to extend my congratulations to Holywell High Street for being shortlisted as one of the UK’s best high streets in this year’s Great British High Street Awards. The calibre of entries has been extraordinary, with each showing the passion, innovation and technological advancement needed to meet the challenges faced by independent high street retailers today.

“We’ll now embark on a six-week tour of the UK, visiting each of the shortlisted high streets before making our final decisions. This is a real opportunity for local shopkeepers and the public to show us how much they value their high streets – and importantly, the steps they have taken to drive footfall.”

Sundeep Kaur, Head of UK & Ireland Merchant Services at Visa, added: “Holywell High Street is a fantastic example of a high street which has made huge strides in transforming itself to offer a range of different experiences for locals and visitors alike. In particular, its entry highlighted the distribution of card readers to all local merchants, helping them to offer alternative payment options for their customers.”

“Our research shows that now consumers demand a great deal from their high streets, so it is no surprise that Holywell High Street has made the Champion category shortlist for its adaptability, resilience and creativity in meeting these demands.”

The Great British High Street Awards 2018, which are being run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, sponsored by Visa and backed by other partners, is recognising and celebrating local achievements on our high streets and supporting the communities in which we live and work.

The initiative includes a competition to find the nation’s best high streets, with one winner being named in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for each of the two categories: the Champion and Rising Star Awards. An overall winner will also be named.

In 2016, Blackburn in Lancashire was crowned the Great British High Street winner thanks to the determination of the community and local businesses who worked in partnership to drive improvements and overcome the challenges their high street was facing.

For more information about the Great British High Street Awards 2018 terms and conditions and details on how to vote, visit:

David Hanson MP, commenting on news that Holywell has been shortlisted for the Great British High Street Awards:

“Holywell businesses, residents and council have worked tirelessly over the past 12 months to turn around the fortunes of the town. They haven’t simply stood idly by and watched as the banks left town.

“The Great British High Street Awards is a prestigious award and I am delighted that Holywell has been shortlisted. This is no small feat.

“I was delighted when we secured the investment and support from Square in turning Holywell into the first Digital High Street in Wales. It really shows that by working with new technology, not against it, we can harness its positive powers and move our town forward. I wish Holywell all the best in the next round of the Great British Street Awards and look forward to hearing the positive news about the town keep rolling in.”

Twin town representatives from St. Gregoire visit Holywell

On Monday 17th September our French friends from our twin town St. Gregoire visited the Chambers to receive a gift crafted by Gordon Barnabus BEM of the Carmel & Holywell Woodcraft Association. Those present on the twinning side were: Madeleine and Bernard Mainguy, Alain LeHagre, Helene and Jean Paul C’reach. British contingents were Paulene and Les Ellis, Terry and Birgitta Ireland, Gron and Nesta Ellis. Deputy Mayor Paul Johnson did a fantastic job of presenting the gift to commemorate the 16 year partnership in both French and English!

Carved Statue gifted to the town of Holywell

Gordon Barnabus BEM from the Carmel and Holywell Woodcraft Association recently very kindly gifted Holywell this fantastic carved wood interpretation of the Holywell statue. This carving is currently on display in the Council Chambers but it is hoped that it will be placed in a community building in the town centre in the near future and enjoyed by many. Thank you Gordon.

Wales in Bloom 2018 – Holywell wins silver award

Councillors Susan and Joe Johnson receiving Holywell’s Wales in Bloom Silver Award in Colwyn Bay on 14th September. Big thanks go to the schools, the businesses and the resident’s of Panton Place for their involvement this year.

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Holywell businesses and Councillors featured on Radio 4’s Moneybox Saturday 8th September 2018

In case anyone missed the broadcast, click the link to hear the people of Holywell on Radio 4’s Moneybox last Saturday!

Well Inn Festival 2018

Another successful event by Holywell Town Council – The Well Inn Festival took place on Saturday 1st September at a number of venues throughout the town centre. Crowds came to see Pure Presley and The Cavernites along with local group Pepe le Moko.