My Summer Visits 2021
It was great to have a chance to go along to ‘Mold Tennis Club’ recently. As part of the visit, I was able to meet with committee members at the club to discuss how the club is moving forward, and how they can be supported.
From the Tennis Club to Mold Rugby Club, to our local football teams, we have many great sports organisations and teams in our area and I am keen to do all I can to support them. If you would like me to come along to your club, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
If you want to find out more about activities and events at the Tennis Club, please visit their website at: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/MoldLTC
I recently caught up with the team at Caffi Isa. Sara and all involved have been working hard to develop the building into a community hub, with lots of different activities taking place and offer both paid and volunteer opportunities.
Calling in also gave me the chance to chat with Ian, owner of Baked Latitude 53 which is based in the centre and supplies the bread for their delicious menu and a number of other local businesses, as well as being popular with local people (myself included!) It was great to hear how Ian has been able to maximise the centre as a base and of his hopes for the future of the business.
It was great to join the Sustrans Cymru
Director, Christine, on a short cycle in Flint a few weeks ago, to talk about how we continue to improve access to cycling and walking across North Wales.
The National Cycle Network is a great example of how we can enjoy the outdoors and is being continuously improved to provide better access for not just your typical cyclist, but also other forms of bikes, wheelchairs, walkers and more. It was good to hear that Sustrans are already in conversation with Flintshire County Council about local issues and the need for improvements.
You can learn more about the National Cycle Network in Wales here
It was great to have a history lesson of my own when I visited the recently reopened Bailey Hill, to see all the fantastic improvements which have been made to the site. Recent works have involved refurbishing the Custodian’s Cottage in to a visitors’ Centre, creating a new open air performance area and improving access around the site, to make visits even more enjoyable.
Whilst at Bailey Hill I learnt of the discovery of two skeletons during the renovation, which are now being studied and will hopefully provide even more information about the area. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t already, to visit and see for yourselves how much time and effort has gone into improving Bailey Hill for the wider community to enjoy.
In August I called in to the Flintshire Foodbank to thank the staff and volunteers for their continuing hard work to support those most in need in our communities. Though it would be far better if we did not have to see families relying on foodbanks, I am grateful for the generosity that so many people show, by both donating and distributing food parcels to those who need them.
You can find out how you can receive or offer support to the foodbank by visiting their website - https://flintshire.foodbank.org.uk/
I also had the opportunity to call in at the community fun day organised by New Brighton Community Centre, which despite the wet weather, proved to be a fantastic success. There was lots of fun and games, food, drink and even locally provided music, which brought the community together in a safe and positive way.
A big thank you from me to Darren and the team at the Community Centre for all their hard work not just on the weekend, but all year round. The Centre has a range of different groups which make use of the space on a regular basis, from dance classes and boot camps, to children’s play groups and hosting the mobile library.
If you live locally I would encourage you to see what is on offer as I’m sure the team can find something to meet your needs and interests.
In July I had the chance to meet some of the fantastic Play Development team who are working this summer across our communities to provide a “Summer of Fun” funded by the Welsh Government.
It was great to spend some time chatting to the team, watching the children enjoy the different activities taking place and to even have a go in goal myself!
On “Play Day” I took the opportunity to thank all of our amazing play workers who supported our children this summer, after an incredibly challenging year for them – thank you all!
Throughout the summer I have been out and about across the constituency speaking to residents about their experiences and views of the transport system in our corner of the country.
From street stalls at Mold and Holywell markets, to door knocking in Greenfield and Northop Hall, it was great to speak directly to constituents and hear their suggestions for improving the infrastructure and making public transport much easier.
You can read more about the transport survey here: www.hannahblythyn.cymru/transport-survey
During weekends and evenings I’ve spent some time visiting different communities across the constituency and spoken to residents about issues in their communities, from highways and schools, to health and employment.
It has always been extremely important to me that I hear as many different voices as possible and that I remain on hand to support constituents in any way I can.
If you or a loved one have any issues which you would like to raise with me, then please get in touch on 01352 762102
or at Hannah.Blythyn@senedd.wales
During August I called into the fantastic Holywell Museum to catch up with the fantastic team of volunteers to hear about how they had been working hard to reopen in a COVID-safe way.
John and the team have continued to look after all of the wonderful exhibitions in the museum, including equipment from the Point of Ayr which means to much to so many of us, to the imitation living room, reminding us what life used to be like in our corner of the country.
If you have chance I would encourage you to take the time to visit the museum, let the team share their amazing knowledge with you and have a hot cuppa.