Rotary Wishing Well
The Aberystwyth Rotary club’s Wishing Well, located on the North Promenade opposite the Marine Hotel was built with the aim of providing holiday makers and the people of Aberystwyth an opportunity to indulge in the age old custom of making a wish whilst at the same time, contributing to a local community charity fund.
As the verse on the canopy says;
Yn awr o’m bodd ar ddydd o ha, / One wish, one coin, as here I pause,
Estynnaf rodd at achos da. / Cheers and helps a worthy cause.
Based on a design by Rtn Francis Jones, and following a long drawn out and exhausting process, the Borough Council finally approved the design and granted planning permission. Rtns Bill Slater and Viv Morris were largely responsible for translating the design into the construction you see today. It was opened in 1967 by ??????????.
All the proceeds are donated to charity .Rtn Huw Spencer Lloyd organised a sponsored walk for the first fund-raising
In 2009 Rotary International embarked on a worldwide scheme to eliminate Polio and Aberystwyth Rotary club chose to make regular and substantial commitments to this cause utilising the money from the well to supplement their contribution. When this outstandingly successful international scheme closed in 2012, the Wishing Well had contributed c.£3,500 of the total £6,742 the club donated to this charity
The Wishing Well is managed (cleaning and retrieving the money) by Rotarians on a monthly rota (see below)
All the money collected from the Wishing Well is now donated to Water Aid
Wishing Well procedures and monthly rota
Before working on the well, please ensure you are wearing rubber gloves to protect against unknown additives in the water !
The results from the well are most productive when it is emptied every two weeks.
Collect the “Wishing Well Kit” including the padlock key from the previous months steward.
Empty the well and retrieve the money.
Clean out the well and the display boards.
Apply WD40 to the padlock and re-lock
Refill the well with clean water.
At home, sterilise the money with boiling water and bleach.
Sort the coins, bag appropriately, and record the amounts.
Pass coins and record sheet to treasurer.
Pass on “Wishing Well Kit” to the next steward.
Wishing Well Rota
July – Michael Deaville
August – Haydn Davies
September – Ian Rees
October – Huw Spencer Lloyd
November – Alun John
December – Hywel Davies
January – Emlyn Watkin
February – Robin Varley
March – John Harries
April – Lindsay Fletcher
May – Geraint Thomas
June – Richard Morgan