Defibrillator, Heart Start & CPR - Free Training

Whilst defibrillators are easy to use we think that everyone should be better prepared in the event of an emergency. Anyone can be trained, just let us know if you are interested. We think it’s a great way to bring the community ogether and help to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest. The free training sessions will be held at Horbury Working Members Club, Cluntergate, Horbury, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF45DB.
We will let you know when the training sessions are arranged. Please use this website's "Contact Us" link so we may give you further details via email.


The District 1040 Environmental Award was presented to The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix by Past District Governor Nigel Arthurs at the Club’s meeting on Thursday 7th November 2019.

The Shield is awarded annually to the winning Club that has demonstrated effective and beneficial outcomes with projects that involve service to the community, international aid and sustainability.

PDG Nigel said that the evaluation of applications took into consideration the carbon footprint of projects, new concepts and innovation, community impact and enabling the public to enjoy outcomes, personal involvement by Rotarians, preservation of biodiversity and the adoptable replication of ideas.

The award was presented to President Phil Johnson (pictured) who received it on behalf of Rotarian Nick Bardsley (Community and Vocational Chairman) and The Phoenix Rotary Club.



The Club, partners and friends had a wonderful evening on Thursday 24th October 2019 at Wakefield Colleges Gaskell's Restaurant, which is operated by the Hospitality & Catering Students from Wakefield College, and provides some of the best value for money delicacies in Wakefield! As usual the fine dining was of very high standard in terms of food, presentation and service.

Congratulations to the Students and their Tutors.

A few of the great team are pictured here:


World Polio Day

During our evening at Gaskell's we held a raffle in support of the "Global Polio Eradication Initiative" which is organised by Rotary International and other organisations. This initiative was launched more than 30 years ago and at that point, polio paralysed 1,000 children every day! We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Polio cases have dropped by 99.9%, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of Wild Poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain committed to the end. With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and it's partners must sustain this progress. 

Rotary is committed to the absolute eradication of polio in all its forms. Towards this goal our Gaskell's raffle raised £128. Not much you might think, but we will apply to the Bill Gates Foundation, who have pledged to match Rotary fundraising for polio eradication by 2 to 1. So our £128 will increase to £384 and that will mean almost 500 more individual polio vaccinations.

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We had a great night out - and thanks to the

very generous audience £773 was raised.

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Most Rotary Clubs have a new President every Year (Rotary Year is July to June). The President Elect is next year's President and the Vice President is President the year after.

Here is our current President's Team:

Left: Vice President Robert Trout.     Centre: President Elect Steve Driver.    Right: President Phil Johnson.

Meet the Team

See list of all Phoenix Presidents - past and present


Interested in finding out more about your local Rotary Club use the "Contact Us" link here or on the main menu.


July 2019... Yet another bench was replaced this week in Horbury, courtesy of The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix.

The bench was installed by our Immediate Past President Alan Hudders, Past President Mick Miller, Phoenix member Stuart Wilby and Roger Parkinson PHF. Roger gives a great deal of time as a local Woodland Creation Champion and Volunteer Speaker for the Woodland Trust, as well as through his leading role for Wakefield Tree Wardens Charter Branch. As if that wasn't enough he also is a great friend of Phoenix Rotary and regular volunteer on our local projects. This skillful team spent hours overcoming some technical difficulties in site preparation and previously team member Stuart welded extra steel tube to the legs of the refurbished bench to bring the seat height up to the new regulation height.

The bench is now fully installed and in use in the grassed area at the junction of Quarry Hill and Horbury Bypass.

Well done all and a lovely job it is too:

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New Defibrillator for Horbury... located outside the Working Members Club in Cluntergate.

Jointly funded and organised by WMC and the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix.

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Further information will be available in the coming weeks so please "watch this space"


A huge thank you to all of you who either attended or supported The Horbury Show yesterday. The turnout was much higher than in previous years and we hope you thoroughly enjoyed the day. We are non profit making and all give freely of our time. All money raised goes to charitable causes and over the last two years we have made 150 payments to charities, local community groups and good causes which total £50,000. Two thirds of that total amount has come from the Horbury Show.

If you have the skills, energy and enthusiasm to work with us to make our community a better place to live, then please feel free to contact us. We are happy to accept support in whatever way you feel comfortable at either next year's show or other projects we are involved with throughout the year.

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 More photos of the Horbury Show here

The Horbury and Ossett Phoenix project to plant a commemorative Oak Tree in Carr Lodge Park in remembrance of the people of Horbury who fell in the First World War (as 2018 was the centenary of the end of WW1) inspired our local Community Group - Friends of Horbury Parks, to plant further commemorative Oak trees in Horbury Bridge, Horbury Junction and South Ossett.Photo 1 - Nick Bardsley and Darren Byford with the Daw Lane Oak Tree Photo 2 - The Oak tree planted in Reid Park Horbury Bridge

 The photographs show:

1) Nick Bardsley (left), Chair of Phoenix Community and Vocational Committee and Councillor Darren Byford (right), Secretary of Friends of Horbury Park, who planted the second of three further commemorative Oak trees on Tuesday the 28th of May in the grass triangle on Daw Lane towards Horbury Junction, opposite Chestnut House (and with thanks to John and Liz Faulkner for taking delivery of the tree and it's protective ironworks before planting).

2) The Oak tree planted in Reid Park, Horbury Bridge.

The final tree will be planted in Illingworth Park, South Ossett in due course.

Thanks to Darren, who created the successful bids which financed the purchase of the three further trees, we will have a total of four commemorative Oak trees across our community. 

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Our picture shows representatives of 21 charities schools and good causes who received amounts of between £200 and £500 from the Charity Trust Fund of the Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club at the presentation evening held in Horbury on Friday 10th May 2019. All the recipients had applied following an article in the Wakefield Express inviting bids for funding from the Rotary Club's Trust Fund which had raised the money through various events including the Horbury Show and Santa's Sleigh.

Club President Alan Hudders welcomed all the recipients and several guests saying, "The club members are also members of this, our local, community and the majority of the money we work to raise each year comes from our community. It is right therefore that it should be mainly returned to good causes here."

The invitation to bid for funding enables us to learn more about the excellent work being carried out by others in the area and to hopefully make a positive contribution to their efforts. The evening followed the pattern of last year and provided an excellent opportunity for networking among the many groups and organisations represented.

A full list of the recipients can be viewed on the Rotary Club website here (list of recipients with details) but in broad terms 6 grants went to schools, 5 to community groups who tackle the problems of the financially disadvantaged, 7 went organisations providing youth sports or other social activities, 1 to adult sport and 2 to groups tackling disability issues. One of the recipients who did not wish to be named thanked the club for their support and commented that the presentation evening had drawn to her attention at least 4 other charitable groups working in the same area as her, which she was not aware of and will now be working with them to tackle some real local problems.

Special Rotary Award for Roger Parkinson BEM*

President Alan Hudders took the opportunity of having a large audience on the presentation evening to award Roger Parkinson BEM with a Paul Harris Fellowship. Normally awarded to Rotarians for outstanding service to their club and community the unusual step of awarding it to non rotarian
Roger Parkinson was in recognition of his considerable contribution to the ecology of Wakefield District, including the planting of thousands of trees, the creation and maintenance of walkways, the work supporting the arboretum at Newmillerdam and the refurbishment of benches in park land
around Wakefield. The award was roundly applauded by the audience.

* British Empire Medal

Below: Photo showing Centre Roger Parkinson BEM, recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award,

Left; Nick Bardsley Chair of H&O Phoenix Rotary Community Service,
Right; Phoenix Rotary Club President for 2018-19 Alan Hudders

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Horbury Show Volunteers needed

The Horbury Show is the main source of funding for the many projects and charities supported by the Rotary Club and there is a need for some additional support in 2019 in the form of men and women able to volunteer for an hour or two on the show day, Sunday 30 June, to help with the show set up, gate and traffic control, programme distribution and a wide range of other tasks. Anyone wishing to volunteer should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Bill Sutton on 07717 108415. More information about timings and jobs is available on this website and the Horbury Show website.