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.


2020 Rotary Young Writers Competition

LOCAL HEAT WINNERS - Friday 31st January 2020

To be able to write is a special gift and writing creatively is a talent to celebrate.

The winners of the local heat of the Rotary Young Writers Competition were awarded their certificates by Phil Johnson, President of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club and Paul Helliwell, Chair of Youth Committee at the Horbury Methodist Church on Friday. Libby Grayson and Charlotte Russell also received book tokens kindly donated by Rickaro Books of Horbury.

The competition aims to promote development of writing skills and heats have been held all over the country in schools and clubs.

The quality of work submitted in this and in previous years has been outstanding.

Successful entries now go into the Rotary District Competition and that winner will be entered in the National Rotary Finals.

Special thanks to Gary Bentley of Horbury Breakthrough for helping Rotary Club arrange the competition and well done to all those who entered.



Bids welcome for Rotary Charity Money

After a bumper 2019 Christmas period when Santa and his sleigh helped the Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club raise record income of over £6000 for good causes, the money is now in the Club’s Charitable Trust Fund. Along with some of the proceeds from the 2019 Horbury Show, it is available for bids for funding from individuals, community, charitable and youth sporting organisations within Horbury, Ossett and surrounding areas.

Rotary Club President Phil Johnson when launching the appeal said," We raise our funds in the local community and it is right that the vast majority is returned to good causes within the same community. We have set aside a significant sum within our Charitable Trust and invite bids of up to £400. In 2018 and 2019 similar invitations led to a combined total of £14600 being distributed between 42 different individuals, clubs and groups. We look forward to receiving a good number of bids again this year."

In previous years awards have been made to a wide variety of good causes across the district including bordering areas of North Kirklees. They have included kit for youth sports teams, musical instruments for bands, support groups for the elderly, school facilities, equipment for brownie packs, youth clubs and equipment for individuals with very specific needs.

Application and information forms can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. after 1 February 2020.

Applications then need to be completed and returned in accordance with the instructions on the form by 1 March 2020.

All applicants will be notified of their success or otherwise by 12 April.

All successful bidders will be invited to attend a presentation evening at Horbury Working Members Club on the evening of Thursday 14th May.


This letter was received by The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix in December 2019 and was signed by many of the CoActive Arts users who are benefiting from the speakers and microphone that our donation enabled them to buy.

"Good work CoActive Arts and Phoenix Rotary!"

Letter for web



Once again the Horbury and Ossettt Phoenix Rotary Club has brought joy and fundraising together at Christmas.All the members of Phoenix Rotary Club shared in elfing duties on the Santa and Sleigh tours around Horbury, Ossett and Gawthorpe in the run up to the holiday.

Christmas light switch on in Horbury, Santa gift giving in Gawthorpe, six evenings of street tours and four days of Santa and Sleigh with Rudolph at Morrisons, Dewsbury Road, Wakefield brightened up the festive season for hundreds of children.

An additional day of supporting Santa handing out carrots for children to leave out for Santa’s Reindeers raised a further £271 for Clic Sgts Appeal a charity sponsored by Morrison's.

We are pleased to tell you that over £5000 was generously donated by the public and that this will all be spent on good causes in the year to come.

Many thanks to all who supported Phoenix Rotary Club Santas Sleigh collections this year.

Keep watching our bulletins for information regarding where the donations are spent.

We look forward to seeing you all again during 2020 especially at Horbury Show.

Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year from all the Phoenix Rotary Club Members


It was a great Christmas atmosphere in the atrium entrance at Morrison's Wakefield today and in the afternoon Susan Barr of Horbury organised a performance of cheery Christmas songs... wonderful voices of all ages.

Thank you to the shoppers for their very generous charitable donations.

See the short video:


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.

Poster Diamond Night V4 reduced


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