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Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix

Community Life Saver installed

The combined efforts of community fundraisers and the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix has resulted in the first of two additional Defibrillators being installed in Horbury. Sited on the wall of Hall Cliffe School close to the entrance gate at the top of Northgate, Horbury, the defibrillator secure box is being powered and maintained for community emergency use by Witherslack Group who run Hall Cliffe School. HS Electrical Services Ltd, of Wakefield, completed the installation free of charge. Access to the equipment is controlled by Yorkshire Ambulance Service who when appropriate will direct 999 callers to its location and provide them with the access code.
The Rotary Club started a project to install additional defibrillators during 2019 and after a joint venture with Horbury Working Members Club was achieved had started looking for additional sites when they received some unexpected boosts to their efforts, first from an anonymous local donor who effectively contributed the full capital cost of a defibrillator, and second from fundraising started by Sue Twohig and the Horbury St Peters Bellringing Group who having witnessed the recovery of a patient by use of the defibrillator in a local public house were determined to help provide another piece of this life saving equipment. Working both independently and with the Rotary Club over £2500 was raised through collection boxes in Boons, Fishwicks Greengrocers, Browns Cleaners and other businesses, as well as Morley Masonic Lodge. The balance to complete the purchase and ongoing maintenance costs were provided from funds previously raised by the Rotary Club.
A site for a further Defibrillator on Westfield Road, Horbury, has been identified and negotiations with the building owners are hoped to be concluded in the next 2 weeks.
Rotary Club President Steve Driver said, “We know this equipment can save lives that may otherwise have been lost and working with the ambulance service are trying to provide a good level of access within the Horbury and Ossett Area. We are starting to look for at least one further site and will be pleased to receive donations from members of the community towards the cost which will be placed in a designated fund for that purpose. We will also be utilising our collection boxes in local businesses. It is great what can be achieved when different people and groups and people from within our community combine their efforts to do something good.”

Picture: Defibrillator Installation at Hallcliffe School. Present left to right, Rotarian Bill Sutton, Toby Farmer Building Manager Hall Cliffe School, Sue Twohig – fundraiser, Rotarian Steve Brook.
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Pew Left Standing

Another great job provided by The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix. We were approached by Darren Byford on behalf of Father Christopher about the possibility of refurbishing the two benches on St Peter’s Church forecourt in Horbury. Three members stepped forward and dismantled the benches on Wednesday, which could only be described as an act of mallets. By the Friday the refurbishment was complete, which involved the removal of the degrading plastic coating on the frame, elimination of rust and repainting with Hammerite. The wooden seats and back were sanded down and needed no protection due to the natural properties of teak. They were then reinstalled looking better than new within 48 hours. Many thanks to all involved.






A virtual meeting of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club began at 6pm on Thursday 14th May 2020

The meeting was conducted using ZOOM Videolink. 27 members attended and two special guests were welcomed:

District Governor of 1040 Dr Manoj Joshi, member of Bradford Club, Deputy Lieutenant West Yorkshire and Past District Governor of 1220 Gordon McGlone, founder member of Phoenix, member of Osgoldcross & Elmete Club.
During the meeting Paul Harris Fellowships were presented to acknowledge the charitabe service given by two Past Presidents, both keen Rotarians for over 20 years.

Behind the scenes, the awards were kept secret and at 10 past 6 the parcels were delivered to be opened live on camera by the surprised recipients : Phoenix International Chairman Mike Bradley and Assistant Governor of District 1040 Inner Nine Mike Gill.

They held their certificates for the audience to see as both were confirmed with their Paul Harris Fellow citations by Phoenix President Phil Johnson and Rotary District 1040 Governor Manoj Joshi.

The citation to Mike Bradley PHF is for services to Phoenix Club as President, as Committee Chairman and in recognition of charitable service in the Local Community with Night Shelter for the homeless.

The citation to Mike Gill PHF is for services to Phoenix Club as President, as Committee Chairman and in recognition of leadership, representing the Inner Nine Group within RIBI District 1040.

Rotary District 1040 Governor Manoj Joshi endorsed the good work done by Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary both locally and worldwide and concluded by warmly congratulating both Mikes on becoming Paul Harris Fellows.

RC of HO Phoenix Zoom Meeting Thur 14th May 2020.


The Corona Virus caused the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix to adjust its donations priorities towards supporting the frontline services of the food banks and Hospices. The Ossett Resource Centre food bank which is co-ordinated by Marie Moore and other volunteers at the South Ossett Church Community Centre was given a further £500 to help respond to the 100% increase in demand for food parcels, and a similar amount was provided for the Food bank operating through the St Georges Community Centre at Lupset.

The difficulties encountered by local Hospices was also recognised by donations of £2000 to Wakefield Hospice, £1000 to Kirkwood Hospice and £1000 to the Forget Me Not Trust Childrens Hospice all of which provide to support to families and individuals within the area covered by the Rotary Club.

A number of the younger members of the Phoenix Rotary Club are also actively engaged in supporting the community with activities such as delivering meals, food and prescriptions. Rotarian Alan Hudders has shown great leadership and commitment by co-ordinating the Horbury Senior Citizens Covid 19 support group which involves 75 volunteers acting as help desk advisers, delivery drivers and telephone befrienders for people isolated and or in self isolation.

President of the Rotary Club Phil Johnson said, “The age of most of our club members and associated risks, has meant that we are nor as actively involved in responding to the Corona Virus impacts as we would normally be, however the decision to change our donation priorities was a way in which we could quickly put resources into supporting our community and those front line workers who are caring for them”.

Picture: Rotarian Nick Hunter with a car load of deliveries setting off from Ossett Resource Food Bank.

Rtn Nick Hunter with food parcels


The Horbury Senior Citizens Support Group has operated in Horbury for 10 years providing a social centre and support activities for the senior citizens of Horbury and District. It is a Charitable Trust in its own right and Alan Hudders has been and Trustee for 5 years and Chairman for 2 years. The Covid-19 crisis and restrictions instantly curtailed the normal activities of the group but Chairman Alan and the Trustees were very quick to respond to the changed circumstances and the need for the co-ordination of efforts to support the older members of the community. Working with the active support of WMDC and NOVA, they quickly established what they have christened a community hub providing a 24 hour helpline; recruiting 75 volunteer helpers; and offering support to the vulnerable in the form of a shopping and delivery service; prescription collection and deliveries; meal deliveries; and telephone befrienders to call and hold conversations with people who would be otherwise totally isolated. The volunteers are from a wide range of backgrounds with a varied skill set and the hub operates on the maxim of meeting individual needs. Alan is quick to point out that it is a team effort that has made the Horbury Hub very effective, but others recognise that his commitment and determination is what holds it together and ensures that the vulnerable people of the area are supported.

Alans involvement with the local Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix has also proved useful with a member assisting in setting up systems by which shopping can be paid for at the time of purchase. All local shops, supermarkets, cafes and caterers have been very supportive in meeting the needs of the community and there is an excellent relationship established with Marie Moore who runs the Resource Food Bank based at South Ossett Church Community Centre. Other members of the club have been helping with deliveries.

The Helpline for the Hub is 01924 565859 and it is manned from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday with an answering machine operating outside those hours. The Hub provides support for the whole of Horbury, most of Sitlington, South Ossett and parts of Lupset.

Picture: Alan Hudders receiving a trolley full of supplies donated by Morrisons Supermarket Community Champion Bev Kelly at the Dewsbury Road store.

Rtn Alan Hudders with Bev Kelly


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