The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix is delighted to host a Charity Rugby Dinner on Thursday 25 February 2016 (7 for 7.30pm) at The Unity Hall, Westgate Wakefield, when our main speakers will be Englands only Rugby Union World Cup winning Captain Martin Johnson CBE, with England and British Lions Rugby Union half-back, star of ‘Strictly’ and now BT rugby commentator/pundit, Austin Healey. This event will be suitable for all family members above the age of 15 years.


Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be the main beneficiary of profits (70%) raised by the event with the balance being distributed between a number of Rotary charities including youth sport and development.

Our MC for the evening will be the excellent comedian Barry York who comes highly recommended by the best MC in the North, Malcolm Lord. A 3 course meal will be provided (menu attached) and there will be a raffle and auction to raise more money for the excellent charities. Entry into the raffle will cost £10 per person and there will be lots of prizes.

Tickets are £40 each and round Tables of 10 can be booked. Bookings of fewer than 10 people will be seated with others to make up full tables. A minimum of £10 deposit per person is required when booking and the balance must be paid by 10 February 2016.

To book, or make further enquiries, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone Rotarian Bill Sutton on 01924 279836. Cheques should be made payable to R.C. of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix. Booking forms and a copy of the menu can be downloaded by clicking the mini one below... Also you may download a poster and disp[lay it somewhere for us...THANKYOU

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Mick Miller, the President of the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix, and Mike Robb, Chairman of the clubs’ Youth Committee, presented new books to enhance the school library at Ossett Towngate Primary School which were gratefully accepted by pupils along with the schools literacy leader Sarah Mitchell.

The President said that reading is vital to the learning process of young children and the club was highly delighted to help the school increase its range of reading books.

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Towngate pupils and Teacher Sarah Mitchell accepting some of the books delivered by Rotary Club President Mick Miller.

The end of October saw the presentation of Community Service... Good Citizens Awards 2015 to 5 residents of the Horbury Area who had each put considerable effort over a sustained period of time to benefit the wider community. The presentation evening to which awadees and a family member were invited was held at Heath Cottage Hotel. President Mick Miller paid tribute to the work that they and many other volunteers put into our communities and how it was important that their contributions are acknowledged.

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President Mick Miller and event organiser Alan Hudders (Back right and left respectively) are shown photographed with each of the awardees holding their certificates.
For outstanding fund raising efforts to help the building of Wakefield Hospice 1990 and supporting Pinderfields Neo - Natal unit for over 30yrs.

For outstanding commitment and achievement with youngsters in Dance and exercising older people in her own time .

For his outstanding dedication and commitment to leading the Beavers and then Horbury Bridge Scouts for over 20yrs

SUE CASEY and Jeff Casey
For dedication and fund raising efforts to run "Horbury Bridge Pride" which encourages community spirit and civic pride in Horbury Bridge.

Well - we did it again and a massive thank you to the public for visiting The Horbury Show we hope you enjoyed it - and don't forget the next Horbury Show, which is, as always, the last Sunday in June and in 2016 that is Sunday 26th June.


Here is the Special Feature article published in the Wakefield Express following the Show. Reproduced here by kind permission of the Wakefield Express, Johnston Press and of course the author, reporter Laura Drysdale.

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Every year in June Yorkshire's Rotary District organises a "Kids Out" event where hundreds of deserving children get taken on a coach to Lightwater Valley Theme Park near Ripon for rides and treats. The Rotary Clubs all send volunteers to accompany the kids and assist their teachers and carers.

This year Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club took along 13 lovely kids from Kingsland School, we hope they enjoyed it at will remember their exciting day for a very long time. The Rotarians and their partners who accompanied them this year certainly enjoyed their day - "those kids simply melt your heart"

Many thanks to our organiser of our part of the event Rotarian Chris Taylor, who as always did a wonderful job.

Here is an album the kids created for us to thank us - it's wonderful!

Thank you

Jonathan Siddall

President (July 2014 to June 2015)


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Horbury and Ossett Phoenix RC have continued to support EAEP, which has built a nursery and primary school on the coast south of Mombasa over the past 14 years. The involvement of the club both with EAEP and with other Kenyan projects is detailed on this website under the heading ‘Kenyan Projects’...

The support of the club for the mosquito net project, which is detailed on this site under the appropriate heading, also has continued over the past few years, both financially in the supply of nets,but also through the ‘hands-on’ efforts of some members who have visited. A member of the club visits annually and is involved with the running of first aid courses and health promotion.

On Wednesday 12 March, at the Horbury Working Men's Club, representatives of local Junior Sports Teams and members of the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix got together to watch Rugby League Legend Neil Fox present cash awards totalling £1550 to six local Junior Teams. The money had been raised through a Sporting Supper at Horbury WMC organised by the Rotary Club at which Mick Morgan was the main speaker and Neil Fox and fellow Trinity star of yester year Ian Brooke made up an Expert Panel to take questions from the audience.
Awards were made to Wakefield Phoenix Netball Club (kit for teams), Ossett Town Juniors FC (Kit training and first aid), Ossett Albion Girls FC (pitch hire, kit and trophies), The Friends of Netherton Village Hall(Sports Equipment), Emley Moor ARLFC (Match day equipment) and Thornes Junior FC (Coaching training).
Rotary Club President David Maynard said, "Supporting youth activities in the area has been a constant priority for the club, and sport has long been recognised as an opportunity for young people to develop citizenship qualities of self discipline and team spirit as well as aiding general health. We are very grateful again to Neil Fox for giving up his time to make the presentations."

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Recipients on behalf of sports teams with Neil Fox and the President David Maynard.

Back Row: L to R Brian Wilcox (Thornes), Chris Harrison (Ossett), David Maynard, Stephanie Prince (Phoenix), Neil Fox.

Front Row: Paul Durrant (Emley), Finbarr Cronin (Netherton), James Whitworth (Ossett Albion).


click to enlargeclick image to enlargeThe evening of Thursday October the 10th 2013 saw the Club celebrate their Good Citizens Awards, recognising the long term work and community service of five local people who have given of their time to help the young people of the area. Recognition of good work in and for the Community is something that is very important to the Phoenix Rotary Club and this year's recipients very much deserve recognition.



The Recipients of the 2013 Phoenix Good Citizen Awards were:

Stephen Spurr, (who had been nominated by the late Jeff Small, member of Phoenix Rotary) received his award for his work with St Ignatious Football Club for over 47 years and counting. He has given the opportunity to local children to hone their footballing skills and in some cases eventually manage and coach junior teams.

Janet Goodhead and Christine Robinson, for notching up nearly 100 years between them for services to the Guiding and Brownie Organisations,  based at the 4th Wakefield Brownies, Calder Grove. Guiding for Janet and Christine has become a "way of life" for them, seeing and helping young girls develop friendships, learn new skills and most importantly have fun.

Ted and Joan Fawcett for working with, and for, the very successful and active 8th Wakefield Horbury Bridge Scout Group for over 50 years. They have given their spare time willingly to the development of children aged 6 to 14 years, in the Horbury area, arranging camps, activities and events, as well as their regular scout hut weekly meetings. Ted is still very active in Scouting as he currently holds the position of District Secretary for Wakefield. Joan is a very avid gardner and lends this skill to nurturing verges and hedgerows in Horbury and Horbury Bridge.

A good evening was had by all and the Club owes a debt of gratitude to our Community Service Committee and particularly Michael Robb who has worked very hard in leading the organisation of this event....Thank you Michael

"World Challenge provides educational expeditions in the developing world which teach life skills and expand minds outside the classroom. Bespoke 3 to 6-week student travel itineraries foster team spirit and leadership skills"  http://www.world-challenge.co.uk/

Recently Phoenix Rotary helped fund two local students to take part in a World Challenge Expedition to Swaziland. On Thursday evening, 12th October 2013, we were treated to an excellent presentation by these two wonderful young people. (Don't knock the youth of today there are so many that are truly nice, caring, outgoing people and a great credit to their parents and their schools).

Alex and Nicole spoke about their trip and illustrated it with slides too.

The trip was in three parts, the first was the initial phase in the building of a water storage unit in a remote village, this work will be continued by other World Challenge students until completion during next year.

The second stage was a trek through jungle, grass lands and over rivers and then finally a rest and relaxation few days on a safari.

In addition to telling us about their visit Nicole and Alex told us about their efforts raising the funds to finance the trip.


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Wednesday 31st July 2013 saw members of the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix, led by their President David Maynard, weeding and digging two large herbaceous beds in Carr Lodge Park, Horbury, before planting 20 new, but established, plants in the gaps within the beds. They were working with Mick Duffield from WMDCs Street Scene Team and were joined by Councillor Jack Hemingway who also got involved with the planting.

The work was part of the WMDC Love your Parks Week but for the Rotary Club this was the latest in a long record of improvement and maintenance work they have completed in the park in partnership with the Council, Friends of Carr Lodge Park and The Common Lands Trust. President Dr David Maynard said,

On Wednesday 12 June Rotary Clubs throughout Yorkshire took children who have severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties for a day out at the Lightwater Valley Theme Park. Over 700 children were there , each with a carer and lots of Rotarians helping out

It was an amazing experience to be with these children and it was so inspiring and worth while as they showed excitement, joy and pleasure in their own special ways.
It was a tremendous day out for the kids, it was a tremendous day for Rotary, I will certainly be putting my name forward next year as a helper

Thanks to Chris Taylor for organising our club and Roy Carrington of Mirfield for organising the total event

President Mike



Breakfast Club Starts in 2013

January 2013 saw the start of the

The Rotary Club of Horbury & Ossett Phoenix joined forces with the Emley African Education Project to jointly pay for the construction of a toilet block for KAG School.

President Roger Parkinson told fellow Rotarian Jim Donnan that he wanted his overseas project for 2011-12 to be directed at the KAG School in Mzambweni. Jim and his wife Rosemary, who are the founders of the Emley project discussed this with the leaders of the school and it was agreed that a toilet block was desparately needed.

All of the children at school are taught personal hygiene and together with the provision of clean water, the installation of modern toilets is a massive step forward in the continuing struggle to improve personal and family health and well being.

Rosemary and Jim Donnan show us around the new block.


In 2012/13, the Rotary club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix, under president Mike Gill, lent further support, and enabled more steps to be taken to improve health and sanitation.

Firstly, piped water was installed to the toilet blocks and to the school for general use, obviating the need for bucketed water from a nearby well, or water collection from the roof. This necessitated the digging of a trench about 300 m long from the main road .Secondly, a large concrete septic tank was built, to which all the toilet facilities have now been connected, a considerable improvement on the

The 2012 Rotary Navigation Walk was held on Sunday 1st April. It was a beautiful, sunny Spring day and another fabulously successful day. We had over 350 pre-registered walkers and quite a few extra walkers who registered on the day.

As sponsorship money comes in we will update you here on progress and let you know when and where presentations will be made to the four hospices.

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Navigation Walkers pictured enjoying a well deserved reward after their walk to the Leggers Inn, Mill Street East, Dewsbury are: Lynne Stainthorpe, Robert Gosling, Liz Kennedy and Steven Kennedy.




Here's a link to a slideshow provided by Phoenix Rotary: Link

Here's a link to an article and slideshow provided by The Halifax Courier: Link

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