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 Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix have this year funded a local man to go on a carer's holiday break organised by the Rotary Club of Scarborough.

CARER HOLIDAY PROFILE – an elderly couple both in their 80s
[we don’t think it is appropriate to identify the couple so we are simply referring to them as H and W ]

Husband (H) has cared for his wife (W) for over 25 years and she now has to use a wheelchair in some circumstances. Whilst caring for his wife H also had a health problem that required a quadruple heart bypass graft and additionally he suffers from diabetes. The couple have been married for over 56 years. H has a car on the government mobility scheme to transport his wife around for shopping etc. and regularly attends a local carers group for men where he finds help and assurance from other members in a similar position. Whilst John has been attending the group he has picked up artistic skills and now is an established artist and has produced some stunning water colour paintings. The offer of the carer holiday was gratefully accepted by the couple as W could be cared for by family members near Scarborough.

H was encouraged to accept the offer of the break by W as she understands the stress of having to wash and dress her every morning for 25yrs. The couple have had very little support from social care within the District. Members of Phoenix Rotary took H to Scarborough and brought him back at the end of it. Scarborough Rotary Club organised all the activities throughout the days and evenings for the 6 carers – and organised their transport while they were staying there.

After the Holiday H was driven home by one of the Phoenix members and this section includes some feedback that our club member received from H:

H was brimming with praise for the Red Lea Hotel in Scarborough and particularly for the excellent organisation carried out on his and the other carers behalf by the Rotary Club of Scarborough.

He said that he had been to 2 shows, a musical and a Bernie Clifton show and had several other outings to a variety of places including a stained glass centre, Burton Agnes and Flower of May to see the traction engine collection and Wurlitzer organ collection. He got on famously with their holiday driver (a past president of Scarborough Rotary Club) and also commented that all the members of his group got on very well with each other too. He mentioned that it was the best break he had had in 25 years and that when he wasn't being chauffeured around or being fed some very good food, he managed to do plenty of walking (which he loves). He sent his sincere thanks to the members of Horbury & Ossett Phoenix for making this possible.

Job well done Phoenix!


Earlier in the year Phoenix made several grants to local good causes, one of which was to Grangemoor Brass Band and as a result of that grant the Band were able to purchase two cornets for the new members pictured in the photo below.

2017 Grant Outcome Grangemoor Band web

Val Hope, Leader of the Youth Section of Grangemoor Band, said in an email to Phoenix:

"I would like to send pictures of the two children with their new cornets purchased with the grant money from the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Trust Fund. Thank you so much for making this possible and we are now able to shorten our waiting list of children wanting to join the band...   Thank you again."


We have been unable to contact the winners of the Ticket numbers 1192 and 1313 so if they could contact us then we'll deliver the prizes...

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Prize 1 £100 Co-op Voucher ticket number 3216
Prize 2. £50 Co-op Voucher. ticket number 1589
Prize 3. £25 Co-op Voucher. ticket number 3604
Prize 4. Bottle of Whisky. ticket number 3276
Prize 5. Bottle of Cointreau. ticket number 3019
Prize 6 Grenache Wine + Mats. ticket number 3277
Prize 7. Trebianno Wine. ticket number 1503
Prize 8. Box of Chocs & Biscuits. ticket number 1333
Prize 9. Sauvignon Wine. ticket number 1192
Prize 10 Tray with Mosaic. ticket number 3151
Prize 11.Journey recorder + Wine. ticket number 0455
Prize 12 Tablet Stand + Keyboard. ticket number 1313

A donation of £500 from the Rotary of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix has helped Pledwick Cricket Club  to buy equipment for the implementation of the coveted All Star Cricket Programme. This donation was in addition to the £8000 of donations to various organisations and good causes reported in last weeks Wakefield Express.
Pledwick CC has successfully been awarded the honour of hosting an All Stars Cricket (ASC) programme, a fantastic initiative organised by the ECB. Its aim is to promote cricket, specifically the 5 - 8 year olds, and Sunday 21 May 2017 was the first U9's Cricket Festival of the season to be hosted by Pledwick CC and was regarded as a taster event for the main programme that starts on Thursday 8 June from 5-6pm for 8 consecutive weeks. This is a great opportunity to get boys and girls involved in cricket and continue the feed through of talent into the County set up for which Yorkshire is justifiably proud.
Boys and girls came from Normanton CC, South Kirby CC, and Featherstone CC also took part in the festival which was a round robin event with the results being less important that the children having fun and enjoying the cricket with each other. It was particularly pleasing that Featherstone CC supported the event because they too have been selected to host the All Stars Cricket programme - such is the mutual support in junior cricket. Pledwick CC Cricket Development Manager Nigel Day said the success of the day was down to the spirit displayed by all players, parents, coaches and clubs when if a team was short handed players would be loaned to other clubs to make up the numbers. Pledwick and Featherstone clubs had to go through a strict selection process including additional training for coaches to achieve the All Star Cricket programme status.
The All Star Cricket Programme starts on Thursday 8 June from 5-6pm for 8 consecutive weeks. If you or your child want to become involved contact Nigel Day on 07766 310191

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On Friday night (5 May 2017) the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Charitable Trust enlisted the help of Wakefield Trinity and England Rugby League legend Neil Fox MBE to present over £8000 worth of donations to local community groups from the wider Wakefield area. Each recipient has applied for an award from the Trust following publicity in the Wakefield Express earlier in the year.
In opening proceedings, held at Horbury Working Mens Club, Rotary President Elect Neil Kirkham explained that the money awarded had been raised by the club through a number of events over the past year but mainly through the Horbury Show and the Santa's sleigh collections.
In total 29 individuals and groups applied for awards of up to £500 each which if all were granted far outstripped the amount available. A rigorous selection procedure brought the number of successful applicants down to 20 with awards of between £250 and £500 being made. In summary Junior sports teams, youth groups, dance troupes, a youth band, a school, two senior citizens groups and Friends of Horbury Lagoon, from Thornhill to Gawthorpe, and from Grange Moor to Wakefield Centre, reflects the geographic spread and variety of organisations receiving awards. Only one award was made for the benefit of an individual and that was to purchase an ipad with special learning applications to benefit Frankie Goswell aged 3yrs of Netherton. When Frankie went forward to collect his award with Dad and Mum there were many member of the audience wiping tears from their eyes.
1. All recipients representatives with Neil Fox, and Rotary Club organisers.
2. Frankie Goswell with Mum and Dad and Neil Fox

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The Rotary Club  of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix provided £250 for the materials for the 5 benches to be refurbished. Roger Parkinson and his team prepared the stained planks at Wakefield Nursery Tree Wardens and Rotary volunteers helped Roger with the refurbishment on site, which involved removal of old planks, painting the frames and re-fitting the new planks to 5 benches, as can be seen what a difference this has made to Carr Lodge Park's image.

Passers by all commented on what a great job Rotary were doing to enhance the look and feel of the Park.

Before and After:


Far Right: Roger Parkinson of Wakefield Nursery Tree Wardens

Left to Right: Phoenix Rotarians, Nick Hunter, Alan Hudders, Nick Bardsley and Mick Miller
(Alan Hudders is Phoenix Rotary's Chair of Community Service.)

Another Phoenix job well done!




At a recent rehearsal night of the Ossett Youth Theatre Group, The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix presented a the cheque for £500 to the Group to help with the production of "Annie" at Ossett Town Hall in March 2017.

This Youth Theatre Group was formed in 2002 and currently has over 40 youth members of all ages. It is run entirely by adult volunteers, and some of these volunteers have been involved since that 2002 start.

The Group gives it's members the opportunity of an introduction to live theatre and to perform in front of audiences whilst picking up skills in singing, dancing and acting. In the past the Group have put on various productions including hit West End Shows like "The Wizard of Oz", "Peter Pan", "Half a Sixpence" and "Joseph and Technicolour Dreamcoat".

The Group are actively raising monies to help with ongoing costs by Carol Singing and Summer Concerts at their rehearsal rooms.

Our donation has helped tremendously with there current production of "Annie" and also has enabled the purchase of a new PA system.

Photo: Mick Miller the Immediate Past President of Phoenix presenting the cheque to Janet Lodge (right) with volunteer Patricia McCann M.B.E.(left) and Youth Group members:


Another Phoenix job well done!


Winning Entry Video:

Nine Rotary Clubs in West Yorkshire came together to run a Technology Tournament for local schools. 27 teams in three different age groups took on the challenge of building a space capsule launcher.
The video shows the winning teams entry at the Advanced level, to project a capsule holding a ball and parachute to a height of 2.5 metres, for the capsule to break away and return to ground, the ball and parachute to continue upwards until the parachute opens and the ball then drifts back to ground.
Very definitely not an easy task but most teams managed to produce a working device although some of the balls disappeared at very odd angles.
Mirfield Free Grammar surprised even them winning the trophy at all three levels.
Present at the Tournament which was held in the Dewsbury Rams Tetley Stadium, was the Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees, Rotary District Governor Phil Poole, Geoff Auty, Editor of the School Science Review and Rotarian Bob Tunnicliffe who was instrumental in the original concept of a schools technical challenge some 15 years ago.
Chairman of the Organising Committee, Rotarian Mike Gill said, it is an absolute delight to see over a hundred young students applying themselves as small teams to a difficult challenge producing a portfolio tracing their thought processes as well as a working device.
Mike Gill is Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix.


Yes the Navigation Walk is returning this year... In aid of the four Hospices seen here.

Why not take part... enjoy a good walk and raise money for these worthy causes.

Here's a link to tyhe Navigation Walk website - where you can get more information and Register to take part as a "walker"

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Ossett Academy win a great debate...

Thursday 9th February saw a lively 3 cornered debate between teams of 4 young people from Ossett Academy, Horbury Academy, and the Horbury Breakthrough Youth Group, on the subject of Obesity and who is responsible for the growth of the problem in recent years. All three teams produced well researched arguments which they presented clearly and convincingly whilst engaging with their audience, members of the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix.

The debate was organised by the Rotary Club with the winning team awarded The George Owen Trophy in memory of the late George Owen a former member of the club. Three judges adjudicated and had a very difficult job in determining which team won the debate. Chairman of the Judges Rotarian Julian Carter commented that it was a very close victory for the Ossett Academy team over both of the Horbury teams which were only a few marks behind them.

Rotary Club President Elect Neil Kirkham presented the trophy to Ossett and said, "All three teams are to be congratulated on what was the best and closest debate the club had witnessed in the 16 years that the competition has been running."

Photo; The victorious Ossett Academy Team with their supporting teachers and Rotary Club President Elect Neil Kirkham on the right.
Ossett Winning Team

Photo: All teams together.
All Teams


The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix has announced that it has up to £5000 available to fund suitable projects in the Horbury and Ossett and surrounding areas of Wakefield and Kirklees. The cash has been raised by a number of fund raising efforts over the past 12 months such as Horbury Show, Santa’s Sleigh and the Christmas raffle. Rotary Club President, Chris Taylor said, “We raise money to support both local and international good causes, but by far the majority of what we raise goes back into our local community and that is the area we wish to target with an appeal for community, youth and sporting groups, and individuals, to come forward and apply for financial assistance. We are anticipating making grants/donations in the region of £400 each but will consider both larger and smaller requests for funding.”

Any organisation or individual wishing to make an application should contact the Rotary Club by telephone on 01924 279836 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 15 February 2017. An application form will be provided and it is intended that decisions will be made and applicants notified by 15 April 2017 with a view to a presentation evening on 5 May 2017.

Previous application invitations have resulted in the Rotary club funding equipment and team strips for youth sports teams; assistance with gaining coaching qualifications for adults involved in junior sport; the purchase of specialist equipment for individuals with additional needs; personal development courses for young people e.g. Outward Bound, Operation Raleigh; the provision of furnishings or decorations for those in need; Christmas meals for the elderly.

Over the past 18 months financial support or donations in excess of £28,000 were made in respect of Local Hospices; Christmas Gifts for the elderly; Provision of hyacinths for the blind or partially sighted; Outward Bound Courses, Rotary Youth Leadership Award bursaries; Horbury Churches Together and Ossett Brickhouse Youth Projects; Kids Out for Kingsland School; Junior sports provision; and Barnados (Wakefield),Yorkshire Air Ambulance, drought relief in Kenya, Benches for Carr Lodge Park, Foodbanks, Wakefield & District Carers.

Recent past recipients the Ossett Brickhouse Youth Projects seen here with their newly acquired Table Air Hockey game:

Ossett Brickhouse Youth Club Projects - Recent recipients of donations from the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix