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Heath Cottage Hotel

Thursdays 7.30 for 8.00 pm

Wakefield Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF12 8ET

Phone: 01924 465399

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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

Horbury and Ossett Phoenix initiated the first Navigation Walk in 2011 with RC of Mirfield as their partner and together raised nearly

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.

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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

Horbury's Carr Lodge Park is the latest location to benefit from a Phoenix Rotary Community Service project.

Work started on 9th March to tidy and enhance the area to the front of mansion house in Carr Lodge Park.

Work is to include: Removal of some old, non-productive, rose bushes the removal of a lot of overgown ivy and plan, mark out and digging of flower bed/s which will, this year, for quick effect, be planted with annuals.

We will keep you up to date via photos posted below - keep coming back to see progress.

Here's a few hardy perennials at work! (click on them for a better view)

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Supper Fund Raiser Thursday 15th November 7.30pm Horbury Working Mens Club

Press Release:

Sport-Poster-thumbOlympic Hockey Medallist and former GB Olympic Captain Norman Hughes, and England and British Lions Full back Tim Stimpson will be the main speakers at a Sporting Supper Evening on Thursday 15 November at Horbury Working Mens Club, Cluntergate, Horbury.  The evening is being organised by the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix to raise funds which will be used to support Junior Sporting Activities in the area. Club President Mike Gill said,