"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,

The Rotary year starts on the 1st of July and at the first club meeting of the Rotary year "The Handover" takes place:

At the Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary meeting of the 4th of July 2013 it was "out with the old and in with the new" with the following outgoing officers handing over to the new incoming officers. A funny old game!

Last year's Vice President Jonathan Siddall (left) handed over to the incoming Vice President Michael Miller (right)

Last year's Vice President Jonathan Siddall (left) handed over to the incoming Vice President Michael Miller (right)

Last year's President Elect David Maynard (right) handed over to the incoming President Elect Jonathan Siddall (left)

Last year's President Elect David Maynard (right) handed over to the incoming President Elect Jonathan Siddall (left)

Last year's President Mike Gill (left) handed over to the incoming President David Maynard (right)

Last year's President Mike Gill (left) handed over to the incoming President David Maynard (right)

Good luck to David, Jonathan and Michael for Rotary Year 2013/14 

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

 

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

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January 2013 saw the start of the

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This Autumn numerous Community groups are coming together to work on a three week project aimed at improving wildlife habitat whilst creating an added barrier to help keep children away from busy railway lines near Horbury Junction. The partners involved with this initiative include Wakefield Council, Network Rail, Tree Wardens Voluntary Group, The Conservation Volunteers, local schools and of course Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club.

After extensive ground preparation works the volunteers will plant over 4000 trees to form a hedgerow of mainly Hawthorn and Blackthorn plus groups of other mixed British native trees.
Roger Parkinson of the Tree Wardens Group (co-ordinating the initiative) said 'this is a tremendous community effort which will provide blossom in the spring to benefit pollinating insects, fruits and seeds in the autumn to help the birds and small mammals, a great improvement for the natural food chain. The 'thorn' hedge will improve safety and create a Green Corridor of local wildlife. It could not have been achieved without the help of our partners, thank you to all those who are taking part'.

By the end of the project over 100 adults will have helped on site including young trainees from The Conservation Volunteers. Over 300 children will have attended from local schools, planted trees and learnt how people and nature benefit from this type of project. Ten members of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club were involved over two days on the early stages of ground preparation and tree planting effectively helping to 'kick-start' the project. We look forward to seeing the result of everyones endeavours as the trees flourish in the springtime!

PRESS RELEASE: Monday 19th November 2012

Olympian Norman Hughes and British Lion Tim Stimpson were the inspirational and entertaining speakers at a Rotary Club Sporting Supper at Horbury Working Mens Club last Thursday evening. The event organised by the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix was attended by over 130 people and raised nearly £1500 which is to be distributed among individuals, clubs and organisations involved in providing Junior Sports activities in the area.

MC and comedian Malcolm Lord ensured the evening flowed with laughter and encouraged everyone to participate in the fund raising.

Wakefield Olympic torch bearer Karen Townend put in an appearance to the Chariots of Fire theme music and later posed for photos with guests.

Wildcats Coach Richard Agar was very much in the demand during the Question and Answer session towards the end of the evening.

Following the event Rotary Club President Mike Gill said, "We are delighted with the amount raised at the supper and grateful to everyone who supported us. We want to do our bit to encourage the involvement of young people in sport and to support those volunteers who are already involved in coaching and organising such activities. We have therefore decided to double the amount raised with £1500 from our existing charity funds making a grand total of £3000 available."

Many local sports clubs have been contacted and bids have already been received from Slazengers Junior Hockey, and Wakefield Harriers Junior Section. The Wakefield Express can assist us by publishing details in editions covering Horbury, Ossett and surrounding districts where young people from Horbury and Ossett area are involved in sport.

Application forms can be obtained from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

President Mike said "We are encouraging all clubs to get their applications in by the 7 December so that we may distribute the money as soon as possible"

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Olympic bronze medallist Norman Hughes (left)

Olympic Torchbearer Karen Townend, and British Lion Tim Stimpson (right) pictured at the Sporting Supper.

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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,