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Left to Right Senior Youth Leader Mark Robinson and Phoenix President Mike Bradley

As an organisation based in the Horbury & Ossett area, Horbury & Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club has a commitment to support and help to build its local community. "The Breakthru Youth Project was founded by Horbury Council of Churches and has been running since 2000. Its aim is to provide youth groups and activities for young people in and around the Horbury area, and to run weekends away for youngsters. The Club has supported the Project financially in the past and welcomed the opportunity to do so again when the Project's Senior Youth Leader Mark Robinson and one of its Trustees John Gallagher visited and addressed the Club on 30 September. Members heard about the range of activities and support offered by the Project to young people in the area, and a cheque for

Left to Right Chris Freeman of Water Aid and Phoenix President Mike Bradley

Horbury & Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club hosted a visit on 23 September from Chris Freeman representing Water Aid, which is one of President Mike Bradley's selected Charities to receive donations from the Club during his Presidential year. Water Aid is an international non profit organisation dedicated to helping people escape the poverty and disease caused by living without safe water and sanitation. It was established by the UK water industry as a Charitable Trust in 1981, and 2010/11 sees the 25th anniversary of its partnership with Rotary in the British Isles. Since 1985 Rotary in the UK has raised over

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Thank you for continuing to donate your unwanted spectacles which we deliver to Ruth Perrott an optician in Castleford who measures the prescription and ships your old specs to Malawi.

Project Malawi was founded in 2003 by David and Gillian Mason who are Local Preachers in the York South Methodist Church Circuit. They are also Area Regional Directors for Community Bible Study International and it was during their work in trying to bring the Bible to
villagers that they realised that many were not only illiterate but had physical problems in reading. They set up a Vision Team and Ruth became a founder member.
Ruth with friends and colleagues visit villages in Malawi, setting up eye clinics and dispensing your old spectacles. The delight on the faces of the villagers is emotional and hard to ignore especially when one old chap took Ruth by the hand and said
Wednesday 5th May 2010 saw a small team of Phoenix volunteers clearing up remaining bricks and rubbish from the ground prior to the Council grading the soil and re-seeding with grass. We look forward to the results of that.

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Watch this space for further updates!
Horbury and Ossett Phoenix initiated the first Navigation Walk in 2011 with RC of Mirfield as their partner and together raised nearly

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!

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P1260030 On Thursday 26th January, HOPRC held its annual Youth Speaks competition at Heath Cottage Hotel in Dewsbury for the George Owen trophy.  Two local high schools, Horbury School and Ossett Academy sent teams to make presentations on the topic "Are your parents your best role model?"  Both teams put forward some challenging views about who they might look up to and why.
P1260027 The Ossett team of Oli Lloyd, Carley Green and Lauren Cotterill,  supported by teachers Rachael Thompson and Jo Standbury, came out on top, narrowly beating the Horbury trio of Josh Mellard, Michael Brown and Tamsin Scott.  The Horbury staff , Ibby Brown and Kim Voyce, were rightly proud of their team, for the quality of their argument and presentational skills but it is  the Ossett team that will take their presentation to the Rotary District Final in Fulford on 8th March.

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