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J-Siddall-PHF-AwardCongratulations to our webmaster Jonathan Siddall on the award of a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his over 17 years service to his community, Club and Rotary. President Nick Hunter presented the award to Jonathan at the Clubs Ladies Night Dinner and Dance on Friday 14 June 2010, when he said,

Congratulations to our webmaster Jonathan Siddall on the award of a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his over 17 years service to his community, Club and Rotary. President Nick Hunter presented the award to Jonathan at the Clubs Ladies Night Dinner and Dance on Friday 14 June 2010, when he said,

thumb Special TrikesKaren and Paul Johnson live in Ossett and are parents of three gorgeous little boys, Charlie, Jack and Joe. Charlie and Jack are 5 years old twins and Joe is 3 yrs old. The twins were born prematurely and were only allowed home from hospital after 12 weeks, many of which were spent in intensive care. Both boys were left with a number of development and health problems but with the great support of Mum and Dad, family and friends, they keep winning the battles to live as near a normal life as possible.

They were 4 years old before they were able to take their first independent steps. Charlie\'s walking has shown considerable progress but he gets tired quickly and needs supervision. Jack is trying extremely hard and is being encouraged to walk without his frame but it its very hard for him and he does need a wheelchair for longer distances or days out. Despite all their problems they have started their education at South Parade School in Ossett where they receive one to one support, but mobility continues to be a source of frustration for them. Recently Jack was given the chance to ride a specially designed trike belonging to a disabled friend and according to Mum it was fantastic, he could pedal it himself, gave him independence and allowed him to play with his younger brother. Jack was desperate for a trike of his own, and Karen and Paul could also see the potential benefits for Charlie. Unfortunately as with all special needs equipment they come with a very high price tag and it is especially expensive when buying for two, initially thought to be up to

 

bpcheck12 members of the Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club led by club Members Dr David Maynard, Dr Jim Donnan, Dr John Lynagh and Dentist Dai Gifford carried out instant free blood pressure checks for shoppers in Horbury Town Centre on Saturday 18th April, as their contribution to the Stroke Associations, 'Stroke Prevention Week'.

 

High blood pressure is one of the main causes of strokes. Strokes are known as the silent killer and are one of the major causes of sudden premature death in the UK. Strokes are preventable by a combination of proper health monitoring, healthy lifestyles and in some cases by treatment with prescription medicines.
 

 

80 people were tested in Horbury on Saturday and 25% were referred to their GPs for further monitoring because of raised levels of blood pressure. Dr Jim Donnan said, "An initial high reading does not necessarily indicate a serious risk or problem and may be caused by particular circumstances at the time of the test - often subsequent readings return to normal levels, however past experience through this campaign has shown that 10% of those people referred back to their GPs have required on going preventive monitoring and care."
 
The Rotary Club expressed their thanks to Willings' Horbury Dental Care for allowing the Rotary Caravan to be parked on their car park during the testing sessions. Horbury Dental Care Website
 

 

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 

Organisers of the fourth Rotary Navigation Walk said a big thank you to all 220 of people who walked the Navigation Walk on Sunday and helped raise what will undoubtedly be thousands of pounds for the four hospices. Despite the weather forecast all our walkers returned to their finish points quite dry having enjoyed near ideal walking conditions, even if overnight rain made one or two parts of the route a little slippy underfoot.

President of organising Rotary Club Horbury and Ossett Phoenix David Maynard said, "We had walkers from as far as Boston in Lincolnshire, and New Malden, Surrey, as well as from throughout West Yorkshire and we are very grateful to them all for supporting the event. Once again 16 Rotary Clubs were involved in managing the walk including Horbury and Ossett Phoenix, Ossett Rotary Club, Wakefield, and Wakefield Chantry and others from Kirklees and Calderdale

Carr_Lodge_Park_029_webCarr_Lodge_Park_030_webThe walled garden in Carr Lodge Park is a 50 metres x 50 metres Grade II listed site and whilst originally cultivated to provide food for the occupants of the mansion was converted into a quiet area with Carr Lodge Park prior to being effectively abandoned over the past 20 years or so. During that time its walls had become overcome with ivy and brambles and weeds had grown to 6 feet high. Self seeded trees were left to grow wild and the garden has been used from time to time for illicit drinking and glue sniffing.

After our successful apprenticeship at creating new herbaceous borders and planting up the old rose beds with bedding plants during 2009. We were granted permission to start the first phase of bringing the Carr Lodge Walled Garden back into community use by clearing away the self seeded weeds, brambles and trees which had overgrown the garden over the past 20 years or so.

Gaining permission to start was delayed somewhat because of the need for Wakefield Council to consider the implications of the sale of the mansion house and whether or not the walled garden was to be included. Once the decision was made to exclude the garden from the sale and following representations through Councillor Ripley, the Council Cabinet member responsible for Parks and recreation, Cllr Hudson, gave authority for the work to start. Further consultation with Council officers, Friends of Horbury Park and the Horbury Heritage Group concluded with the Rotary Club undertaking delivery of Phase 1, which will also include putting a gate on the walled garden entrance to facilitate safe working for subsequent stages.

Mosquito net provision and installation was commenced in 2009 by the school,financed 50% by the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix, along with a few smaller donations. For background and a description of what we actually did, please see

Gina Fielding of the West Yorkshire Forget-Me-Not Trust receives cheque from Jim Donnan President of The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett PhoenixEach Rotary year the President names one or more charities to be supported by the Phoenix Rotary Club. One of the charities chosen by this year's President Jim Donnan is the Forget-Me-Not Trust.

The West Yorkshire Forget-Me-Not Trust is a local charitable trust whose aims are to raise funds to build and run a children's respite centre and hospice in West Yorkshire.

At our Club's evening meeting of Thursday 5th March 2009 our guest speaker was Gina Fielding, Community Fund Raiser, for the Forget-Me-Not Trust. She spoke passionately about the local need for specific, purpose built facilities and specialist support for children with terminal illness and for their parents, brothers and sisters too.

Gina brought us up to date with the Trust's progress. Encompassing the acquisition of suitably located land, with sufficient space for the new hospice, respite centre buildings and for the all important gardens. Various problems with planning permission have been successfully overcome but, sensibly, building will not commence until funding is fully raised for both the building work and the the cost of running the facility for the first year after opening.

Previous speakers have mentioned the poor levels of grant funding for running an adult hospice but, apparently, help with funding a children's hospice is even less! Fundraising for the Trust will be a permanent necessity going forward.

The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix were proud to present Gina with a cheque for

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