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Phoenix meets at

Heath Cottage Hotel

Thursdays 7.30 for 8.00 pm

Wakefield Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF12 8ET

Phone: 01924 465399

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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
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!

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!

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.