Small acts of kindness can have a big impact

How kind and thoughtful is this!

Last week one of our Phoenix Rotary members, Alan Hudders, was walking behind a young lad who was riding his micro scooter to school when his back wheel collapsed making it unridable. The lad, whose name is Kyle, naturally was a bit distraught and what might appear to be just a small event to many people was a very real disaster to that young rider...

So Alan being Alan, a very kind man, arranged to take the scooter away to assess the damage...

The bearings had collapsed and the axle pin had broken. Alan ordered new bearings and enlisted the help of another of our Phoenix members Stuart Wilby, who, being a very fine and resourceful engineer by profession, was able to supply another bearing and also turn a new axle pin. Stuart then reassembled and fitted the rear wheel parts returning Kyle's micro scooter to full working order.

Alan and Stuart were delighted to deliver the scooter back to Kyle on the last day of school in time for the Summer Holidays. Young Kyle was over the moon!

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Summer/Horbury Show Raffle Winners

1. £200 co-op vouchers ticket number 1177
2. £50 co-op vouchers ticket number 1332
3. £25 co-op vouchers ticket number 4697
4. Bottle of Scotch Whisky ticket number 3191
5. Bottle of Prosecco ticket number 3658
6. Box of Chocolates ticket number 1568
7. £10 M&S voucher ticket number 1951
8. Bottle of Havana Club Rum ticket number 2168
9. Full Vehicle Valet ticket number 3054
10. Bottle of Ravenswood Wine ticket number 3014
11. Bottle of Vin de Noix ticket number 4767
12. Bottle of Sauvignon Blanc ticket number 0889

Horbury Show Success

Press Release - Issued 28th June 2016

Once again the weather gods smiled on Horbury Show where a record crowd were well entertained last Sunday. A lot of people were already visiting the attractions before the 11am start time and things got busier very quickly after that – with many families attending early and staying until late afternoon. The car parking in the park was stretched to the limit from 1pm through to 3.30pm and contingency arrangements with parking at Horbury Academy had to be implemented.
Show organiser, Rotarian John Faulkner, said “We had an excellent attendance last year, but I am certain there were more people than ever here this year. It was great to see many of them enjoying the attractions, visiting the stalls and catering facilities, and picnicking in some of the quieter areas of the park. There can be no doubt that more people visit Carr Lodge Park for this event than at any other time during the year.”
The accounts for the Show are still being prepared but it is anticipated that The Rotary Club profit will be over £13,000 which will go into their Charitable Trust Fund for distribution during the next 12 months. Last year Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club distributed over £22,000 to charities and good causes, mainly in the local area.
The Rotary Club wish to re-iterate their sincere thanks to Richard Kendall Estate Agents (main sponsor) and all sponsors and supporters for making the Horbury Show a great success in 2016.
The next Horbury Show will be on Sunday 25 June 2017.

Phoenix Present Yorkshire Air Ambulance with £7000 Donation

The attached photograph shows six members of the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix who, on Friday 6th May 2016, visited the Yorkshire Air Ambulance at Nostell to present a cheque for £7000, profit from the Rugby Dinner in February 2016 which featured Martin Johnson CBE and Austin Healey.
The Rotarians were fortunate that the Air Ambulance was not on a call and they enjoyed a superb guided tour and presentation of the aircraft and the roles carried out by its crew. Rotary Club President Mick Miller said, “We are delighted to be able to donate such a nice some of money to the Air Ambulance – it and others round the country are regularly saving lives that otherwise may have been lost, and of course it is not unknown for the helicopter to be used to evacuate seriously injured players from rugby pitches.”
All profits raised by The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix are paid into the clubs Charitable Trust which is supervised by The Charity Commissioners. Over the past year £21,761.10 from the Trust has been donated to good causes, individuals, and other charitable organisations the vast majority of which serve the local community with some emphasis , but not exclusively, on Horbury, Ossett and surrounding villages. 
The next major fundraising event will be the Horbury Show on Sunday 26 June 2016 when a fly past from a BBMF Spitfire has been confirmed (subject to weather) and the fabulous Colourscape experience of music and light will be operating all day. There will of course be many other activities and entertainment for all the family.

Photo: Left to right: Rtn Mike Gill, Paramedics James Stubley and Ade Fell, Doctor Brian White, Rtns Chris Taylor,Mike Robb, Mick Miller, Bill Sutton, Ian Rayner, and Pilot Gary Brasher.

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Phoenix Charity Dinner

Rugby Word Cup winning Captain Martin Johnson C.B.E , and England and British Lions wing three-quarter Austin Healey were the guest speakers at the Charity Dinner held on Thursday 25th February 2016 to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and rotary charities. Over 300 people attended, many from local businesses, and the event was supported by many of the local golf clubs and restaurants that provided items for inclusion in an auction and raffle.
Barry York, a Lofthouse based comedian, was the MC and got the evening off to a great start with his cheeky style of humour. The humour continued when Austin Healey and Martin Johnson got up to perform a double act responding to questions from the audience. Healey as usual being the funny guy putting himself in danger of upsetting Johnson the straight man – they worked very well together and provided great entertainment for their audience.
Rotary Club President Mick Miller, who is also father-in-law to Austin Healey, said “We are very grateful to Jonno and Austin for generously supporting our fund raising efforts. With the help of our audience we have raised over £8500, of which £7000 will go directly to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and the balance will go into our Rotary Club Charity account for distribution to good causes”

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2015 Christmas Raffle Winning Tickets

1st Prize .... No.1425 = £200 Co-op voucher
2nd Prize .... No.0781 = £50 Co-op voucher
3rd Prize .... No.0955 = £25 Co-op voucher
4th Prize .... No.0317
5th Prize .... No.0259
6th Prize .... No.1614
7th Prize .... No.2332
8th Prize .... No.1806
9th Prize .... No.1991
10th Prize .... No.0095
11th Prize .... No.1127
12th Prize .... No.2143

Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Club members wish to thank all those that supported our 2015 Christmas Raffle with their usual generosity in buying tickets. The profits of the Raffle will benefit mainly local charities. Particular thanks go to the Coop's of both Horbury and Ossett for allowing us to sell tickets on their premises ... Happy 2016 everyone.


Charity Rugby Dinner, 25 February 2016

The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix is delighted to host a Charity Rugby Dinner on Thursday 25 February 2016 (7 for 7.30pm) at The Unity Hall, Westgate Wakefield, when our main speakers will be Englands only Rugby Union World Cup winning Captain Martin Johnson CBE, with England and British Lions Rugby Union half-back, star of ‘Strictly’ and now BT rugby commentator/pundit, Austin Healey. This event will be suitable for all family members above the age of 15 years.


Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be the main beneficiary of profits (70%) raised by the event with the balance being distributed between a number of Rotary charities including youth sport and development.

Our MC for the evening will be the excellent comedian Barry York who comes highly recommended by the best MC in the North, Malcolm Lord. A 3 course meal will be provided (menu attached) and there will be a raffle and auction to raise more money for the excellent charities. Entry into the raffle will cost £10 per person and there will be lots of prizes.

Tickets are £40 each and round Tables of 10 can be booked. Bookings of fewer than 10 people will be seated with others to make up full tables. A minimum of £10 deposit per person is required when booking and the balance must be paid by 10 February 2016.

To book, or make further enquiries, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone Rotarian Bill Sutton on 01924 279836. Cheques should be made payable to R.C. of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix. Booking forms and a copy of the menu can be downloaded by clicking the mini one below... Also you may download a poster and disp[lay it somewhere for us...THANKYOU

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Press Release - Towngate Primary School Books

Mick Miller, the President of the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix, and Mike Robb, Chairman of the clubs’ Youth Committee, presented new books to enhance the school library at Ossett Towngate Primary School which were gratefully accepted by pupils along with the schools literacy leader Sarah Mitchell.

The President said that reading is vital to the learning process of young children and the club was highly delighted to help the school increase its range of reading books.

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Towngate pupils and Teacher Sarah Mitchell accepting some of the books delivered by Rotary Club President Mick Miller.

Press Release - Good Citizens Awards 2015

The end of October saw the presentation of Community Service... Good Citizens Awards 2015 to 5 residents of the Horbury Area who had each put considerable effort over a sustained period of time to benefit the wider community. The presentation evening to which awadees and a family member were invited was held at Heath Cottage Hotel. President Mick Miller paid tribute to the work that they and many other volunteers put into our communities and how it was important that their contributions are acknowledged.

Good Citizens 2015

President Mick Miller and event organiser Alan Hudders (Back right and left respectively) are shown photographed with each of the awardees holding their certificates.
For outstanding fund raising efforts to help the building of Wakefield Hospice 1990 and supporting Pinderfields Neo - Natal unit for over 30yrs.

For outstanding commitment and achievement with youngsters in Dance and exercising older people in her own time .

For his outstanding dedication and commitment to leading the Beavers and then Horbury Bridge Scouts for over 20yrs

SUE CASEY and Jeff Casey
For dedication and fund raising efforts to run "Horbury Bridge Pride" which encourages community spirit and civic pride in Horbury Bridge.

Horbury Show 2015 Was Fantastic

Well - we did it again and a massive thank you to the public for visiting The Horbury Show we hope you enjoyed it - and don't forget the next Horbury Show, which is, as always, the last Sunday in June and in 2016 that is Sunday 26th June.


Here is the Special Feature article published in the Wakefield Express following the Show. Reproduced here by kind permission of the Wakefield Express, Johnston Press and of course the author, reporter Laura Drysdale.

Wakefield Express Special Feature Article

2015 June 10th - Kids Out

Every year in June Yorkshire's Rotary District organises a "Kids Out" event where hundreds of deserving children get taken on a coach to Lightwater Valley Theme Park near Ripon for rides and treats. The Rotary Clubs all send volunteers to accompany the kids and assist their teachers and carers.

This year Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club took along 13 lovely kids from Kingsland School, we hope they enjoyed it at will remember their exciting day for a very long time. The Rotarians and their partners who accompanied them this year certainly enjoyed their day - "those kids simply melt your heart"

Many thanks to our organiser of our part of the event Rotarian Chris Taylor, who as always did a wonderful job.

Here is an album the kids created for us to thank us - it's wonderful!

Thank you

Jonathan Siddall

President (July 2014 to June 2015)

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Ongoing Rotary Club Involvement in Kenya

Horbury and Ossett Phoenix RC have continued to support EAEP, which has built a nursery and primary school on the coast south of Mombasa over the past 14 years. The involvement of the club both with EAEP and with other Kenyan projects is detailed on this website under the heading ‘Kenyan Projects’...

The support of the club for the mosquito net project, which is detailed on this site under the appropriate heading, also has continued over the past few years, both financially in the supply of nets,but also through the ‘hands-on’ efforts of some members who have visited. A member of the club visits annually and is involved with the running of first aid courses and health promotion.

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Emley African Schools

Take a look at the Emley African Schools website