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”
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.
Thanks to everyone who supported us this year. As always we thoroughly enjoyed it!
Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year...
from all in the Rotary Club of Horbury & Ossett Phoenix
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.
Ossett, Mon. 07 December
Starting at 5.30: Houses on Whitley Spring Road, Spring View and Whitley Spring Crescent; Teall Court, off Haggs Hill Road; Fairfield Drive, Fairfield Close and Fairfield Walk, off Fairfield Road; Grange Drive, Brook Close and Heather Close, off Station Road; Sowood Grange, off Horbury Road
Horbury Bridge Tues. 08 December
Starting at 5.30: Houses on Bittern Croft, Lapwing View and Coxley Dell; Water Lane; Baring Gould Way + Sabine Fold; Parklands and then to Bracken Hill View + Primrose Way off Westfield Road, Horbury
Horbury Wed. 09 December
Starting at 5.30: Houses on Benton Park – Tyndale Avenue, Addison Court, Becket Close, Chesterton Court, Osborne Avenue, Rochester Drive, Rochester Court, Shelley Court ; Houses on Manorfields – Clifton Road; Savile Drive; Ken Churchill Drive; Gaskell Drive; Manorfields Drive; Additional stopping points at junction of Clifton Road/Savile Drive and junction of Manorfields Drive/Gaskell Drive
Horbury, Mon. 14 December
Starting at 5.15: Inwood Residential Home, then from 5.45 onwards - houses on Cliffe Crest ; Dovecote Close; Gagewell Drive; Stannard Well Lane and, Stannard Well Drive; Oakwood, Beechwood and Elmwood Groves
Horbury, Tues. 15 December
Starting at 5.30: Houses on California Drive; Parker Road; North Avenue, East Avenue, South Avenue and West Avenue; The Sycamores; The Shutt, Dudfleet Lane and Castle Grove – then Santa + Sleigh to GOSH Xmas party at the Bulls Head
Ossett, Wed. 16 December
Starting at 5.30: Kingsway Gardens and Mews; Deneside; Crown Point Road, off Kingsway; Nettleton Street and Wesley Court; Millfields; Westfield Drive, Westfield Farm and Westfield Crescent
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.
Towngate pupils and Teacher Sarah Mitchell accepting some of the books delivered by Rotary Club President Mick Miller.
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.
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.
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.
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!
President (July 2014 to June 2015)
and here's some extra snaps:
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.
On Wednesday 12 March, at the Horbury Working Men's Club, representatives of local Junior Sports Teams and members of the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix got together to watch Rugby League Legend Neil Fox present cash awards totalling £1550 to six local Junior Teams. The money had been raised through a Sporting Supper at Horbury WMC organised by the Rotary Club at which Mick Morgan was the main speaker and Neil Fox and fellow Trinity star of yester year Ian Brooke made up an Expert Panel to take questions from the audience.
Awards were made to Wakefield Phoenix Netball Club (kit for teams), Ossett Town Juniors FC (Kit training and first aid), Ossett Albion Girls FC (pitch hire, kit and trophies), The Friends of Netherton Village Hall(Sports Equipment), Emley Moor ARLFC (Match day equipment) and Thornes Junior FC (Coaching training).
Rotary Club President David Maynard said, "Supporting youth activities in the area has been a constant priority for the club, and sport has long been recognised as an opportunity for young people to develop citizenship qualities of self discipline and team spirit as well as aiding general health. We are very grateful again to Neil Fox for giving up his time to make the presentations."
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Recipients on behalf of sports teams with Neil Fox and the President David Maynard.
Back Row: L to R Brian Wilcox (Thornes), Chris Harrison (Ossett), David Maynard, Stephanie Prince (Phoenix), Neil Fox.
Front Row: Paul Durrant (Emley), Finbarr Cronin (Netherton), James Whitworth (Ossett Albion).
The evening of Thursday October the 10th 2013 saw the Club celebrate their Good Citizens Awards, recognising the long term work and community service of five local people who have given of their time to help the young people of the area. Recognition of good work in and for the Community is something that is very important to the Phoenix Rotary Club and this year's recipients very much deserve recognition.
The Recipients of the 2013 Phoenix Good Citizen Awards were:
Stephen Spurr, (who had been nominated by the late Jeff Small, member of Phoenix Rotary) received his award for his work with St Ignatious Football Club for over 47 years and counting. He has given the opportunity to local children to hone their footballing skills and in some cases eventually manage and coach junior teams.
Janet Goodhead and Christine Robinson, for notching up nearly 100 years between them for services to the Guiding and Brownie Organisations, based at the 4th Wakefield Brownies, Calder Grove. Guiding for Janet and Christine has become a "way of life" for them, seeing and helping young girls develop friendships, learn new skills and most importantly have fun.
Ted and Joan Fawcett for working with, and for, the very successful and active 8th Wakefield Horbury Bridge Scout Group for over 50 years. They have given their spare time willingly to the development of children aged 6 to 14 years, in the Horbury area, arranging camps, activities and events, as well as their regular scout hut weekly meetings. Ted is still very active in Scouting as he currently holds the position of District Secretary for Wakefield. Joan is a very avid gardner and lends this skill to nurturing verges and hedgerows in Horbury and Horbury Bridge.
A good evening was had by all and the Club owes a debt of gratitude to our Community Service Committee and particularly Michael Robb who has worked very hard in leading the organisation of this event....Thank you Michael
"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.