Phoenix radio was successful in receiving a grant from Go Higher through the Leeds Community Foundation. The idea is to create an inter-generational project based on strengthening families and the community.
We have developed a series of walks and accompanying information sheets about Ovenden role models from musicians such as Champion Jack Dupree, a New Orleans Bluesman who lived at Ovenden Way, Sir George Dyson, the son of an Ovenden Blacksmith who won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music and Jack Scroby who played for Ovenden Amateur Rugby League club before signing professionally for Halifax Rugby League and representing Yorkshire. Percy Shaw, who invented ‘cats eyes’ was born in Lee Mount!
The worksheets can be modified to suit the skill sets of young people as well as adult learners. The material is also to help families do a project together and to encourage young people aged 13 to 18 to get back into education.
Much of the information we gather will eventually be available via a new PREP (Phoenix Radio Education Platform) website but for now, if you are interested in learning more about the project, going on a walk or being sent copies of the walks and histories to use for yourself please contact Howard Priestley on 07810 864752 or email firstname.lastname@example.org