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Chat from Me – March 2018

Hope you are all keeping warm in this cold and snowy weather. There’s nothing like flying the flag for the Phoenix Tennis club and playing tennis in 1 degree, wearing 2 pairs of tracksuit bottoms and 4 tops, I look like the Michelin man, but when I get home I feel invigorated and it feels good to warm your hands round a nice cup of hot coffee, even better if it’s a ‘Baileys’, in it. Thumbs up to the Monday walkers for braving the weather.

The February Coffee Morning, I feel was a success, plenty of people joining in with the singing. Kate’s husband played the guitar and Kate even managed to get some of us dancing. Then next Coffee Morning is with Jim, a guest speaker from the Alrewas National memorial Arboretum, a place I know I should visit but have never got round to it.                                    

See you there—Elaine


From the Chair- February 2018

Morning, firstly can I say thank you to Clive for organising the, ‘rackets’, night out, (tennis,
badminton and table tennis). It was well attended, well organised, good food and a good
night out, hopefully I was well enough behaved to be invited again next year.                       

The January coffee Morning was most enjoyable and informative with Joan Lockley from the hedgehog rescue. We got to meet Freddie who I had a cuddle with, he didn’t have fleas and wasn’t as spiky as I imagined. Just for the record Freddy wasn’t a Phoenix member, he was the most adorable hedgehog.                                                                                                               

This months entertainment at Coffee Morning is ‘Kate’s party’. If you’ve never been to the
coffee mornings they are the third Thursday of every month at Lea Hall at 10am.

See you there—Elaine

From the Chair – January 2018

Happy New Year to you all wishing you health & happiness
for the year ahead.
I hope you all had a good Christmas, mine was quiet,
both my daughters were at work Christmas Day. One
runs a pub the other is a nurse at Birmingham
Children’s hospital. I ate a lot, drank a fair bit and
watched tv. (no change there then!).
The December coffee morning with all round
entertainer David St. John was indeed entertaining.
Thank you to everyone who attended.
Don’t forget we are taking bookings for trip to Perry
Bar dog racing, Saturday 17th February and a coach
trip to Wells, Somerset, Wednesday 7th march 2018.
Here’s to a happy 2018 first coffee morning of the
year, it’ s on the 18th January, see you there.
Thank you Elaine

Chat from Me – December 2017

Well so far it’s been freezing cold November and I’ve already been tucking into mince pies and supped my first glass of mulled wine. I did manage to pop along, with my grandaughter in tow, to meet the members of sequence dancing. It was very well attended and looked like a lot of fun. I was very impressed and Darcie thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for the cup of teas and Darcie enjoyed the biscuits.

I hear the trip to Gloucester quays went well and everyone had an enjoyable time. Please let us know if anyone has any suggestions for trips.

With Christmas just around the corner, should you need companionship this time of year make sure you attend the coffee morning on Thursday 21st with vocalist David St John. I’m sure he will get us in the mood for the festivities ahead. Although there is no prize for the best dressed table or jumper this year, bring along your table decorations and wear your Christmas jumper etc.

Thank you


Chat from Me – November 2017

What a windy month it’s been with storm Ophelia and storm Brian, I think we should have a storm Phoenix we certainly whipped up a storm (well more of a breeze), at the October Coffee Morning, with vocalist Sharon Burns lovely voice and it was nice to see people singing along and taking part in the quiz. You may have seen Sharon in the amateur group, CWAGMS. I have been to several of their performances and I am looking forward to seeing Sleeping Beauty in December.

This month I managed to get round to some of the activities, thank you for being so welcoming. Nice to see the’Flower Arranging Club’, ‘Bridge Club’, and ‘Walking Club’, it still amazes me how much goes on.

Hopefully I will see you at the November Coffee Morning, where else can you get companionship, entertainment and coffee for £1.

Thank you, Elaine

Chat from Me – October 2017

Let me introduce myself-

Firstly thank you for all your support at the AGM, it was an interesting time.

So far my seven months in the Phoenix have been fun, the people have been friendly and welcoming. I am currently enjoying line dancing, badminton and tennis, the rest of the time I am looking after my grandaughter, so unfortunately no time for other activities which I would like to attend.

If you’d ask me seven months ago to put up for chair there would have been no way, however, as the club was in dire need, here I am and I intend to give it my best shot with help of some very good people behind me.

I look forward to seeing you all at the coffee mornings, please feel free to come and chat to me and hopefully we can keep the Phoenix running as the successful social club it is and was always intended to be.

Thank you Elaine


Chat from Me – September 2017

Good morning everyone on what is my final coffee Morning, as Chair. I  have always enjoyed doing them and we have shared some entertaining mornings and happy times together. On the whole my two years have been good ones, of course there have been some difficult times but that is part of the job. What really matters is that people enjoy the friendship and enjoyment they get from attending Phoenix activities and social events. I am sure you will make decisions this morning that will keep Phoenix alive and well.

I hear the music group held a very successful evening at St Paul’s Church recently and that the outing to Ludlow was  a success too. I am sorry John and I were unable to go to either, but hospital visits and admittance have got in the way lately. Hopefully we will be able to go away soon and renew our energies.

Good luck to everyone standing for election today and a big thank you to everyone prepared to take office, not only committee office but group leaders and deputies. We cannot manage without you.

Goodbye -Sandra

Chat from Me – August 2017

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the summer even though the good weather seems to have deserted us since the children broke up from school, hopefully it will improve soon.

The committee have been looking at Coffee Morning and wondering how we can alter it to attract members as numbers seem to be falling of late. There is a great deal of effort and expense that goes into it and we want it to be right. It is useful to have an opportunity to meet friends, book outings, theatre visits and other social events etc. as well as pay money to the treasurer, but we really want it to be an enjoyable experience as well. We would love to hear your ideas, perhaps you do not want as many speakers, we really need to know what you would like. come on get your thinking caps on and come up with some ideas.

The committee have made a start by deciding to stop having a raffle and birthday draws after the AGM, this will reduce the time and expense and the need to replace personnel who are giving up this time. it may seem a negative thing to do but we are looking to you to fill the time with things you want to do.

We would also like you to think about social events as well. We will be having a Christmas Singalong again but we need new ideas. We are looking into the possibility of a film night, hopefully this will work out.

We wait to hear from you- Sandra

Chat from Me- July 2017

Good morning everyone, great to be back with you but of course holidays are better! First of all I would like to thank Sue and Jeff for taking the important message from the committee around the groups, it was necessary that everyone was aware of the situation. At the present time things are looking more hopeful and I thank anyone who is considering taking up a position.

I would like to thank Moira & Joy for a wonderful outing to se ‘The Girls’, I think we all both cried and laughed. We were very sobered when we passed the burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower as we went in and out of London.

Thanks are also due to the Art Group, who put on a very successful Art Exhibition at Sheefair on July 1st, the standard of painting was very high. A very big thank you to everyone who came and supported the group.

Yet another thank you to the Photography Group for arranging a tribute for John Simon, I am only sorry I was unable to attend.

This has been a list of ‘thank yous’, but that is what phoenix is about, helping and supporting each other, it is vital we continue to do so.



‘Chat from Me’ – June 2017

Good Morning, on the whole we have been having some lovely summer weather and I hope you have been enjoying it. I an sure many of you, like me, have been away, we spent last week on the Isle of Wight and this morning I will not be with you but will be in Cornwall. I am sure Jeff will look after you well.

This week we had an enjoyable trip to the Anderson boat lift and also visited Bridge mere and Trent ham. Thanks to Ivan and john for a good day. Don’t forget to book the next outing to Morton in the Marsh and Stratford.

I know all of you are still enjoying your weekly groups but I wold remind you that come September there will be no Phoenix club unless people come forward for positions of chairman and Treasurer. I know some groups have indicated they might go it alone but it is not just a case of hiring a room, there many other considerations such as insurance etc. It would be lovely if everyone’s group could be saved and the money everyone has worked so hard to earn could be retained. Please think carefully about helping out even if only for twelve months. In the words of Kitchener ‘YOUR PHOENIX NEEDS YOU’, and your friends need you.

Enjoy the morning- Sandra