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Phoenix Federation Christmas Celebration December 2019

Phoenix Christmas celebration

Rugeley Phoenix is hosting the Phoenix Federation in a Christmas celebration at                                              St Paul’s Church on Thursday 12th December 2019, 2pm-4pm.                         A limited number of tickets are available at £4 each.
Please get your tickets as soon as you can at Coffee Morning or get in touch with,

Sue Breen, Kath Bryan, Rhoda, Eileen Aston or other members of the Committee.

This is a service with readings, poems, singing and refreshments, to celebrate what Phoenix is all about,
Friendship and Companionship.

Chat from Me – November 2019

Thank you for all those attending the October coffee morning, we had positive comments about the new seating arrangement and the guest speaker said it was nice to be able to make eye contact .

The raffle was run by myself, Sandra and Jeff and we raised £62 for ‘LifeforLiv’ A member Of Phoenix, Royston Simms’ daughter Liv has a serious spinal condition and has travelled to Spain for a life saving operation ( If you have access to Facebook check out her charity). Liv can now walk after years of being bed ridden and is hoping to return to the UK next week.

Thank you to Pat and Di for their hard work organising the coffee mornings we have the next 8 months guest speakers entertainment booked these will be advertised in the newsletter and on the Sheepfair notice board or ask your group leaders.

November’s entertainment was booked by Deryck and is going to be a real treat, singer Lola Lamour. If you’ve never been to coffee mornings or had stopped coming for various reasons this is the one to start with and we would love to see you .

We will be selling tickets for the Phoenix federation Christmas concert at St. Paul’s and Sandra’s Singalong at Sheepfair. We are also taking bookings for the next trip, a luxury coach and professional guided tour of Liverpool on March 12th 2020, £24.

We’ve had a good response to the Amazon tour approximately 90 members over 3 days so I will hopefully see some of you there.


Sequence Dancing & Line Dancing- October 2019

Activities in the Spotlight—  Sequence Dancing

Mondays the day for our weekly sequence dance

Where we dream of being like strictly but that’s a fat chance

We get there early sign in and put our shoes on,

Then the music begins and we say to our partner do we know this one.

We dance for an hour and then it’s time for a break

When we have a cup of tea and a biscuit or sometimes a cake.

Two hours has passed and we are finally done

But those two hours were special and we had such fun.

So, do not be afraid and think that’s not for me

Come down and see us and say, “I’ll See”.


Line Dancing

Tuesday afternoon at 2pm is the time to come along to Sheepfair  for Line dancing. About 25 of us have a great time learning new dances to some superb music. Beginners are always joining us and we have some experienced line dancers to help anyone who isn’t sure of the steps. There is a lot of laughter and new friendships are always developing. The session lasts an hour so why not come along, make  some new friendships and enjoy the music.  Incidentally it is a good  way to get fit!!!


Theatre Update – October 2019

The king and I (11th December) The coach will pick up at the Stag’s Leap at 12.15, then on to Rugeley bus station. You might want to take something to eat on the coach as there are not many cafes very close to the theatre.

 New theatre trip 
“Priscilla Queen of the Desert”, a feel- good musical with lots of songs you will know.               Star Joe McFadden, winner of “Strictly”.
Birmingham Hippodrome, April 15th 2020 (matinee). Good seats in the stalls. £55 including coach fare. Please pay for this trip by November 1st 2019

There are a couple of seats left for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, April 15 2020. Members are reminded that the £55 for this show needs to be paid by November 1st at the very latest.

Contact Moira  or Joy or book at Coffee Morning                          


Chat from Me- October 2019

Thank you for those of you who attended the AGM. The main issue which came out of the meeting seemed to be that we were raising the 50 pence activity fee to a £1 to subsidise the coffee mornings. This is not true, the coffee mornings have always run at a loss but we are trying to keep them going for the 60+ people that do attend, we feel that the coffee      mornings are the glue which keep Phoenix  together. Without the backup of Phoenix many of the smaller activity groups wouldn’t even  cover the hire of the room yet alone the new equipment and insurances we have to pay. So please come and support the coffee mornings. The positive things that came out of the AGM is that 2 ladies Pat and Di, from December, will be bringing new speakers/ entertainment to the coffee mornings let’s try and boost the numbers up. We will be listing up and coming events in the newsletter and Sheepfair notice board.

We’ve also had some ladies interested in organising the trips as long as we can muster up plenty of interest , they already have some   brilliant ideas for different trips.

Just to remind everyone that all the members of the committee are volunteers , anyone can attend the committee meetings , if you want to have any input feel free to come along to  Sheepfair every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3 pm. You will be made to feel welcome.

See you at coffee morning this month’s guest speaker is Kath Reynolds, chatting about food glorious food. November will be vocalist Lola Lamour.



Chat from Me – September 2019

Apologies for those of you attending  coffee morning this month. Unfortunately, we were letdown by the guest speaker at the last minute but thanks to Kath and Sandra who managed, the night before, to sort out a quiz and this was well presented by Jeff. The raffle was run by Irene Salt, Sue Breen and Jeff Wall and raised £56.50 for Macmillan.

September Coffee Morning will be the AGM.

I’ve been informed the trip to Llandudno went well. Moira is currently sorting out a new theatre trip on April 15th 2020 “Priscilla Queen of the Desert “ a feel good musical with many wellknown songs.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to say a fond farewell to Hazel, after 12 years as leader of the line dancing group, has decided to leave Phoenix . Sandra together with myself took a bouquet of flowers around to her house from Phoenix and especially the line dancers. We wish her well she will be sadly missed.