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From The Chair – October 2021

Nothing much to report, activity numbers are steadily increasing. The
biscuits in the kitchen are steadily decreasing!
The Wednesday morning walkers could do with a few more walkers. Jeff could
do with a few more takers for the Wednesday afternoon social.
Badminton at the Community Church could do with some more players on a
Wednesday afternoon. Where is everyone on a Wednesday? Are there
free biscuits somewhere!!
We’ve got a committee meeting in November hopefully there will be some
more interesting news then.

Stay safe

From The Chair – September 2021

I’m pleased to say that all Phoenix activities are now up and running and the
attendance is picking up. Jeff will be running the Wednesday afternoon social
at Sheepfair. So don’t get the blues on a rainy afternoon pop down. There will
be quizzes, card games, etc or just a cup of tea, biscuits and a chat with friends.

The kitchen can now be used if and when
required and there are biscuits!
Take Care

From The Chair – August 2021

I’m pleased to say there’s been a good turnout at most of the activities, with other activities returning in September.

On Tuesday 10th August we held our first committee meeting since lockdown, with 26 activity leaders in attendance.

We discussed the change of date for the AGM as we felt September was not the right time for high numbers to attend the meeting.   The AGM will now be held in January 2022, this is also when the subs will be due, new membership forms will be available from your leaders before this date.

The kitchen remains closed until further notice but feel free to bring your own drinks/biscuits. We still need to be aware of hand sanitising, wiping door handles, etc We don’t want to have to close again.

Stay safe Elaine x


From the Chair – July 2021

Latest Phoenix update.

We finally made it Phoenix activities are mostly up and running. However, Bridge

is not returning until September along with Music. The date of return for the

art club is to be confirmed and we can’t get enough takers for badminton.

Despite the soaring temperature, we had a brilliant turn out for line dancing,

sequence dancing, Tai chi and 5 at table tennis. Haven’t heard from the other

activities as yet. Fingers crossed we are on our way to some kind of normality.

There are hand sanitisers on the walls at Sheep Fair and we are advising not to

use the kitchen until further notice. We are taking precautions where we can so

if you can use wipes on door handles etc we want everyone to stay safe and for

our state of mind, we can remain open.

Take care stay safe Elaine

Update -Phoenix starting to opening up – from 19th July 2021

It gives me great pleasure to update you on the restart of Rugeley Phoenix

Activities at Sheepfair commencing Monday 19th July 2021

Table Tennis. -Monday 19th July am
Sequence Dancing. -Monday 19th July pm
Keep Fit/Country Dancing- Restarting September
Line Dancing.- Tuesday 20th July pm
Tai Chi.- Wednesday 21st July am
Art. -To be confirmed
Social Afternoon.- To be confirmed
Music. -Restarting September
Knit and Natter. -Thursday 22nd July pm
Bridge.- Restarting September
Floral Art.- Friday 23rd July am

Etching Hill Village Hall
Photography. Monday 19th July pm

Monday Walking.- First walk Monday 26th July 2021
Tennis.- Already playing on Fridays at Hednesford
Badminton. -Not enough members at present
In Door Tennis. -Already playing
Crown Green Bowls. -Restarting September

As information comes in or changes we will let you know.


Latest Phoenix update. – June 2021

Hi All,                                                                                                                                                                             Firstly, can I say a big thank you to all leaders who informed me of their
proposed start date. So it’s with a heavy heart that I write
this mail saying we are going to defer the start date until July 19th 2021. As
you know this is in accordance with the government guidelines. We are all eager
to return and carry on with the ethos of Phoenix, companionship, keeping body
and brain active but most importantly enjoying ourselves with friends. So look
forward to week commencing 19th July 2021 when we can all start enjoying
ourselves once again.

Kind Regards – Sue

Phoenix Minutes of committee meeting – 28th May 2021

A meeting of Officers of the Committee was held on May 28th 2021

Almost all our activities have expressed positive feedback regarding returning.

Following Government guidelines, the start date will be week commencing Monday 21st June 2021. Although plans are laid out by the government this is a changing landscape and we will adhere to any changes made over the coming weeks.

Sheepfair are complying with government guidelines. Hand sanitiser and cleaning materials will be available. The wearing of masks will be a personal choice, we want our members to feel happy and safe. If you want to bring your own drink again that will be a personal choice.

We would appreciate leaders informing us of their start date, obviously subject to government guidelines. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would appreciate your reply by June 12th 2021, giving us time to inform Sheepfair of our plans.

A meeting of the full committee will be required in July/August regarding changing the constitution re: End of financial year.

If your activity leader has been unable to contact you regarding the start-up of your activity, could you please contact them to express your views.

Many thanks for your assistance in these matters.

Kind Regards Sue.

From the Chair – May 2021

Chat from Me—

Hopefully still on track for Sheepfair opening its doors on the 21st of June.   Activity leaders have been contacted and mostly positive about returning.

Tennis has started back, now at Hednesford tennis courts, and is currently free.  So, anyone wishing to join us for the banter as much as the tennis please come along on Friday mornings at 10 am.  Or contact me to check if it’s on due to weather and numbers. We finished with around 12 members on 2 courts prior to covid. But,  unfortunately, the courts at Lea Hall closed down and a couple of members went elsewhere.  Together with holidays and health issues, we need to make sure we have a minimum of four we can only cope with playing doubles.

Fingers crossed I’ll see you next month, been ages since I’ve said that.

Elaine x


Chat from me – April 2021

Latest Phoenix update.

Following a recent meeting with members of the committee; providing there are no changes to the Government’s roadmap, Phoenix will once again be rising from the ashes and returning, as normal on the 21st of June 2021.

We looked at some of the activities returning, following the Government’s guidelines, on the 17th May. However, there is still an issue with cleaning chairs. tables, light switches, etc. after each activity.

A letter will be sent to all activity leaders, so if you have any questions or comments you would like to put forward, please let us know.

The AGM will be held in January 2022 and membership fees will be due at the beginning of January 2022.




Chat from Me – March 2021

Chat from Me—
Nothing to report from Phoenix. I’ve had my covid vaccination sooner
than I expected, so I feel there is light at the end of the tunnel. The
days are drawing out so hoping for normality in the summer depending
on Boris’s road map.
February I welcomed the arrival of my new grandson, Noah, I said to my
daughters we are getting to be like the Waltons this was met with blank
faces. I bet you know what I mean. Short and sweet today so goodnight
John boy!!

Elaine xx