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From the Chair – November 2023

November already and the committee are busy sorting out the Christmas coffee morning. We have a group of ukulele players coming to entertain us, Bonkers Bingo with new balls and a bingo board made for us by a Phoenix member Alan Shaw. You are welcome to dress your table. Coffee and mince pies all for £1 we are at Sheepfair on Thursday 21st December. 10 a.m.

A big thank you to all who joined our ‘Danceathon’ once again the line dancers and sequence dancers had a get-together on a Saturday night. The door money and raffle raised £182.50 which we paid into Phoenix, but most of all it was a lovely night and we are already getting requests for another one.

Phoenix member numbers are slowly on the increase and most of the activities are busy. New membership starts in January 2024, until then new members are welcome to join in any activities or coffee mornings and just pay the £1.

Take care Elaine x

From The Chair – October 2023

A big thank you to all who attended the September coffee morning (around 70). We’ve had nothing but good feedback about the Lichfield Lighthouse singers, my favourite shanty was the one about the mermaid. You really needed to be there. Hopefully, they can come back next year. Bonkers Bingo, so-called because this time we accidentally had 2 number 4’s, went down well. The raffle raised £63 which Phoenix donated to the  children’s ambulance services.

The next coffee morning will be the Christmas one at Sheepfair again, on Thursday 21st December 2023, put the date in your diary it’s going to be a good one.


From The Chair – September 2023

The last reminder Coffee Morning is on Thursday 21st September 10 a.m. at Sheepfair. We couldn’t get any extra parking due to the fact St John’s  Ambulance are using their car park on that day, so if you can walk or car share that will help. We are expecting this month’s coffee morning to be popular, as not only have we got the Lichfield    Lighthouse Singers to get our feet tapping, back by popular demand is Bonkers Bingo with hosts Delma and Sue. All this entertainment for £1 including tea/ coffee & biscuits. The raffle will also be going ahead. New members who have recently joined Phoenix are all welcome to come along.

See you there Elaine x


From The Chair- Aug 2023

Well, it’s certainly been a mixed bag of weather this summer, you need to go out in your shorts with your wellies and mac on!

All activities are doing well numbers still on the increase.   A reminder coffee morning is at Sheepfair on Thursday 21st September at 10 am with the Lichfield Lighthouse Shanty Singers. We’ve had good reviews they will get your feet tapping. Trying to get extra parking will update you at a later date, also if anyone wants to help with collecting cups washing up, etc we are always grateful for volunteers.   Also, prizes for the raffle would come in useful.—Elaine xx


From The Chair – July 2023

Firstly, a big thank you to all the sequence dancers and line dancers for attending the ‘danceathons ‘ (mixture of dance and a marathon) on Saturday night. We’ve had good feedback and would look at doing again in the future.  Thank you to Sheila and Dave, Delma, Kath, and all of those who donated prizes for the raffle.  We raised £67 which will be donated to the St John’s ambulance, keep them sweet for the times we borrow their car park. The rest of the door money after paying for the room went to Phoenix.

It would be nice if the coffee mornings were as well attended, so for our September Coffee Morning, which is on the 21st, we will be holding it at Sheepfair.  We know everyone can get there and it will save the Phoenix a fair amount of money

Entertainment for September 21st Coffee Morning ‘

The Lighthouse Company’, singing group just confirmed.

(All donations are for the RNLI).

The walkers had a good time in Bewdley and the theatre group went to see The Lion King.

See you at the Coffee Morning. -Elaine x


From The Chair – June 2023

All quiet on the Phoenix front. Still having good feedback from the coronation celebration.  We’ve got too long to wait for the next one, so we have our thinking caps on, watch this space. Meanwhile, the coffee morning is on Thursday 15th June 2023, with Chloe singing for us, Chloe is the niece of one of our Phoenix members, so come along we are downstairs at Lea Hall 10 a.m. There will be bingo and a raffle.

See you there Elaine x

From The Chair – May 2023

Thank you to everyone (around 100) for attending the coronation celebration event. Thank you to all of you involved in organising it. Delma for sorting the marquee out and helping with the catering. Sue for sending emails out for sorting out the catering and many other things. Kath for printing tickets ordering tablecloths etc. Everyone who helped to get the room ready. Keith for the photography display putting the bunting up and spending the day taking photos, (On the Phoenix Facebook page). Jackie and Chris for the 45 beautiful flower arrangements on the tables, the Art club for the king pictures. The ladies helping in the kitchen. Jean for the quiz, Pat, Jeff and Sandra for the patriotic singalong, quiz and selling tickets. Everyone who donated raffle prizes we raised £174, (Sorry if I’ve forgotten anyone). Thank you to Ben Foulds our entertainment, I feel he’d got the music spot on. But mostly thank you to everyone who made this special day one to remember.  Elaine


From The Chair

It’s all about the Coronation, the friendship and the memories….                                                  The committee has been kicking around ideas how Phoenix can celebrate on Tuesday 9th May 2023.  We thought about a buffet lunch with activities going on in the day and a fish n chip supper with entertainment in the evening. We asked for the group’s input, and it was decided it would be too long a day and parking issues, etc. So, we have decided to make the lunchtime a big event and not to go ahead with the evening. There will be a buffet lunch with prosecco (you can bring your own drink) There will be entertainment, and Ben will be playing his guitar and singing. There will be a quiz, floral art display a raffle and possibly other things going on (still in negotiations). Hopefully, the sun will come out and we can venture into the marquee. We will update you when we can, tickets are £5 each available from group leaders’ priority going to the members who put their name down.

See you there Elaine x


From The Chair – March 2023

Phoenix membership currently stands at 292, good to see new members attending all groups.                                                                                                                                                                            A date for your diaries, Tuesday 9th May Phoenix will be celebrating the coronation of King Charles. There will be lots going on at Sheepfair so keep an eye out for up-and-coming events. We will be forming a subcommittee should you have any ideas you would like to share or dare I say participate in helping out.   It’s all about making memories.

Coffee morning is downstairs at Lea Hall on Thursday 16th March 10 am with Steve Geale.

See you there Elaine x

From The Chair – February 2023

The AGM took place on the 19th of January, and no one stood forward for any of the positions, so we remain as we are.

The next coffee morning is in March with Steve Geale, you may remember him last year with his talk on Ruth Ellis, this time he will be doing a talk on Stafford  Prison .  June’s entertainment will be a   singer,  more details coming soon.

Many of the activities have new members which is nice to see.

Roll on summer and here’s to a good year.

Elaine x