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Chat from Me – June 2019

Just returned home from a lovely week in Majorca at 27 degrees, I don’t think it’s stopped raining since I’ve got back and so cold. I’ve been well informed while I was away that that the quiz night was a brilliant night well done to Mike Paige for organising it, we made over £140 on tickets and £40 on the raffle. The winners a tie between (Jeff Wall, Pat Wall John Plester and Pat Plester) and (Sue Salt, Irene Salt, Christine Phillips, and Chris Foster) won chocolates. The runners up received a wooden spoon with sweets attached to it.

The May coffee morning with guest speaker Neil talking about his funny life experiences was interesting and the raffle ran by the keep fit group raised £65 .50 for the British Kidney Patients Association. Ken Knowles the Lichfield town crier is the guest speaker for the June coffee morning and we will also be announcing the winners of the photography competition.


Chat from Me – May 2019

Stuck for what to write I  looked back at last year’s May newsletter and was grateful for a drop of rain to give me a break from watering the garden, not so this year at the moment it’s dark and pouring down.

Lydia and friends went down well at coffee morning with the raffle run once again by the line dancers ( as so many generous members donated prizes there was enough to run 2), they raised £70, this time it was donated to First Responders.

We have a guest speaker who is a retired JP at the Mays coffee morning.

Don’t forget this will be the last day for your entries for the photography competition. Other dates for your diary include the Music quiz at Sheepfair, organised by Mike Paige on the 1st of June, tickets available at coffee morning. Art exhibition 16th June also at Sheepfair and a trip to Llandudno in August—


Chat from Me- April 2019

Firstly, on behalf of the committee we feel we must apologise to anyone who was offended by the entertainment at the March coffee morning. Unfortunately, we do not get to give the ‘acts’ a trial run. Nevertheless, we will bounce back with Lydia and friends singing love songs at the April coffee morning. On a brighter note the line dancing group raised £63.78 for Birmingham children’s hospital, a place close to my heart as my youngest daughter is a nurse there.

Thank you to everyone for donating prizes for the raffle and purchasing raffle tickets so far Phoenix have raised a total of £1182.83 for charities of your choice, and with your generous help we will continue to do so. We have listened to your requests for guest speakers at the coffee mornings and this will be sorted out for May.

Remember the photographs for the photographic competition need to be in by May 16th Coffee Morning and the winners will be announced at the June coffee morning. So get clicking.

There will be a music quiz on Saturday 1st June at Sheepfair, tickets £2.50 nibbles included, bring your own liquid refreshment.

Apologies, I would have liked to attend and support, but I will be away.—Elaine

Chat from the Chair – March 2019

Welcome to a rainy, windy even snowy March, just as I thought things were getting better. Still there’s always a warm welcome at the Phoenix. Tony Wall was singing for us at Coffee Morning, we certainly got our money’s worth he didn’t seem to want to stop, glad he feels at home .

The raffle was run by the music group and raised £82 for Air Ambulance.

Two guys from the Rugeley brass band will be playing for us at the March coffee morning and telling us about the history of the band, in a comical way.

Remember you can hand your photographs for the photography competition to myself or Sue.

Lastly well done to Tom and his ‘angels’ they won the Phoenix federation quiz against 12 other teams from local Phoenix clubs WOW !! –



Chat from Me – February 2019

The nights are drawing out a hint of spring around the corner walking the dog in sunshine, even if it’s still cold, is so much better than trudging round in the cold dark nights.

Lots of new members joining the Phoenix nice to see them at coffee mornings.

January’s speakers Graham and Judy White were interesting and entertaining talking about garden disasters they show their own garden in Uttoxeter for the NGS. The raffle was run by the badminton group and raised £89.50 for Air Ambulance.

We will be running the photography competition again this year more details at a later date.

Tony Wall will be singing for us at the February Coffee Morning see you there.


Chat from Me – January 2019

Happy new year, hope everyone had a nice Christmas.
Thank you to everyone who attended the December coffee morning it was the      busiest it’s ever been. Lydia and friends seem to go down well despite the technical hitch, as far as I know the backing music wouldn’t play out of the speakers, so      everything you heard was the piano and their lovely voices. The raffle was run by the walking group and raised an amazing £172.80 for ‘Sands’ (people affected by the death of a baby). Knit and natter won the best decorated table and Colin Stringer the best Christmas jumper.

Derek has now joined the committee to sort out the guest speakers and organizing the entertainment so please come and support us at the coffee mornings.

I heard the Christmas Singalong went really well, thank you to Sandra for the hard work you put in making it a success.

The Cotswolds distillery tour also went down a treat as did the unlimited amount of gin they supped.

So, here’s to a happy and successful 2019



Chat from Me- December 2018

December is upon is and the festivities have started. my tree is up, smaller than usual this year, (puppy proof). I’m hoping for snow as I’d like to take my granddaughter sledging, as she’s never been. 

Thank you to everyone who came to the ‘rackets’, Christmas meal, it was very pleasant night at the Crown, good food and good company.

Thursday 20th December, don’t forget festive coffee Morning this month, with the return of Lydia and her friends to sing for us. Coffee and mince pies and if you want to decorate your table or yourself we have prizes for the best ones. Last month’s Coffee Morning was very interesting, ‘The Shadows story’, with Chris who not only played hits by the Shadows on his guitar but told their story which he had first hand from knowing them.

The raffle was run by Knit & Natter and raised £62.50 for the First Responders.

Another festive date for your diary is Saturday 22nd December, Sandra’s Christmas singalong at Sheepfair, tickets £4 includes wine, nibble and a present from Santa. If you haven’t already got your ticket you can buy one at Coffee Morning.

Best Christmas Wishes 


Chat from Me- November 2018

Chat from Me — November 2018

Thank you to all who attended coffee morning this month. Tony Wall was a success and hopefully returning next year with his guitar, singing country and western songs.

The raffle was run by the art club and raised £78 for cancer research. They also displayed portraits which they had painted, all of which were outstanding, so well done.

November Coffee Morning we have a guitar player for your entertainment.

Come and have a sing along on the 15th.December Coffee Morning, we have a festive theme so wear your Christmas jumpers, we will be giving out prizes for the best Xmas decorated tables. The return of Lydia, Chris and Debbie to sing for us, they received a standing ovation when they sang for us earlier in the year. So put the date in your diaries join us on the 20th December for coffee and a mince pie.

Meanwhile make the best of the autumn sun. The trees are looking lovely and colourful and I’m enjoying walking my puppy who is loving dashing through the crisp leaves.





Chat from the Me – October 2018

Chat from Me — October 2018

Thank you for all who attended this year’s AGM and to the committee including myself who have signed up for another year. A big thank you to the group leaders for keeping the Phoenix running without their support there would be no club.   Congratulations to Sue Breen, who deservedly won the Anthill cup, which is presented each year to someone who has “gone the extra mile” for the club.

There are many people who work behind the scenes , Delma in control of memberships, Joe sorting out  data protection and the website with the help of  Brian. Kath who puts together the newsletter each week plus website, John who sorts the microphone out for the coffee mornings.  Thelma and Irene who take the door money, Jean and Joyce the tea ladies. Ivan who organizes the trips and Moira the theatre outings. Sandra for keeping hold of the purse strings, Rhoda the federation rep, Rob and Barbara the data protection officers, thank you to Sue and Irene for doing the notice board, (position now available if anyone can help), all these positions are needed to run a club, apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone.

Coffee mornings over the last year have been exceptionally good with more to come, so if you’ve  never been or no longer attend, now is the time to give it a try. Every 3rd Thursday in the month for a £1 have a cuppa, biscuit, chat and an hours   entertainment and if you are feeling flush a you can buy raffle ticket, the raffle has been a big success this year benefiting many charities.

Myself, I’ve been keeping busy after losing my old spaniel in June, I’ve have had a new puppy cocker spaniel ‘ Elsie ‘ so sleepless night and cleaning up, it’s like having a baby. The weather is still lovely so   hoping to get the garden sorted out. So to all you  gardeners out there get those pansies in and I’ll see you at the next coffee morning.


Chat from Me – September 2018

 September 2018

As the AGM approaches the year of being Chairman has flown by. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have helped me out, especially Sue, Kath and Jeff. On behalf of the committee I would also like to say a big thank you to John Townsend, who after 11 years of being our technical man at the coffee mornings, would like to step down. Therefore, we would appreciate anyone who could help us with the setting up of mikes etc. on the third Thursday of every month. This is vital to the running of the coffee mornings as the guest speakers use the microphones.  John would be happy to show  new member the ropes.

It was a good turn-out at the August coffee morning with Simon Price from Arthur Price Cutlery, who had us on a knife edge, with his interesting and informative talk. The raffle was run by the photography club and raised over £90 for motor neuron research.

See you at the AGM on 20th September 2018.— Elaine