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From the Chair May 2022

Although many of the activities numbers are on the increase within Phoenix, there are currently no members in the bowls group due to a shortage of members attending and group leaders.  The badminton has temporarily been suspended.  Badminton is generally a winter sport so we will review starting it again in September.

Pat and Di have booked a guest speaker,  Joanne Massey for June. There will be a raffle and a game of bingo on this coffee morning, together with tea, coffee, and biscuits in the new warm sunny room, downstairs at Lea Hall, what more could you ask for £1..

Steve Geale, is booked for the   September  Coffee  Morning.  Steve will be giving a talk about Ruth Ellis the last woman in the UK to be hanged for murder.

See you there

Elaine x


From the Chair

The April committee meeting welcomed a couple of new activity leaders. Keith will be taking over from Jo, as leader of the photography club and Brenda will be leading the keep, fit group. Knit and natter will be starting back on the 28th of April. Membership is still steadily on the increase and we have put up posters in the local community and in the local advertiser. Hopefully, this will bring in some new members.
Unfortunately, I could not be at the Coffee Morning this month but have had some good
feedback. The new room seemed to be a success, warmer and cosier and the guest speaker went down well.
See you at the next coffee morning in June
Elaine x

From The Chair -February 2022

A few months now after re-opening the doors of Phoenix things are looking positive, membership is around 300, many of the activities are busy. Could
do with a few more budding artists to join the Wednesday art club. A relaxed, friendly group so nip along with your artistic ideas. (And your crayons!!)
The AGM was held on the 20th of January, 51 members attended. There were no changes made and no queries raised so was over very quickly.
Kath Bryan received the Anthill cup, well deserved, she has kept the newsletter and Facebook pages going throughout lockdown plus other background
things she does for us.
The Thursday coffee mornings are not up to speed yet. In the future, the committee are looking at changing the monthly coffee mornings to having 4 a year in March, June, September, and December and having more going on at them. Pat has some great ideas for speakers and entertainers. The February coffee morning on the 17th will still go
ahead as normal.
The Sunday lunches are still going ahead at Marsh Farm if you are interested contact Glenys Richards.
There are a few theatre tickets still available for Marvellous £36 inc coach contact Moira if you are interested.
The committee juggled with the idea of doing something for the Queen’s Jubilee but have
decided against it as many people will be having their own street parties etc. so we are going to have a joint celebration in September to celebrate 40
years of Phoenix and Sheepfair who have been going for a total of 40 years.
See you at Coffee Morning.

Stay safe Elaine

From the Chair – January 2022

Happy new year hopefully a more positive one than last year.                                                      Thank you to those of you who attended the Xmas coffee morning at Lea Hall. I appreciate it was difficult timing, singer /guitar player, Ben Foulds, went down well.

The Christmas hamper raffle raised £55 for Macmillan support.

Activities are all up and running fingers crossed they will stay that way.
Memberships are due NOW still only £5.

The AGM will be at Lea Hall on the 20th January 2022.

Stay safe Elaine x

From the Chair – December 2021

One of the questions which have recently cropped up is the wearing of face
masks. This was discussed at the December committee meeting. Following
recent information from the government, it is now a legal requirement to wear a face
mask in certain circumstances.
So, you will be required to wear a face mask to attend Coffee Morning except when
eating/ drinking. Activity groups are asked to wear a mask unless you are doing physical
activity or singing unless they have a medical exemption. I am sure we can make this
work and stay safe. Obviously good hand hygiene continues and gel is available at the
venues we use.
We’ve managed, at short notice, to secure a booking with cruise ship singer Lynn Sweet
to sing for us at the coffee morning. There will be tea/coffee and mince pies and a
raffle for a Christmas Hamper. Fingers crossed the snow will stay away and
hopefully see you there.—

Stay safe Elaine

Phoenix Christmas Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning is back for a Christmas celebration.

December 16th, 2021 -Lea Hall 10 am – 12 pm

Christmas Coffee Morning Poster 2021a

From The Chair – November 2021

There was a good turnout at the November committee meeting. Activity numbers are still
on the increase. Membership forms have been issued to the activity leaders to start giving out, the fee remains at £5 for the year and is due in January 2022. New members can still attend activities before this date and just pay the weekly subscription fee.
We were planning to start the Coffee Mornings at Lea Hall in the new year. However, after a
disappointing Christmas last year we think it would be nice to catch up with friends over a
coffee and mince pie. So, we are having a coffee morning at Lea Hall on Thursday 16th
December 10am till 12pm. Future new members can attend and pay £1. It is short notice so more details to follow. Keep an eye on the Sheep Fair notice board and on our Facebook page.
Hopefully, see you at the coffee morning.
Stay safe Elaine

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