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From The Chair – April 2024

Big thank you to the photography group for the hard work they put into the March Coffee Morning. It was both professional and interesting.  The raffle raised £50.00 and together with the sale of some photographs a sum of £72.50 will be sent to the Rugeley community food bank.  All prizes were donated by the photography group. 

The next coffee morning will be in June with the welcome return of the (Lichfield Lighthouse Company), Lichfield Shanty Singers.

Please note a new Phoenix accident book is located in the double door Phoenix cupboard, in the kitchen at Sheepfair.  In the event of an accident please can Group Leaders complete an accident form and leave it attached in the accident book 


From the Chair – March 2024

Membership currently stands at 298,  so all is well with Rugeley Phoenix.Coffee Morning is on Thursday 21st March at Sheepfair.  Keith and the photography group are taking centre stage, they will be entertaining you and sorting out the raffle, so please come and support them.

The recent coffee morning raffle plus a donation from a grateful Phoenix member, raised £139 which Phoenix donated to Rugeley Squaddies.

See you at the coffee morning



From The Chair – February 2024

Thank you to all of those who attended the AGM. Rugeley Phoenix has had a good year.

The coronation event, coffee mornings, and the     Saturday ‘dancathons’ have been successful,  and activities are busy. We’ve donated money from the raffles to local charities.

To continue our success, we need to make sure we get the membership money in and welcome new members.

Here’s to a successful 2024


From The Chair – January 2024

Happy New Year to all at Phoenix.

Hope you had a good Christmas. I had a really busy one just the way I like it, lots of outings with friends and the odd glass or two of wine. Had news, I’m going to be a nanna again, competing with the Waltons. Grandchild number 5 is due this year.

The AGM is on the 18th of January 2024; we will be saying goodbye to a long-standing member of the committee and hello to a new member so please come along and help us cheer them on. We also have guest speaker Steve Geale and the usual raffle and bonkers bingo.

Don’t forget membership for 2024 is now due.

See you at the AGM coffee morning. Elaine


From the Chair- December 2023

Last reminder   Christmas Coffee Morning is on Thursday 21st at Sheepfair, around 20 ukulele players will be entertaining us. We have permission to use St Johns Ambulance car park, but please park sensibly.                                                                                                                              AGM is on the 18th of January keep an eye out for details.                                                                      Yearly subscriptions are due in January 2024, £10 for the year. Activity leaders now have the renewal forms. The good news for Rugeley Phoenix is that our membership remains strong compared to other local Phoenix clubs which are still low on members since lockdown. So, keep on coming so that we can keep on going.                                                                There is a photography competition starting in January, details are on the wall inside      Sheepfair and our website.                                                                                                                              Line dancers we will be returning on the 2nd January 2024 even if it’s only Sue and myself dancing.                                                                                                                           

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year, hopefully see you at Coffee Morning.  

Elaine x

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