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Chat from Me – January 2020

Thank you to the 100 members who attended the December coffee morning, yes bang on 100 it was a lovely atmosphere thanks to Di n Pat for organising it.
The Phoenix Federation Christmas concert at St Paul’s was also a success thank you to all the guys involved. Rhoda for the lovely mince pies. Kath for organising the music group and to everyone who took part. Also, to the ladies who crafted the pictures and cards to give to the other federations. I have received a letter of thanks from Bill Basford, the federation chairman expressing how enjoyable the afternoon was.

Well done to Sandra and John for organising the ‘Christmas singalong’, it was well attended and was another successful evening.

Well done to the Monday walkers who’s Christmas walk on the 16th December raised
£100 for Longdon church. They also raised £97.50 for autism at the Christmas Coffee

A big thank you to all the people who attended and supported these events.

Let’s hope we have a successful 2020.

Chat From Me – December 2019

December’s been a busy month for the Phoenix so far, we’ve had the tour of the Amazon fulfilment centre,  approximately 90 Phoenix members over 3 days attended. I thought it was interesting and well worth going to and you got a little gift at the end.

I’d also like to thank Phil for organising the badminton/tennis Christmas meal at the Dun Cow in Colton good food and company.

Many members attending the King and I  today, I’m sure they’ll enjoy it I saw it a few years ago.

We’ve got the Christmas concert at St Paul’s this week. Our own music group will be singing carols.

Don’t forget Sandra’s singalong on the 21st December  2019 at Sheepfair.

November coffee morning entertainer Lola Lamour seemed to go down well she        certainly entertained Mike Paige!!! The  raffle was run by Knit and Knatter the  proceeds went to Voyager Care, a day care group for adults with a variety of support needs.

December coffee morning we will see the return of Lydia and friends to sing for us and also a guest speaker. Together with festive jumper and festive table prizes and mince pies please come and join us.  Happy Christmas—Elaine


Chat from Me – November 2019

Thank you for all those attending the October coffee morning, we had positive comments about the new seating arrangement and the guest speaker said it was nice to be able to make eye contact .

The raffle was run by myself, Sandra and Jeff and we raised £62 for ‘LifeforLiv’ A member Of Phoenix, Royston Simms’ daughter Liv has a serious spinal condition and has travelled to Spain for a life saving operation ( If you have access to Facebook check out her charity). Liv can now walk after years of being bed ridden and is hoping to return to the UK next week.

Thank you to Pat and Di for their hard work organising the coffee mornings we have the next 8 months guest speakers entertainment booked these will be advertised in the newsletter and on the Sheepfair notice board or ask your group leaders.

November’s entertainment was booked by Deryck and is going to be a real treat, singer Lola Lamour. If you’ve never been to coffee mornings or had stopped coming for various reasons this is the one to start with and we would love to see you .

We will be selling tickets for the Phoenix federation Christmas concert at St. Paul’s and Sandra’s Singalong at Sheepfair. We are also taking bookings for the next trip, a luxury coach and professional guided tour of Liverpool on March 12th 2020, £24.

We’ve had a good response to the Amazon tour approximately 90 members over 3 days so I will hopefully see some of you there.


Chat from Me- October 2019

Thank you for those of you who attended the AGM. The main issue which came out of the meeting seemed to be that we were raising the 50 pence activity fee to a £1 to subsidise the coffee mornings. This is not true, the coffee mornings have always run at a loss but we are trying to keep them going for the 60+ people that do attend, we feel that the coffee      mornings are the glue which keep Phoenix  together. Without the backup of Phoenix many of the smaller activity groups wouldn’t even  cover the hire of the room yet alone the new equipment and insurances we have to pay. So please come and support the coffee mornings. The positive things that came out of the AGM is that 2 ladies Pat and Di, from December, will be bringing new speakers/ entertainment to the coffee mornings let’s try and boost the numbers up. We will be listing up and coming events in the newsletter and Sheepfair notice board.

We’ve also had some ladies interested in organising the trips as long as we can muster up plenty of interest , they already have some   brilliant ideas for different trips.

Just to remind everyone that all the members of the committee are volunteers , anyone can attend the committee meetings , if you want to have any input feel free to come along to  Sheepfair every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3 pm. You will be made to feel welcome.

See you at coffee morning this month’s guest speaker is Kath Reynolds, chatting about food glorious food. November will be vocalist Lola Lamour.



Chat from Me – September 2019

Apologies for those of you attending  coffee morning this month. Unfortunately, we were letdown by the guest speaker at the last minute but thanks to Kath and Sandra who managed, the night before, to sort out a quiz and this was well presented by Jeff. The raffle was run by Irene Salt, Sue Breen and Jeff Wall and raised £56.50 for Macmillan.

September Coffee Morning will be the AGM.

I’ve been informed the trip to Llandudno went well. Moira is currently sorting out a new theatre trip on April 15th 2020 “Priscilla Queen of the Desert “ a feel good musical with many wellknown songs.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to say a fond farewell to Hazel, after 12 years as leader of the line dancing group, has decided to leave Phoenix . Sandra together with myself took a bouquet of flowers around to her house from Phoenix and especially the line dancers. We wish her well she will be sadly missed.


Chat from Me

Another hot and humid month, although I was in Dartmouth and it was lovely no thunderstorms or ridiculous temperatures just plenty of cream
teas ( still not sure if it jam or cream first).

I’ve heard the coffee morning went well but haven’t had chance to catch up as everyone
seems to be away. The raffle organised by the Wednesday social, Floral art and Bowls raised £117 for a local boy who needed some medical equipment which the NHS do not supply. A tremendous amount well done.

The committee are currently organising the Phoenix federation Christmas service which
Rugeley Phoenix are responsible for every 6 years. This year it will be held at St. Paul’s on
the 12th of December we will let you know more details nearer the time.
So short and sweet this month see you at the coffee morning.
– Elaine

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From The Chair – July 2019

Hot and humid July sitting in the garden, as June didn’t end well for me. Walking Elsie, I went to grab her collar to stop her legging away from another dog ended up with snapped tendon in my pinkie finger. My first thought was at least it’s not my ‘racket’ arm. But In reality, with a splint on for 3 months, can’t hold a tennis ball /shuttlecock so out of action. Hence sitting in the garden writing this.

I hear the walking group enjoyed their coach/walking trip to Bewdley apparently there was a 1940s theme on at Arley station with child evacuees, land girls and even Winston Churchill in attendance.

June’s Coffee Morning, although low attendance, was excellent with the Lichfield Town Crier, (with a different hat on), he spoke about his childhood it was very funny, enough to make me laugh out loud.

The raffle was run by the Table tennis group and raised £60 for Acorns children’s hospice. For this month’s coffee morning,

Deryck has organised someone from the NHS to give a talk about ‘Everyone Wants To Be Healthy’.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Ivan Hughes, who has been sorting out all the many Phoenix trips for us, but is now retiring from the post. The trips already booked will still go ahead and then we will reassess the situation.

I’m away for this month’s coffee morning. So, have a good one. –


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