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Chat from Me – July 2020

Who would have thought that back in March we would still be in lockdown in
July? We have been asked if we have had any thoughts of re-opening, Sue and I visited
Sheepfair this week and although Delma has worked hard to have in place Covid safety
measures, myself and a few of the committee members feel it is still too early to return. I
understand people need to get out and meet others and this has been a difficult decision but the health and wellbeing of our members is paramount. We will review the situation at the beginning of August.
When we do re-open, we should do it with a bang as it was Phoenix Rugeley 25th anniversary back in June and the plans we had were put on hold,
so watch this space. So, stay safe and rest assured we will re-open as
soon as we feel it is safe to do so.

Chat from Me

Approximately 11 weeks into lockdown I hope everyone is safe and well. I know we are all missing family and friends but I’m feeling grateful we can now see people in our ‘bubble’ and I’ve managed to sit opposite ends of a park bench with some of my friends. I’m sure you’re missing your      Phoenix friends and activities (a big hello to the line dancers and badminton players yes, I’m missing you) this may take a little longer before we see any change. Sheepfair has no plans to re-open their doors for a while but as soon as there is any change, we will inform you. Tennis on a Friday morning is possibly the first to be able open, contact us if you are interested in joining.

Myself, approximately 11 weeks into new house move, still no official internet until July. New settee was ordered in December finally came this week we’ve been sitting on garden chairs all this time (sold the old suite and conservatory settee before we moved) nightmare on your back.

Positive things to come out of this new world has to be realising how important the little things we usually take for granted are (taking the dog and sitting outside a nice country pub with a glass of wine) or is that just me? Noticing the gorgeous sunsets, we have had.

So, take care and don’t forget to check us out on the new Phoenix Facebook page. There are some lovely paintings from   Phoenix members on there.



Chat from me- May 2020

I hope everyone keeping safe in lockdown. I don’t want
to moan at all the obvious bad things happening
(including me trying to bake). But to look on the positive
side, what lovely weather we have had I’ve noticed
how much clearer the air is. How friendly people
are when walking the dog as they probably haven’t
spoken to anyone else in a while. The clapping for the
NHS so loud I love it. Pictures of rainbows in people’s
windows and painted stones around the village. The
trees and plants are still growing. The animals are
doing what they do unaware of the human world falling
apart. I would love to catch a sighting of the meteor
shower. So, feeling thankful that lockdown for
many of us will be over, but remembering some are
not so lucky.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Kath and
Brian for setting up the Phoenix Facebook page and to
the members for sending in photos and keeping it
going. So, if you’ve got access to Facebook to check it
out and keep in touch.
Look forward to seeing everyone when ‘normal ‘as we
know it is resumed. -Elaine

Chat from Me— (well not Me) April 2020

Hi to you all,
Elaine is unable to get her
Chat to us this month, she sends her
apologies. They have just moved house, in
fact, had to move themselves as they
couldn’t get a Removal company, so they
are still trying to sort themselves out. She
also has no internet connection yet.
We wish her and her family well in their new
home. Kath
CHAIRMAN’S EMAIL— Chairman@rugeleyphoenix,

Chat from Me

May I take this opportunity to say well done to the Rugeley quiz team who came 2nd out of 17 teams in the Gnosall federation quiz which took place on the 6th March. Congratulations to the winners Walton.
Thank you to the Table Tennis club for last month’s coffee morning raffle, which raised
£72 for Brereton Church. This month’s guest speaker is Roger Tait, Rugeley in Bloom.
My chats short this month I’m packing, fingers crossed I’m moving house next week and it’s
been very stressful.
So, may you all be healthy and coronavirus free.

From the Chair – February 2020

Apart from storm Ciara and storm, Denis February has been a fairly quiet month. That’s not to say the committee hasn’t been beavering away this year, it’s the 25th anniversary of Rugeley Phoenix, which surely should be worth a celebration. So keep a lookout for upcoming information.

We’ve got free tours planned, in April, around Bishton Hall and grounds, lunch and ree valuation. Ask your activity leaders, places are limited.

Plus theatre trips to the Lichfield Garrick for ‘That’ll Be The Day, on 19th June 2020 and The Hippodrome for the ‘Slava Snow Show in October.

The Liverpool trip is almost full only 2 seats left, so keep an eye out for more trips.

Well done to Keep Fit at the January Coffee Morning raffle they raised£100 for Headway. and well done to Pat and Di Coffee Morning numbers are up.

We also made a £300 profit at the Christmas Carol Service t St Paul’s so well done to everyone for their support.


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.