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Update -Phoenix starting to opening up – from 19th July 2021

It gives me great pleasure to update you on the restart of Rugeley Phoenix

Activities at Sheepfair commencing Monday 19th July 2021

Table Tennis. -Monday 19th July am
Sequence Dancing. -Monday 19th July pm
Keep Fit/Country Dancing- Restarting September
Line Dancing.- Tuesday 20th July pm
Tai Chi.- Wednesday 21st July am
Art. -To be confirmed
Social Afternoon.- To be confirmed
Music. -Restarting September
Knit and Natter. -Thursday 22nd July pm
Bridge.- Restarting September
Floral Art.- Friday 23rd July am

Etching Hill Village Hall
Photography. Monday 19th July pm

Monday Walking.- First walk Monday 26th July 2021
Tennis.- Already playing on Fridays at Hednesford
Badminton. -Not enough members at present
In Door Tennis. -To be confirmed
Crown Green Bowls. -Restarting September

As information comes in or changes we will let you know.


Latest Phoenix update. – June 2021

Hi All,                                                                                                                                                                             Firstly, can I say a big thank you to all leaders who informed me of their
proposed start date. So it’s with a heavy heart that I write
this mail saying we are going to defer the start date until July 19th 2021. As
you know this is in accordance with the government guidelines. We are all eager
to return and carry on with the ethos of Phoenix, companionship, keeping body
and brain active but most importantly enjoying ourselves with friends. So look
forward to week commencing 19th July 2021 when we can all start enjoying
ourselves once again.

Kind Regards – Sue

Phoenix Minutes of committee meeting – 28th May 2021

A meeting of Officers of the Committee was held on May 28th 2021

Almost all our activities have expressed positive feedback regarding returning.

Following Government guidelines, the start date will be week commencing Monday 21st June 2021. Although plans are laid out by the government this is a changing landscape and we will adhere to any changes made over the coming weeks.

Sheepfair are complying with government guidelines. Hand sanitiser and cleaning materials will be available. The wearing of masks will be a personal choice, we want our members to feel happy and safe. If you want to bring your own drink again that will be a personal choice.

We would appreciate leaders informing us of their start date, obviously subject to government guidelines. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would appreciate your reply by June 12th 2021, giving us time to inform Sheepfair of our plans.

A meeting of the full committee will be required in July/August regarding changing the constitution re: End of financial year.

If your activity leader has been unable to contact you regarding the start-up of your activity, could you please contact them to express your views.

Many thanks for your assistance in these matters.

Kind Regards Sue.

From the Chair – May 2021

Chat from Me—

Hopefully still on track for Sheepfair opening its doors on the 21st of June.   Activity leaders have been contacted and mostly positive about returning.

Tennis has started back, now at Hednesford tennis courts, and is currently free.  So, anyone wishing to join us for the banter as much as the tennis please come along on Friday mornings at 10 am.  Or contact me to check if it’s on due to weather and numbers. We finished with around 12 members on 2 courts prior to covid. But,  unfortunately, the courts at Lea Hall closed down and a couple of members went elsewhere.  Together with holidays and health issues, we need to make sure we have a minimum of four we can only cope with playing doubles.

Fingers crossed I’ll see you next month, been ages since I’ve said that.

Elaine x


Chat from me – April 2021

Latest Phoenix update.

Following a recent meeting with members of the committee; providing there are no changes to the Government’s roadmap, Phoenix will once again be rising from the ashes and returning, as normal on the 21st of June 2021.

We looked at some of the activities returning, following the Government’s guidelines, on the 17th May. However, there is still an issue with cleaning chairs. tables, light switches, etc. after each activity.

A letter will be sent to all activity leaders, so if you have any questions or comments you would like to put forward, please let us know.

The AGM will be held in January 2022 and membership fees will be due at the beginning of January 2022.




Chat from Me – March 2021

Chat from Me—
Nothing to report from Phoenix. I’ve had my covid vaccination sooner
than I expected, so I feel there is light at the end of the tunnel. The
days are drawing out so hoping for normality in the summer depending
on Boris’s road map.
February I welcomed the arrival of my new grandson, Noah, I said to my
daughters we are getting to be like the Waltons this was met with blank
faces. I bet you know what I mean. Short and sweet today so goodnight
John boy!!

Elaine xx

Chat from me- February 2021

Here we are in February nearly a year since Phoenix closed its doors but hopefully, with vaccinations taking place we will be starting up again this year. Unfortunately, not so for the tennis club (with new members waiting to join Phoenix), we have been fighting the closure of the tennis courts at Lea Hall for some time.  But this week the local council informed us that the courts will be closed and starter homes will be built on the land and in fact the digging has begun to lay the gas pipes.  Thank you for the effort of those involved in collecting names etc and petitioning  Cannock council. A disappointing outcome.

A nod to the line dancers, I’ve been playing the music to remind me of the dances but the steps are a blur!!

Spring is around the corner so stay safe, stay well.



From The Chair – Childhood winter memories

Childhood winter memories 3 minutes lighter a day, daffodils poking their heads through the icy dirt and catkins on the trees all a sign spring Is on its way, although I suspect we will have a little more snow yet. Darcie and I built a snowman with a carrot nose no coal around nowadays for his buttons and eyes so we had to use stones. We didn’t have enough snow near me for sledging. I remember the sledge my dad had made when we were kids, with steel on the runners it was heavy to pull up the hill but was the fastest on the way down. Returning home after a morning sledging your toes would hurt with the cold through your wellies. You would wrap a warm towel around your hands to stop them getting hot aches! There would be hot buttered toast, no toaster, but held over the fire on a long-handled fork. I’d like to think we drank hot chocolate but in reality, it would probably have been corona pop from the pop man. Favourite winter dinner tatty ash with brown sauce not to be confused with potato hash and not something I’ve heard of anyone eating in recent times.

Take care, stay safe there is light at the end of the winter’s tunnel x


From the Chair

Chat from Me— Christmas memories
December is upon us as is the wintery weather but there’s something magical about the dark afternoons with the Christmas tree lights twinkling, the glow of the scented candles, and a feel-good film on TV. I remember as a child the candles only ever came out when there was a power cut. I would have been about 10 when in 1973 we had the 3 day a week blackout. The Christmas run-up started with a pomegranate you ate with a pin (we lived dangerously then) dates in an oblong box with a wooden fork, nuts you had to crack yourself, and those sugary orange and lemon slices. The decorations would have been a small tree with coloured lights on Paper lanterns and homemade garlands hanging from the ceiling. Presents always included an annual, a compendium game, and chocolate in a netted stocking. The highlight at the age of 10 was the glass of advocaat (snowball) with a cherry on a stick, mine was probably mostly lemonade but I felt grown up. The TV was probably a Morecambe and Wise Christmas special.
Whatever your Christmas is like now have an enjoyable one, stay safe. Phoenix will be back next year.  Elaine

Chat from Me – November 2020

I’ve always had dogs since a child, but never have I been so grateful for my current pooch during the lockdown. Elsie, my cocker spaniel has helped me keep sane. With hubby still working and not being able to see friends and family, we have walked all over Rugeley and surrounding areas. Fed up of muddy fields, canal, and the forest we have taken to walking the streets. Hope everyone is managing to get out we’ve had some lovely autumnal days.

Tennis was open for a few weeks and a couple of new members are eager to join the Phoenix. Unfortunately, we’ve had to close down again in the 2nd lockdown and have been informed that the planning application for new houses to be built on the ‘disused ‘ tennis courts has been lodged. We are in dispute that they are disused as Phoenix has been playing on them for many years.

Stay safe, stay sane it won’t be forever. – Elaine x