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Chat from Me – February 2019

The nights are drawing out a hint of spring around the corner walking the dog in sunshine, even if it’s still cold, is so much better than trudging round in the cold dark nights.

Lots of new members joining the Phoenix nice to see them at coffee mornings.

January’s speakers Graham and Judy White were interesting and entertaining talking about garden disasters they show their own garden in Uttoxeter for the NGS. The raffle was run by the badminton group and raised £89.50 for Air Ambulance.

We will be running the photography competition again this year more details at a later date.

Tony Wall will be singing for us at the February Coffee Morning see you there.


Chat from Me – January 2019

Happy new year, hope everyone had a nice Christmas.
Thank you to everyone who attended the December coffee morning it was the      busiest it’s ever been. Lydia and friends seem to go down well despite the technical hitch, as far as I know the backing music wouldn’t play out of the speakers, so      everything you heard was the piano and their lovely voices. The raffle was run by the walking group and raised an amazing £172.80 for ‘Sands’ (people affected by the death of a baby). Knit and natter won the best decorated table and Colin Stringer the best Christmas jumper.

Derek has now joined the committee to sort out the guest speakers and organizing the entertainment so please come and support us at the coffee mornings.

I heard the Christmas Singalong went really well, thank you to Sandra for the hard work you put in making it a success.

The Cotswolds distillery tour also went down a treat as did the unlimited amount of gin they supped.

So, here’s to a happy and successful 2019



Chat from Me- December 2018

December is upon is and the festivities have started. my tree is up, smaller than usual this year, (puppy proof). I’m hoping for snow as I’d like to take my granddaughter sledging, as she’s never been. 

Thank you to everyone who came to the ‘rackets’, Christmas meal, it was very pleasant night at the Crown, good food and good company.

Thursday 20th December, don’t forget festive coffee Morning this month, with the return of Lydia and her friends to sing for us. Coffee and mince pies and if you want to decorate your table or yourself we have prizes for the best ones. Last month’s Coffee Morning was very interesting, ‘The Shadows story’, with Chris who not only played hits by the Shadows on his guitar but told their story which he had first hand from knowing them.

The raffle was run by Knit & Natter and raised £62.50 for the First Responders.

Another festive date for your diary is Saturday 22nd December, Sandra’s Christmas singalong at Sheepfair, tickets £4 includes wine, nibble and a present from Santa. If you haven’t already got your ticket you can buy one at Coffee Morning.

Best Christmas Wishes 


Chat from Me- November 2018

Chat from Me — November 2018

Thank you to all who attended coffee morning this month. Tony Wall was a success and hopefully returning next year with his guitar, singing country and western songs.

The raffle was run by the art club and raised £78 for cancer research. They also displayed portraits which they had painted, all of which were outstanding, so well done.

November Coffee Morning we have a guitar player for your entertainment.

Come and have a sing along on the 15th.December Coffee Morning, we have a festive theme so wear your Christmas jumpers, we will be giving out prizes for the best Xmas decorated tables. The return of Lydia, Chris and Debbie to sing for us, they received a standing ovation when they sang for us earlier in the year. So put the date in your diaries join us on the 20th December for coffee and a mince pie.

Meanwhile make the best of the autumn sun. The trees are looking lovely and colourful and I’m enjoying walking my puppy who is loving dashing through the crisp leaves.





Chat from the Me – October 2018

Chat from Me — October 2018

Thank you for all who attended this year’s AGM and to the committee including myself who have signed up for another year. A big thank you to the group leaders for keeping the Phoenix running without their support there would be no club.   Congratulations to Sue Breen, who deservedly won the Anthill cup, which is presented each year to someone who has “gone the extra mile” for the club.

There are many people who work behind the scenes , Delma in control of memberships, Joe sorting out  data protection and the website with the help of  Brian. Kath who puts together the newsletter each week plus website, John who sorts the microphone out for the coffee mornings.  Thelma and Irene who take the door money, Jean and Joyce the tea ladies. Ivan who organizes the trips and Moira the theatre outings. Sandra for keeping hold of the purse strings, Rhoda the federation rep, Rob and Barbara the data protection officers, thank you to Sue and Irene for doing the notice board, (position now available if anyone can help), all these positions are needed to run a club, apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone.

Coffee mornings over the last year have been exceptionally good with more to come, so if you’ve  never been or no longer attend, now is the time to give it a try. Every 3rd Thursday in the month for a £1 have a cuppa, biscuit, chat and an hours   entertainment and if you are feeling flush a you can buy raffle ticket, the raffle has been a big success this year benefiting many charities.

Myself, I’ve been keeping busy after losing my old spaniel in June, I’ve have had a new puppy cocker spaniel ‘ Elsie ‘ so sleepless night and cleaning up, it’s like having a baby. The weather is still lovely so   hoping to get the garden sorted out. So to all you  gardeners out there get those pansies in and I’ll see you at the next coffee morning.


Chat from Me – September 2018

 September 2018

As the AGM approaches the year of being Chairman has flown by. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have helped me out, especially Sue, Kath and Jeff. On behalf of the committee I would also like to say a big thank you to John Townsend, who after 11 years of being our technical man at the coffee mornings, would like to step down. Therefore, we would appreciate anyone who could help us with the setting up of mikes etc. on the third Thursday of every month. This is vital to the running of the coffee mornings as the guest speakers use the microphones.  John would be happy to show  new member the ropes.

It was a good turn-out at the August coffee morning with Simon Price from Arthur Price Cutlery, who had us on a knife edge, with his interesting and informative talk. The raffle was run by the photography club and raised over £90 for motor neuron research.

See you at the AGM on 20th September 2018.— Elaine


From the Chair Aug 2018

Chat from Me — August 2018

What can I say about the July Coffee morning! An outstanding performance from Lydia, Chris and Debbie, who sang songs from various musicals. They had the hairs on the back of my neck    standing up,      especially with their rendition of ‘I Know Him So Well’. They were young, professional  and very talented and   deserved the standing ovation they received. Anyone who missed this treat might get lucky as we have invited them back in December. So watch this space!

The raffle was organised by the Bridge club and raised £100 for Alzheimer’s research, this was a fantastic result.

August Coffee Morning’s entertainment is a guest speaker from Arthur Price, see you there on the 16th.

A reminder that September 20th 2018    Coffee Morning, is AGM. Please come along and support the club.

We need a volunteer to step up to take over the Coffee Morning notice board, please.



Chat from the Chair – July 2018

I hope you’re all enjoying this hot sunny weather or keeping cool indoors watching football and tennis.

First apologies for our teething troubles with our website, apparently our new super server is temperamental (a bit like tennis ace server Nick Kyrgios) but we are all up and running now.

Thank you to everyone who attended the coffee morning, congratulations to the Phoenix Music group for their performance. The raffle was run by the Tai Chi group and raised £57 for the young carers in Staffordshire.

The entertainment for this month’s (July 2018) coffee Morning in one of our Phoenix members granddaughter, Lydia, along with two friends accompanying her singing. The raffle will be run by the Bridge Club.

See you there on the 19th.

Thanks Elaine

Chat from the Chair June 2018

What a lovely month it’s been so far, with plenty of sunny days although I was glad of
the odd rain shower to give me a break from watering my garden, which I showed
for the first time at Longdon open gardens. Also a month I welcomed my second granddaughter, Scarlett Rose, into the world.                                                                                                 For anyone who has been trying to access the Phoenix website, you will find this is not
possible at the moment as it is currently under review due to the new UK laws
concerning privacy procedures. If there is anyone who is able to help with the website
please contact us.
Thank you for all those attending the Coffee Morning. Kath was interesting and
entertaining talking about goose grease and brown paper home remedies. The raffle
raised £66 for the 2nd Rugeley Scouts Group. Our own Phoenix Music group will be
there to entertain us at this months coffee morning on the 21st. Look forward to seeing
you there.


Chat from the Chair – May 2018

Firstly, to say I’m am sure you have all heard that Jeff was taken ill in Tenerife after suffering firstly a heart attack and then a stroke. We are happy to say that after an operation, declared fit enough to be flown home. We have sent all our warm wishes from the Phoenix to Jeff and Pat after a very traumatic time and hopefully Jeff is on his way to a full recovery.

On a brighter note, thank you to the 113 Phoenix members who attended the Coffee Morning this month, nice to see you singing along with Holly. The raffle, organised by John & Tom from Table Tennis raised £94.50, which was donated to Katherine house Hospice. This month’s Coffee Morning features Kath Reynolds, (Holly’s Mum), speaking about Goose Grease and Brown Paper, kitchen cupboard remedies pre NHS. Hopefully see you there.

Thanks Elaine