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Groups in the Spotlight Articles

In The Spotlight – Music January 2020

Phoenix Music group is always open for new members to join
them. Come and sing with us on Thursday morning 10am to
12pm, (apart from Coffee Mornings).
Recent reports say that Neuroscience proves that group
singing makes us happier, healthier, smarter and more
creative. Every time you sing, you fire up the right temporal
lobe of your brain, and release endorphins including
oxytocin which result in a feeling of wellbeing. So get

Sequence Dancing & Line Dancing- October 2019

Activities in the Spotlight—  Sequence Dancing

Mondays the day for our weekly sequence dance

Where we dream of being like strictly but that’s a fat chance

We get there early sign in and put our shoes on,

Then the music begins and we say to our partner do we know this one.

We dance for an hour and then it’s time for a break

When we have a cup of tea and a biscuit or sometimes a cake.

Two hours has passed and we are finally done

But those two hours were special and we had such fun.

So, do not be afraid and think that’s not for me

Come down and see us and say, “I’ll See”.


Line Dancing

Tuesday afternoon at 2pm is the time to come along to Sheepfair  for Line dancing. About 25 of us have a great time learning new dances to some superb music. Beginners are always joining us and we have some experienced line dancers to help anyone who isn’t sure of the steps. There is a lot of laughter and new friendships are always developing. The session lasts an hour so why not come along, make  some new friendships and enjoy the music.  Incidentally it is a good  way to get fit!!!


Walking in the Spotlight September 2019

Hello and welcome to this insight into what the Monday walkers get up to. We are a group of people who like to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful surroundings where we live. We meet every Monday and walk in the local area mostly on the beautiful Chase. Most Mondays there are between 30 to 40 people walking and we see a lot of wild life, not from the walkers but the four-legged kind, we walk not just in Rugeley we go to Stafford, Cannock, Hednesford, Lichfield to name a few. We have a group leader who leads the walks. We don’t just walk on a Monday we also do evening walks too, which are shorter than a normal Monday and after the walk we have a meal. Every bank holiday we go a bit farther out to places such as Ilam, Curdworth, Sutton Park, we recently did what we called a bus pass walk, where we went by bus to Trentham and walked up to the monument and walked past the monkey forest into the shopping area of Trentham gardens and enjoyed a fish & chip lunch.   In July the committee paid for the hire of a coach, which the walkers were most grateful, and 45 of us went to Bewdley walked along the riverside to Highley then caught the steam train back and had 2 hours in Bewdley, then I think most of the group enjoyed Fish & Chips by the river as it was a sunny warm day.  So if you want to get out of the four walls come and enjoy the company of a great number of people who enjoy a leisurely walk no matter what the weather come along and enjoy yourselves.

In The Spotlight -Music- August 2019

Activities in the Spotlight— Music
On a grey, wet Thursday morning feeling down, come and sing
together, at the Phoenix Music group. Have a coffee/tea and a
biscuit (or two), a good chat and go home feeling happier and
brighter. Music and singing gives you that ‘Feel Good Feeling’.
Our group have recently been singing songs from the shows, songs
like ‘Oh what a Beautiful Morning’, ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’,
‘Moon River’, and many more familiar tunes. We are now
singing Country & Western. So if you would like to join us
come along on a Thursday morning 10am—12pm you will be
made very welcome.

Bridge in the Spotlight – July 2019

Bridge A Bridge to brain power

Researchers have found some very good reasons to play bridge:

♣ Those who play more frequently score higher on cognitive tests.

♦ Bridge games offer intellectual and social stimulation on a routine basis.

♥ An area in the brain used in playing bridge stimulates the immune system.

Researchers suggest that is because players must use memory, visualization and sequencing.

Interested in learning to play bridge?If you have ever thought about learning to play, or getting a ‘taster’ of what is involved or want to start up again with a solid refresher of the basics, then join us

Bridge is a brilliant way to get to know other members, make lifelong friends and keep your mind fit and active. It is a thriving, growing and buzzing activity at the club.

Always Welcome

Knit & Natter – June 2019

Do you look forward to Thursday afternoons?

The members of the Phoenix Knit & Natter group certainly do!

We are a lovely, friendly group who help each other with a variety of crafts, not just knitting.

Sometimes we do a group project, mostly we “do our own thing.”

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you will be made very welcome.

Thursdays, 2pm -4pm at Sheepfair.

In the Spotlight- Tennis & Short Tennis – May 2019

Tennis & Short Tennis

Wimbledon will soon be with us, so if you need the practice to bring you up to scratch or would just like a more down to earth game, join us on Friday mornings at 10.00am at Lea Hall Tennis courts. You’ll receive a friendly welcome; rackets can be provided.

Alternatively, if you prefer a gentler game with softer balls, then our Indoor Tennis group will welcome you at the leisure   Centre, Burnthill Lane, also on Friday’s at Racquets are provided. Proper footwear is essential at both venues, i.e. Trainers or pumps, (do they still make them or am I showing my age).

In The Spotlight- Badminton March 2019

The badminton group meet every Wednesday 2pm -4pm at the Rugeley community church on Burnthill Lane. We currently have a healthy membership but always welcome anyone new wishing to join us, so if you are in the need for some exercise and a good belly laugh come along.

We have 2 octogenarians play, so you are never too old and the standards vary so if you are a little rusty some of the more experienced players are happy to help improve your game. We have a friendly competition usually in October with a prize trophy, but all in a competitive friendly spirit.

Activities in the Spotlight – Keep Fit -February 2019

Activities in the Spotlight— Keep Fit

 Tuesday morning must mean it is time for the ladies to get fit. We hope so, as we try very hard. The first half hour is doing keep fit with our trainer called Danni. The second half is having fun doing country dancing. There is a lot of laughter when we get the steps wrong. Pat has the patience of a saint don’t know what we would do without her.