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.
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
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.
This month I’m putting on my Secretary of Phoenix head! This head hasn’t been used for over 12 months!!! So definitely rusty.
Over the past month, I have contacted our activity leaders asking them to reach out to members for their thoughts about activities resuming from the 21st of June. This being the date the government set for us coming out of lockdown. We know from past experience that things could change but we want to ready to safely return to activities. The feedback from activities was really positive, we can’t wait to get back to see our friends. Questions were asked regarding wearing masks, social distancing, cleaning, etc. We will obviously follow government guidelines and members feeling safe and happy will be our number one priority.
The Officers of the Committee will be meeting with Sheepfair at the end of May to discuss all these issues. We will keep you updated on the meeting. So, fingers, toes, and anything else you can cross that the light at the end of the tunnel is a brighter future for us all.
Kind Regards Sue x
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.
We will begin our journey
Are you ready ?
Road map √
Bags of excitement √
A box of apprehension √
Follow the map, it’s very detailed, what we can
do and where we can go.
Bags of excitement, family, friends, hairdressers,
meals out, so much to do on this journey.
In the apprehension box and we all have one,
going into crowded places, travelling, or for
some just going outside, I think we will all have
something in the apprehension box. For this
part of the journey baby steps are required.
Family and friends are there to lend a hand and
help us through.
So I am confident that we will all reach our
goal and get to the end together. Looking
forward to seeing you all at the end of this
Love Sue xxx
From an isolator, confused isolator, emerging isolator, dreaming isolator, veteran isolator. I think I have more or less covered all my feelings during the last 11 months, so what’s the next stage. It’s got to be vaccinations! Never have so many been so thrilled to get the call for an injection. Friends contacting friends to check if they’ve had theirs, where did they have to go for it, and did they feel ok afterwards. It’s a welcome ray of sunshine to us all plus It’s starting to stay lighter each day, bulbs are coming through and buds are appearing on the trees, to me these are all signs of us coming through the darkness into the light.
I smiled when I heard how Captain Tom wanted his funeral service conducted, March in, March out, carry on with life. I think his wise words are fitting to this pandemic, we marched into it, we will march out of it and we will carry on. Here’s to returning to Phoenix.
Deja vu. Is the feeling that one has lived through the
present situation before !!!
So I say welcome to all my deja vu friends.
I might start a campaign against the deja vu feeling.
You will have rules to follow to become a member.
Do not tidy your cupboards again
Do not sort out the garage.
Do not start baking banana bread
Do not paint the shed
These small steps are just the start of riding yourself of
the deja vu feeling.
The only exceptions to the rules are
Laughing (you may need to follow Joe Wicks exercises on
YouTube to achieve this, not doing them just watching)
PS if you do take part in online exercise there are also
some good YouTube videos on how to become a
The big plus this time is the vaccine, for which we are all
truly thankful, we didn’t have this at the beginning of the
year. So, while we are all looking for a top that has sleeves
that we can roll up to the top of our arm, let’s remember
that we can do this because we’ve done it before.
Is that deja vu?
Keep safe, take care
Love Sue xx
Christmas from Jeff Wall—Phoenix President
May I wish you all a Mery Christmas and a Happy New Year. The year certainly has not been what anyone expected especially since march when COVID destroyed our usual activities. We should now be enjoying our activities Christmas parties, dinners, and our Christmas Evening at Sheepfair. Like many of us, we have had to modify our Christmas plans. Whatever you have planned I wish you a happy break but above all please take care and stay safe. As for the New Year, it just has to get happier. Roll on the vaccinations and let’s all look forward to getting Phoenix back into full swing again. – Jeff
In these changing times it’s lovely to say one thing hasn’t changed at all, in fact I think it’s become even more wondrous and that’s NATURE!
Thinking about it perhaps it hasn’t got better because it’s always been wonderful and amazing it’s just that I’m noticing it more.
During this time of not being in a hurry to get from A to B in a certain time frame, my pace of life has certainly slowed down.
Walking daily along the same route it is amazing to see the changes happening, my walking route takes in Power Station Road and the bypass perhaps not your first thought for a nature walk.
Along side the road flanked by industrial units there are beautiful wild rose bushes, an apple tree and even a bush that looks like it’s got pears on it ! (They may not be pears but they certainly look like it) grass was mown and bushes were pruned to within an inch of their lives but you’ve guessed it, out came the new growth within no time at all. The staff of one unit planted up baskets of flowers under their windows they obviously took really good care of them because they have come on so well and make a plain brick wall look so pretty. A huge fir tree outside JCB has produced the biggest cones I’ve ever seen, covering the ground below and most of their car park. The side of the bypass has been like a wildflower meadow, I’ve even heard there are som species of lilies to be found there. Over hanging branches have produced flowers and now berries, some of these branches have broken off with the weight of the flowers, you could say nature does her own pruning. There is an abundance of wild blackberry bushes that have produced so much fruit this year, much appreciated by the birds and insects and maybe a few passing walkers.
Thinking back to school days I remembered “What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare. W H Davies ( I will confess I had to google the name of the poet) it’s from the poem Leisure and well worth a read.
I certainly have the time to stand and stare and appreciate all around me and look forward like Nature to new life and new beginnings for all Phoenix members.
Love Sue X