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Groups in the Spotlight Articles

Music Group – January 2019

Music Group

They say that Music & Singing is really good for your well being, singing in a group even better.  You can come to the music group on a dull Thursday morning feeling down, have a good sing, open your lungs and sing your heart out with really friendly people, have a coffee/tea and a chat and go home feeling happier and brighter.  It gives you that ‘Feel Good Factor’. It’s great when our group has rehearsed a song for a while and it suddenly all comes together and sounds great, (well we think it does).

So, if you would like to join us come along on a Thursday morning 10am—12pm, you will be made very welcome.

In the Spotlight – December 2018

Photography clubs have a reputation.  Unless they’re proficient with a camera, people tend to avoid them … for fear of not being “good enough”.                                                                               Not so with the Phoenix Photo Group. Our members range from beginners to experts and we learn from one another. Our meetings cover every aspect, from understanding the buttons on your camera to framing your photos.  You’ll see what I mean if you visit the Phoenix web-site:                                  

There you’ll find a whole year’s worth of weekly Newsletters that describe what we’ve done at every meeting.  These meetings are held weekly, on Mondays, at 1:45 pm at Etching Hill Village Hall.

If you haven’t yet tried us, do come along.  We’ve welcomed around 6 new members in the last three months.  Why don’t you become the seventh

In The Spotlight – October 2018

Sequence Dancing

Monday afternoon is Phoenix Sequence Dance from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. It is a friendly and pleasant activity to which all the people who attend enjoy. The dances are some of the old favourites with a few new ones put in, nothing too difficult to do. It helps to keep the brain active and our limbs moving, still only 50 pence per   session plus tea and biscuits. So, if anyone is interested please come along on Monday afternoon, you will be made very welcome.

Line Dance                                                                

 They say that dance is good for the body and mind.                            

And better exercise would be hard to find.                                               

 No tasselled boots or cowboy hats.                                                              

Take a deep breath and relax.                                                                     

 Soon it is time for the first lesson.                                                            

Just basic steps for this session.                                                                  

 The music goes on—try a few steps.                                                            

Slide, shuffle and then grapevine to the left.                                                     

Blue rose is easy to learn.                                                                           

 But Irish stew has lots to learn.                                                                           

Come & join us and have some fun.                                                                   

We welcome and encourage everyone.                                                                                                        

Activities in the Spotlight – Walking September 2018

 Walking– Welcome to what the Monday walkers get up to. We are a jolly group who get together on a Monday morning to do a walk, walks we do last for about 2 hours, we have different leaders each week, who lead us astray and we walk no matter what the weather is doing. After the walk we have coffee/tea and biscuits. People just bring their own flasks and cup, the tea/coffee milk, sugar and biscuits are provided.  Sometimes we take our tea/coffee in a pub. When the Monday  falls on a bank holiday we venture a bit further out  and have our lunch in a pub. We also do evening walks and have a meal afterwards. We have a good number of people willing to lead walks, I lead quite a few and usually the walks I lead we get mislaid, people say we are lost, I never get lost, I know where I am, the other 30 or so people don’t know where they are!

We get well over 30 people walking, sometime over 40 turn out, so if there are members who want to walk to walk and talk on a Monday  come along and give it a try.


In the Spotlight – Art


We are a friendly group and would welcome new members. Everyone has their own style of painting and they are happy  to share and receive tips. The environment is good for painting with lots of light and lots of space. Please come along, we meet Wednesday morning 10.30am to 12.30pm.  Obviously there is tea/coffee and biscuits and sometimes cake!




I would love to BUT-

I don’t know how to play bridge!

I could never understand the rules!

I am not clever enough!

FIRST we teach you to play

SECONDLY We are all still learning, that doesn’t stop us enjoying the game and still learning more.

THIRDLY You are talking to ME!! Say no more.

A brief visit may leave you thinking this is very serious but stay for a session and you will experience the chattering and giggling between the members. You are welcome to pop along on a Friday  10am to 12pm and see for yourself.


Knit & Natter June 2018

Every Thursday afternoon you’ll find us round the table,
Doing crochet work, making cards or knitting if we’re able.
A friendly bunch, we like to chat– about what, it doesn’t
We put the world to rights each time we meet at KNIT &
So if you’d like to join us, please just take the plunge and do
Don’t worry if you’re on your own, we’ve all been through it.
You’ll make new friends, get out a bit, we don’t think you’ll
regret it.
And all for 50p a time– what a bargain, come and get it!

The group meets at Sheepfair Centre from 2pm—4pm on

Contact Moira or Pat

Tennis in the Spotlight May 2018

Wimbledon will soon be here but you don’t have to be a Federer, a Williams or a Murray to enjoy tennis. We probably have more  enjoyment on a Friday morning at Lea Hall Tennis courts, 10am to 12pm, than they do all season. Come along and join us. All we ask is that you wear trainers on your feet and a smile on your face. Balls and rackets and a warm welcome will be provided.

In the Spotlight – Bowls – April 2018

Crown Green Bowls

The Crown Green bowls has started again on 9th April 2018, bit foggy and damp but we mustered on. Hopefully a few more members would like to join us on a Monday morning 10.30am—12.30pm at Lea Hall. Bowling Green fees are £20 for the season (£15 green fees, £5 for Lea Hall club membership). It’s a friendly chatty atmosphere with a few games of bowls thrown in.

Contact Di Sanford or Jan Quartermain on  for more details.