The Committee has agreed that Membership fees due in September 20 will be waived for one year and that Members should be advised to either cancel their Standing Order for the free year or alternatively, if they prefer, they could leave the Standing Order as it stands and their contribution would go towards Phoenix funds.
In case some of your are unaware, David Barker has asked me to give you the sad news regarding our late Chairman Janet Palmer, who passed away on the 6th April 20 at St Joseph’s Care Home in Stafford. She became Chairman of the Club in October 2015 and continued in this role until sickness overtook her last year. Most of you, like me, will have very fond memories of Janet and were grateful for all the hard work she put into our Club including the establishment of the History Group which she lead for over 30 years. Her kindness and good sense will be missed by us all.
In the light of these events the committee agreed to:-
David Barker – Acting Chairman Tim Gray – Acting Vice Chairman
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our Chairman,
Janet Palmer, who died on 6 April 2020 at St Joseph’s Care Home in
Stafford. She was 81 years old and died of ovarian cancer which had
been diagnosed the previous July. Janet had been a primary school
teacher for much of her life and, although taking early retirement,
continued for a time as a peripatetic teacher in Stafford. She
became Chairman of the Club in October 2015 and continued in this
role until sickness overtook her last year. She participated in a
range of Phoenix activities but her major role was the establishment
of the History Group and its continued management for 30 years. The
first lecture she arranged was on 19th September 1990 on
the work of the Salt Library in Stafford. Thereafter, she organised
11 lectures each year from visiting speakers with enormous success.
During each August, she arranged an outing to a historical estate to
replace the usual monthly lecture. Over the course of 30 years she
was responsible for the smooth running of the History Group and the
provision of over 300 speakers together with nearly 30 annual History
Group outings. In addition, she was an active member of the club’s
Outings Committee, arranging visits to various places, such as the
Worcester Christmas Market. Apart from her Phoenix
responsibilities, she was a trustee of the Walton Village Hall and a
key member of the Stafford Folk Dance Club. Once a week, Janet would
spend a morning at the Katharine House Hospice in Stafford as a
volunteer librarian, helping to bring comfort to patients. She loved
to walk in the countryside with her husband, David. They
participated for many years in walks and rambling holidays with the
mid-Staffs Ramblers Association, in which she occupied a prominent
role as Chairman. In her final period of life, Janet underwent a
hip replacement operation which she endured along with her underlying
medical condition with the courage and determination that
chararacterised her life. Above all, Janet was a caring member of the
Stafford community whose contribution to society will be a lasting
legacy to those who knew her. Her kindness and common sense will be
greatly missed by all.
Many thanks to Shirley Philpots for all her hard work in running the Phoenix Singles Luncheon Club for the last five years. Shirley handed over to Jenny Bloor at the November Lubcheon, and Jenny has said she hopes to keepup the high standards that Shirley has set.
Congratulations to Patti Brown on the success of her first event since she joined the Outings team.
Many of our members enjoyed a visit to The Wold of Wedgwood on January 15th. The outing included a tour of the factory, museum and Factory Outlet, followed by an indulgent traditional afternoon tea. The Afternoon Tea included a selection of sandwiches, cakes, and scones with clotted cream and traditional preserves and unlimited Wedgwood Tea, all served on the finest Wedgwood china. As you will see on the photographs, the portions were more than generous, so everyone took a box of delicious cakes home.