Membership Fees

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.

Posted by / August 3, 2020 / Posted in News

Acting Chairman & Vice Chairman

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

Ann Walthorne

Posted by / July 28, 2020 / Posted in News

JANET ROSEMARY PALMER (10 Jan 1939 – 6 Apr 2020)

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.

Jeremy Wheeler

Treasurer SWPAC

Posted by / July 27, 2020 / Posted in News

Bollywood Workout Activity Group

Our members enjoyed an hour of fun, friendship & fitness at the Bollywood taster session.

Classes will continue on Monday March 2nd for a trial period of four weeks.

Posted by / March 2, 2020 / Posted in News

Thank You Shirley

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.

World of Wedgwood

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.

Posted by / January 18, 2020 / Posted in News