Phoenix Group

The Phoenix Group started in Semington just over 30 years ago and was originally known as National Womens’ register – NWR, running on those lines.

It was started by a group of us, who had young children at the school. We would meet twice a day in the playground, and most of us had given up our career and use of our brains. In the early days we would have monthly meetings in one another’s houses and discuss topics, for example, pollution, the History of Birth Control, where our water comes from and maybe an informed evening about a country – Sri Lanka was one I remember, or indeed authors or books. We did have  a visiting local author once. All this was to stimulate our redundant brains!

Sadly, now, we are much older. The children have mostly fled the nest, some of us have grandchildren and most of us, having returned to work in the intervening years, no longer need to stimulate what is left of the grey matter!

So this is how it works: we meet monthly, around 9 – 10 times a year on different nights in the week, to accommodate other interests people may have. We usually start in September with a skittles match and supper at the village hall, when partners are invited, and end the year in July with a BBQ when partners are also invited. The events in between are  just for ladies. We seem to have a regular event list including Christmas Dinner at the Somerset Arms, a walk of interest around a local village or town and then a meal in a nearby pub. We also have a safari supper, a theatre trip, book evening and sometimes just a catch-up in the pub. Our ‘Programme of Events’ is compiled and agreed by us all, so there should be something to suit everyone. New ideas are always welcome.

Current membership is around 20, mostly aged 60+, but all are welcome as we are young at heart .

There is no formal committee or being ‘roped into’ an official role. Our fees are currently £5 per year when we need it. Contact is usually by email. 

If you would like to give us a try –  please contact 

pamwildsmith@gmail.com