Holiday at Home 2015

hol at home 2015

This year’s Holiday at Home was hosted by Phoenix Assurance Wythall. Fifty of us from the local area were made very welcome by staff from Phoenix who gave their day over to us. The porters had already organised the room and after refreshments we were able to choose from a range of activities. We hired Pixee Creations who showed us how to make T-lite jars (all those jam jars you donated), try our hands at decoupage or paint ceramic figures. Others chose to read the papers, help complete a jigsaw or walk around Phoenix’s beautiful grounds. The swans have recently returned to their lake and have had three cygnets which are creating a lot of interest, they now have their own little island to keep the foxes at bay. Lunch followed, with a quiz about the local area. We were then treated to a demonstration of dancing from Park Hall Dance Club, and were encouraged to try out our own dancing skills. Tony Pappin had been based at RAF Wythall (where the Phoenix building now stands) just after the war and he was interviewed by Phoenix and will appear in their next newsletter. The afternoon tea included some delicious cream cakes followed by a game of bingo. It was one of those summer days you look back on with a great deal of pleasure. Our many thanks go to all those people who made it possible but especially to Phoenix.

New Curate!

A warm welcome to Rev. Michelle Parton who joins us as curate at St Mary’s having been ordained Deacon today (5th July 2015) by Bishop David at St Martin in the Bull Ring. You can read more about Michelle here.

ordination as deacon

Friendship Club Coach Trip

Here are some members of The Friendship Club from Dennis Potter Court, Silvermead Court, and St. Mary’s, enjoying a guided tour coach trip in June 2015 to The Teme Valley. Everyone said how much they had enjoyed the wonderful views, on a glorious sunny day. The informative and interesting facts, (some humorous), from our courier Brian about the lovely small hamlets and village areas we went through, together with the history of their churches, pubs etc.Coach trip