Robin has been coming to Phab for many years, and we value his contributions in the form of the quizzes he arranges, the cups of tea he makes and his concerns for the smooth running of the club.
We also love a party, and although we can not dedicate a club night to every birthday, or we would never do anything else, Robin had just had a significant birthday, and Kelly’s brother Lee was available to do a disco for us.
We are grateful for the support of Robin’s parents, who joined us for the evening, to Lee for the disco, and to all the members who contributed both food and to the general party atmosphere.
As the Christian Aid Market was setting up in the John Wesley Room, we set up the Hall, both for those who wanted to sit and chat, and an area to play Boccia. This gave the Boccia players an appreciative audience.
It was great to have Hank and Joy join us for a game of Boccia. We all love to try new things and Boccia was new to them.
Tom refereed, and the games were often exciting, sometimes the jack would be hit and moved at the last minute, completely changing the state of play.
We followed our previous Club Night with Indoor Tennis in January with another tennis session, giving members an opportunity to have a bit of exercise.
This session was more co-operative then competitive with a focus on trying to have longer rallies across the net. Impressively, given how high the ceiling is, the ball managed to be bounced off the sound deadening blocks a few times, which returned it in random directions. Luckily we play with a soft foam ball, which is safer for players, spectators and fitments.
Who would not want to win some Easter Chocolate ? (Non chocolate prizes were also brought by thoughtful members for those who can not have chocolate.) Members bring prizes and then play Bingo to win them.
Above you can see us enjoying the game.
Our activities could not happen if our members can not get to events, and we are very fortunate to have our own Minibus and the kind volunteer drivers who make this possible. We were especially lucky today as the minibus had been showing a fault with the ABS, and we could not take passengers until this was fixed. We left the minibus with Rygor on Thursday evening, and they looked at it on Friday morning, ordered the required part and fixed it in time for us to collect it and do the Friday evening transport run. Many thanks to the Rygor staff for fixing it, and Chris for driving.
We benefit from the improvements to the buildings which have been made by the Wesley Memorial Open Doors project so far, so some of our members came along on a Saturday to help sell refreshments to raise money for the further developments. There was CD and Record Fair in the Hall, and we work with them to sell tea, coffee, home made soup, cakes, jacket potatoes etc to passers by in the John Wesley room (which is on the way to the Hall.
Members of Wesley Memorial church had kindly baked delicious cakes, and church and Oxford Phab members chopped vegetables and made soup, washed salads, took money, cleared up and all the other tasks needed to make a successful day. Many thanks to everyone who helped, and to those who came and bought food and drinks
We have not had the tennis out for a while so what could be better on a cold January evening than a vigorous, if slightly unorthodox, game of tennis. Who was playing on each side of the net, and how many there were, varied through the evening,
We went to the captioned performance of Dick Whittington and his Cat at the Oxford Playhouse.
Our Deaf members appreciated the captions, unfortunately they were only available on one side of the theatre, but they managed to find alternative seats for some of our members where they could see the captions and the action on the stage.