Tom’s wide range of questions reflected his wide range of interests, as well as the interests of club members. We played in teams, which was lucky, as the chances of a single individual (apart, presumably from Tom) being able to recognise, in the picture round, scenes from Paw Patrol and Gone with the Wind, were pretty slim.
Tonight’s craft activity was Hama beads, which allowed those of us with an artistic flair, and patience, to produce colourful pieces.
As usual we received a warm welcome at Donningon Social Club, and what could be a better way to spend a Friday night that going out for a drink with friends ?
The people we meet at Donnington are very supportive and it is good to have a change of scene.
Our trusty minibus took us though the stormy weather to Houslow for an Art and Craft session. We are very fortunate to have our own transport, which not only allows us to take part in activities with other clubs – like this one, and to go on holidays and other trips, but to do a pickup on a Friday night when circumstances allow. It is five years since our very first club outing in the silver minibus, which was also to Hounslow Phab Art and Crafts day.
Hounslow Phab had organised a range of activities, such as decorating eggs, hama beads, making keyrings and pictures frames.
They also, for those who had booked this, provided tasty cheese burgers, salads etc.
Despite the pleasures of the day we were pleased to return safely to Oxford.
Another great Zumba session with George Martini, warming us up in the chilly weather.
Fish and Chip Nights are always popular, although they do require a lot of organisation behind the scenes, researching possible chippies, getting menus and taking orders and money before the night. It is good to find somewhere which can deliver a large order – we tend to be in the upper twenties for order numbers – to the city centre.
Despite some complications everybody ended up well fed, but also not overwhelmed with excessive quantities of chips, which in a time when people are more aware of the issue of food waste, is a good thing.
Even though we squeezed into two lanes, which is a tight fit for our group, as wheelchairs and walking frames need room to maneuver, we had an enjoyable evening, with some very respectable scores.
We appreciated the way Hollywood Bowl no longer play loud background music, so we can socialise while waiting our turn.
Nell has been coming to Phab for many years – not every week, as it is a long trip down from Cumbria. We were pleased to be able to celebrate her 90th birthday, with a cake, and a card.
She then joined us in playing Beetle – and had the highest score !
We had Boccia on the programme, but had a committee meeting before club started, and discussions about our plans for the year, and hobbies and interests continued from there, so we never got round to getting the Boccia out.
Simon, having bought his laptop in for the committee meeting, showed me some of his videos of preserved railways.
Our Boccia referee, being deeply into politics, had a knowledgeable chat about the candidates for the Labour Party Leadership, and on other current topics our members hold views from staunch royalist to ardent republican we had plenty to talk about.