Zumba Fundraiser

George Martini and his Zumba Instructor friends kindly laid on a Zumba session for us from 11am until 12:30 – a morning of high energy activity which sped by. Phab members, friends and supporters paid £10, came and danced and had a great time and raised over £300.

Afterwards we were able to restore the burnt-off calories with home made coffee cake, courgette and poppy seed buns and tea or coffee.

We were also delighted to be joined by one of our original members, and had an opportunity to chat and reminisce.

Celebrating Softness and Strength

Some of our members brought in favourite soft toys, who get together for a party !

Who knew you could find such diversity in soft elephants !

Sometimes we all need a little softness in our lives, and it is good to have an environment where we can celebrate our weakness for cuddly animals, as well as the inner strength which has helped several of our members though difficult times.

We could also celebrate Helen’s trip to a reception at the House of Lords as this year’s winner of the Paul Hope Award.

Helen with other Phab guests at the House of Lords

In the spirit of diversity Helen did not restrict herself to humans in making new friends …

Helen with a friendly seagull.

Helen did bring her trophy to Phab, but although we are always glad to welcome friends of members, she came without her new avian pal!

Serving Refreshments in church

Sometimes we serve refreshments in the John Wesley Room of Wesley Memorial Church, raising money for club funds. This time the church was open as a historic building, as part of the Oxford Preservation Trust Open Doors Weekend.

Chatting to the many people from all over the world who came to see the beautiful city were we are privileged to meet was a joy, and hopefully some of them will come away with some awareness of Phab and what we stand for. We also raised money for Rainbow House, a drop-in centre for accompanied pre-school children, which also meets at Wesley Memorial.