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.
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 !
Despite having been up all the previous night, watching the Election results and raising over £100 pounds for Oxford Phab, Tom was still awake to act as our Bingo caller for our usual selection of prizes brought in by members.
We all had a good time, and everybody wins prizes.
Kelly and Tricia getting into the Christmas spirit with seasonal jumpers !
Sarah put a lot of preparation into the Video Games night. She prepared a presentation with information about the Handheld Computer game systems she owns, putting them into their historical context and telling us more about them.
She also brought along a selection of handheld game consoles and some games
and told us about them
We also had George Martini come to give us a Zumba refresh, and we celebrated Wendy’s forthcoming birthday with cake !
We had an enjoyable series of games of Boccia, refereed by Tom.
As we get better some games become harder to decide the score
Sometimes the scoring is easier !
Unfortunately the hoist at the boathouse was broken, so only a small group (who also had to be prepared to forego a Sunday lie-in) were able to go canoeing.
As we always find, the instructor was very good, and had everybody playing ‘tag’ – which he was much better at than everybody else !
A group, mostly of members who had not been able to have a go last year, had a chance to try the Zip Wire.
It was a thrilling experience !
While some members were on the Zip Wire, others were trying their hand at Archery, as we did last year.
Having worked up a good appetite we returned to the Lodge for home made pizza as our Pizza Night in June had gone so well.
Fueled by our lunch we loaded the minibus and cars and went home for a rest !
We set up a Connect Four (Four in a row) tournament, knockout fashion.
Almost everyone participated and enjoyed the game, and as we have several sets anyone who was keen could continue to play even if they had been knocked out of the main tournament
Oxford Phab aims to provide activities for a wide range of abilities, and often games are played in a spirit of co-operation. Beetle can bring out the less patient side in everybody, which is why there is no record from tonight of anybody actually playing Beetle. Once games started there were no spare moments for photography. In the Phab spirit we felt the anguish of those throwing every number except six, while others on the table were trying to complete a Beetle, and kept throwing sixes which were useless to them.
Our final winner generously shared out the prize chocolates with the whole club.
We baked mini sausage rolls and had some little cakes and other nibbles (left over from a church bring and share event) as a bit of a celebration of another Birthday. Some of us worked off the calories with a vigorous – if rather random – game of Hockey in the Hall.
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.