Christmas Party with Disco

We had our Christmas Party and Disco in the newly refurbished Hall at Wesley Memorial Church.
We also had some surprise visitors, and a birthday bonus !

We did some serious discoing

After this Phab do not meet again until the the Pantomime on January 6th.
Another event to look forward to in January will be the Moonrakers concert on January 27th – tell your friends and family, who can book tickets via Oxford Playhouse.

Film Night – The Town That Sang – with Pizza

We ate pizza, and were then treated to a showing of The Town That Sang, a short musical film. Jack, who is a member of Wesley Memorial Church, wrote the music for the film – and gave us a short talk about it and answered our questions.

The film was funded by a Kickstarter campaign and some of the funders are also Phab members, who had seen it already, but were quite happy to see it again.

Pancakes !

Cooking pancakes in the Wesley Memorial kitchen.
Production line!
We built up to two pancake makers and someone putting them in the oven to keep warm.
Then it was time to eat !
we had a good selection of fillings –
bananas and cream,
bananas and chocolate sauce,  as well as sugar and lemon juice,  or Golden Syrup.
we even had a Birthday pancake !

Lord Mayor's challenge

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Rae Humberestone, visited Oxford Phab to meet the members (several of whom he knew already) and take part in a quiz, with a baked potato supper and a game of Boccia.
We were joined by visitors from Wesley Memorial Church, in particular from the Open Doors project and the John Wesley Society, which made it a particularly enjoyable evening.

The arrival

DSCF1475Mary and Helen welcoming the Lord Mayor.
DSCF1468The Mayor greeting members.

The quiz

Helen had prepared a quiz, so we divided up into four teams,

The Mayor’s team – called The Chain Gang – working on the quiz

Some of the other teams, hard at work.
DSCN6576Helen reading out the questions.

The supper

After the quiz we ate a meal of jacket potatoes with savoury mince, tuna, cheese or baked beans, followed by tea or coffee.

Boccia in the Church

We moved through into the church, where there was more space for a game of Boccia.
DSCF1504Trisha enjoying Boccia in the church
The Mayor bowled well, but his team did not quite catch up with the lead the General Ignorance team had built up in the quiz.

Presenting the prizes

At the end of the evening the Lord Mayor presented The Lord Mayor’s Challenge Cup to some members of the winning team. There were also chocolates which were shared with anyone who wanted one.
We hope Rae will be able to return next year, as Deputy Mayor for another Lord Mayor’s Challenge

Murder Mystery Evening

Phab were invited to the Wesley Memorial Open Doors Murder Mystery evening.  This included a meal, being prepared here.
The hall was set up.
Tables were labelled with the names of famous detectives.
We are Oxford after all – we also had Lewis,  as well as Rebus and so on from other places.
Here is the Hall filled with aspiring detectives.
The players in action
Enjoying the meal.
The Inspector reveals the result, which was a surprise to my table,
We alway enjoy joint activities with the church.