Easter Bingo

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.

The Graeae Theatre Company gave us lots of Reasons to be Cheerful

We went – in our lovely minibus – to the Milton Keynes International Festival to see the Graeae Theatre Company performance of Reasons to be Cheerful.
This is a selection of hits by Ian Dury, arranged and performed by Graeae, with British Sign Language interpretation, and captioning and images related to the lyrics, all woven into a rocking performance.
DSC00393Here we are arriving at the festival.

And seated in the Spiegeltent before the performance
DSC00398All good things come to an end and finally we had to leave, getting the minibus home about 1am.

Hinksey Heights Captains Drive In

We are the Hinksey Heights Golf Club Captains Charity for 2016 and they are donating the proceeds of the raffle to us, as well as other ingenious fund raising ideas.


Their members have donated some very generous prizes.
A wide selection of raffle prizes – many, unsurprisingly, with a golfing theme.
Although not everyone could make it to the event, we were very pleased to have the support of those who did manage to get there.


When the initial rush of raffle ticket sales had died down – since most of the golf club members were out playing their round of golf – we went for a walk to explore the course.
The view of Oxford is amazing.


One of their activities is Foot Golf, which is like a combination of Football and Golf, though we invented our own variant – by seeing how many throws were needed to go from the tee box to the hole.
imageThe weather was a little chilly, but sunny,  a good day to be out of doors.
Here is the ball heading for the hole !

It is trickier than it looks !

Simon teeing off in our hand thrown variant on FootGolf – note also the amazing view of Oxford in the background.

Simon makes it look easy !

Phab Art and Crafts Day in Hounslow

We had an early start, boarding the minibus for the journey to Hounslow.
All aboard !
On the bus and ready for a jolly day with our friends from other Phab clubs.
On the way we played “I spy”.
Warming up with hot drinks
Once we were warmed up we started on the crafts, making mosaics,
decorating eggs,
making keyrings,
and decorating mini bags.
Glass painting
Photos –
to go into picture frames
and of course there was a raffle.

Phab South East Fun Weekend – Sunday

After breakfast and an optional, but well attended and inspiring Morning Worship session, we went into a Team Building activity.
We worked in teams, Oxford Phab had the assistance of the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association, and given supplies of cake, swiss roll, chocolate buttons, fondant icing, icing sugar and similar ingredients and told to construct something related to a season.
wp-1448189680642So what can you make from cake ?
wp-1448189754034This is not a snowman – once coloured in this will be a maypole dancer !
wp-1448192033873Here is the final result – there is a maypole, complete with dancers – one in a wheelchair, a cake stall and a coconut shy – for added realism the coconuts are glued to the stands !
wp-1448192414437Other groups made a bonfire, a snowman, a ski scene and other seasonal themes, but after much deliberation ours was declared the best !!!
wp-1448192808870For added realism our spring fête ended in a washout !
We finished the event with presentations and lunch, and then went home on the minibus.

Phab South East Fun Weekend – Friday

Off in our minibus to Chichester for a Phab South East Fun Weekend
wp-1448019383343Going round Oxford and Abingdon, loading
wp-1448030483893Lunch at MacDonalds
We checked in to the hotel,  and unpacked in our rooms, and then it was time for the ice breaker activity.
wp-1448046301620Mingling in the bar, trying to find people Chelsea supporters and people who are allergic to cats. A good icebreaker as there are people from all over the South East here.
wp-1448051711914During the meal we were entertained by an excellent singer.
20151120_210200The meals at the hotel were good – here we have reached the coffee stage, still enjoying the entertainment.
This was followed by more chatting and entertainment until people drifted off to bed.

Barbeque at Simon and Sarah's

Simon and Sarah once again rounded off our summer season by hosting a Barbeque in their garden.
DSCN1979Here are some early arrivals
DSCN1978and more of the club on our minibus
11782455_10200970802829951_5993723357959250879_oBurgers, sausages, chicken, vegetarian burgers and sausages, as well as salads and nibbles, and a range of drinks – plenty for everyone.
No Phab now until September – although hopefully some members will help us serve Cream Teas, in aid of the Wesley Memorial Open Doors project on August 8th.

Alton Towers 2012

Early in the morning of September 15th we set off, in two minibuses – the Oxford Phab Minibus and one which had been come all the way from Chichester Phab.
We had a meal in their restaurant, and they stayed in the accommodation, which was accessible, and went on several rides.
On the Sunday we returned home – tired by happy.
We had a great time – which is why there are not many pictures, but you can see some of what we did in this gallery