We have not had the tennis out for a while so what could be better on a cold January evening than a vigorous, if slightly unorthodox, game of tennis. Who was playing on each side of the net, and how many there were, varied through the evening,
We went to the captioned performance of Dick Whittington and his Cat at the Oxford Playhouse.
Our Deaf members appreciated the captions, unfortunately they were only available on one side of the theatre, but they managed to find alternative seats for some of our members where they could see the captions and the action on the stage.
Thanks to the efforts of the kind people who spent much of the day shopping, preparing and cooking, the Oxford Phab Christmas Dinner was a great success.
Many of our members went to town on the Christmas theme.
Let the feasting begin !
We wish all our members and the many people who have supported us a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We could not meet at Wesley Memorial Church this week as the Oxford Gospel Choir were having a big concert to raise money for Myeloma UK. We were able to hire St Andrews Church Hall to have our Christmas Bingo instead.
Our trusty Bingo machine, and experienced caller adapted well to the different environment, and – as usual – members brought prizes to distribute.
A good time was had by all !
A lot of work (not by me) had gone into preparing Christmas Crafts activities, and the results put in a festive mood.
Once again it was time to look back at what we had done during the year, and look forward to next year, in our Annual General Meeting.
Our chairman, Helen, summed up the year in her report
Oxford Phab Club 2018
Another year has passed, and I can’t believe I am already writing another annual report.
Friday nights filled with fun activities. We have had sports nights doing Boccia, hockey and Zumba. Food nights including pancakes and noodle night, and of course our very own Christmas dinner which was cooked by member and a few friends of Phab. This was really successful as it was a lot more inclusive and we had a lot more room to move around and mingle, which was lovely. We have had a number of arts and crafts nights, had quiz nights, film nights, bingo nights, beetle and we even had a Connect 4 competition night. We have also been invited to many events in the Wesley Memorial Church including the folk festival and the new years party as well as helping raise money for the Open Doors project by helping sell refreshments.
Out and about we had a meal at Oxy, went to a Halloween disco with our friends at Banbury Phab. We went to see Mamma Mia, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Band at the theatre, we took part in two Zumba Fundraisers, went to Donnington Social Club, have been bowling a few times, went to a barbecue at the home of Simon and Sarah. We went to the annual garden party fundraiser this summer.
Last year some of our members went to the South East Phab Fun Weekend back in November last year. We also went back to Avon Tyrell in the New Forest in July. Members got to have a go at many activities including archery and climbing. We cooked marshmallows on an outdoor fire. This year we were also welcomed by the crew of The Dolphin boat in Poole Harbour who took us on a trip around the harbour.
The Roy Lewis Memorial Prize last year was awarded to Darren and Maria for their wedding celebrations.
We have lots of fun activites planned for Christmas and have already booked to see a pantomime early next year (oh yes we have!)
Once again we really do appreciated all the continued support from our friends and families and everyone else who continues to make Phab fab.
Helen Williams Chair, Oxford Phab, November 2018
We had the usual financial reports, election of Officers and the Committee etc. After these routine matters we were very pleased to have Robin, who has organised many quiz nights for us, and Penny, who has been been a valued and helpful member for many years as this year’s recpients of the Roy Lewis Award.
Oxford kicked off it’s Christmas Light Festival with events around the city, and a parade which included New Inn Hall Street in its route.
Wesley Memorial Church was open for the event with a range of activities in the church.
There was blind drawing, badge making, card making as well as a some toys to play with, and an area of quiet respite.
In the John Wesley room Phab and church members gave free refreshments to members of the public.
We were in an ideal spot to watch the parade !
And then to offer doughnuts to passers by.
This was taken quite early, but by the time the floor was filled with enthusiastic dancers I was too carried away by the event to take pictures.
It was a cold night outside in Oxford, but there was plenty of warm and energy in the New Theatre, where we saw The Band – a musical featuring a group of teenage girls, fans of the boy band Take That, and their re-union twenty five years later.
The audience responded with enthusiasm to the performance, and we would like to particularly thank the people in the row in front of Tricia and Kelly. They realised that our members, being in wheelchairs, could not see if people were standing in front of them, so made a gap so Kelly and Tricia could still see the rousing finale.
The staff at the theatre were very helpful, producing a ramp to help us get out, when it looked as if a technical hitch with the lift might have prevented us leaving after the show !