We played Boccia in the Hall, as well as our usual conversation and cups of tea or coffee in the John Wesley Room.
We all enjoy Boccia, and some really enjoy it. The “It’s my favourite” exclamation was the response by one of our Oxford Phab members to finding that we were playing Boccia that night. As usual we play in the Hall at Wesley Memorial Church, which makes a great space for it.
This week we were especially fortunate that Tom, who actually knows the proper rules, was directing operations, and giving generous doses of encouragement.
We livened up our normal club meeting with a game of Boccia in the Hall at Wesley Memorial Church.
Our custom made Boccia ramp ( a piece of guttering) is visible in the foreground.
Normally our games of Boccia are pretty similar to anyone else’s, but this is something you don’t see in the Paralympics.
The red ball is on top of the white !
For comparison – this is how it should look
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.
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.
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.
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
We had our last opportunity to play Boccia in the Hall at Wesley Memorial before work starts on the room as part of the Open Doors regeneration.
Hopefully this will sort out the floor, as my ball kept drifting away from where I bowled it – though this did not seem to affect the other bowlers !