Wow, what a night ! Banbury Phab invited us to their Halloween Disco, which they do in style – we were greeted with a spooky door bell, the hall were they meet was decorated with Halloween table cloths, and there were flying ghosts and witches.
We ate from the plentiful supply of hot dogs, and then Barry, club leader at Banbury Phab for many years had an announcement to make.
He had been to the House of Lords, and been presented with the Paul Hope Award, which is given for outstanding contributions to furthering the aims of PHAB. As he had travelled by coach he did not have the award with him,
but it looks like this.
We know because there were three Paul Hope Award winners in Banbury that night,
Phab, the national charity, which Oxford Phab is affiliated to, celebrated its 60th birthday this year.
Part of the celebration was a Tea Party at Avon Tyrrell, particularly significant as Phab started in 1957, following a National Association of Youth Clubs camp where one of the participants said he wanted “Opportunity, not pity”.
The marquee, decorated for a 60th party, ready for tea.
John Corless, OBE, giving a speech, and review of Phab, past and present.
He presented awards to people who had been working with Phab for many years,
It was a great opportunity to get together with Phab people from all over the country and have a reminder of the things that other clubs are doing.
An article about Mary’s reception of the Paul Hope Award has been published in the Oxford Mail at http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/14021580.It___s_absolutely_Phab_as_social_club_founder_is_awarded_for_her_work/
It is great to see news of what we are doing reaching a wider community.
In recognition of his work in furthering the aims of PHAB over many years Simon Purbrick was presented with the Paul Hope Award at a ceremony conducted at the House of Lords on February 9th 2006.
About the Paul Hope Award
Presented annually in memory of the late Paul Hope, the
award recognises outstanding contributions to furthering
the aims of PHAB. Paul Hope was the Club Services and
Development Officer at PHAB for many years.
Simon has been a member of Oxford Phab for many years, and has been
Club photographer (and video cameraman)
Caretaker of the club’s camcorder and video recorder (the latter now unfortunately worn out, but Simon brings his own DVD player in when needed, and has transferred many of the PHAB photos into slideshows on disk.)
Organiser of trips to steam railways
Creator of membership forms and other paperwork required for the smooth running of a club
Enthusiastic particpant in all the club’s activities
Simon is also a member of Abingdon PHAB, where he also makes a valuable
At a ceremony at the House of Commons Simon was awarded a certificate in recognition of his being nominated for the Paul Hope Award. The award is presented annually in memory of Paul Hope, who did much for Phab over many years, and potential recipients have to have helped further the aims of Phab in an outstanding way,
Here he is outside the House, holding his certificate.
He was cheered on by several club members – unfortunately it was quite late when we left, but it was an amazing experience.