Halloween Disco at Banbury Phab

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,

Three Paul Hope Award winners, Barry, Mary and Simon

Mary was awarded the Paul Hope Award in 2015 and Simon was presented with the Award for 2005.

As if that was not enough excitement for one night, we celebrated a birthday, and then on to the (or another) highlight of the night, the fancy dress competition.

Unfortunately, as I was one of the judges, this does not show the full range of entries, and does not show the winning Pumpkin Patch Kids entry.

Thank you, Banbury Phab, for a memorable evening.

Phab is 60 !

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.

Also being back in Avon Tyrrell gave us a chance to look at the water activities which we did not have a chance to do on our holiday earlier this year, or last year, or in 2015.



AGM and Art and Crafts Night

We decorated cards and bags with a Christmas theme. .



More craft activities – powered by chocolates, which were the prize for our Team Building entry on the Phab South East Weekend.


Treasurer’s report at the AGM


Lee receiving The Roy Lewis Award. for all the discos he has run for us.

Dot was unable to attend but wss awarded the Roy Lewis Award in absentia,  for organising transport for many years.

Mary receives the Paul Hope Award

At a ceremony at the House of Lords Mary was awarded the Paul Hope Award for all  her contributions to Oxford Phab, Phab South East and Phab Nationally over many years.

Jackie and Mary 1Here is Mary with Jackie of Unity 70. For the first time the award was shared between these two  very deserving candidates.



Here is a video of her receiving the award.

There is an item about Mary receiving the award in the Autumn 2015 issue of KIT – the Phab magazine.

Simon presented with the Paul Hope Award 2005

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.


About Simon

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
  • Assistant treasurer
  • Enthusiastic particpant in all the club’s activities

Simon is also a member of Abingdon PHAB, where he also makes a valuable



Kelly nominated for the Louis Goldberg Award 2006

In recognition of her contributions to Phab,  Kelly was nominated for the Louis Goldberg Award, and was presented with a certificate a ceremony conducted at the House of Lords on February 9th 2006.

About the Louis Goldberg Award

The Louis Goldberg Award is awarded in memory of the late Louis Goldberg, a devoted supporter of Phab, and is presented each year to a Phab volunteer aged 25 or under.

About Kelly

More to follow

Simon nominated for Paul Hope Award

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.

dscn0524He was cheered on by several club members – unfortunately it was quite late when we left, but it was an amazing experience.