Phab Southeast Fun Weekend 2017

The Fun Weekend organised by Phab Southeast in 2015 was very enjoyable, so a dozen members of Oxford Phab signed up to go again in 2017.

Friday

Taking the minibus and a car, we set off on Friday morning, hoping we might even arrive at the coast in time to see the sea before we checked into the hotel. Unfortunately the A34 was completely closed southbound, leading us to enjoy a scenic tour of  Hampshire instead, with a highlight of the services at Sutton Scotney.

Finally we arrived at the hotel, checked in, unpacked and mingled with members from other Phab clubs in the bar until it was time for dinner.

Chatting in the bar

Dinner was a buffet, with a selection of  hot dishes, and was accompanied by entertainment and followed by disco and karaoke .

Part of the buffet – before we ate.

Saturday

After a buffet breakfast, and a presentation by the CEO of Disabled Motoring UK, we split into groups for activities in the morning and afternoon with a buffet lunch in between.

Edible Christmas Crafts

In the this activity we learnt how to make a snowman, a wreath and a mug of chocolate out of marshmallows, biscuits and other edible goodies.

Edible Christmas goodies
Room full of Christmas crafters

Amazing Animals

We saw, and in some cases got close to, a range of animals.

Dinner

We got dressed up for a posh dinner.

Dinner was followed by a Disco.

 

Sunday

After an Act of Worship for anyone who wished to attend, and who had got up in time, there was a Team Building exercise, once again making things out of edible material.

This was followed by a full Sunday Lunch, with Roast Beef, Pork or Turkey, and then we had a wrap up session and all went home.

 

 

Darren and Maria Hen and Stag party at Hinksey Heights Golf Club.

Darren and Maria, who are getting married later this year, had a combined Hen and Stag party at Hinksey Heights Golf Club.

We had an abundance of Hen and/or Stag party themed drinking straws, ice cubes, pasta ! There was also plentiful and tasty meal.

There was fancy dress – here are some of the Pink Ladies

There was singing

and presents for the bride and groom to be

We also, sadly, said farewell to Mary, who had been making us welcome at Hinksey Heights Golf Club since we started being their Captain’s charity, but is moving on to pastures new. She had put a lot of effort into making this party very special, and we hope she will stay in touch.

 

Oxford Phab at Avon Tyrrell in June 2017 – the beginning

When does a Phab holiday begin ? The official start was everyone assembling at 10:30 to board the Minibus, and three cars (we were joined by another one later with members who had to work during the day on Friday), and set off for the New Forest.

Before that plans had been made, food and other supplies bought, meals cooked and frozen and a host of other activities to make sure the holiday was a success.

The actual loading was very much the same as in 2015 and 2016, and the journey uneventful, but we were still pleased to arrive,  have a picnic lunch in front of the house, and then, once our chalets were free, unload.

 

 

Evening at Donnington Social Club

As always we were made very welcome at Donnington Social club, where we enjoy a change of scene and a chance to sit and chat.

We could also watch the club members play darts, which we did not join in – I think they play at a higher skill level than we do.

 

High Ropes at Avon Tyrrell 2016

After our Archery session we moved on to the High Ropes. These are allowed us to get high up into the trees !

DSC00006In the middle of this picture Maria is climbing a tree, watched by Tom and some of the Avon Tyrrell instructors.

DSC00008I am walking along a log above the forest.

I do make it to the end !

DSC00012Trisha climbing.

DSC00016Trisha has climbed even higher, while, in the background, Helen has climbed up to the horizontal log.

Kelly going for a swing !

DSC00029Sarah on the High Ropes – heading up,

DSC00038and has enjoyed the experience !