Phab North Conference celebrates 60 Years of Phab!

The Phab Diamond celebrations kicked off in style at the North Regional Fun Weekend at Mytton Fold Hotel, Lancashire.  With one hundred and eleven Phab members from fourteen Phab clubs attending, there were certainly plenty of opportunities to “make more of life together”.

After an enjoyable evening on the Friday catching up with old friends and new, followed by a fun quiz in the bar, we woke on Saturday morning ready for an exciting day packed full of activities. There was plenty to choose from including Boccia, Zumba, drumming, first aid, truffle making, wine tasting, arts and crafts, nail painting and Drumacise.

That evening we continued the celebrations at our Diamond Ball.  As we arrived dressed up to the nines in our suits and gowns, we walked down the red carpet and took our seats for the gala dinner in the beautifully decorated Abbey Suite.

As soon as the meal was over, the disco began and in true Phab fashion the dance floor was full to capacity from the moment the music started to the moment it finished!  The atmosphere was incredible and it was wonderful to see so many Phab clubs getting together and enjoying each other’s company.

On the Sunday morning we held The Great Phab Bake Off!  Splitting into small groups everyone had to design and create a show stopper that Mary Berry would have been proud of!  The theme was to make something that represented the area your Phab Club is from and the imagination, flare and enthusiasm of the groups produced some wonderful results!  There was Rossendale Ski Slope, Bradford Mosque, the three swans of Selby, a red bus, the Rossendale landscape and the Angel of the North.  The winning team were I AM Phab Bebington who created a beautiful flower to represent the park movement which started on the Wirral.

The whole weekend was fantastic from start to finish and this was all down to the wonderful people who attended, everyone who facilitated the workshops and all the staff at Mytton Fold Hotel.  The enthusiasm and passion for Phab shone through in everyone and helped to create fantastic memories we will never forget.

The Rt Hon The Earl of Snowdon GCVO RDI 1930 – 2017

(pictured above presenting Phab’s Snowdon Lifetime Achievement Award together with the late Lord Morris of Manchester to celebrate our Golden Jubilee Year in 2007)

We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Lord Snowdon on the 13th January.

His pioneering work in the 1970s changed attitudes towards disabled people – promoting ownership of their own lives and decisions, equal opportunities and rights. In 1981 he launched the International Year of Disabled People.

Lord Snowdon was Patron of Phab for nearly 50 years and supported passionately our work of changing the lives of people with disabilities for the better.

We send our condolences and deepest sympathy to Lord Snowdon’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time.

 

John Corless OBE, Chairman of Phab

 

Phab’s Fanfare for Christmas

We are so grateful to the wonderful actors who gave their time to present readings at the Phab Carol Concert performed by the London Orpheus Choir and Meridian Voices at St James’s Church Piccadilly shortly before Christmas.

Amy Beth Hayes, Ian Lavender, Hayley Mills and Michael Pennington delighted the audience with their unique choices of seasonal readings, combined with a perfect blend of both well-known carols for choir and audience and lesser known and very beautiful pieces from the choir and soloists, Bryony Purdue and George Clifford. Richard Jenkinson conducted the combined choirs with style and gusto and we were also very fortunate to have the talents of Ian Le Grice at the organ.

Mik Scarlet, journalist and broadcaster, generously gave his time to present the evening, taking over this role from Phab’s much loved late President, Ed Stewart who so sadly died in early January last year. During his welcome speech, John Corless (Chairman of Phab) read a personal message to the audience from Anita Dobson, who succeeded Ed as President in May but was unable to attend due to her current appearance in the long running musical “Wicked”.

The evening was a festive Christmas treat for the large and very appreciative audience who have already made a note in their diaries for 14th December 2017!

Read the full programme from the evening here.