Are you proud of your LOCKDOWN PROJECTS then why not share them and stand a chance to win £50 voucher from the Pickled Ploughman*.

Simply send a photograph via email of your project(s) to lockdown@adderburyfocal.org.uk and make a donation (you choose the amount) to Focal via the website http://www.adderburyfocal.org.uk you will then be entered into our competition to win.

Projects can be garden, DIY, creative creations, internal or external whatever captures ways in which you have enjoyed the enforced stay at home. There will be one prize for UNDER 18’s and the Pickled Ploughman prize for over 18’s. Include, your name and address, age, contact number, a before (not essential) and after picture (essential) with a brief description of the transformation / creation.

Pictures will be shared on our website and via our Facebook page (unless you tell us otherwise) and the closing date is end of July 2020.

Good luck and thanks for supporting FOCAL.

*Restaurant Meal once its re-open. Pickled Ploughman. http://www.pickledploughman.co.uk/

Event – Sue & Gail Family Quiz

An absolutely super evening had by our 6 teams, with their ages ranging from 6 – 92 years old!

Sue and Gail had organised a brilliant selection of categories for us to deliberate over, and with the juniors having their own set of tasks, and questions the whole event was a success, so much so, the winning teams split their prizes. A great evening in a great a relaxed location, thank you!

EVENT UPDATE: Volunteers’ luncheon Tuesday 9 February 2016

Our support for Adderbury library involves both fund raising to plug the funding gap and recruiting and supporting volunteers to work with our library manager.  We have been successful in recruiting a good number of volunteers, they have had some training in the basic skills of working in a library and a pair of volunteers work in the library during every weekday opening.

Volunteers' luncheon 9 Feb 2016

Volunteers’ luncheon
9 Feb 2016

On Tuesday 9 February, we held a lunchtime meeting to thank our volunteers and to share experiences.  A good number attended and enjoyed hearing from our library manager, Janet May and from John Cordingley of the Focal Executive.

Speaking after the luncheon, John Cordingley said “the lunch to recognise the work of volunteers was a great success.  It brought many of them together and helped to cement a team spirit with our library manager, Janet May, as team leader.”

Thanks to Bobbie Howard, our volunteer coordinator, for organising the luncheon.

NEW EVENT: Sarah and Winston at Blenheim

An insight into the lives of Sarah the first Duchess and Winston Churchill

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Join us in Adderbury Library to hear two fascinating talks.

Winston Spencer Churchill and Blenheim Palace

The private resources of Blenheim Palace are drawn upon to afford new and refreshing insights into this remarkable man. We examine the breadth of talent, achievement and personality of the “Greatest Briton”: soldier, politician, statesman, painter, writer, orator, family man – and bricklayer!

Sarah the Indomitable Duchess – a Lesson in Love…and Hate

The first Duchess was a passionate woman who at times favoured or alienated all around her; those closest to her were often the object of her irrational and damaging emotions. Sarah was once described as ‘a good hater,’ this talk will help you to decide whether this description was well deserved

What a great way to spend a Friday afternoon!!

Friday 18th March, 2.00pm in the Library Tickets £5  

(Tea & cakes will be available to buy separately)

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM: Adderbury Library OR by e-mail from Keith Mitchell on  krmcbe@gmail.com

All proceeds go to help keep the library open!

NEWS FLASH: Thanks to our Parish Council

Gracewell care home

Gracewell care home

Adderbury Parish Council has been negotiating with the developers of the care home on Banbury Road opposite the Twyford turn for a contribution to the local community.  The result is a donation to the Parish Council of £15,000.  The Parish Council has asked that £2,000 of this be designated as a donation to Friends of the Community of Adderbury Library and the developers have agreed to this.

Focal is extremely grateful to Adderbury Parish Council for facilitating this donation and to the developers for finding the funds to make it.  It will be put to good effect in supporting our library opening hours.

Here is a link to the developer’s web site: Gracewell

NEW EVENT: “It” Girls at Waddesdon Manor

The Waddesdon ‘IT’ Girls. A presentation in Adderbury Library

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Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885 to display his outstanding collection of arts and to entertain the fashionable world. Join us for a brief look at the fascinating lives of some of the ladies whose portraits can be found in the Collection of English Paintings at Waddesdon Manor.

The presenter will be Maureen Paterson a guide at Waddesdon. Maureen started as a Room Warden in Nov 2007 and 18 months later was chosen to become a House Guide. After 3 years of training she now undertakes private and pre-house tours plus several Discovery and Wine Cellar talks. Join us for what promises to be an entertaining evening.

Thursday 25th February, 8.00pm in the Library

£7.00 to include glass of wine or soft drink


Adderbury Library OR

by e-mail from Keith Mitchell on krmcbe@gmail.com


NEWS FLASH: Become a Friend of the library in 2016

Thinking of your New Year Resolutions?  Here is an easy one: to become a Friend of Adderbury Library.

The 2011 Census showed Adderbury with a population of 2,819 so, with recent housing developments, it must be well over 3,000 by now.  Hundreds of villages use Adderbury library and Church House from time to time but we have less than 100 Friends of the library.  Cuts to local government funding are here to stay so, if we want to retain our 18 hours of library time, we are going to have to pay for half of them ourselves.  That adds up to £9,000 every year.

Becoming a Friend of Adderbury library brings no special privileges;  access to the library is free to all.  However, becoming a friend means you will be supporting this important community resource for the benefit of all Adderbury residents and many people from adjacent villages who visit the library. Supporting Focal does more than maintain our library hours; our activities ensure Church House remains as a community resource.  Somewhere for clubs and societies to hold their meetings; for regular coffee mornings and rhyme times and lots more.  With wi-fi available to all as well as county council computers and a photo-copier, Church House can be a quiet haven away from noise and distractions at home.

There is a simple form under the Fundraising link on this web site.  Simply print it off, fill it in and send it to Anne Dawson on aandsdawson@btinternet.com.

If you can manage it, you can become a Patron for £100 per annum or just £8.33 per month.  We presently have 17 Patrons.  Again, there are no privileges attached to being a Patron beyond knowing you are making an important contribution to maintaining a valuable village amenity.  There is a Patrons’ Roll in the library but many Patrons prefer to remain anonymous.

Again, there is a simple form under the Fundraising link on this web site.  Simply print it off, fill it in and send it to Anne Dawson on aandsdawson@btinternet.com.


EVENT UPDATE: Festive morning at the library

Saturday 12 December was the day for our annual Festive Morning event at Church House.  John Cordingley presided over a vat of mulled wine which smelled wonderful and tasted even better while Anne Dawson and Angela Everett sold raffle tickets for two wonderful prizes that had Christmas Hamper, bursting with things to eat and drink over the Christmas period while the second prize was a magnum of champagne.  There was also a children’s prize to ensure they were not left out.  Church House was humming with people using the library and people coming for the mulled wine and a chance to win the raffle.  It was a delightful morning for all concerned.  I have no doubt we will repeat it early in December 2016.

EVENT UPDATE: A baffling pub quiz

David and Aline Griffiths worked very hard to make their Focal pub quiz at The Bell a huge success on Saturday 14 November 2015.  The questions seemed to get harder as the beer and wine circulated around the groups of contestants but this may have been more to do with the alcohol level than the real difficulty of the questions!  Everyone enjoyed themselves hugely and there was a clear wining team at the end of the evening but modesty will prevent us from naming them!  Thanks to David and Aline and also to the landlord and landlady of The Bell for their tremendous support.

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