We are very sad to report the death of John Prentice, until recently our Treasurer and Membership Lead. John was a tireless supporter of the library, maintaining our financial records and reporting thereon, giving wise counsel at our Executives, a regular supporter of Focal events where he was always first to help set up & take down and a very helpful link with the Primary School where he had served as a governor for quite some time.
John resigned from our Executive when his health declined but we are all stunned to learn of his passing and send condolences to Sue and to family and friends. We will have fond memories of his loyal support and we will miss his enthusiasm and wise counsel.
The Annual General Meeting of Focal for 2019 is planned for Monday 23-Sep-19 from 7:30 pm at Church House.
Copies of the Report and Accounts for 2018/19, together with the minutes of the 2018 AGM and an Agenda for the 2019 meeting will be sent to all Friends of the Library who are eligible to attend.
Nominations to the Executive take place at the AGM and we need some new members to bring a different perspective and new ideas to the board. Nominations for those under 18 are allowed under our Constitution and are welcome to give us as broad an age range as possible.
No need to book; just come along.
John Prentice has resigned from the Executive and as Treasurer on health grounds. John has been a tower of strength to us, keeping our finances in good order, reporting monthly on them and generally supporting many Focal activities. We shall miss his wise counsel and support and wish him well in overcoming his present illness.
The post of Secretary has been vacant since Peter Britton moved back to Yorkshire and we have missed his enthusiasm and varied ideas for supporting our aims. Keith R Mitchell is acting as Secretary until a new appointment is made and prepares agendas and minutes for meetings. However, the good news is that Su Bullus has volunteered to take on this role in 2020 when she retires from employment.
Further good news is that Stuart Phipps will take on the roles of Treasurer and of Membership Secretary. Stuart is an IT expert and will be using computer software to maintain financial records and to improve our membership recruitment and retention. He starts from a strong base because John Prentice maintained good records of our finances which he is passing on to Stuart.
Focal will be at the Farmers’ Market on 14-Feb-19 at the Institute from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. See the Events page for more details.
Call My Wine Bluff takes place at Church House on 02-Mar-19 from 7:00 pm. See the Events page for more details.
The date of our Pub Quiz is now agreed as 06-Apl-19 from 7:00 pm. See the Events page for more details.
Adderbury library volunteers attended a very useful workshop today run by Graham White and Mary Davies from the County Council Library Service.
The workshop covered the regular work of volunteers with many helpful tips about making the customer experience enjoyable and interesting. It also covered the digital services offered through the County Council web site. Library members can access and download a variety of e-books and a selection of magazines and reference databases. The library catalogue is also available on the web site to all viewers and library members can reserve and renew books.
The library manager is supported by one or more volunteers during most library sessions.
Two Executive members retired at the AGM: Chrissie Garrett and Angela Everett while one new member, David Griffiths was elected. Grateful thanks were extended to Chrissie and to Angela for their significant contribution to Focal over quite a few years. David is a most welcome addition to the Executive as a hard-working community activist with boundless energy.
We also lost Bobbie Howard who had coordinated our volunteers although not being a member of the Executive. We need to find a replacement for her and there is room on the Executive for co-opted members to join us.
Liz Wingrove said “I am pleased to take on the role of Chairman of Focal if not a little daunted. We have a challenging task in raising almost £10,000 pa to maintain our library opening hours. I see the library and Church House as an essential community hub; something we should be very proud to have in Adderbury. As Chairman, I want to see the profile of the library and the building raised, usage increased and our support base strengthened. We have less than 100 members of Focal in a village with a population of nearly 3,000. So come on, Adderbury, there are lots of ways to support our community and I hope to meet you during my term.”
Opening hours at Adderbury Library
Oxfordshire Libraries and FOCAL (the Friends of the Community of Adderbury Library) have agreed to review the opening hours of the library to ensure that these still reflect the needs of the local community. As a result of the discussions with Church House and FOCAL, a number of minor changes are proposed to the opening hours. There is no change to the overall number of hours that the library is open but we hope this offers a more logical and helpful timetable. Consideration has also been given to other users of Church House.
Summary of proposal:
- No change to the days that the library is open;
- Simplify the hours, reducing gaps during the day;
- Adjust hours on Friday to reflect low usage during the last hour;
- Retain at least one evening session (to 7pm) for people coming home from work;
- Retain the weekday morning sessions and
- Retain opening on Saturday mornings.
|Current opening hours||Day||Proposed opening hours|
|10:00 am to 12:00 noon and
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
|Tuesday||10:00 am to 1:00 pm and
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
|2:00 pm to 5:00 pm and
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
|Thursday||4:00 pm to 7:00 pm|
|10:00 am to 12:00 noon and
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
|Friday||10:00 am to 1:00 pm and
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
|9.30 am to 1:00 pm||Saturday||9.30 am to 1:00 pm|
|18.5 hours||Total hours||18.5 hours|
We welcome your feedback on this proposal. Please complete the survey below and return it to the library, by 31st July 2018. Alternatively, you can complete the survey online at: https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk
|Please tick one box in each row||Agree||Disagree|
|I would prefer the revised opening hours|
|I would prefer the opening hours to stay as they currently are|
|Please add any comments or alternative suggestions (continue overleaf if necessary):|
If you are a library user, how do you normally access Adderbury Library (Tick one)
|By Car||On Foot/Bicycle||Other|
We would hate to lose you!
We currently hold over 350 e-mail addresses of people who are a Patron or Supporter or who live in or near Adderbury or who have attended one or more of our events.
A new European Union Regulation requires all holders of data to obtain permission to retain personal data such as an e-mail address on their databases by 25-May-2018.
We will only use the data to e-mail details of our upcoming events and generally no more than once per month. We will not pass on any e-mail addresses or any other personal data to any other organisation.
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