Banbury Cross Players staged a preview showing of their play CONTRACTions for Focal before entering it in two regional festival competitions. In Abingdon, they came second but, in Lighthorn, they were the winners and now go forward to the national finals in Woking.
Pictured above, Chrissie Garrett, who directed CONTRACTions, is handing over a cheque for £200 from Banbury Cross Players to the Focal Chairman, being the proceeds of their preview performance.
Focal thanks Banbury Cross Players for their generosity and wishes them all good luck in the final competition.
A few days ago, at about 10am, Peter Britton strolled into the main car park at John O’Groats. His virtual walk was over. The original distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats is 811 miles per Google Maps. Somehow, he did 913 miles but he did take several detours, especially around the Yorkshire Dales and The Lake District.
Since the last update, he has covered the distance between Ramscraigs, up to Wick, along the A99 and into John O’Groats.
The purpose of his doing this virtual walk was to try to raise as much money as possible to help fund the running costs of your local library in Adderbury. Focal has the responsibility to raise £10k every year. If they don’t, then the future of the library could be at risk.
We understand people are tired of being asked to sponsor this or donate to that which is why Peter has tried to do something different. Hopefully, in return for a donation from your hard-earned cash, he has given you something in return. The purpose of his weekly blog was hopefully to make you smile while you learnt something new and quirky every time. He also threw in quite a few litter picks around the village while he did his actual walking.
If you have appreciated Peters efforts and you care about your local library, please make a donation now. How to do this is under the Donation link on this website.
Some of you have already pledged money on completion. Can you all now action those pledges, please?
Peter will not personally ask for donations again, so please act now.
Although he has moved back to his beloved Yorkshire, Peter Britton continues his virtual walk to fund raise for Focal and writes as follows:
So, on my virtual walk, having left my last resting place of just north of Carrbridge, I have now reached the dizzy heights of Inverness. And that means I now only have 147 miles to go until I reach John O’ Groats.
Peter has walked a further 55 miles since last month’s update and he is now 585 miles north of his starting point at Lands End. A couple of weeks ago he crossed the Scottish border. Peter writes a weekly blog on his website at www.walkingforfocal.co.uk where he will talk about the weird and the quirky goings on in the areas he is visiting on his virtual walk. At the time of writing he is a few miles north of Lockerbie and his blog dated 24 November describes the joys awaiting you at Lockerbie Truck Stop, which warring clans took part in the Battle of Dryfe Sands way back in 1593 and how a giant supermarket put the Ecclefechan tart on the map.
Monies donated and pledged to date totals £449 which is slightly short of Peter’s target of raising one pound in total for every mile walked. To donate money, go to his website and click on the Donations link and follow the instructions. To pledge money, go to any blog and leave a comment about what you are pledging. Alternatively, to pledge money, send him an email at email@example.com. By Christmas he will have walked about 650 miles. Let’s see if he can get to £650 with a little bit of help from all you good people out there.
The car boot season is now well and truly over, and Peter is delighted to report that the total monies raised in 2018 was £609.40. During the winter months, if you have an unwanted item of value, and you are happy to donate the sale proceeds to FOCAL, please contact Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be happy to try to sell the item on-line for you.
Our Secretary, Peter Britton, has now completed over 400 miles of his virtual walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats and he has decided to make a slight diversion from the direct route to enable him to wax lyrical abut an area he knows well. He has veered slightly north east and is heading for the old Roman town of Ilkley. From there, he will explore the Yorkshire Dales before heading west to take in the eastern side of the Lake District to join up with his original route northwards at Penrith.
Follow his walks and see what else is on his mind by reading his blogs.
On his actual walking round the village, Peter has introduced a litter-pick service. Approximately twice per week, he will take a litter bag with him and pick up anything that he sees on the verges. He has started with tidying up Berry Hill Road from beyond the Last House down to the Oxford Road and he is currently working his way up the east side of the Oxford Road. Naturally, he is not doing this for love. He is trying to raise funds for the library so, anyone wishing to donate, simply click on the Donate button on his website, choose the option that best suits you and make a donation. Alternatively, if you wish to make a pledge to donate when Peter has completed his walk, just leave a comment on his blog or e-mail your pledge to him at email@example.com.
Peter is also running a virtual car boot stall. If you have items at home that are surplus/unused and would like to get rid of them but do not want the hassle of attending a car boot sale, Peter will do it for you. He will collect any reasonably sized item, take it to a car boot sale and the proceeds will go to Focal. Contact Peter by e-mail or by ‘phone on 01295 402159.
He has attended three car boot sales to date and has raised £300 for Focal. He plans to attend one or two more so the amount raised will increase. He would like to thank all those local people who have donated their items to make this fund raising possible.
Seven members of the 1st Adderbury Scouts set off this morning on a 15-mile sponsored walk to raise funds for Focal.
They are pictured here in Twyford Grove at 8:30 am and about to set off on their 15 mile walk, expected to take some five hours. They are well organised and supported by several adults who will be marking their progress round Adderbury, Bodicote, Bloxham, Milton, the Barfords and back to Adderbury. We wish them well.
From left to right, they are: Rafe Wingrove, Harry Critchfield, Tom Haynes, Henry Taylor, Gabriel Wingrove, Archie McCusker and Luca Lenihan-Owra.
Here they are after completing their 15-mile sponsored walk, looking pretty fit and well. They finished in good time as well! Many congratulations and hearty thanks to them and to all who sponsored them.
We are delighted to receive a cheque for £100 from the organisers of the Adderbury Christmas Market in the church. This was a huge success and enjoyed by many villagers and visitors with a large range of stalls and activities. Our thanks to all of the organisers who worked hard to make it a success and who voted to include Focal in their donations.
Our very grateful thanks to David & Aline Griffiths for running the Christmas card delivery service once again with proceeds going to Focal. The service raised £51.25 which sounds like 205 cards delivered and quite a good few miles walked along Adderbury streets!
David Griffiths organised the service and did much of the pavement pounding but was greatly helped by his wife, Aline, who sorted the cards, deciphered the addresses and corrected the wrong ones! Also, thanks to Kevin Behan, Sheila & Keith Norton, Lisa Smith and Neil Staples who took on some of the deliveries.
The weekly Friday coffee morning in the library is run by volunteers and is very popular with library users and others throughout the year. Funds raised are divided between Church House and Focal and we are delighted to learn that the coffee mornings in 2017 raised £2,000 with half of this – £1,000 – due to come to Focal towards our annual fundraising target of £9,000 plus to maintain library opening hours.
Our very grateful thanks to the regular volunteers who give up their time on Friday mornings to make this event so enjoyable and to all those who support it.
On Sunday 21 January 2018, seven 1st Adderbury Scouts are planning to walk 15 miles to earn their Scouting World badge and to raise funds for Focal. We wish them well and thank them for their enthusiasm.
See the event sheet for a photograph and the names of the participants. We wish them well and warmer and drier weather!
Anyone wishing to sponsor them at so much per mile can use our PayPal payment facility or e-mail Keith Mitchell with:
- full name
- e-mail address
- amount sponsored per mile
and details will be added to this web site.