We had a most enjoyable pub quiz evening on 19-May-18 to round off the day of the Royal Wedding and, we believe, a football match that some may have watched.
Organised in the unique style of David and Aline Griiffiths, the quiz attracted a good number of teams and was enthusiastically and financially supported by The Bell landlord and landlady, Chris and Sandra. Our grateful thanks to them all for making the event happen. Also to Liz Wingrove and family for their support. Below is a photograph of the winning team.
There was a grand turnout for an excellent evening for people to meet a professional ballerina and to hear some of the secrets and anxieties of a successful career. Isabel McMeekan was a First Soloist with The Royal Ballet Company. She was interviewed by her sister, Emilie McMeekan, who is a journalist. Those present learned about Isabel’s career, her new role and how aspiring ballerinas can progress in the art. The evening attracted a good number of young aspirants to dance and they left with a hugely improved idea of what is involved.
Our thanks to Isabel and Emilie for giving up their evening to share their life experiences with local residents. Special thanks to Evelyn Jacomb who provided the initial contact and organised the whole event with help from her family members. Thanks also to Liz & Rafe Wingrove, to John & Sue Prentice for setting up and clearing away and to the school headmaster, Phil Goldsworthy who is always on hand for events at the school.
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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.
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We have co-opted our youngest member to the Focal Executive. He is Rafe Wingrove and he is one of the scouts who took part in the sponsored walk and raised over £700 towards Focal funds.
Rafe has been attending our Executive’s informally for a while now and has been adding to our knowledge, particularly about younger residents; interests and in IT and social media matters. At our last Executive, he was formally co-opted to be a member. He cannot be a trustee because the age limit is 18 years but this is no barrier to his serving on the Executive and he has already made a strong contribution.
Over 20 people enjoyed a fascinating talk by Annie Murray author of a number of books based in Birmingham. Annie also writes under the name of Abi Oliver and this series of books has a Berkshire/Oxon background reflecting her own home area. Although living in Berkshire, Annie has strong family connections in Adderbury.
Thanks to Annie and to her husband who ably supported her for a stimulating insight into an author’s life and motivations and for bringing a selection of her books for signing and sale.
Thanks also to Chrissie Garrett for hosting the event, to Bobbie Howard for looking after the refreshments and to John Osborne for welcoming people and taking their entry fees. Thanks to all of them for help in setting up and clearing away.
This enjoyable event was also a financial success and added £143 to our new financial year’s fund raising target.
Focal hosted a most enjoyable luncheon today for the volunteers who give their time to support Adderbury library. They were joined by members of the Focal Executive and by our Library Manager, Catherine Drake.
Oxfordshire is one of the few county councils where there have been no library closures and no cuts in library hours and this is due in considerable measure to the work of volunteers who value their library to give of their time and talents.
Thanks to Bobbie Howard, our Volunteer Co-ordinator for organising the event and to John and Sue Prentice and to Catherine Drake for their support.
Apologies to any regular viewers of the Focal web site which crashed a few days ago and has only just been restored to life. It seems our web site host had a problem with failed servers and it took them several days to get them back in action.
Technology is wonderful when it works but a disaster when it fails!
Despite initial fears of low numbers, we had some unexpected arrivals which made for a thoroughly enjoyable and noisy Family Quiz. Adults enjoyed a picture quiz while comfortably seated; children had one that required them to search for answers to clues around the hall and then to match the answers to some questions. There were nibbles during the quiz and participants mainly brought their own drinks. There were prizes at the end.
Special thanks to Sue Hitchings and Gail Cripps who put a huge effort into organising the quiz and who provided the prizes themselves. Also to Angela Everett for organising the event and to John Prentice and Liz Wingrove who supported and finally to Phil Goldsworthy, school headmaster, who made us all so welcome.
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.