Another fabulous Bell Quiz evening. There was a good turnout and a wonderful atmosphere throughout the evening with lots of laughter and good cheer. Keith Norton was fantastic as Quiz Master and David and Aline Griffiths had worked tirelessly in planning the event, generating challenging questions and, with their team, setting up for the evening. Well done, also, to the Liz Wingrove team for improvising a PA system for the evening.
The winning quiz team, featured above were Heidi Lancaster, Jenny Ward, Gary Lancaster and Maureen Banks, entered under the name of The Wooden Tops.
Thanks also to Chris and Sandra Challis for hosting the quiz at The Bell and for their donation of £40.00 towards our fund raising target.
Our Antiques Evening came close to cancellation when we had no bookings on the morning of the event. However, a single booking for four places during the morning persuaded the Executive to plough ahead and, surprise, surprise, we had 14 people attending, all with an assortment of objets d’art for appraisal and valuation. This therefore turned out to be an enjoyable and interesting evening and would have been slightly less worrying for the Executive if more people had indicated their intention to attend.
Our thanks to Michael and Frances Welch, residents of the village, who provided the antiques expertise and an extra thank-you to Nick Allen our local historian and author who was able to add nuggets of local information to some of the items being examined.
The evening raised £136 towards our fund-raising target from entrance fees and additional valuation fees and all left feeling they had enjoyed a most interesting evening.
The Focal Pimms & Posh Frocks Party at Nell Bridge House on Saturday 14 September was a most enjoyable event although sadly only attended by 15 friends of the library. We discovered very late in the day that it clashed with an event in the Church entitled Sounds Across Time of which we had no notice. We try very hard to avoid clashes with other village events but do depend on being advised of them.
We were pleased to welcome three new friends to the Party and to Focal: Pete & Judy from Milton Road and Lois from Kings Sutton. There was plenty of Pimms, wines, lager and soft drinks to accompany a barbeque and interesting nibbles between 5:00 pm and sunset towards 8:00 pm.
Thanks to all who participated and who supported.
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.
Congratulations to Trish Wright on winning the Lenovo laptop in the Focal Grand Prize Raffle which was drawn in the library on 24 August by Evan Phipps, son of Stuart Phipps who sourced the laptop, organised the raffle and is installing the computer for the lucky winner.
Our thanks to Stuart for sourcing this valuable raffle prize and for organising the event and to Evan for drawing the lucky winning ticket.
The event raised £400.00 towards Focal’s annual fundraising target. We wish Trish much enjoyment with her computer.
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.
The Focal Summer Treasure Hunt raised a good level of interest and curious residents who paid for the question sheet and spent quite some time seeking answers while walking the village.
Originally devised by Nick Allen, one of our patrons and organised by Ann Lyons, our parish council appointed Executive member, the event raised £75.00 on the day and presented a considerable mental challenge to the dozen people who entered.
Congratulations to the winner who persevered and gained the most correct answers.
The Focal event Meet the Painter held on Saturday 22-Jun-19 was a great success. Held at The Manor House by kind permission of Sir Martin and Lady Jacomb, it attracted 30 people to hear George Irvine talk about his life as an artist working in various media.
The weather was kind and the talk was held in the stable block at The Manor with drinks and nibbles to enjoy during the presentation.
Our grateful thanks to George Irvine for the work he put in to preparing and presenting his talk and to his wife who supported him on the overhead projector. Thanks also to Sir Martin and Lady Evelyn for allowing use of their lovely home and to Focal Executive members who helped with preparations and clearing away.
George Irvine runs The Crown at Enstone and we hear this is a must to visit for a delightful venue, excellent food and drink and service.
The event raised £390.00 for Focal funds to keep our library open.