EVENT UPDATE: Focal Festive Morning heralds in the Christmas Season

Church House was full this morning for Focal’s Festive Morning to mark the opening of the Christmas Season.  On a cold morning, John Cordingley’s fiery mulled wine was most welcome and accompanied by plenty of mince pies.  There was good conversation and a chance to make new friends as well as to meet old ones.

Focal 2019 Calendars were also on sale with 12 pictures of our wonderful village.  If you have not bought one yet, they are on sale in the library and should shortly also be available from The Bell and The Coach & Horses, subject to the landlords’ permissions.

Pictured here is Focal Chairman, Liz Wingrove, announcing a winning ticket for the bumper raffle.  She is helped by Evelyn Jacomb and Ann Dawson.  Thanks to our willing team who organised the event and to everyone who came to support Focal.

If the photograph is not as crisp as you might hope, put it down to the strength of John’s mulled wine!

NEWS UPDATE: Focal Calendar 2019 on sale

The Focal Calendar featuring 12 views of Adderbury village is now on sale from the library.  We hope to have copies for sale in The Bell and The Coach & Horses, subject to the landlords’ permissions!

Priced at £7.00 this will look great on the kitchen wall as well as keep the whole family in the know.  It would also make a grand Xmas present for family and friends to remind them that Adderbury is a fabulous village.

Proceeds help us to maintain our  library hours.

NEWS UPDATE: Peter Britton’s virtual walk continues …

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 peterbritton32@hotmail.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 peterbritton32@hotmail.com who will be happy to try to sell the item on-line for you.

 

EVENT UPDATE: Focal Pub Quiz – 17-Nov-18

A successful and fun evening for all who attended the Focal Pub Quiz at The Bell, Adderbury on Saturday 17 November.

We raised £484 for our funds.  Our thanks to David & Aline Griffiths for their hard work in organising and promoting the evening.  Thanks also to Chris & Sandra Shallis for their generous sponsorship of the  event as well as hosting the event at The Bell.

Congratulations to the winning team – Kimberley’s Friends, comprising Kimberley Allcott, Elizabeth & Dave Lovick , Charlotte Holmes and two friends, most of whom are pictured above.

NEWS UPDATE: Volunteers’ workshop in the library

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.

NEWS UPDATE: New Chairman and Executive appointed

Liz Wingrove has been elected as Chairman of Focal, replacing Keith R Mitchell who stood down after six years in that role although remaining a member of the Executive.

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.”

NEWS UPDATE: Peter Britton’s virtual walk and car boots continue …

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 peterbritton32@hotmail.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.

 

 

 

 

NEWS UPDATE: Library hours consultation

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
Closed Monday Closed
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

Closed Wednesday Closed
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
     

 

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