An absolutely super evening had by our 6 teams, with their ages ranging from 6 – 92 years old!
Sue and Gail had organised a brilliant selection of categories for us to deliberate over, and with the juniors having their own set of tasks, and questions the whole event was a success, so much so, the winning teams split their prizes. A great evening in a great a relaxed location, thank you!
Recent winners of the Focal 100 Club were:
November: D. Griffiths
December: J. Cox
January: R. Shirt
February: E. Jacomb
March: C Hanley
April: P Smith
Congratulations to the lucky winners. Details of the 100 Club are at 100 Club
The Festive Morning in Church House was a very happy event with a good number of library friends spending time together.
Special thanks to Evelyn Jacomb for sterling work behind the scenes including organising the hamper raffle. Special thanks also to John Cordingley and his son Neil for organising the punch which had a special kick to it and was very well received by all! Thanks to John’s wife, Carol, for some delicious mince pies. John is pictured above with our Chairman while stirring the punch. Thanks finally to all those Executive members who helped in the preparations and on the day.
The morning raised £245 towards Focal’s fundraising target.
Winners of the hamper were David & Aline Griffiths. David is pictured below with our Chairman.
Along with all community libraries in Oxfordshire, Adderbury Library will close at 1:00 pm on 24-Dec-19 and will re-open on 02-Jan-20.
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.