EVENT UPDATE: Christmas card delivery service

Postman David

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.

NEWS UPDATE: Funding boost for Focal

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.

EVENT UPDATE: Adderbury Scouts 15-mile sponsored walk

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.


EVENT UPDATE: Pub quiz success

The Focal Pub Quiz on 11 November was an enjoyable and successful evening.  Thanks to David & Aline Griffiths for organising the event and running the quiz and to Chris and Sandra Shallis for providing space at The Bell and serving food.

Fifteen teams took part of various sizes.  Congratulations to the winning team comprising Michael Walsh & his partner, Jill Boss and Anthony & Pauline Wagg!  Runners up were Goldilocks & The Bears.

The event raised £556 which will make an excellent contribution to our fund raising target.

Thanks to everyone who supported this event and to David and Aline for giving everyone a most enjoyable evening.  They are looking forward to the next one in April 2018.

EVENT UPDATE: Pimms and Posh Frocks Party

Thirty people enjoyed a grand Pimms and Posh Frocks Party at The Grange Manor, opposite Church House in Adderbury on 21 October by kind permission of David and Caryl MacFarlane.

Our very grateful thanks to David and Caryl for lending us their beautiful home and for acting as welcoming hosts.  David spoke of the early history of the Grange site and some of the characters of the time, ending with a masterly support for libraries.  Caryl was a huge help in welcoming people and ensuring there was plenty of food and that glasses were kept full.

It was good to welcome Michael and Bev as newcomers to Adderbury and neighbours to David and Caryl.  We had guests from Milton as well as Adderbury and there was a buzz throughout the evening as people mingled and shared their news.

Our thanks to everyone who made for a very enjoyable and successful evening.

EVENT UPDATE: Meet the Authors – Angela Clarke and Harry Sidebottom












We had an excellent Meet the Authors event on Wednesday 13 September at Church House.  Angela Clarke and Harry Sidebottom had a conversation between themselves and with those attending about their writing styles and skills.  Everyone present found it most interesting.  There was brisk business with the book signing after their talk.

Our grateful thanks to Angela and Harry for travelling quite a distance to speak to us and for providing such a stimulating and interesting perspective.

Thanks also to John Osborne

for hosting the event and to Anne Dawson and Peter Britton for their support.

NEWS UPDATE: Annual General Meeting – 25 September 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Community of Adderbury Library will be held at Church House from 7:30 pm on Monday 25 September 2017.

The annual report and accounts will be presented and open to questions from members of the charity.

Nominations will be invited before the meeting for election to the Executive Committee where there are spaces for nine elected members as well as the four nominated by Oxfordshire County Council (2), Cherwell District Council (1) and Adderbury Parish Council (1).

Notice of the meeting together with the Report and Accounts will be circulated to members by e-mail (or snail-mail for those without e-mail).  Nomination forms for the Executive will be available from the secretary.


NEWS FLASH: Library manager appointed

Catherine Drake

Congratulations to Catherine Drake on her appointment as Library Manager at Adderbury Library following the retirement of Janet May, our previous manager.  Catherine’s official start date is 01-Aug-17 but she has been working at the library quite regularly since Janet left so many library users will already know her. Catherine lives in the village which is always a bonus!

Chrissie Garrett and Keith Mitchell from Focal were involved in the selection process.

EVENT UPDATE: Meet the Author – John Julius Norwich

The Institute was packed on the evening of Saturday 8 July to hear John Julius Norwich (JJN) speak about his passion for Venice.  He spoke to a slide presentation of 23 pictures showing the history of Venice and its recording by many famous artists.  He spoke with conviction and enthusiasm and everyone present clearly enjoyed it immensely.

Very sincere thanks to JJN for an entrancing talk about a subject in which he is clearly an expert and also passionately committed.

Thanks are due to a number of Focal Executive members:

  • Evelyn Jacomb for inviting JJN and for hosting the evening;
  • John Prentice, ably assisted by his wife, Sue, for setting up, clearing away and looking after the money!
  • Liz Wingrove, ably assisted by her entire family, in providing a speedy and enjoyable bar service even after discovering that the Institute did not run to a corkscrew!  Were we daunted?  Not for long!

Thanks to everyone who participated.  We made £608.75 from the event.  Another welcome addition to our funds to support the library.

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