Are you proud of your LOCKDOWN PROJECTS then why not share them and stand a chance to win £50 voucher from the Pickled Ploughman*.

Simply send a photograph via email of your project(s) to lockdown@adderburyfocal.org.uk and make a donation (you choose the amount) to Focal via the website http://www.adderburyfocal.org.uk you will then be entered into our competition to win.

Projects can be garden, DIY, creative creations, internal or external whatever captures ways in which you have enjoyed the enforced stay at home. There will be one prize for UNDER 18’s and the Pickled Ploughman prize for over 18’s. Include, your name and address, age, contact number, a before (not essential) and after picture (essential) with a brief description of the transformation / creation.

Pictures will be shared on our website and via our Facebook page (unless you tell us otherwise) and the closing date is end of July 2020.

Good luck and thanks for supporting FOCAL.

*Restaurant Meal once its re-open. Pickled Ploughman. http://www.pickledploughman.co.uk/

Event – Sue & Gail Family Quiz

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!

EVENT UPDATE: 100 Club winners

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

EVENTS UPDATE: Pub Quiz 16-Nov-19

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.




EVENT UPDATE: Antiques evening

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.


EVENT UPDATE: Pimms & Posh Frocks – a select company

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.

NEWS UPDATE: Loss of a good friend of the library

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.

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