Thinking of your New Year Resolutions? Here is an easy one: to become a Friend of Adderbury Library.
The 2011 Census showed Adderbury with a population of 2,819 so, with recent housing developments, it must be well over 3,000 by now. Hundreds of villages use Adderbury library and Church House from time to time but we have less than 100 Friends of the library. Cuts to local government funding are here to stay so, if we want to retain our 18 hours of library time, we are going to have to pay for half of them ourselves. That adds up to £9,000 every year.
Becoming a Friend of Adderbury library brings no special privileges; access to the library is free to all. However, becoming a friend means you will be supporting this important community resource for the benefit of all Adderbury residents and many people from adjacent villages who visit the library. Supporting Focal does more than maintain our library hours; our activities ensure Church House remains as a community resource. Somewhere for clubs and societies to hold their meetings; for regular coffee mornings and rhyme times and lots more. With wi-fi available to all as well as county council computers and a photo-copier, Church House can be a quiet haven away from noise and distractions at home.
There is a simple form under the Fundraising link on this web site. Simply print it off, fill it in and send it to Anne Dawson on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can manage it, you can become a Patron for £100 per annum or just £8.33 per month. We presently have 17 Patrons. Again, there are no privileges attached to being a Patron beyond knowing you are making an important contribution to maintaining a valuable village amenity. There is a Patrons’ Roll in the library but many Patrons prefer to remain anonymous.
Again, there is a simple form under the Fundraising link on this web site. Simply print it off, fill it in and send it to Anne Dawson on email@example.com.
Saturday 12 December was the day for our annual Festive Morning event at Church House. John Cordingley presided over a vat of mulled wine which smelled wonderful and tasted even better while Anne Dawson and Angela Everett sold raffle tickets for two wonderful prizes that had Christmas Hamper, bursting with things to eat and drink over the Christmas period while the second prize was a magnum of champagne. There was also a children’s prize to ensure they were not left out. Church House was humming with people using the library and people coming for the mulled wine and a chance to win the raffle. It was a delightful morning for all concerned. I have no doubt we will repeat it early in December 2016.
David and Aline Griffiths worked very hard to make their Focal pub quiz at The Bell a huge success on Saturday 14 November 2015. The questions seemed to get harder as the beer and wine circulated around the groups of contestants but this may have been more to do with the alcohol level than the real difficulty of the questions! Everyone enjoyed themselves hugely and there was a clear wining team at the end of the evening but modesty will prevent us from naming them! Thanks to David and Aline and also to the landlord and landlady of The Bell for their tremendous support.
Thanks to Sue Middleton of the Aga Shop at Twyford Mill for hosting a brilliant evening on 23 October 2015 to demonstrate Aga cooking for 25 friends of the library who were able to sip Prosecco and nibble some tasty morsels while the resident Aga chef demonstrated how to get the most from an Aga stove. One finished, those attending were able to taste the food that he had cooked and to finish off the Prosecco. The shop has a wide range of stoves and an intriguing assortment of cooking accessories. The adjacent Fired Earth store also stayed open late to give those attending an opportunity to sample their wares.
This proved a very popular event, filling to the capacity of 25 people and we plan to hold another one in the autumn of 2016.
Grateful thanks to Jacob & Harriet Potts and to Peter & Christine Job for acting as hosts and opening their homes for our Pimms & Posh Frocks Party on 12 September 2015. We started at Ivy House, recently bought and refurbished by Jacob and Harriet and then moved on to The Old Vicarage next door. Ivy House was the home of Dick Stuckey and Elizabeth Suter until their recent deaths and was the vicarage before then and before it moved to the Job’s house for a while before moving again and again.
Jacob & Harriet were able to show what they have done in refurbishing and extending their home while Peter & Christine Job were proud to show their extensive and beautifully maintained gardens.
Some 40 guests were present and enjoyed nibbles, Pimms and wine while exploring these two old village houses. The evening was hugely successful, thanks to the warm welcome of our hosts, not to forget the warming effect of Pimms and wine and some very kind summer weather!
We are planning a Posh Frocks Party for the summer of 2016 and will announce details when we have identified the lucky house owner who will act as host! Financially, the event was extremely successful thanks in part to the generosity of a few individuals.