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.
John Prentice has resigned from the Executive and as Treasurer on health grounds. John has been a tower of strength to us, keeping our finances in good order, reporting monthly on them and generally supporting many Focal activities. We shall miss his wise counsel and support and wish him well in overcoming his present illness.
The post of Secretary has been vacant since Peter Britton moved back to Yorkshire and we have missed his enthusiasm and varied ideas for supporting our aims. Keith R Mitchell is acting as Secretary until a new appointment is made and prepares agendas and minutes for meetings. However, the good news is that Su Bullus has volunteered to take on this role in 2020 when she retires from employment.
Further good news is that Stuart Phipps will take on the roles of Treasurer and of Membership Secretary. Stuart is an IT expert and will be using computer software to maintain financial records and to improve our membership recruitment and retention. He starts from a strong base because John Prentice maintained good records of our finances which he is passing on to Stuart.
The Focal Summer Treasure Hunt raised a good level of interest and curious residents who paid for the question sheet and spent quite some time seeking answers while walking the village.
Originally devised by Nick Allen, one of our patrons and organised by Ann Lyons, our parish council appointed Executive member, the event raised £75.00 on the day and presented a considerable mental challenge to the dozen people who entered.
Congratulations to the winner who persevered and gained the most correct answers.
The Focal event Meet the Painter held on Saturday 22-Jun-19 was a great success. Held at The Manor House by kind permission of Sir Martin and Lady Jacomb, it attracted 30 people to hear George Irvine talk about his life as an artist working in various media.
The weather was kind and the talk was held in the stable block at The Manor with drinks and nibbles to enjoy during the presentation.
Our grateful thanks to George Irvine for the work he put in to preparing and presenting his talk and to his wife who supported him on the overhead projector. Thanks also to Sir Martin and Lady Evelyn for allowing use of their lovely home and to Focal Executive members who helped with preparations and clearing away.
George Irvine runs The Crown at Enstone and we hear this is a must to visit for a delightful venue, excellent food and drink and service.
The event raised £390.00 for Focal funds to keep our library open.
Banbury Cross Players staged a preview showing of their play CONTRACTions for Focal before entering it in two regional festival competitions. In Abingdon, they came second but, in Lighthorn, they were the winners and now go forward to the national finals in Woking.
Pictured above, Chrissie Garrett, who directed CONTRACTions, is handing over a cheque for £200 from Banbury Cross Players to the Focal Chairman, being the proceeds of their preview performance.
Focal thanks Banbury Cross Players for their generosity and wishes them all good luck in the final competition.
Regular library Rhyme Times have been asked to re-brand by the Booktrust for the National Bookstart Week which took place during week commencing 03-Jun-19. The message they were asked to get across was to encourage parents and carers to read and share books with their children at bedtime. They were provided with a large format book and other resources for the bedtime “Pyjamarama” theme.
At Adderbury library, the “Pyjamarama” Rhyme Times were spread over two sessions and a total of 23 children and 23 adults attended.
Chris Peacock, one of the Rhyme Time organisers, said “the parents loved the book and read along with the story telling. The book is sung to the tune of “Baa Baa Black Sheep” so, as well as the parents joining in, they read along with the book at the end with the children watching as I mouthed how to sing the words on the pages to the tune. The children looked at vehicles afterwards and found the pictures in the book. All rhymes on the sheet were acted out and how to sing the words of the book as well as read them. Only two children were dressed in pyjamas but the weather was against us! One child was wearing a moon and stars headband.
“We did lots of counting of vehicles etc and lots of “what can you see?” on certain pages. Linking to vehicles, we found a train in the book and sang “See the little engines standing in a row’ and ‘The Runaway Train’. Finding a bus on the page, we sang ‘The wheels on the bus ….’ We used scarves to reinforce sleeping and linked to the suggested song ‘See the little bunnies’.”
A few days ago, at about 10am, Peter Britton strolled into the main car park at John O’Groats. His virtual walk was over. The original distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats is 811 miles per Google Maps. Somehow, he did 913 miles but he did take several detours, especially around the Yorkshire Dales and The Lake District.
Since the last update, he has covered the distance between Ramscraigs, up to Wick, along the A99 and into John O’Groats.
The purpose of his doing this virtual walk was to try to raise as much money as possible to help fund the running costs of your local library in Adderbury. Focal has the responsibility to raise £10k every year. If they don’t, then the future of the library could be at risk.
We understand people are tired of being asked to sponsor this or donate to that which is why Peter has tried to do something different. Hopefully, in return for a donation from your hard-earned cash, he has given you something in return. The purpose of his weekly blog was hopefully to make you smile while you learnt something new and quirky every time. He also threw in quite a few litter picks around the village while he did his actual walking.
If you have appreciated Peters efforts and you care about your local library, please make a donation now. How to do this is under the Donation link on this website.
Some of you have already pledged money on completion. Can you all now action those pledges, please?
Peter will not personally ask for donations again, so please act now.
Nicola Dixon and Almira Brion in rehearsal for Mike Bartlett’s Contractions
With some 30 guests watching the two actresses unravel their extremely dark story-line, we were all mesmerised, not knowing which way this extraordinary drama would play out! 45 minutes of suspense but with the added bonus that after the closing scene, the audience was able to discuss the play with the cast and director. This came with the idea that the play could be tweaked for the two upcoming festivals and, hopefully, win prizes for their performances.
Superbly, micro-directed by Chrissie Garrett, working on all of those expressions that can really make the story grab your imagination and brilliantly performed by the actresses, we wish Contradictions all the best for their forthcoming events and thank them most sincerely for putting on the performance for us.