NEWS UPDATE: Focal Calendar 2019 – A few left

There are a few 2019 Focal Calendars left and you can buy one from the library at a reduced price of £4.00.

Focal will be at the Farmers’ Market on 14-Feb-19 at the Institute from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. See the Events page for more details.

Call My Wine Bluff takes place at Church House on 02-Mar-19 from 7:00 pm.  See the Events page for more details.

The date of our Pub Quiz is now agreed as 06-Apl-19 from 7:00 pm.  See the Events page for more details.

EVENT UPDATE: Focal Festive Morning heralds in the Christmas Season

Church House was full this morning for Focal’s Festive Morning to mark the opening of the Christmas Season.  On a cold morning, John Cordingley’s fiery mulled wine was most welcome and accompanied by plenty of mince pies.  There was good conversation and a chance to make new friends as well as to meet old ones.

Focal 2019 Calendars were also on sale with 12 pictures of our wonderful village.  If you have not bought one yet, they are on sale in the library, the village shop and The Coach & Horses.

Pictured here is Focal Chairman, Liz Wingrove, announcing a winning ticket for the bumper raffle.  She is helped by Evelyn Jacomb and Ann Dawson.  Thanks to our willing team who organised the event and to everyone who came to support Focal.

If the photograph is not as crisp as you might hope, put it down to the strength of John’s mulled wine!

NEWS UPDATE: Focal Calendar 2019 on sale

The Focal Calendar featuring 12 views of Adderbury village is now on sale from the library, the village shop and The Coach & Horses.

Priced at £7.00 this will look great on the kitchen wall as well as keep the whole family in the know.  It would also make a grand Xmas present for family and friends to remind them that Adderbury is a fabulous village.

Proceeds help us to maintain our  library hours.

NEWS UPDATE: Peter Britton’s virtual walk continues …

Peter has walked a further 55 miles since last month’s update and he is now 585 miles north of his starting point at Lands End. A couple of weeks ago he crossed the Scottish border. Peter writes a weekly blog on his website at www.walkingforfocal.co.uk where he will talk about the weird and the quirky goings on in the areas he is visiting on his virtual walk. At the time of writing he is a few miles north of Lockerbie and his blog dated 24 November describes the joys awaiting you at Lockerbie Truck Stop, which warring clans took part in the Battle of Dryfe Sands way back in 1593 and how a giant supermarket put the Ecclefechan tart on the map.

Monies donated and pledged to date totals £449 which is slightly short of Peter’s target of raising one pound in total for every mile walked. To donate money, go to his website and click on the Donations link and follow the instructions. To pledge money, go to any blog and leave a comment about what you are pledging. Alternatively, to pledge money, send him an email at peterbritton32@hotmail.com. By Christmas he will have walked about 650 miles. Let’s see if he can get to £650 with a little bit of help from all you good people out there.

The car boot season is now well and truly over, and Peter is delighted to report that the total monies raised in 2018 was £609.40.  During the winter months, if you have an unwanted item of value, and you are happy to donate the sale proceeds to FOCAL, please contact Peter at peterbritton32@hotmail.com who will be happy to try to sell the item on-line for you.

 

EVENT UPDATE: Focal Pub Quiz – 17-Nov-18

A successful and fun evening for all who attended the Focal Pub Quiz at The Bell, Adderbury on Saturday 17 November.

We raised £484 for our funds.  Our thanks to David & Aline Griffiths for their hard work in organising and promoting the evening.  Thanks also to Chris & Sandra Shallis for their generous sponsorship of the  event as well as hosting the event at The Bell.

Congratulations to the winning team – Kimberley’s Friends, comprising Kimberley Allcott, Elizabeth & Dave Lovick , Charlotte Holmes and two friends, most of whom are pictured above.

NEWS UPDATE: Volunteers’ workshop in the library

Adderbury library volunteers attended a very useful workshop today run by Graham White and Mary Davies from the County Council Library Service.

The workshop covered the regular work of volunteers with many helpful tips about making the customer experience enjoyable and interesting.  It also covered the digital services offered through the County Council web site.  Library members can access and download a variety of e-books and a selection of magazines and reference databases.  The library catalogue is also available on the web site to all viewers and library members can reserve and renew books.

The library manager is supported by one or more volunteers during most library sessions.

NEWS UPDATE: New Chairman and Executive appointed

Liz Wingrove has been elected as Chairman of Focal, replacing Keith R Mitchell who stood down after six years in that role although remaining a member of the Executive.

Two Executive members retired at the  AGM: Chrissie Garrett and Angela Everett while one new member, David Griffiths was elected.  Grateful thanks were extended to Chrissie and to Angela for their significant contribution to Focal over quite a few years.  David is a most welcome addition to the Executive as a hard-working community activist with boundless energy.

We also lost Bobbie Howard who had coordinated our volunteers although not being a member of the Executive.  We need to find a replacement for her and there is room on the Executive for co-opted members to join us.

Liz Wingrove said “I am pleased to take on the role of Chairman of Focal if not a little daunted.  We have a challenging task in raising almost £10,000 pa to maintain our library opening hours.  I see the library and Church House as an essential community hub; something we should be very proud to have in Adderbury.  As Chairman, I want to see the profile of the library and the building raised, usage increased and our support base strengthened.  We have less than 100 members of Focal in a village with a population of nearly 3,000.  So come on, Adderbury, there are lots of ways to support our community and I hope to meet you during my term.”

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