Apologies to any regular viewers of the Focal web site which crashed a few days ago and has only just been restored to life. It seems our web site host had a problem with failed servers and it took them several days to get them back in action.
Technology is wonderful when it works but a disaster when it fails!
Despite initial fears of low numbers, we had some unexpected arrivals which made for a thoroughly enjoyable and noisy Family Quiz. Adults enjoyed a picture quiz while comfortably seated; children had one that required them to search for answers to clues around the hall and then to match the answers to some questions. There were nibbles during the quiz and participants mainly brought their own drinks. There were prizes at the end.
Special thanks to Sue Hitchings and Gail Cripps who put a huge effort into organising the quiz and who provided the prizes themselves. Also to Angela Everett for organising the event and to John Prentice and Liz Wingrove who supported and finally to Phil Goldsworthy, school headmaster, who made us all so welcome.
Seven members of the 1st Adderbury Scouts set off this morning on a 15-mile sponsored walk to raise funds for Focal.
They are pictured here in Twyford Grove at 8:30 am and about to set off on their 15 mile walk, expected to take some five hours. They are well organised and supported by several adults who will be marking their progress round Adderbury, Bodicote, Bloxham, Milton, the Barfords and back to Adderbury. We wish them well.
From left to right, they are: Rafe Wingrove, Harry Critchfield, Tom Haynes, Henry Taylor, Gabriel Wingrove, Archie McCusker and Luca Lenihan-Owra.
Here they are after completing their 15-mile sponsored walk, looking pretty fit and well. They finished in good time as well! Many congratulations and hearty thanks to them and to all who sponsored them.
We are delighted to receive a cheque for £100 from the organisers of the Adderbury Christmas Market in the church. This was a huge success and enjoyed by many villagers and visitors with a large range of stalls and activities. Our thanks to all of the organisers who worked hard to make it a success and who voted to include Focal in their donations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.