On Saturday 27-April-19, Adderbury village was humming with activity with the annual Day of Dance Festival and the Parish Church was also humming with activity. There were thousands of books, sheet music, CDs and DVDs for sale at knock-down prices and the church was crowded with visitors browsing and buying.
The event raised over £1,200 for FOSMA and Focal funds and well done to all who worked very hard to make the day a success. This involved collecting and storing a huge number of books that had been donated for the event and sorting them into catalogued displays on the day. Equally, taking unsold items back into storage at the end of the day.
Thanks to everyone who donated books, sheet music CDs and DVDs for the event. There was certainly a lot to choose from. Thanks also to all who worked before and on the day to make the event a well-organised success. Thanks to Trish Fennell and her team who provided refreshments throughout the day. Above all, thanks to all the villagers and those from further afield who supported the event and took away their own choice of books, sheet music, CDs or DVDs. What was let over will be sold on with the funds going to charity.
The pub quiz at The Bell on Saturday 06-Apl-19 was a succesful event and much enjoyed by the 52 participants.
The winning team was called Flexit and comprised Diane & Rowland Bratt, Diane’s sister, Sally & Martin Taylor, Catherine Drake and Gareth Jones. There was a second team with the same score but they lost out on a tie-break.
There was the usual raffle and the evening was a financial success as well as a most enjoyable one.
Thanks to David & Aline Griffiths for their energy and enthusism in devising the quiz and running the evening. Also to Chris and Sandra Shallis for hosting the event at The Bell.
The picture above makes it clear that an enjoyable time was had by all at the Focal Call My Wine Bluff evening on Saturday 02-Mar-19. Thirty-three people took part in the event which was run for Focal by Slurp Wine of Banbury. The evening tested wine knowledge and wine drinking ability in equal measure. The evening contributed £206.00 towards our fund raising target.
Our next event is our Focal Pub Quiz on Saturday 06-Apl-19. Tickets £5.00 per head from David & Aline Griffiths on 01295 810002.
Focal was well represented at the Adderbury Farmers’ Market held at The Institute on Thursday 14-February. Pictured above is our Chairman, Liz Wingrove, talking about Focal at our stand.
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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org who will be happy to try to sell the item on-line for you.