DATE CHANGE: Meet the Author – Bruce Duncan

Meet The Author

Bruce Duncan

Bruce Duncan

We have been advertising our Meet the Author Event with Bruce Duncan as taking place on 14 October 2016 at Church House 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm.  Bruce has asked us to move it to 28 October 2016 at the same time and venue and we are happy to do this.  The Events pages on this web site have been amended accordingly.

This promises to be a fascinating talk from a local author so put it in your diary or move it if you had already done so!

EVENT UPDATE: Meet The Author – Sharon Bolton

16_06_10 Sharon Bolton event

This was our first Meet The Author event and it was a resounding success with more than 20 people attending to hear a first class presentation from Sharon Bolton.  She was very professional with a stimulating and structured talk about her writing style, her novels and her working methods.

She was ably supported by her son, Hal, and book signings and sales were brisk after her talk.  Sharon and Hal are pictured above with a short reading from one of her books at the start of her talk.

Thanks to Sharon and Hal for giving all who attended a stimulating event.  Thanks to Janet May, our librarian and to Anne Dawson, Focal Treasurer, for their help in setting up, hosting and clearing away.  Thanks also to David Griffiths for his energy in helping the clearing away.

Here is a link to Sharon’s web site.


EVENT UPDATE: Winners from Saturday’s Prize Draw and Treasure Hunt

Thumbs Up1Congratulations to Sandra Fearne whose ticket was drawn out of the Free Draw entitling her to two tickets to our Meet the Author Events!

Congratulations also to Rosemary Mullett whose Treasure Hunt form was drawn from several who scored the highest number of correct answers.  No-one got 100% but we knew the questions were tough and well done to all who participated!  Rosemary collects a bottle of champagne as her prize.

EVENT UPDATE: Royal Treasure Hunt

HM Queen_1The village had a great day to celebrate the Queen’s 90th  birthday on Saturday 4 June. Focal had a stand on The Green and we handed out Treasure Hunt clues to a number of adventurous villagers. We also handed out plenty of Focal bookmarks, some membership forms and Free Draw Entry forms for two free places in a Meet The Author event.

We will judge the Treasure Hunt on Tuesday and post the winner on this web site.

Also, the winner of the Free Draw will be posted on the web site on Tuesday.

Thanks to Angela Everett, Chrissie Garrett, Evelyn Jacomb, John Cordingley and Liz Wingrove for sharing the manning of the stand. Thanks also to John Osborne for his skill in designing banners for the stand.

We still need to fill the Meet The Author – Sharon Bolton event on Friday so there are places left. You can pay on the door but please tell us you coming.


EVENT UPDATE: Talk on Richard III

Richard III

Richard III

Congratulations and thanks to Anthony Wagg for staging a most successful talk on Richard III in Church House on Friday 20 May 2016 in Church House.  I understand it was both well attended and well received.  This was not a Focal event but one put on entirely by Anthony Wagg.  However, he kindly offered to donate half the proceeds of the event to Focal and we have now received a cheque from Anthony for £125.  Many thanks to Anthony for his generous donation.

EVENT UPDATE: Under Milkwood 6 May 2016


Statue of Captain Cat in the Maritime Quarter, Swansea

Statue of Captain Cat in the Maritime Quarter, Swansea

Congratulations and thanks to the cast who presented Under Milkwood in Adderbury Church on Friday 6 May.  For those who could not make it, this was a Rehearsed Reading, performed by local thespians and musicians, of this well-loved play for voices by Dylan Thomas.

Thanks to our audience of 50 people who thoroughly enjoyed the evening which included a drink  during the interval and a chance to catch up with friends before, after and in the interval.  They have asked for a repeat!

We raised approx £450 to help keep our library open.  Thanks to Chrissie Garrett for organising the event.

NEWS FLASH: Celebrating the Queen’s 90 years with tough questions

HM Queen_1Our village historian, Nick Allen, has written a brain numbing Treasure Hunt to celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th birthday.  It consists of 21 questions about Adderbury, its history and some royal connections.  It will take an hour or two of walking, cycling or driving round the village to work out the answers to the clues.

The question sheet will cost £5.00 and can be collected from Church House between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm or from The Institute between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm on Saturday 4 June 2016.  A prize of a bottle of champagne will be awarded to the first set of correct answers to be drawn out.

Completed sheets can be returned to Church House until 1:00 pm and The Institute until 3:30 pm or posted through the letter box in the side door of Church House after 1:00 pm.

Our grateful thanks to Nick Allen for penning this mind teaser and good luck to everyone participating.  Nick Allen’s book Adderbury: A Thousand Years of History is available in the library.

Adderbury Map Nick Allen

NEWS FLASH: We exceed our fund raising target

Thumbs Up1Focal needs to raise £9,000 per annum to cover the cost of library staff hours and to continue to fund Saturday opening which we have always paid for.

Draft accounts to 31 March 2016 show income for the year less fund raising costs as £9,436.  These accounts are subject to further work to estimate the Gift Aid due from HMRC, currently estimated at £575 and any final adjustments.  They will then be subject to Independent Examination and presented at the AGM on 27 September 2016.

Our income for the year includes one tenth of a payment from a life patron and one fifth from a legacy received in 2014/15 and one fifth from a business patron received in 2015/16.  The purpose of spreading large sums is to ensure we maintain our strategy of regular fund raising.

Thanks to everyone who has helped us exceed our target BUT we have less than 100 Friends of the Library while Adderbury’s population is around 2,500.  We welcome any resident of Adderbury or the surrounding villages who wishes to become a Friend of the Library.  The subscription is £20 and an application form is  on this web site.

NEWS FLASH: Developer’s donation to Focal

16_03_19 Hamberley presentation

Pictured above is a cheque presentation to Focal by Hamberley, developers of the care home on the Banbury Road opposite Twyford Road and facilitated by Adderbury Parish Council.

The developers agreed to contribute a sum to the Parish Council towards local community needs and the Parish  Council asked that £2,000 of the total be allocated to Focal to support our fund raising target.

We are most grateful to the Parish Council for suggesting Focal as a beneficiary and to Hamberley for providing the funds.  We hope to establish a good relationship with the care home when it opens with our visiting library service.

Featured in the picture above are (from left to right):

Ann Lyons (Parish Councillor), Peter Holcroft (Development Director, Hamberley), Diane Bratt (Parish Council Chairman), Keith Mitchell (Focal Chairman) and Paddy Lehman (Parish Councillor).


NEWS FLASH: Job vacancies

Job Vacancy_1We have vacancies on our Executive for people willing to support our fund raising for the library.

We meet once per month on a Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon and we hope individual members will take responsibility for an area of our work outside of our monthly meetings.

Sarah Wright has recently stood down as our Secretary due to her job making increasing demands on her time.  She has been brilliant at getting out our monthly agenda and minutes and helping with the member records.  IT skills make this a relatively easy job.  Please contact Keith if you are interested.

Stuart Phipps has also had to stand down due to his work commitments and he has provided valuable expertise on IT matters.  Anyone with a little time to spare who could help us with our web site and IT generally would be most welcome. Please contact Keith if you are interested.

We run a social fund raising event in most months and need a few more people to take the lead for one or two of these per year.  The more people who can lend a hand, the less any one individual has to do so volunteers to join us either on the Executive or to take the lead for a fund raising event would be most welcome.

If you would like to know more, contact Keith Mitchell at first instance on: or on 01295 811257.

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