NEWS FLASH: Thanks to our Parish Council

Gracewell care home
Gracewell care home

Adderbury Parish Council has been negotiating with the developers of the care home on Banbury Road opposite the Twyford turn for a contribution to the local community.  The result is a donation to the Parish Council of £15,000.  The Parish Council has asked that £2,000 of this be designated as a donation to Friends of the Community of Adderbury Library and the developers have agreed to this.

Focal is extremely grateful to Adderbury Parish Council for facilitating this donation and to the developers for finding the funds to make it.  It will be put to good effect in supporting our library opening hours.

Here is a link to the developer's web site: Gracewell

NEW EVENT: "It" Girls at Waddesdon Manor

The Waddesdon ‘IT’ Girls. A presentation in Adderbury Library

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Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885 to display his outstanding collection of arts and to entertain the fashionable world. Join us for a brief look at the fascinating lives of some of the ladies whose portraits can be found in the Collection of English Paintings at Waddesdon Manor.

The presenter will be Maureen Paterson a guide at Waddesdon. Maureen started as a Room Warden in Nov 2007 and 18 months later was chosen to become a House Guide. After 3 years of training she now undertakes private and pre-house tours plus several Discovery and Wine Cellar talks. Join us for what promises to be an entertaining evening.

Thursday 25th February, 8.00pm in the Library

£7.00 to include glass of wine or soft drink


Adderbury Library OR

by e-mail from Keith Mitchell on


NEWS FLASH: Become a Friend of the library in 2016

Thinking of your New Year Resolutions?  Here is an easy one: to become a Friend of Adderbury Library.

The 2011 Census showed Adderbury with a population of 2,819 so, with recent housing developments, it must be well over 3,000 by now.  Hundreds of villages use Adderbury library and Church House from time to time but we have less than 100 Friends of the library.  Cuts to local government funding are here to stay so, if we want to retain our 18 hours of library time, we are going to have to pay for half of them ourselves.  That adds up to £9,000 every year.

Becoming a Friend of Adderbury library brings no special privileges;  access to the library is free to all.  However, becoming a friend means you will be supporting this important community resource for the benefit of all Adderbury residents and many people from adjacent villages who visit the library. Supporting Focal does more than maintain our library hours; our activities ensure Church House remains as a community resource.  Somewhere for clubs and societies to hold their meetings; for regular coffee mornings and rhyme times and lots more.  With wi-fi available to all as well as county council computers and a photo-copier, Church House can be a quiet haven away from noise and distractions at home.

There is a simple form under the Fundraising link on this web site.  Simply print it off, fill it in and send it to Anne Dawson on

If you can manage it, you can become a Patron for £100 per annum or just £8.33 per month.  We presently have 17 Patrons.  Again, there are no privileges attached to being a Patron beyond knowing you are making an important contribution to maintaining a valuable village amenity.  There is a Patrons' Roll in the library but many Patrons prefer to remain anonymous.

Again, there is a simple form under the Fundraising link on this web site.  Simply print it off, fill it in and send it to Anne Dawson on


EVENT UPDATE: Festive morning at the library

Saturday 12 December was the day for our annual Festive Morning event at Church House.  John Cordingley presided over a vat of mulled wine which smelled wonderful and tasted even better while Anne Dawson and Angela Everett sold raffle tickets for two wonderful prizes that had Christmas Hamper, bursting with things to eat and drink over the Christmas period while the second prize was a magnum of champagne.  There was also a children's prize to ensure they were not left out.  Church House was humming with people using the library and people coming for the mulled wine and a chance to win the raffle.  It was a delightful morning for all concerned.  I have no doubt we will repeat it early in December 2016.

EVENT UPDATE: A baffling pub quiz

David and Aline Griffiths worked very hard to make their Focal pub quiz at The Bell a huge success on Saturday 14 November 2015.  The questions seemed to get harder as the beer and wine circulated around the groups of contestants but this may have been more to do with the alcohol level than the real difficulty of the questions!  Everyone enjoyed themselves hugely and there was a clear wining team at the end of the evening but modesty will prevent us from naming them!  Thanks to David and Aline and also to the landlord and landlady of The Bell for their tremendous support.

EVENT UPDATE: Aga demonstration evening

Thanks to Sue Middleton of the Aga Shop at Twyford Mill for hosting a brilliant evening on 23 October 2015 to demonstrate Aga cooking for 25 friends of the library who were able to sip Prosecco and nibble some tasty morsels while the resident Aga chef demonstrated how to get the most from an Aga stove.  One finished, those attending were able to taste the food that he had cooked and to finish off the Prosecco.  The shop has a wide range of stoves and an intriguing assortment of cooking accessories.  The adjacent Fired Earth store also stayed open late to give those attending an opportunity to sample their wares.

This proved a very popular event, filling to the capacity of 25 people and we plan to hold another one in the autumn of 2016.

EVENT UPDATE: Pimms and Posh Frocks success

Grateful thanks to Jacob & Harriet Potts and to Peter & Christine Job for acting as hosts and opening their homes for our Pimms & Posh Frocks Party on 12 September 2015.  We started at Ivy House, recently bought and refurbished by Jacob and Harriet and then moved on to The Old Vicarage next door.  Ivy House was the home of Dick Stuckey and Elizabeth Suter until their recent deaths and was the vicarage before then and before it moved to the Job's house for a while before moving again and again.

Jacob & Harriet were able to show what they have done in refurbishing and extending their home while Peter & Christine Job were proud to show their extensive and beautifully maintained gardens.

Some 40 guests were present and enjoyed nibbles, Pimms and wine while exploring these two old village houses.  The evening was hugely successful, thanks to the warm welcome of our hosts, not to forget the warming effect of Pimms and wine and some very kind summer weather!

We are planning a Posh Frocks Party for the summer of 2016 and will announce details when we have identified the lucky house owner who will act as host! Financially, the event was extremely successful thanks in part to the generosity of a few individuals.