EVENT UPDATE: CONTRACTions goes national

Banbury Cross Players staged a preview showing of their play CONTRACTions for Focal before entering it in two regional festival competitions.  In Abingdon, they came second but, in Lighthorn, they were the winners and now go forward to the national finals in Woking.

Pictured above, Chrissie Garrett, who directed CONTRACTions, is handing over a cheque for £200 from Banbury Cross Players to the Focal Chairman, being the proceeds of their preview performance.

Focal thanks Banbury Cross Players for their generosity and wishes them all good luck in the final competition.


Regular library Rhyme Times have been asked to re-brand by the Booktrust for the National Bookstart Week which took place during week commencing 03-Jun-19.  The message they were asked to get across was to encourage parents and carers to read and share books with their children at bedtime.  They were provided with a large format book and other resources for the bedtime "Pyjamarama" theme.

At Adderbury library, the "Pyjamarama" Rhyme Times were spread over two sessions and a total of 23 children and 23 adults attended.

Chris Peacock, one of the Rhyme Time organisers, said "the parents loved the book and read along with the story telling.  The book is sung to the tune of "Baa Baa Black Sheep" so, as well as the parents joining in, they read along with the book at the end with the children watching as I mouthed how to sing the words on the pages to the tune. The children looked at vehicles afterwards and found the pictures in the book.  All rhymes on the sheet were acted out and how to sing the words of the book as well as read them.  Only two children were dressed in pyjamas but the weather was against us!  One child was wearing a moon and stars headband.

"We did lots of counting of vehicles etc and lots of "what can you see?" on certain pages. Linking to vehicles, we found a train in the book and sang "See the little engines standing in a row' and 'The Runaway Train'.  Finding a bus on the page, we sang 'The wheels on the bus ....'  We used scarves to reinforce sleeping and linked to the suggested song 'See the little bunnies'."



EVENT UPDATE: Peter has made it!

A few days ago, at about 10am, Peter Britton strolled into the main car park at John O'Groats. His virtual walk was over. The original distance from Land's End to John O’Groats is 811 miles per Google Maps. Somehow, he did 913 miles but he did take several detours, especially around the Yorkshire Dales and The Lake District.

Since the last update, he has covered the distance between Ramscraigs, up to Wick, along the A99 and into John O’Groats.
The purpose of his doing this virtual walk was to try to raise as much money as possible to help fund the running costs of your local library in Adderbury. Focal has the responsibility to raise £10k every year. If they don’t, then the future of the library could be at risk.

We understand people are tired of being asked to sponsor this or donate to that which is why Peter has tried to do something different. Hopefully, in return for a donation from your hard-earned cash, he has given you something in return. The purpose of his weekly blog was hopefully to make you smile while you learnt something new and quirky every time. He also threw in quite a few litter picks around the village while he did his actual walking.

If you have appreciated Peters efforts and you care about your local library, please make a donation now. How to do this is under the Donation link on this website.

Some of you have already pledged money on completion. Can you all now action those pledges, please?

Peter will not personally ask for donations again, so please act now.

EVENT UPDATE: Preview performance of CONTRACTions by Banbury Cross Players

Nicola Dixon and Almira Brion in rehearsal for Mike Bartlett's Contractions

With some 30 guests watching the two actresses unravel their extremely dark story-line, we were all mesmerised, not knowing which way this extraordinary drama would play out! 45 minutes of suspense but with the added bonus that  after the closing scene, the audience was able to  discuss the play with the cast and director.   This came with the idea that the play could be tweaked for the two upcoming festivals and, hopefully, win prizes for their performances.

Superbly, micro-directed by Chrissie Garrett, working on all of those expressions that can really make the story grab your imagination and brilliantly performed by the actresses, we wish Contradictions all the best for their forthcoming events and thank them most sincerely for putting on the performance for us.



EVENT UPDATE: John O'Groats to Lands End Virtual Walk

Although he has moved back to his beloved Yorkshire, Peter Britton continues his virtual walk to fund raise for Focal and writes as follows:

So, on my virtual walk, having left my last resting place of just north of Carrbridge, I have now reached the dizzy heights of Inverness. And that means I now only have 147 miles to go until I reach John O’ Groats.

EVENT UPDATE: FOSMA/Focal Grand Book & Music sale

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.

EVENT UPDATE: Pub quiz 06-Apl-19

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.

EVENT UPDATE: Call My Wine Bluff

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.