EVENT UPDATE: Focal Festive Morning heralds in the Christmas Season

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!


NEWS UPDATE: Focal Calendar 2019 on sale

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.


EVENT UPDATE: Focal Pub Quiz - 17-Nov-18

A successful and fun evening for all who attended the Focal Pub Quiz at The Bell, Adderbury on Saturday 17 November.

We raised £484 for our funds.  Our thanks to David & Aline Griffiths for their hard work in organising and promoting the evening.  Thanks also to Chris & Sandra Shallis for their generous sponsorship of the  event as well as hosting the event at The Bell.

Congratulations to the winning team - Kimberley's Friends, comprising Kimberley Allcott, Elizabeth & Dave Lovick , Charlotte Holmes and two friends, most of whom are pictured above.


NEWS UPDATE: New Chairman and Executive appointed

Liz Wingrove has been elected as Chairman of Focal, replacing Keith R Mitchell who stood down after six years in that role although remaining a member of the Executive.

Two Executive members retired at the  AGM: Chrissie Garrett and Angela Everett while one new member, David Griffiths was elected.  Grateful thanks were extended to Chrissie and to Angela for their significant contribution to Focal over quite a few years.  David is a most welcome addition to the Executive as a hard-working community activist with boundless energy.

We also lost Bobbie Howard who had coordinated our volunteers although not being a member of the Executive.  We need to find a replacement for her and there is room on the Executive for co-opted members to join us.

Liz Wingrove said "I am pleased to take on the role of Chairman of Focal if not a little daunted.  We have a challenging task in raising almost £10,000 pa to maintain our library opening hours.  I see the library and Church House as an essential community hub; something we should be very proud to have in Adderbury.  As Chairman, I want to see the profile of the library and the building raised, usage increased and our support base strengthened.  We have less than 100 members of Focal in a village with a population of nearly 3,000.  So come on, Adderbury, there are lots of ways to support our community and I hope to meet you during my term."


EVENT UPDATE: Meet the Author - Sylvia Vetta

We have had to cancel our Meet the Author event for Wednesday 19-Sep-18 due to lack of demand.  Only three tickets had been sold as of today and we cannot ask Sylvia to travel here and back and give of her time and knowledge for such a small audience.  We apologise to the one person who had ordered three tickets and to anyone else who was planning to turn up without booking.


EVENT UPDATE: Pub quiz

We had a most enjoyable pub quiz evening on 19-May-18 to round off the day of the Royal Wedding and, we believe, a football match that some may have watched.

Organised in the unique style of David and Aline Griiffiths, the quiz attracted a good number of teams and was enthusiastically and financially supported by The Bell landlord and landlady, Chris and Sandra.  Our grateful thanks to them all for making the event happen.  Also to Liz Wingrove and family for their support.  Below is a photograph of the winning team.


EVENT UPDATE: Meet the Ballerina

There was a grand turnout for an excellent evening for people to meet a professional ballerina and to hear some of the secrets and anxieties of a successful career.  Isabel McMeekan was a First Soloist with The Royal Ballet Company.  She was interviewed by her sister, Emilie McMeekan, who is a journalist.  Those present learned about Isabel's career, her new role and how aspiring ballerinas can progress in the art.  The evening attracted a good number of young aspirants to dance and they left with a hugely improved idea of what is involved.

Our thanks to Isabel and Emilie for giving up their evening to share their life experiences with local residents.  Special thanks to Evelyn Jacomb who provided the initial contact and organised the whole event with help from her family members.  Thanks also to Liz & Rafe Wingrove, to John & Sue Prentice for setting up and clearing away and to the school headmaster, Phil Goldsworthy who is always on hand for events at the school.

 


EVENT UPDATE: Meet the Author - Annie Murray

Over 20 people enjoyed a fascinating talk by Annie Murray author of a number of books based in Birmingham.  Annie also writes under the name of Abi Oliver and this series of books has a Berkshire/Oxon background reflecting her own home area.  Although living in Berkshire, Annie has strong family connections in Adderbury.

Thanks to Annie and to her husband who ably supported her for a stimulating insight into an author's life and motivations and for bringing a selection of her books for signing and sale.

Thanks also to Chrissie Garrett for hosting the event, to Bobbie Howard for looking after the refreshments and to John Osborne for welcoming people and taking their entry fees.  Thanks to all of them for help in setting up and clearing away.

This enjoyable event was also a financial success and added £143 to our new financial year's fund raising target.


EVENT UPDATE: Thanks to our library volunteers

Focal hosted a most enjoyable luncheon today for the volunteers who give their time to support Adderbury library.  They were joined by members of the Focal Executive and by our Library Manager, Catherine Drake.

Oxfordshire is one of the few county councils where there have been no library closures and no cuts in library hours and this is due in considerable measure to the work of volunteers who value their library to give of their time and talents.

Thanks to Bobbie Howard, our Volunteer Co-ordinator for organising the event and to John and Sue Prentice and to Catherine Drake for their support.


EVENT UPDATE: Great fun at family quiz

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.