NEWS FLASH: Annual General Meeting 27 September 2016



You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Community of Adderbury Library on Tuesday 27 September 2016 from 7:30 pm at Church House, Adderbury

Keith R Mitchell, Chairman, Friends of Adderbury Library

Phone:  01295  811257    e-Mail:


NEWS FLASH: New Executive members

John Prentice
John Prentice

We are delighted to announce that John Prentice has agreed to join the Focal Executive and he was duly co-opted at our last meeting on 20 August 2016.

John brings IT skills and a vast knowledge of the village and how it works so his knowledge and talents are a welcome addition to our members.

John has agreed to take on the management of our membership data base as well as the general roles of every Executive member.


Ann Lyons
Ann Lyons

We are also delighted to have a new representative from Adderbury Parish Council who is Ann Lyons.  Our previous representative was Paddy Leeman but she did not stand for re-election to the Parish Council in May 2016.  Prior to that, our representative was Stuart Phipps and he has now been co-opted to the Executive.

EVENT UPDATE: Meet the Author - Clare Mackintosh

Clare Mackintosh
Clare Mackintosh

This was our second Meet the Author event and it attracted a good crowd to hear Clare Mackintosh speak about her life in the police and as an author.  She attracted an audience of 31 people in Church House on Monday 8 August and there was brisk business after she spoke when many present bought a copy of her latest book I See You and which she signed.  Thanks to Clare Mackintosh for taking the time to come to talk to us.

Thanks to Janet May, our library manager, for setting up before the event and clearing away after.  Also, thanks to Evelyn Jacomb and Anne Dawson for hosting and organising the event and to John Cordingley for dispensing the Pimms!.

Here is a picture from the day:

16_08_08 Clare Mackintosh_01

EVENT UPDATE: Book sale and raffle

Books_5We had a very successful book sale at Church House on Saturday 9 July. Thanks to Chris and Chrissie Garrett for securing a huge stock of paper backs and hard backs, fiction and non- fiction and for all of the organisation before and on the day. The raffle went well with a super hamper as the prize. Thanks to Liz Wingrove for putting it together with contributions from others and to Anne Dawson for acting as chancellor of the exchequer!

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.