NEWS UPDATE: Focal at the Farmers' Market on 14-Feb

Focal was well represented at the Adderbury Farmers' Market held at The Institute on Thursday 14-February.  Pictured above is our Chairman, Liz Wingrove, talking about Focal at our stand.

NEWS UPDATE: Volunteers' workshop in the library

Adderbury library volunteers attended a very useful workshop today run by Graham White and Mary Davies from the County Council Library Service.

The workshop covered the regular work of volunteers with many helpful tips about making the customer experience enjoyable and interesting.  It also covered the digital services offered through the County Council web site.  Library members can access and download a variety of e-books and a selection of magazines and reference databases.  The library catalogue is also available on the web site to all viewers and library members can reserve and renew books.

The library manager is supported by one or more volunteers during most library sessions.

NEWS UPDATE: New year surprise


We are delighted to receive a cheque for £100 from the organisers of the Adderbury Christmas Market in the church.  This was a huge success and enjoyed by many villagers and visitors with a large range of stalls and activities.  Our thanks to all of the organisers who worked hard to make it a success and who voted to include Focal in their donations.

EVENT UPDATE: Christmas card delivery service

Postman David

Our very grateful thanks to David & Aline Griffiths for running the Christmas card delivery service once again with proceeds going to Focal.  The service raised £51.25 which sounds like 205 cards delivered and quite a good few miles walked along Adderbury streets!

David Griffiths organised the service and did much of the pavement pounding but was greatly helped by his wife, Aline, who sorted the cards, deciphered the addresses and corrected the wrong ones!  Also, thanks to Kevin Behan, Sheila & Keith Norton, Lisa Smith and Neil Staples who took on some of the deliveries.

EVENT UPDATE: Pimms and Posh Frocks Party

Thirty people enjoyed a grand Pimms and Posh Frocks Party at The Grange Manor, opposite Church House in Adderbury on 21 October by kind permission of David and Caryl MacFarlane.

Our very grateful thanks to David and Caryl for lending us their beautiful home and for acting as welcoming hosts.  David spoke of the early history of the Grange site and some of the characters of the time, ending with a masterly support for libraries.  Caryl was a huge help in welcoming people and ensuring there was plenty of food and that glasses were kept full.

It was good to welcome Michael and Bev as newcomers to Adderbury and neighbours to David and Caryl.  We had guests from Milton as well as Adderbury and there was a buzz throughout the evening as people mingled and shared their news.

Our thanks to everyone who made for a very enjoyable and successful evening.

EVENT UPDATE: Auction of Promises

We held our Auction of Promises on Saturday 20 May at The Institute and, although numbers attending were lower than we had hoped, everyone who attended had a grand evening and took home some wonderful promises.  Our grateful thanks to the many people who donated a promise.  These ranged from a laptop, phone and bits of IT gadgetry through lessons in flying, violin, drumming and fly fishing, through pictures painted or to be painted or to be drone-photographed and personal services including massage and gardening to mention only a few and not to forget meals at various restaurants, a tour of Covent Garden Opera House and a House of Commons tea caddy generously donated by the Banbury MP.

Thanks also to Chrissie & Chris Garrett who organised the Auction and to Stuart Phipps and a bevy of Chrissie's friends and family who supported the event.  Also thanks to Simon Davies our auctioneer for the evening.

Through their combined efforts, we raised £2,000 for Focal funds.  Well done and thanks to all.

EVENT UPDATE: Festive Morning at the Library

Festive Cheer_1Saturday 3 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 sold raffle tickets for several wonderful prizes that started with a Christmas Hamper, bursting with things to eat and drink over the Christmas period.  There was also a free children's raffle to ensure they were not left out.  Angela Everett was there with a selection of her hand-made jewellery with proceeds going to Focal.  Thanks also to Chrissie Garrett for cooking cakes and mince pies and presiding over the tea and coffee and to Janet May, library manager, supportive as always.

John Cordingley
John Cordingley

There was also a presentation to mark John Cordingley's retirement as a trustee after continuous service since the charity was formed.  John took home some fine wine and port to share with Carol over Christmas.

We welcomed several new friends to Focal and one of our patrons renewed their membership.

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. We raised £261 towards keeping our library open.  I have no doubt we will repeat the event early in December 2017.

NEWS FLASH: Focal pays tribute to John Cordingley

exec-cordingley_john_2John Cordingley was a founder member of Focal and has served continuously since then, acting as Vice-Chairman for many years.  He has finally decided to stand down at the AGM and all present noted his decision with some sadness but thanked him in his absence for having made a huge contribution over the years.  Those present asked the Executive to find a way of recognising John's service to the charity over an extended period.

John has always contributed fully in our debates and has explained the history of Focal from its inception.  He provided a link with the Parochial Church Council which has responsibility for Church House and also with Milton Village where he lives.  We shall miss his wise council and cheerful humour.

We will try to recruit a replacement to the Executive from Milton to maintain our contact with that village.