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.

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.