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October 2023

Friends News

The Friends held our annual AGM recently, at which, the trustees & Committee were confirmed in post for another year and we welcomed our new treasurer Jennie Clarke and our Social media/website Guru, Sharon Greenwood to the team.

The Friends continue to thrive and raise money to support retaining our wonderful library for our community.


The Parish calendar photo competition was very well subscribed with record entries, the quality of the images continue to impress us and choosing the winning 12 was as difficult as ever. We did however end up with a fabulous selection of 12 photos and for the first time, also chose an entrant’s photo as our front cover. This, along with three others were selected as the most popular by our Committee and were presented with a printed canvas of their photos at the calendar launch at the Holly Tree Hall on the 22nd September. This was a lovely gathering where the calendar sponsors, winning photo entrants and committee got together to see the calendar in print for the first time, make presentations to the photo entrants and thank the sponsors for their generosity in supporting the Friends and production of the calendar.


The public calendar launch was the following morning at the September Farmers Market. It was a very busy morning, with calendars selling like hot cakes and complimentary comments from everyone, so get yours before they sell out!

The calendar is also available from the library, Nellie and Dove and the Fenemore Farm Shop from now until the new year, so hurry and get yours today. We have a limited print run, when they’re gone, they’re gone! We’re also at the October and November Farmers Markets and can take card payments at the market but cash in all other outlets. Thank you for your continued support!

Bryn Williams

Library News

After a visit to Deddington school at the end of term I introduced the start of the Summer reading challenge “Ready Set read!” encouraging the children to read throughout the summer. This has been a great success with many children completing the challenge. I will be returning to school to present certificates and medals.


Following on from this I have set another challenge for children to read 20 books between

1st Oct and 24th Dec, this is also open to any brave adults.

Another adventure is we have a travelling Piano Keyboard available for the public to play including music. The only stipulation if there are people using the computers the piano will be switched off. It also comes with headphones.

So feel free to come and have a go, It will be with us until end of January 2024.

I am Looking forward to selling the Deddington Calendars and we also have some Deddington library mugs, Postcards and notelets. Some local publications like “A parish at War” by Rob Forsyth & Michael Albrook, “As I Remember” by George Harris, “The Diaries of William Cotton Risley”, “Not only the Good Boys” by Jo Eames, and a few of Linda Newbery (our patron) books for you to buy!

These all make very good birthday and Christmas presents.


Gail your library manager.

September 23

18th Sept 2023

The 2024 Parish Calendar will launch at Deddington Farmers Market on 23rd September 2023. From the 25th September 2023 copies of both the A4 and desktop calendar will be available at:
Deddington Library, Horse Fair, Deddington
Nellie & Dove, Market Place, Deddington
Fennemore Farm Shop, Clifton




August 23

4th August 2023

The Parish Calendar photo competition is now closed to entries!
It's never too early to start taking pictures for the 2024 competition for our 2025 Parish Calendar Images need to be landscape and a minimum of 5Mb, 300dpi, saved as high-quality JPGs. The theme and competition dates are still being finalised and we will update the web page and Facebook soon!


‘Friends News’

The ‘Friends’ have been busy as the photo competition is proving to be very popular and entries for the 2024 parish calendar have been flooding in! The deadline for competition entries is in a few days (4th August) and the entries will then be collated and judged. Winners will be notified and invited to an award ceremony at the library, date TBA so watch our socials!

The 2024 Calendars are due to go on sale at the first farmers market in September so, again, like our Facebook page ' Friends on Facebook' for all the latest updates, or visit us here again and select ‘Parish Calendar’ on the navigation bar!

It is the time of year to schedule our Annual General Meeting (AGM), this is planned for the 2nd week of September and more details will be published soon


‘Library News’

We are very much looking forward to hosting our FODL patron, award winning author Linda Newbery, for an evening of poetry and prose ‘Our Natural World in Words’. An opportunity to discuss nature in prose and poetry and to share your reflections and favourites. The event is at 7pm, in Deddington Library on the 17th August 2023. This is a free event with cold drinks and nibbles!


The summer reading challenge is in full swing and there have been lots of signups for 2023, good luck to all who have taken on the challenge. We look forward to congratulating all the successful participants in September when the challenge ends on the 9th September.

Visit us here again in September for the latest monthly news updates and follow/like us on Facebook for weekly updates and news.

July 2023

Friends of Deddington Library - Deddington News July 2023

We've a great deal of news to share with you this month. We're very excited to welcome Gail Cripps as the new Deddington library manager. I am sir that many of you will be familiar with Gail, who was a staff member at Deddington some years ago and has provided lots of cover here recently. We very much look forward to working with Gail to ensure the library goes from strength to strength under her management. It is a great resource in our community and the Friends are thrilled to take it forward into a new chapter in it's history, supporting Gail at the helm. Gail recently held a coffee morning in the library for Friends and volunteers. It was a lovely get-together and we hope to have more of these team building events in the future. We're also delighted to welcome on Board Sharon who has taken over our social media management recently, and Jennie Clarke from Accure Financial Ltd , who has volunteered for the role of treasurer. Welcome to you both and thank you so much for joining the team. Last but definitely not  least, keep sending in your calendar photo competition entries. We've already received some stunning shots and I'm sure there are plenty more to be taken within the parish, ideally of a recognisable scene. As usual, landscape format, file size no smaller than 5mb and as a .jpg file.
Bryn Williams

Deddington Library - Deddington News July 2023

The Library is gearing up for the Annual Summer Reading Challenge, starting on 8 July and running to 9 September. This is open to all children aged 4-16, with a mini challenge for under-4s. The idea is to read six or more books through the summer holidays, collecting rewards as you go and a certificate and medal at the end. The theme is Ready Set Read! There is also an interactive website with games and book recommendations. This will be my first Challenge after taking over the role of manager and I hope to make it fun for everyone. I have had a very warm welcome from our Deddington readers and look forward to the future.
Gail Cripps.

June 2023

From 1st June 2023 Deddington Library will have a new Library Manager!

The FoDL extends a warm welcome to Gail Cripps.
Gail, a familiar and friend
ly face at the library, having been a past member of staff here,
has family connections to Deddington and brings a wealth of knowledge and
experience as she has worked in the library service since 2005!
Welcome Gail from all at FoDL!

May 2023

We are in urgent need of a new treasurer. This isn’t an onerous role, just a couple of hours a month and a bi-monthly committee meeting. The accounts are kept on a spreadsheet so anyone with a reasonable knowledge of Excel and bank reconciliation will be welcome. This is a fundamental operation within the Friends group; attention to detail, accuracy and honesty are essential. For more information please email


Our 2024 calendar photo competition is well underway and already receiving entries. Now that the weather is finally improving and the evenings are getting lighter, there are more opportunities to get out and capture some of those stunning scenes in and around our parish. Please send your images as JPEG files, landscape format and, ideally, 5Mb or larger to me.

The Friends produce a welcome pack for people moving into the parish which includes really useful information on where to find what in the parish and, of course, library related information that we can’t wait to share with newcomers. If you have new neighbours or know someone who has, please contact Meriel at to get a welcome pack delivered to your new friends.
First published in the Deddington News May 2023. Bryn Williams

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