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NEWS

Over the past few years the Institute Management Committee have worked hard to keep the Institute as a thriving hub for village activities.   Below are listed some of the main achievements.

December 2015: The main hall and entrance areas of the Institute have had a makeover.   Some plasterwork has been renewed and the hall walls and woodwork completely redecorated.   The wooden floor has also been sanded and varnished.   The room no longer has noticeboards on the walls, but decorative cork tiles are in place and users may attach temporary decorations or signs for their events to these.   New curtains are due to be installed in January.

December 2015: We have taken delivery of trolleys to store and move or tables and another trolley to move our chairs.   This will make it easier for users to move the chairs and tables from the store area into the main hall.

November 2015: Institute user group Adderbury Community Food Market has made several grants available to local groups. These include the funding for two new tables at the Institute. The Community Food Market has seen two years’ successful trading and was able to make four awards to village organisations. After sponsoring Adderbury's Party in the Park in June, the Market has now helped Adderbury Scouts to buy a new catering tent and Christopher Rawlins School to buy new stage lighting in addition to the grant to the Institute for new tables. Cheques were handed over at the November Market. Adderbury Institute treasurer Sandra Larner expressed her delight with the award: “The Institute Committee would like to thank the Food Market for their donation towards some new folding tables. The Food Market is a popular event - long may it continue”. The Market plans to make more awards later in 2016. The market offers a rich mixture of stalls, with constant changes to the variety – vegetables from John Anson’s Sandford smallholding, Adderbury’s own honey, locally distilled gin, the bread van baking on the spot, and hot suppers from Smart Cookies of Adderbury.


Institute Treasurer Sandra Larner receives the Institute cheque from Nick Fennell

May 2015: We have taken delivery of some new chairs.   These "conference" style chairs come with comfy padded seats and back rests and have been on our list of requests from users.   The old style plastic chairs will be almost completely replaced over a period of time.

October 2014: We've had new acoustic panels fitted in the main hall.   This has dramatically improved the sound quality by reducing reverberation.   It makes it much easier to hear speakers and amplified sound.

June 2013: A new heating system has been installed thanks to a generous donation from Viridor Credits.   The new system is designed not only to ensure a warm and friendly environment throughout the building, but also to safeguard the fabric of the Institute by maintaining a stable temperature and protecting against the cold weather.

May 2013: A new door access system has been installed giving additional security to all our users and improved management of the building.

April 2013: We are now able to offer our users free WiFi throughout the building.

February 2013: We have installed gates into our rear garden so the area is safer for users wishing to enjoy the patio area.   A new efficient floodlight has also been installed for the area.

January 2013: Adderbury Institute is now able to receive post and is registered with the post office under postcode OX17 3NE.

March 2012: Adderbury Institute is now able to receive payments for bookings online.   See then Pay page for more details.

March 2012: Alison Frost has been co-opted onto the Institute Committee and taken over the role of Treasurer.   This follows the resignation of Dr David White.

January 2012: Adderbury Institute has introduced a new scale of charges based on an hourly rate instead of per session fee.   Many of our users found the old session system of charging inflexible and the new scheme is designed to fit more closely around the needs of our users.

January 2012: Sandra Shallis has been appointed as the new caretaker for Adderbury Institute. Sandra will be pleased to help you arrange your next event at the Institute and guide you through the booking process. As part of Sandra’s role she will also be working with the Institute Committee to develop a number of initiatives to add to the value the Institute delivers to our community.

November 2010: Adderbury Institute's Management Committee now have a licence allowing for the sale of alcohol at events in the Institute.   Permission must be granted in writing from the committee by users.   The change in licencing comes at the same time as a number of new booking forms and terms and conditions of hire are introduced.

June 2010: Adderbury Institute now has a brand new, modern, fully functional and extended kitchen.   Dovecote kitchens completed the work which includes a brand new cooker suitable for catering for large numbers, microwave, dishwasher, instant hot water boiler, fridge freezer, catering sinks and a high quality modern look throughout.   The work was possible thanks to financial assistance from TOE (the Trust for Oxfordshire's Environment), Cherwell District Council, Adderbury Parish Council, Adderbury Running Club, the Folk Club, and an anonymous donor.

May 2010: The unused fireplace and mantelpiece in the main hall have now been removed to reduce the hazard potential of someone injuring themselves.

January 2010: Adderbury Institute is now licenced for the showing of films.   This change has been arranged by the Committee to allow Adderbury Cine Club to use the Institute for their presentations.

June 2009: The Institute Committee were pleased to report the completion of a large number of items of work forming their £25,000 three-year restoration project.   These included:

  • Replacement of the kitchen flat-roof
  • Installation of a damp proof course
  • Upgrading of the guttering and drain pipes
  • Removal of the south chimney and re-pointing of the west chimney
  • Internal plastering/decorating and repairs to the internal dado panels

December 2008: The Institute’s brand new heating system is now fully installed and operational.   The system includes high power heating in the main hall, with blower heaters in the kitchen and back room, and a hot air curtain over the front door.

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