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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A new door access system has been installed giving additional
security to all our users and improved management of the building.
We are now able to offer our users free WiFi throughout the
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.
Adderbury Institute is now able to receive payments for bookings
online. See then
Pay page for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
of a damp proof course
- Upgrading of
the guttering and drain pipes
- Removal of the
south chimney and re-pointing of the west chimney
plastering/decorating and repairs to the internal dado panels
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.