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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter April 2016


What we have been doing:

In March we had our AGM and Andrea Saunders was appointed our new Chairman and we wish her well in her new job.  Carol Milward was thanked for her time as Chairman.  We have 76 members who have joined us for this year and look forward to some interesting talks and outings.  We also had a talk about the work of Maggie’s centre based at the Churchill Hospital, which was very interesting.  This is a place where anyone can go who has cancer, or who is involved with someone who has cancer, and they can have a quiet chat and a cup of tea and get any information that they may require.  It is not always possible to talk to the Doctor at the time of crisis and Maggie’s is there for that purpose, and to support  anyone who needs it.

Members were reminded that they must let a member of committee know if they will be attending the next meeting as it is to be a tea to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.  As this will be “afternoon tea” with sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and a cake, we need to know how many people will be attending.

Future dates…….

Our first outing for this year will be a visit to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley in April.

This is one of the largest open air museums in the UK.  There are 26 acres to explore, come rain or shine with a village and charismatic residents to chat  to, trams to ride, games to play, things being made, stories to hear, so much to see and do. Older people will feel nostalgic seeing the shops of old as they remember them.  There is also a tram to the canal or you can go underground  to visit a mine.  There are cafes and a fish and  chip shop selling chips in newspaper.

The cost is £27 for members and £29 for non-members.

Visit to Adam Henson’s Farm Park

This is a visit to the popular  television presenters’ farm in the Cotswolds which specialises in rare breeds.  There is a “Touch Barn” where you can hold chicks and rabbits, and see young goats and lambs, a “Demo Barn” with changing demonstrations throughout the year according to the seasons, a “Farm Safari” where you can take a tractor ride to see the animals, a “Rare breeds trail” where you can learn the history of the breeds, or a “Wildlife Walk” which is 1 or 2 miles of wildlife walking with views across the beautiful Cotswolds.  Of course there is also “Adam’s Kitchen” with homemade food from fresh ingredients.  There is also a shop which stocks their own eggs  and meat and local handmade and unique gifts, so there is plenty to see and do.

The cost is £24 for members and £26 for non-members.

If anyone is interested in going on any of  our  trips please contact Diane Shaw on 01235 527158

Theatre trip

  • Brideshead re-visited in June. This elegant and evocative adaptation of the ever popular play is a sparkling new reimagining of the classic novel by the acclaimed playwright Bryony Lavery.  

If you are interested in going on a theatre trip please see Andrea Saunders. Payment must be made at the time of booking.


  • Northumbria and Holy Island in May/June 2016 –

There will be excursions to Holy Island, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Cragside (National Trust) and Durham as well as a free day to explore Newcastle or visit the coast by Metro.

  • Skegness November/December 2016

As a group we have never been to Lincolnshire so we thought we should pay it a visit!!!  It is of course a Festive Break.

The hotel is the Chatsworth and it is situated on the sea front.  All the rooms have en-suite facilities with T.V. and tea and coffee maker.

We will have one day in Lincoln and one day visiting Newark and Spalding.  We also have a day touring the Wolds via Horncastle and Louth.

On the way home we call at Melton Mowbray, famous for its pork pies and Stilton cheese, which we did visit many years ago.

The cost of this holiday is £280 (less than last year) with a deposit of £40 to be paid in June.

If you are interested in our holidays please contact Dot Hewlett Ab 531082

  • Judith wondered if anyone was interested in a holiday abroad, probably next March, to the near Continent. If anyone is interested can you please contact Judith on 01235 531001 so that she can see if there is enough support to go ahead with organising this..

Our next meeting 

For our next meeting we will have a talk entitled Royal Valet  by Ian Scott-Hunter.

Doors are open at 1.30pm and the meeting starts at 2pm.


Membership: Just a reminder that membership is open to all those over 50 who are retired from full-time work and who live within the Ecclesiastical boundary of Radley village.  You will be made very welcome, so why not give us a visit.   The annual subscription is £5.

Jenny Jones

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