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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter April 2017


What we have been doing

In February we had a visit from Luke representing “Go Active Gold”.  This is an activity funded by Sport England to work in partnership with local communities to deliver a varied, inclusive and social physical activity programme.  The idea is to get older people more active with an activity that they will enjoy and is within their capability.   The ideas presented are Bowls, Keep fit classes, Nordic walking, Pilates, Senior Circuits, Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Tennis, Yoga  and Zumba Gold.  Several members showed an interest in one or more of the activities and Luke went away to try to arrange an instructor to take a series of lessons in one or more of the activities which were the most popular.  If these prove popular then the instructor may continue the classes after the initial trial period.

In March we had our AGM .  As there were no nominations for Committee and Sue Crabb and Carole Milward were willing to stay on the Committee for another year,  this was agreed.  There were also no motions from the floor.  Andrea Saunders, Diane Shaw and Dot  Hewlett gave reports of last years’ activities and Sue Ward gave a comprehensive financial report saying that the Bazaar at Christmas and the small boot sale in the summer had helped our finances immensely.  Our bank balance was now back up in the black!!!!

We also  had a talk from Joseph Mailler from the Citizens Advice Service based in Abingdon.  He told us of the good work his volunteers and paid staff  do in helping the community in many ways.  He explained how they could help alleviate many of the worries  people have just by talking to them or putting them in touch with agencies that could help.

Andrea organised a trip to the Playhouse to see “Las Strada” which was about a travelling circ

Future dates.


Our first outing for the year will be in April to the Royal Mint and Cardiff Bay.

We will have time to explore Cardiff Bay before our tour of the Royal Mint in the afternoon.

The cost will be £29 for members and £31 for visitors.

In May we are going to visit The Imperial War Museum. 

Entry to the Museum is free so the cost will be £18 for members and £20 for visitors to cover the cost of the coach.

If anyone is interested in going on any of our  trips  please contact Diane Shaw on 07926192127  or Carole Milward on 01235 526326 to see if there are any spaces.

Theatre Trip

In April we will see Pygmalion at the Playhouse

This new staging interrogates class identity and social mobility in Britain today, and asks us how much do our voices still define who we are?

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


  • Exmouth and Devon towns in May 2017

This is a tour of Devon Coastal towns based in Exmouth at the Manor Hotel, situated close to the beach, with views across Exmouth Bay.  All the rooms have en-suite facilities.  The hotel has a bar and a lift to all floors.

During our holiday we visit the Donkey Sancturary near Exmouth, Sidmouth, Dawlish and Teignmouth and have a circular tour crossing the river Dart spending time in Torquay. 

There will be a free day to do your own thing and use your bus pass if you wish.

  • Bournemouth November 2017

This is advertised as Holly and Mistletoe.

The hotel is the Queens Hotel and Spa.  In addition to the usual facilities the hotel also has a pool, sauna, steam room and gym!

We will also be visiting Christchurch, the New Forest and the Isle of Purbeck crossing Poole Harbour on the Chain Ferry.  There will be a free day to enjoy Bournemouth.

The cost of the holiday is £320.  Deposits of £40 to be paid in April. 

Dot is taking bookings now. 

Cheques for the holidays  should be made out “Radley Retirement Group Holiday Fund” as the Bank will not always accept cheques made out “RRG”

All holidays are open to family and friends so if you are interested in our holidays please contact Dot Hewlett  on Ab 531082

  • The trip to Spain, organised by Judith through Saga was a great success. (More of that next month)

Our next meeting 

Our next meeting is on 11th April when Ian Turner will speak about the “Sea Shepherd” and we will also have an Easter Bonnet competition when we hope members will show us their creations. 

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

Membership:  Just a reminder that membership is open to  anyone  over 50 who is retired.  You will be made very welcome, so why not give us a visit.   The annual subscription is £8 or £14 for a married couple .

Jenny Jones

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