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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter April 2019


What we have been doing

We held our AGM in March when we voted to select Dick Crabb to be our new Chairman.  We wish him every success in his new position.  Andrea Saunders was thanked for her time as Chairman.  We also had some very interesting  short talks from three  members called “Pieces of me”.  They had selected one or two items which had meant something to them as they were growing up and had made them “what they were”.  Rosemary Ryder brought a teddy and told us about the lady who “lived upstairs”.  She didn’t know if she was in the house when they arrived or if she stayed there after she left, in fact she didn’t know who she was.  Dick Crabb brought his football referees certificate and told us about his time with the Radley Boys football club and Andrea Saunders brought a book of wild flowers which she said had inspired her love of nature. 

Approximately 70 people enjoyed an afternoon  at the film show of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the Village Hall.  In October we shall have the film “Stan and Olly”.

Future dates

Our next meeting is Tuesday 9th April

Our speaker is Lydia Kavana talking about “Theremin Music”.  This is an electrical musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the performer.


April : Ardley (Energy and Recovery Facility) and Nicholsons Garden Centre where will have a guided tour of both.

The recovery centre is located near Bicester and began in 2014 treating 326,300 tonnes of non-recyclable waste each year.  It diverts at least 95% of Oxfordshire’s municipal aste away from landfill and generates enough electricity to power around 53,000 homes.   The garden centre is at The Park, North Aston and has three main divisions, horticultural, garden design, forestry and plant centre together with a yurt café.

 Cost will be £13.50 for members and £15.50 for non-members

 May :  Hereford Cathedral

Cost is £25 for members and £27 for non-members.

If you are interested in going on any of the trips, please contact Diane Shaw on 07926192127 or Carol Milward on 01235 526326.  Our trips are open to all but members have priority.


Isle of Man May 2019

We cross the ferry to the Isle of Man from Heysham where we are staying at

The Chesterfield Hotel in Douglas, located on the sea front, and it provides all the usual facilities.  It has a lounge, bar, restaurant and a lift.

We will have three days exploring the island including a journey on the Snaefell Mountain Railway where there should  be magnificent views of “six countries” weather permitting !!!!  You will have a free day to rest or try out one of the other railways or go on a horse tram.

The cost of the holiday is £550 including the ferry crossings and the railway but could be reduced, as the Barmouth one was, if we get enough people.

Balance is due.

Isle of Wight  November 2019

This is a Tinsel and Turkey break. The Hotel is the Royal Pier Hotel Sandown.

It has all the usual facilities with a lift to all main floors. There is live entertainment every evening.

One day will be a visit to Osborne House, which will be decorated as it was in Queen Victoria’s time, included in the price of the holiday.  Another day will be free to use your bus pass!!!

The cost of the holiday will be £320. There is no single supplement.  Deposits are due this month.

Spain: April 2019.  Hotel Port Denia on the Costa Blanca.

This is a 7 day all inclusive holiday.

If you are interested in a holiday to Malta next year please contact Judith on Ab 531001

All holidays are open to family and friends so if you are interested in our holidays please contact Dot Hewlett  on Ab 531082.  There are still places available for the Isle of Man

Jenny Jones

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