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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter August 2015


For our July meeting we had a change from our usual bring and share summer tea.  The Club provided members with a free cream tea.  This was enjoyed by 63 members and  each member received two scones (one fruit and one plain), small pots of cream and  jam and some strawberries.  Another change from usual was that the men on the Committee made the tea and the ladies served it to members. 

During the meeting we completed a questionnaire regarding the way forward for the Club and also a quiz devised by Bill and Diane Shaw.

We also heard that two of our members had sadly passed away.  Patsy Groser, who was a founder member of the Club, and Connie Ward.


Future dates…….

River Trip July  2015

We are having a river trip starting at Oxford.  We can use our bus passes to get to Oxford, returning to Abingdon on the steamer, with another  cream  tea .

Cost £19 for members and £21 for non-members.


Bletchley Park August 2015 

There are still a few places left for this trip

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


Magna Flora Flower  Festival in Salisbury Cathedral September 2015

This is a festival  specially designed to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

There will be over 500 flower arrangements led by Michael Bowyer MBE, Angela Turner and Pam Lewis, and will be a feast for the senses with the smell and sight of many thousands of blooms in this amazing medieval masterpiece.  The Cathedral will be filled with a mix of spectacular contemporary, traditional and interpretive displays inspired by the Magna Carta.  There will be live demonstrations daily, and  there is a café and gift shop within the Cathedral, which is only a short walk from the town centre with its shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries.

Cost is £27 for members and £29 for visitors.



Falmouth in May  was bright with flowers, both wild ones in the hedges and sub-tropical ones in the gardens.  The weather for our holiday was mostly fine which helped us to enjoy our varied outings.  We visited Land’s End, the north Cornish coast, St Ives and Cornish Gold.  We had a day in Padstow, a day visiting Mevagissey and Truro, and a free day.  Falmouth itself has so much to offer that several of us skipped at least one outing to spend more time there.  Unexpected treats included a concert by the harbour, a practice in Truro Cathedral, and a D-day commemoration service featuring a pipe and drum band, a lifeboat and a wreath-laying by a winch-man let down from a helicopter.  The Hotel was comfortable, friendly and right on the front overlooking the bay.  This was yet another excellent holiday, thanks to the efforts of those involved in the organisation.

  • Lytham St Anne’s, in November 2015 – our festive break , this includes a day in the Lakes and a day in Liverpool.
  • 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.

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

For our next  meeting our speaker is Michael Palmer and his talk is entitled “Working as a meteorologist in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia”.  Doors open at 1.30pm and the meeting begins 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 Ecclestiastical boundary of Radley village. The annual subscription is £5.

Jenny Jones

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