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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter March 2018


What we have been doing

At the end of January, (too late for February’s report), 46 members enjoyed a very good lunch at Coseners House to celebrate our Anniversary. 

Our speaker for February failed to turn up and Chris Gasson filled in with a talk about his time as a professional racing cyclist.  He had no previous warning that he would be giving a talk and spoke without any notes, and did a fine job of explaining about the Tour de France Cycle Race and the hardships the racers go through to achieve winning.  He explained how the race started in 1905 as a two week race around France, then went on to be a race against other countries, and finally about the race it has become today with trade teams competing against each other. Well done Chris for stepping in at the last minute.

Two of our Community Police Officers called in to speak informally to anyone who had any problems and answer any of their questions.

Future dates

Our next meeting Tuesday 13th March which is our A.G.M.    We will also have a talk about “Tax, Wills and  Toy Boys”. Doors are open at 1.30pm and the meeting starts at 2pm in the Village Hall



 April: Oakham Treasures Nr Bristol: Oakham Treasures is one of the largest privately owned museums of retail and farming history in UK.  It has been open since 2008 and has become an award winning major attraction and guarantees to give you an amazing and uplifting trip down memory lane.  Whether you are 8 or 80 you’ll be fascinated by this vast and unique collection of memorabilia from the last century.  There is something for everybody from the thousands of items in the historic stores to the impressive display of vintage tractors and farm equipment.

Cost £24.50 for members and £26.50 for non-members.

May: Cadburys World.

If anyone is interested in going on any of the trips, please contact Diane Shaw on 07926192127 or Carol Milward on 01235 526326. 



  • Barmouth: May 2018

This is a holiday in North Wales with two special days included.  One day we shall be going on the Welsh Highland Railway and another day visiting Portmerion, both included in the price of the holiday. We are staying at the Arbour Hotel situated on the flat seafront.  All rooms have en-suite facilities.  The Hotel has a bar and lift.  There will be a free day to do your own thing, perhaps stroll across the estuary on the long wooden bridge or catch another train.

As we now have 40 people Barnes have reduced the cost by £30 to £390.  The balance of £350 (plus  £30 single supplement) to be paid in March.

  • Harrogate and York: November 2018

This is a festive break.

The Hotel is The Cairn Hotel Harrogate.  It has all the usual facilities with a lift to all floors.  Live entertainment each evening.  We will be having one day in York and one day a circular tour of the Yorkshire Dales.  There will be a free day to enjoy Harrogate.

On the journey there, we will be stopping in Chesterfield and on the return at Litchfield.

The cost of the holiday is £300 (cheaper than the last November one, except for singles (£80).  Deposits of £40 to be paid in April.

  • 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 and 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.

Deposits of £40 to be paid in November.


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

Jenny Jones

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