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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter January 2016


What we have been doing:

For our Christmas meeting we had our usual “Bring and share Christmas Party”.  A good array of food was brought and enjoyed by all and we had enough left over to auction.   We were entertained  by Nick Gill  who played music for us.  We also had a quiz and distributed Christmas cards.

Future dates…….

There is a very good programme of trips coming up in 2016, so watch this space and come and join us.

In January we shall hold our Anniversary lunch which is being held again at Coseners House. 

Theatre trips

Again watch this space for any theatre trips coming up in the New Year.

The holiday in Lytham St Ann’e

Our Tinsel and Turkey holiday this year was spent at the Inn on the Prom at St Anne’s on Sea.  The hotel was comfortable and made us welcome.  We stopped at the National Memorial Arboretum on the way and some of us ventured out in the cold to look at the memorials.  Our first day trip was to the Lake District with a stop at Bowness, where most of us took an enjoyable 45 minute cruise on Windermere.  We then went on  via Coniston. It rained, but Lakeland mountains in the rain are quite a familiar site and views were good, and after all it was  late November.  Our second day trip was to Liverpool.  We started with a 2 hour tour round Liverpool on the coach with a guide.  She was very informative and enthusiastic about her city, and she showed us the docks area, the city centre, the two cathedrals, parks, suburbs and Penny Lane.  We then had time to explore Liverpool  on our own starting from the waterfront.  It was most impressive.  Our final day was free for us to do what we wanted.  Some people stayed in Lytham St Anne’s.  Several groups took the bus to Blackpool and rode on the 11 miles of tramway. 

Many thanks to Dot, Judith and Audrey for organising yet another excellent holiday.


  • 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 this year) with a deposit of £40 to be paid in July.
    If you are interested in our holidays please contact Dot Hewlett Ab 531082


Our next meeting  on January 12th will be our usual “50/50 Auction”, so bring along those unwanted Christmas gifts and sell them to  someone else, who may have a birthday present to buy  in the next few weeks  and would find it “just the thing they were looking for”  Don’t  forget to bring your money to buy as well .  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 Ecclestiastical boundary of Radley village. You will be made very welcome. The annual subscription is £5.

Jenny Jones

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