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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter January 2020


What we have been doing

Twenty seven members and friends went to the Isle of Wight for a Tinsel and Turkey break at the end of November.  This was the last time Dot Hewlett organised a holiday for Radley Retirement Group and she has now given up after twelve years.  She was thanked for all her hard work during this time.  Chris Gasson has taken on this task for the future.  Although the weather wasn’t very good at the start of the holiday it brightened up towards the end of the week and we had a couple of lovely sunny days.  The weather didn’t stop us enjoying a trip around the island stopping off at the Pearl shop to see the lovely jewellery, a visit to the Needles and a Vineyard, where we were able to sample the wine, and a visit to Osbourne House.  Unfortunately this was the worst day for weather and we were unable to enjoy the lovely grounds.  We did however enjoy a tour of the house dressed as it would have been in Queen Victoria’s time.  On the return journey home we stopped off at a garden centre where we saw some lovely Christmas decorations, including some hilarious singing penguins.  We also visited Winchester Christmas Market.  Everyone who went said that they enjoyed the holiday despite the weather.

Our December meeting was our Christmas party where we were entertained by Lynda Styan and her companion who sang songs from the 30s and 40s, interspersed with some Christmas songs.  Dot Hewlett was presented with a gift for all her hard work in organising the annual holidays and Audrey Berry was given a birthday card as it was her 93rd birthday on that day.  Christmas cards to members were distributed and we enjoyed mince pies and sausage rolls with mulled wine on a festive afternoon.

Don’t forget the “Meet and Mingle” sessions at the Bowyer Arms each Monday from 12pm where you can have a chat with others.

Future dates

Our next meeting is Tuesday January 14th 2020.  This will be our Annual Auction so please bring along your unwanted Christmas gifts for someone else to buy!!!.

Outings           Our next outing will be in the spring.

  • January 11th: Anniversary Lunch at Cosenors House

           Cost is £30.

If you are interested in going on any of the trips, please contact Graham Collett on 01235 555187 or Diane Shaw on 07926192127.   Our trips are open to all but members have priority.



Newquay:  May 2020

Staying at The Eliot Hotel in Newquay, for 4 nights’ bed and breakfast and evening meal with entertainment each evening.  There will be two full day excursions one to Mevagissey and Heligan and the other to the Eden Project.

Cost will be £300 pp with a single supplement of £30.

This is now full.


Eastbourne:   November 2020

This is a Tinsel and Turkey break.  Staying at the Queens Hotel in Eastbourne for 4 night’s bed and breakfast and evening  meal with entertainment each evening.  There will be a full day shopping excursion and a half day excursion.

Cost will be £245 with no single supplement.

Deposit of £50 in June 2020.


All holidays are open to family and friends so if you are interested in our holidays please contact Chris Gasson on 01235 526377


Malta:  March 2020

Seashells resort at Suncrest Hotel.  Travelling with Air Malta from Gatwick.

The cost of this holiday is £749pp all inclusive.


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

Jenny Jones

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