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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter July 2015


Our June meeting was a talk from Carole Bankes who spoke to us about the work of The Blue Cross.  It was started in 1897 and arose  to take care of  the welfare of horses in London.  It was originally called “Our Dumb Friends League”.   It was originally involved in the care, comfort and training of horses on the railway and it was decided that they needed an ambulance to transport the horses.  An appeal was made for funds and £50 was raised for the first ambulance.   In the first 6 months  2,344 horses were treated at the first hospital, opened in London, and called the Victoria Hospital. 

Animals were looked after during the 1st World War and during the slum clearance of London.  Many people were given new homes away from their original ones and often were not allowed to take their animals with them and many were abandoned.  These were taken in by the League.  Many of the people who were sent to war had no-one to look after their animals and  some brought back animals to this country from war zones and these were also taken in by the League.  The name was changed in 1950 to Blue Cross. They now have 4 hospitals across the country but their work does not change, it is still involved with the welfare of animals.


Future dates…….

River Trip July  2015

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

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



  • Lytham St Anne’s, in November 2015 – our festive break …
  • Northumbria and Holy Island in May/June 2016 –

If you are interested in our holidays please contact Dot Hewlett.

Our next meeting will be our Summer meeting when we will have a cream tea, provided by  the Retirement Club and served by the Committee, instead of our usual bring and share tea.  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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