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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter July 2016


What we have been doing

Our speaker in  June was Kate Lace whose talk was entitled “From Guns and  Roses to  Hearts and Flowers”.   This was very interesting to hear how she had gone from a Captain in the Army to a romantic novelist. 

The visit to Adam Henson’s farm was a great success.  Some members went on a tractor ride around the farm and were told about the rare breeds that Adam is passionate about, while others enjoyed seeing the animals and helped to feed some of them.  A great hit for some were the sausages and bacon which were on sale, both in the restaurant and the shop.

The holiday in Northumbria was another great success.  The outings were very good but the weather was very cold and windy which was a shame as we couldn’t enjoy the gardens as much as we would have, had the sun shone for us.  However the Hotel looked after us well and the food was plentiful.  As usual Dot and Merion (our driver), looked after us well, so a big thank you to them.  We enjoyed seeing Lindisfarne castle, Durham Cathedral, Alnwick castle and gardens and Cragside, a National Trust house and garden.  We also stopped off to see the Angel of the North which is huge when you see it close to.  There was also a free day to discover Newcastle or the surrounding area.

Several members enjoyed an afternoon at The Playhouse to see “Brideshead re-visited”.


Future dates…….

  • Visit to Poole in July

The cost will be £18 for members and £20 for visitors.

  • Savill Gardens at Windsor in August

The cost will be £23 for members and £25 for non-members.

                If anyone is interested in going on any of our  trips  please contact Diane Shaw on 01235 527158

  • Radley retirement Group is taking over the organising of the Christmas Bazaar this year . This will be held on November 19th from 1pm to 4pm. In the village hall.  It will take the normal format and the forms for tables will be going out in the near future but if you don’t receive one and would like to book a table please contact  Judith on  01235 531001 or  E-mail her at jbland1942@btinternet.com.  Please keep this date free and support the Bazaar.


Theatre trip

  • Relatively speaking in September at The Playhouse.

If you are interested in going on a theatre trip please see Andrea Saunders. Payment must be made at the time of booking.



  • 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 Quorn and it is situated on the sea front.  All the rooms have en-suite facilities with T.V. and tea and coffee maker. It is family run and has a good reputation.  We will be the only group there and the manageress says we will be treated as a House Party!!

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 £300 with a deposit of £40 to be paid in June.

  • Exmouth and Devon towns in May 2017

This is a tour of Devon Coastal towns based in Exmouth at the Manor Hotel, situated close to the beach, with views across Exmouth Bay.  All the rooms have en-suite facilities.  The hotel has a bar and a lift to all floors.

On the journey to Devon we call at the Donkey Sanctuary near Exmouth.  Other days we visit Sidmouth, Dawlish and Teignmouth and have a circular tour crossing the river Dart and spending time in Torquay.  There will be a free day to do your own thing and use your bus pass if you desire.

The cost of the holiday is £395 with the deposit of £40 to be paid in January.

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

  • Judith is organising a holiday abroad next March, to Spain.


Our next meeting 

Our next meeting is our summer meeting when we will have a “ bring and share” afternoon tea.

  • Attention to all members

The next meeting will commence with an extraordinary General Meeting with a proposal  to relax the membership conditions.  A vote will be taken on a motion for this and all paid up members are entitled to vote.

Doors are open at 1.30pm and the meeting starts at 2pm.

: Just a reminder that membership is open to all those over 50 who are retired from full-time work and who live within the Ecclesiastical boundary of Radley village.  You will be made very welcome, so why not give us a visit.   The annual subscription is £5.

Jenny Jones

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