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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter August 2018


What we have been doing

In June we had our annual visit to Newbury races.  This proved a very good evening and most,  if not all,  came home with winnings.  Many are looking forward to next year when they hope to have even more success.

We had a cake stall at the “Flower Show and Fun day” which proved very successful.  Thank you to all those who made cakes,  helped sell them,  or bought them.

In July our speaker was John Chipperfield who told us of the many papers produced locally in the past  but which have now amalgamated, and gave us an insight into the work of a young journalist.  He started working for the Oxford Mail as a 15 year old, while still at school,  writing reports of football matches.  He is still working for the Oxford Mail even though he is officially “retired”, writing the “memories of the past” features.  He had many interesting stories to tell us.

After the heat of recent weeks it was quite nice to have a cooler day for our visit to Bournemouth.  This enabled us to enjoy the day without wilting after ½  hour.  We were able to enjoy the lovely gardens with its flower displays and where there were several benches available for rests, or walk along the seafront with a cool breeze blowing, or visit the surrounding attractions, or simply do some retail shopping.  There was something for everyone and it proved a very successful day out.

Future dates

Our next meeting Tuesday 14th August when our speaker is Mr Alan Brewer.  His talk is entitled “Up in the Clouds”. Mr Brewer was a steward on the airlines and occasionally on a flight with the Queen.  He has many amusing stories to tell.


  • August: Visit to the Houses of Parliament (This is now full)

Cost £37 for members and £39 for non-members.

  • September: Trip on a horse drawn boat on the Kennet and Avon Canal and a visit to Newbury

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

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


  • 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.  There is 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).  Balance to be paid in September.

  • 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.

  • Spain: April 2019. Hotel Port Denia on the Costa Blanca.

This is a 7 day all inclusive holiday.

If you are interested in this holiday please contact Judith on Ab 531001


All holidays are open to family and friends so if you are interested in our holidays please contact Dot Hewlett  on Ab 531082.  There are still places available for Harrogate and the Isle of Man

Jenny Jones

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