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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter July 2018


What we have been doing

Wow!!!! The Retirement Group must have done something right as we had wall to wall sunshine for the second year while on holiday in Barmouth North Wales.  We stopped at Llangollen on the way  for lunch which was lovely alongside the river in the sunshine.  We then made our way to our hotel  in Barmouth.  Before we could unpack our cases unfortunately one of our group fell on the pavement outside the hotel and cut his chin and banged his head.  As a precaution he was taken to hospital in Aberystwyth, a journey of an hour and a half away.  He spent two days having tests and was able to return with us on the day that we went to Aberystwyth for one of our trips out.

One of our days out was a trip  from Portmadoc to Caernafon on the highland railway.  This proved to be a lovely experience as we meandered through the mountains with waterfalls, sheep on the line, tiny cottages dotted about and bluebells in abundance.  About a third of the way into our journey we stopped at a tiny village and were told that a train in the opposite direction had problems and the engine of our train was going to its aid and we would have a ½ hour wait.  We were able to get off the train and mingle on the platform.  However this took longer than they thought and we were there for almost an hour.  They gave us all a complimentary drink of tea, coffee or hot chocolate.  On the train was an enthusiast called Ian who kept popping into our carriage to point out viewing things along the way which was very helpful.

Another of our trips was to  beautiful Portmerion.  Here we were able to see it in all its glory in the sunshine.  The azaleas  and rhododendrons were in full blossom and the birds were singing beautifully.  It is a really magical place.  On our “free day” many took the train to nearby places or spent time in Barmouth.  Some walked across the wooden bridge which we were told is 2 miles long and along the nature reserve and caught the little  train back to the shoreline where the tiny ferry dropped us off in Barmouth.

Dot would like to thank everyone who went on the holiday for the generous gift they gave her.

Our summer meeting was a “bring and share” afternoon tea with entertainment from Jovan Rajak who played the accordion and sang for us.  This proved to be just the right type of music for the occasion.  During the afternoon a large birthday cake arrived to celebrate Gordon Sellars 90th birthday and we were all able to have a piece along with the many variety of sweet and savoury snacks brought by members.

Members were asked to donate any cakes, pies, jams or handicrafts for our stall at the “Summer Fun Day and Flower Show” on Saturday June 30th.

Future dates

Our next meeting Tuesday 10th July when the speaker is John Chipperfield “My life as a Journalist”  Mr Chipperfield spent 44 years with the Oxford Mail and Times as a journalist.  He was also a chapel organist at Oxford Prison.


  • July: Bournemouth (This was changed from Weston super Mare as this was not popular).

          Cost £20.50 for members and £22.50 for non-members.

  • August: Visit to the Houses of Parliament

          Cost £37 for members and £39 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). 

  • 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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