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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter June 2016


What we have been doing

Our first outing of the year was a visit to the Black Country Living  Museum in Dudley.  We had a good journey there and back with no traffic holdups.   The weather before had been very cold and wet but on the day  of our trip the sun shone for us and it was even warm enough for some of us to sit in the sun after walking around the site.  It is a large site but easily walked and there are old trams to take you from one area to another if you wish.  There are lovely old houses to visit, all decked out as they would have been in the past, with their privies in the back yard and their gardens all growing the vegetables required by the family.  The school  building  is as you still see in many villages, but inside it is very different.  Parties of school children go there and are taught  what it would have been like in the olden days – very different to what they know now.  While we were there three parties of school  children  took turns to have lessons with slates with chalks, and a very strict teacher teaching them their times tables.   It was lovely to see children enjoying the old games of whip and top, running with a hoop and stick and skipping with a rope tied to the lamp-post, all played in the street.  The old shops brought back many happy  memories;  shops with goods  hanging from the ceiling, or in little drawers in cabinets, old fashioned tills, and large counters from which to serve people.  We were also able to go down a mine or have a ride on the canal.  All in all a lovely day out and well worth the visit.

Our speaker in May was Ian Scott-Hunter and he gave us a very interesting  insight into the world of a valet at Buckingham Palace and other Royal Palaces.  He showed us photos of all the different uniforms he had to wear for specific functions and how he had to learn how to jump off a moving carriage in order to put down the steps for the occupants of the carriage to alight.  We also  saw pictures of the tables laid out  for State banquets and were told that every thing on the table was measured to be sure that it was correct and in the right place.  Even the chairs were measured to be the same distance from the table.  He told us how he had to move to each of the Royal residences, with the Queen, to carry out the functions which were arranged around those Palaces.  It was a very interesting look at a job not many of us know much about.


Future dates…….

  • Newbury Races in June

The cost for this outing will be £30 for members and £32 for non-members

  • Visit to Poole in July

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

                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

  • Brideshead re-visited in June. This elegant and evocative adaptation of the ever popular play is a sparkling new reimagining of the classic novel by the acclaimed playwright Bryony Lavery.  
  • Relatively speaking in September.

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

More details of this holiday later.

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

  • Judith is organising a holiday abroad next March, to Spain. If anyone is interested can you please contact Judith on  01235 531001.


Our next meeting 

Our next speaker is Kate Lace whose talk is entitled “From Guns and Roses to Hearts and Flowers”

Doors are open at 1.30pm and the meeting starts 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 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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