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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter May 2015


At our April meeting our speaker was Julia Spragg  who gave us a very interesting talk on the work of “Greenpeace” This was followed by a question and answer time when members asked  Julia questions they were concerned about.

Our March outing was a trip to Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum with 31 members and friends attending.  The Museum is housed in the old porcelain factory on two floors.  It is a light and airy museum with cabinets filled with the most exquisite pieces of porcelain, with an audio tour giving further information.  As an added bonus Henry Sandon, (from the Antiques  Roadshow), was in the Museum to give his expert  help to anyone who spoke to him. On the second floor are more modern pieces of porcelain, and information about the workers and their conditions of work.  There is a chart on the wall stating the rules and conduct all workers had to abide by.  At the end of the Museum there was a short screening showing the process of making the pottery and how the moulds were made for a piece of porcelain showing the Queen when she was Princess Elizabeth riding a horse side-saddle.

After the visit to the Museum we were able to explore Worcester.  Many of the group went to the Cathedral where some were lucky enough to hear a children’s choir, others walked along the river, some visited Greyfriars National Trust house and garden, while others found the shops!

After a dull foggy start to the day, the sun came out, and a good day was had by all and we were able to appreciate the countryside on the return journey.

Future dates…….

Trip to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens Tuesday  19th May 2015

Cost £30 for members and £32 for non-members.

Step back in time and meet Tudor courtiers, explore Henry V111’s most famous Palace and discover some of its hidden secrets.  There are 60 acres of gardens with sparkling fountains and over 200,000 flowering bulbs.

Trip to Newbury Races on 25th June 2015

Cost £30 for members and £32 for non-members.

Our social secretary encourages everyone to support our day trips.  We need full coaches to break even on costs.  If we only fill half the coach, the club has to subsidize the outing, or we need to cancel.  The Committee are therefore asking more of our members to support the outings. 

If anyone else  is interested in going on these  trips, please contact Diane Shaw on  01235 527158.


We are offering the following date for

  •  “The King’s Speech” at the Oxford Playhouse on Thursday, 14 May at 2.30pm

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


  • Spring holiday in Falmouth, Cornwall in May 2015 (twin rooms only)
  • Lytham St Anne’s, in November 2015 – our festive break …

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

Our speaker for the next meeting  on Tuesday  May 12th is Gillian Cane whose talk is entitled “the miracle of Bletchley Park”.   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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