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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter May 2016


I was unable to attend the meeting in April but  I understand that  I missed a very good afternoon.  The hall was decked out in red, white and blue for our afternoon tea to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday.  Sue Crabb did us proud with a fantastic selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones with jam and cream, all placed on the tables  on tiered cake stands.  Tea was served by the Committee.  During the afternoon there were slide films provided by Doug Rawlinson of the Queen’s visit to Radley College and also  several members shared their memories of the past.  The members also had a quiz  which could be done by each table as they enjoyed their tea.

Future dates…….

  • Visit to Adam Henson’s Farm Park in May

This is a visit to the popular  television presenters’ farm in the Cotswolds which specialises in rare breeds.  There is a “Touch Barn” where you can hold chicks and rabbits, and see young goats and lambs, a “Demo Barn” with changing demonstrations throughout the year according to the seasons, a “Farm Safari” where you can take a tractor ride to see the animals, a “Rare breeds trail” where you can learn the history of the breeds, or a “Wildlife Walk” which is 1 or 2 miles of wildlife walking with views across the beautiful Cotswolds.  Of course there is also “Adam’s Kitchen” with homemade food from fresh ingredients.  There is also a shop which stocks their own eggs  and meat and local handmade and unique gifts, so there is plenty to see and do.

The cost is £24 for members and £26 for non-members.

  • Newbury Races in June

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

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

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.  

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



  • Northumbria and Holy Island in May/June 2016 –

There will be excursions to Holy Island, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Cragside (National Trust) and Durham as well as a free day to explore Newcastle or visit the coast by Metro.

  • 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.

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

  • Judith wondered if anyone was interested in a holiday abroad, probably next March, to the near Continent. If anyone is interested can you please contact Judith on 01235 531001 so that she can see if there is enough support to go ahead with organising this..

Our next meeting 

For those who thought they would hear Ian Scott-Hunter in April I am sorry for my mistake in the April newsletter but he is our speaker for our May meeting.   His talk is entitled  “Royal Valet” .

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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