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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter May 2019


What we have been doing

At 2.15 on a cold morning 19 members and friends set off by coach for Gatwick airport for our holiday to Denia in Spain.  We had a short delay on take-off as BA had put someone’s luggage on board without the passenger but we arrived at the hotel in time for lunch and sunshine.  The hotel was very good and the food served buffet style was very varied.  We had several trips out, two of which were free.  One was to Javea and the other to Benidorm.  We were told that Benidorm was always a bit warmer than the rest of Spain but when we arrived it was bitterly cold.  We had a trip to Moserof Wine Museum and Bodego.  This was very interesting with a very colourful lady giving us a tour.  Her father had collected anything old and it was all displayed in the old buildings.  We saw the wine press and looked down on the vines in the valley below before tasting the wine produced there.  Another trip was to Guadalest which a small village perched high in the mountains.  The cobbled streets and whitewashed houses lead up to the town square and the lovely view across the reservoir. There were several museums and small shops to browse.   There were also trips to Valencia which some enjoyed and Moraira market.

Our speaker for April was Lydia Kavana who told us all about Theremin music.  This was most interesting.  It is a musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the performer.  It comes from Russia  and takes many years of practice to perform.  Lydia  interspersed her talk with some music played on the Theremin.

This month our outing included two visits.  In the morning we went to Ardley (Energy Recovery Facility) near Bicester.  This was a most informative and interesting visit.  We were shown which items were to be placed in the green or black bins, some of which we got wrong.  We were shown the process of treating the waste.  The ash is used for making roads, the metals are recycled, the plastic milk bottles and glass bottles are all recycled into more bottles.  We were then dressed in yellow jackets, hard hats, goggles, gloves and ear defenders for a walk into the huge hanger type building where all the work takes place.  There was not a lot to see as it all goes through large pipes and is fully computerised.  Our driver then took us to Bicester Garden Centre which was not the one we were to visit but after a lovely ride through nearby villages we arrived at Nicholsons Nursery in North Aston.   We had time for a cup of tea or coffee and a bite to eat before having a tour with the owner of the nursery.  They mainly supply trees and hedging to large housing developers and landscape gardeners.  We were told that the plants around the fencing of Radley College was supplied by them.  Again it was interesting to see how they potted on the trees in the huge nursery until they were of the standard required.  There was also a small shop and a small area with plants for sale.


Future dates

Our next meeting is Tuesday 7th May

Our speaker is Bruce Duncan and his talk is “The Loan Soldier”.  This is  a first hand account of recent military history and a story of a remarkable family’s appetite for adventure and bravery in the face of overwhelming challenges.



     May :  Hereford Cathedral

Cost is £25 for members and £27 for non-members.

    June:  Seaside visit to Hastings

If you are interested in going on any of the trips, please contact Graham Collett on 01235 555187 or grahamw.collett@gmail.com or Carol Milward on 01235 526326.  Our trips are open to all but members have priority.



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 or go on a horse tram.

The cost of the holiday is £550 including the ferry crossings and the railway.

There are still a few places left.

Isle of Wight  November 2019

This is a Tinsel and Turkey break. The Hotel is the Royal Pier Hotel Sandown.

It has all the usual facilities with a lift to all main floors. There is live entertainment every evening.

One day will be a visit to Osborne House, which will be decorated as it was in Queen Victoria’s time, included in the price of the holiday.  Another day will be free to use your bus pass!!!

The cost of the holiday will be £320. There is no single supplement.

 Deposits are now due.

Malta:  March 2020

Seashells resort at Suncrest Hotel.  Travelling with Air Malta from Gatwick.

The cost of this holiday is £749pp all inclusive.

If you are interested in this  holiday to Malta next year 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 the Isle of Man

Jenny Jones

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