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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter October 2015


In August we had a most interesting and enjoyable visit to Bletchley Park.  There has been much renovation and re-building in recent years, and the exhibitions are designed to give an impression of the atmosphere of the place as well as the history.  We could have done with more time to explore the place fully … or maybe not, because we were quite worn out when it was time to go home.  This was our best attended outing so far this year.

If there are outings you may be interested in, it may be worth asking  if there are any spare places as sometimes the coach is not always full.

Our speaker in September was Malcolm Nelson whose talk was to have been “Swallowers”.  No – I did not know what to expect but should have guessed as we had heard Malcolm before and we knew he had been a Customs and Excise Officer.  His talk was to have been on people who carry drugs through Customs by swallowing them.  As it was he changed his talk to “Lies and secrets” and he gave a most interesting talk on how they detect those trying to smuggle goods through Custom by  telling  lies and how the Officers have to be detectives to discover the truth.

For our next  meeting our speaker is Dr Tony Maisey  whose talk this time is called “What sort of Doctor”.  We have heard Dr Maisey before and his talks are always very informative but very entertaining, so why not come along and hear him. Doors open at 1.30pm and the meeting begins at 2pm.

Future dates…….


Magna Flora Flower  Festival in Salisbury Cathedral September 2015

This is a festival  specially designed to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

There will be over 500 flower arrangements led by Michael Bowyer MBE, Angela Turner and Pam Lewis, and will

be a feast for the senses with the smell and sight of many thousands of blooms in this amazing medieval masterpiece.  The Cathedral will be filled with a mix of spectacular contemporary, traditional and interpretive displays inspired by the Magna Carta.  There will be live demonstrations daily, and  there is a café and gift shop within the Cathedral, which is only a short walk from the town centre with its shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries.

Cost is £27 for members and £29 for visitors.


Christ Church College Oxford October 2015

We shall meet at Christ Church for a guided tour starting at 11.a.m.  The tour lasts for about an hour.  After that you are free to continue looking around the College  if you wish.

If you are interested in going on any of these trips, please contact Diane Shaw on 01235 527158 or Carol Milward on 01235 526326.

Theatre trips

 Following the very enjoyable visit to The Playhouse to see “The Mousetrap” we are thinking of booking tickets for “Singing in the Rain” in October.  Oxford University Student Company performs this new production with a live orchestra.


  • Lytham St Anne’s, in November 2015 – our festive break , this includes a day in the Lakes and a day in Liverpool.
  • 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.

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

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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