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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter October 2018


What we have been doing

In September our speaker was Keith Jancz who explained how he painted with his mouth after becoming paralysed from the chest down. He has exhibited all around the world and met Prince Charles and Prince William. He told us how he had to practice to get things right and also to experiment with different mediums.  He showed us several of his lovely paintings and it was lovely to hear his enthusiasm for his craft and his love of life in spite of his difficulties.

Before we had our main speaker we had an invitation to join the Saturday afternoon tea dances which are held in the Wellbeing  Centre in Abingdon on behalf of Age Concern.  Ron Sykes and Win invited members and friends to join them, where they would also enjoy and nice cup of tea/coffee and lovely cakes!

Our visit to the Houses of Parliament was very good.  Our Guide was very informed and gave us many interesting points about the building and how Parliament came to be in place.  As there was renovation work going on we were taken along passages not normally seen by the public.  Some of the members visited the Suffragette exhibition which was also being held in the Houses of Parliament.

On a blustery but warm day we went by coach to Kintbury, near Newbury, for our trip on the Kennet and Avon canal.  We were taken on a horse drawn boat for a 2hour leisurely ride through the countryside.  Our boat was drawn by the magnificent horse “Drummer” who pulled the boat along the canal, as the boat has no engine.  On board we could buy drinks and snacks.  After our trip we went into Newbury where we were able to buy lunch and do some shopping before returning home.

Future dates

Our next meeting Tuesday 9th October when the speaker will be Chris Caddy and he will tell us about “The Music of Eric Coates”.

Annual Christmas Bazaar: Saturday November 17th in the Village Hall.

Film afternoon: Tuesday 20th November – Peter Rabbit:


  • November 3rd; (Note this is a Saturday): Tour backstage at the New Theatre.

Cost is £6.50.  Tour starts at 10.30am

If anyone is interested in going on any of the trips, please contact Diane Shaw on 07926192127 or Carol Milward on 01235 526326

  • Holidays

  • Harrogate and York: November 2018

This is a festive break.

The Hotel is The Cairn Hotel Harrogate.  It has all the usual facilities with a lift to all floors.  There is live entertainment each evening.  We will be having one day in York and one day a circular tour of the Yorkshire Dales.  There will be a free day to enjoy Harrogate.

On the journey there, we will be stopping in Chesterfield and on the return at Litchfield.

The cost of the holiday is £300 (cheaper than the last November one, except for singles £80

  • 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 and go on a horse tram.

The cost of the holiday is £550 including the ferry crossings and the railway but could be reduced as the Barmouth one was if we get enough people.

Deposits of £40 to be paid in November.

  • Spain: April 2019. Hotel Port Denia on the Costa Blanca.

This is a 7 day all inclusive holiday.

If you are interested in this holiday 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 Harrogate and the Isle of Man

Jenny Jones

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