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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter September 2016


What we have been doing

On the hottest day of the year it was our summer outing.  This year it was to Poole.  On the way there we were held up with the traffic, as everyone else seemed to be going to the area around Bournemouth.  However we arrived safely and were dropped right by the harbour, outside Poole Pottery. Some passengers made straight for the fish and chip restaurant  overlooking  the harbour, while  others took a boat trip around the harbour which  proved to be a wonderful way in which to stay cool, stopping off for a walk around Brownsea Island the home of scouting.  (This is where Robert Baden- Powell took his first group of boys camping and the scouting movement was formed).  Some people took themselves for a walk along the harbour to see the boats while others went shopping.  On the way home the coach overheated and we had to make an emergency stop to allow it to cool down.  As the air conditioning was not working the passengers were more than pleased to get off and stand by the fridges in the service station to cool off,  and  also to buy cold drinks.   However it was a great day out and an ideal day to spend at the seaside.

Our speaker in August was Ian Jones whose talk was “Forty years in Bomb disposal – still got ten fingers.”

He proved to be a very good speaker with some interesting stories to tell, some of which were very amusing. 

Unfortunately our trip to Savill Gardens had to be cancelled due to lack of response.


Future dates…….

  • Hughendon ( NT ) near High Wycombe in September 2016

This was the home of Benjamin Disraeli and is set in the unspoiled Chiltern valley. It is full of fascinating personal memorabilia.  It later became the headquarters for a top secret second world war operation and has an exhibition of wartime life.

The cost will be £26 for members (or £17 if you are a NT member), and £28 for non-members.

If anyone is interested in going on any of our  trips  please contact Diane Shaw on 01235 527158 to see if there are any spaces, as often we are not able to fill the coach.  These are open to anyone.

  • Radley retirement Group is taking over the organising of the Christmas Bazaar this year . This will be held on November 19th from 1pm to 4pm. in the village hall.  It will take the normal format and the forms for tables should have gone out by now  but if you haven’t received one and would like to book a table please contact  Judith on  01235 531001 or  E-mail her at jbland1942@btinternet.com.  Please keep this date free and support the Bazaar.


Theatre trip

  • Relatively speaking in September at The Playhouse.

This play features Robert Powell and Liza Goddard in a beautifully crafted, wonderfully funny and charmingly English play by Alan Ayckbourn.

  • Sand in Sandwiches in October at The Playhouse.

Edward Fox stars in this brand new stage play, bringing John Betjeman’s poetry and his vivacious personality to life.  This show presents a hugely entertaining insight into the world of this much loved irreverent writer.

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



  • 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.  The balance to be paid in September.

  • Exmouth and Devon towns in May 2017

This is a tour of Devon Coastal towns based in Exmouth at the Manor Hotel, situated close to the beach, with views across Exmouth Bay.  All the rooms have en-suite facilities.  The hotel has a bar and a lift to all floors.

On the journey to Devon we call at the Donkey Sanctuary near Exmouth.  Other days we visit Sidmouth, Dawlish and Teignmouth and have a circular tour crossing the river Dart and spending time in Torquay.  There will be a free day to do your own thing and use your bus pass if you wish.

The cost of the holiday is £395 with the deposit of £40 to be paid in January.

All holidays are open to family and friends so if you are interested in our holidays please contact Dot Hewlett  on Ab 531082

  • Judith is organising a holiday abroad next March, to Spain.


Our next meeting 

Our next meeting is on Tuesday  13th September when our speaker will be Brian Stovold speaking about the Wilts and Berks canal.

Doors are open at 1.30pm and the meeting starts at 2pm.


Membership:  Just a reminder that membership is open to anyone  over 50 who is retired from full-time  work. You will be made very welcome, so why not give us a visit.   The annual subscription is £5.

Jenny Jones

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