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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter September 2017


What we have been doing

We had a very interesting talk in August by Dr Mary Embleton who has walked around Britain with the sea always on her left, with her dog Kenna.  She showed some stunning photos of the coast of Britain and interspersed it with tales of her walk and the people she met.  She also had to walk among some of Britain’s  less attractive places.  She said the that the most difficult part was walking in London.

We had another very successful day  out to Southsea in July.  We were lucky to have very good weather and some took advantage of this to take a bus ( or walk) into Portsmouth and take a boat trip around the harbour.  This proved to be enjoyable with a running commentary  about all the ships harboured and the wares they were carrying.  Some members stayed in Southsea and sampled the food on offer and enjoyed a stroll along the seafront.

Future dates.


  • September: John Lewis Heritage Centre  at Cookham and John Lewis, High Wycombe.

Cost is £18 for members and £20 for non-members.

If anyone is interested in going on any of our  outings  please contact Diane Shaw on 07926192127  or Carole Milward on 01235 526326 to see if there are any spaces. These are open to anyone but members have first choice.

Theatre Trip

The next visit to The Playhouse will be in September to see “The Wiper Times” which is a comedy by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.  It tells the extraordinary true story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.  In a bombed -out building during the first World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mis-pronounced  “Wipers” by the British soldiers) two officers discover a printing press and decide to create a newspaper.  Defying both authority and gas attacks, it proves a huge success with the troops on the western front.

If you are interested in going  on a theatre trip please see Andrea Saunders,  Ab. 535448, payment must be paid at the time of booking.

Our next meeting Tuesday 12th September

Our speaker is Cyril Mannion whose talk is entitled “A Captain  at Work” Mr Mannion is a pilot and flight navigator who specialises in demystifying aviation topics for non-technical audiences.

Doors are open at 1.30pm and the meeting starts at 2pm in the Village Hall


  • Bournemouth November 2017

This is advertised as Holly and Mistletoe.

The hotel is the Queens Hotel and Spa.  In addition to the usual facilities the hotel also has a pool, sauna, steam room and gym!

We will also be visiting Christchurch, the New Forest and the Isle of Purbeck crossing Poole Harbour on the Chain Ferry.  There will be a free day to enjoy Bournemouth.

On the return journey we will stop in Winchester.

The cost of the holiday is £320. There are still a few places left.

  • Barmouth: May 2018

This is a holiday in North Wales with two special days included.  One day we shall be going on the Welsh Highland Railway and another day visiting Portmerion, both included in the price of the holiday. We are staying at the Arbour Hotel situated on the flat seafront.  All rooms have en-suite facilities.  The Hotel has a bar and lift.  There will be a free day to do your own thing, perhaps stroll across the estuary on the long wooden bridge or catch another train.

The cost of the holiday is £420 (single supplement £30 (£6 a night) deposit of £40.

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

Jenny Jones

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