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Radley Retirement Group – Newsletter November 2017


What we have been doing

Our monthly outing in September was a visit to the John Lewis shop in Wycombe and then onto the John Lewis Heritage Centre in Cookham.  This proved to be another interesting day.  We spent the morning at the John Lewis shop either browsing or buying and then had time for lunch.  At the Heritage Centre we were told how the John Lewis and Waitrose partnership arose and we also saw pictures of the first shops.  We also  saw pictures of several houses that are used to provide holidays for the staff.  After the short  talk about the early days we were shown around the Textile Archive.  This is a viewing gallery which contains approximately 30,000 designs in both paper and fabric  formats.  Around 5,500 dating from around 1800 to the 1980s are displayed on hangers on the free standing racks and around the walls.  Many of the textiles were used in Royal residences and on the big liners including the Titanic.  We also saw the wooden printing blocks and wooden and copper drums used in the past for making the textiles and dying them.  On our way home we stopped off at a Garden centre for a welcome cup of tea.

In October  we had  a visit to two of Oxfords’  Museums.  In the morning we had a guided tour of the Ashmoleum and in the afternoon  another guided tour of the Oxford University Press.  Both of these were extremely informative and gave us an overview of both establishments.  The Guide at the  Ashmoleum gave us a good tour to enable us to view the many artefacts for ourselves as there was too much to see in one visit.  Although the Oxford University Press no longer prints books in Oxford  it is the world’s leading academic publisher of academic literature, Bibles and Prayer books.  The displays also deal with notable books including the first edition of Alice in Wonderland and the evolution of the Oxford English Dictionary.  The Museum also includes the Press’s work since book printing ceased in its Oxford  site in 1989.

Our speaker for our September meeting was Christine Wallace who appeared on the Great British Bakeoff.  She gave us a very interesting talk and told us of  several “secrets” of the show.  One of them was that the  contestants are not allowed to go to the ovens without a cameraman present and when the presenters ask “how are you feelling”? you are not allowed to say “fine” or “stressed” but you have to make a full answer.  Another revelation was that there is one lady who does all the washing up and also all shooting has to stop if one of the contestants forgets one of their ingredients.

Future dates

Don’t forget the Annual Bazaar  on  Saturday November 18th 1. 00pm to 4.30pm  in the Village Hall.  This is a chance to buy some of your Christmas presents.  There will be the usual stalls and a raffle and a cake stall.

Our next meeting Tuesday 14th November

Our speaker this month is Bob Evans who entitled his talk “Tales from God’s Acre” Some Sunningwell  lives.

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


  • November: Clarks Shopping Village.

There are around 90 shops with discounted brand name fashions and designer labels including M&S Cadburys, Thorntons, Clarks shoes, Radley handbags.

The cost will be £19 for members and £21 for visitors.

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

We have no visits arranged for this month.

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.


  • 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!  (If you would like to join some members in the pool on the free day don’t forget to bring your swimming costume)

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.

  • 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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