READING RETIREMENT CENTRE    (registered charity No. 281830)


(Friends in retirement taking relaxation, exercise and education)

Dec 2019/Jan 2020                Firtree Newsletter                  ISSUE 488

I remember reading somewhere a cry “Stop the world, I want to get off!” Well for the last few weeks of variable health, I can sympathise. The trouble is getting on again especially as Christmas is coming and with it on the way, a week in Torquay, party pieces and the Carol Service. So, this newsletter may be shorter than usual. The Tuesday programme is

10th December         Many of us will be away that day in Torquay but there                         is still a show from Mark

17th December         Our Annual Christmas Carol Service

Then we have a break until 2020.

7th January       Christmas Past – memories of childhood Christmas.                                         If you have a memory to share bring it with you.

14th January     Sue Morton – The story of Mapledurham

21st January     Holly Ryan – The Vyne, past and present

28th January     A Mark Bowman show

5th February     Nick Brazil – literary and artistic footprints of the Thames                    Valley

The older peoples working party have their Christmas meeting on Friday 13th at 2.00 in the Civic Centre. You are welcome to go.

In the meantime we have an election. I find the tenor of this very disturbing as Brexit is not the only issue, it is also a judgement on what has happened. We do not vote for Boris or Jeremy but for a local candidate to represent us at parliament for the next five years. There are local hustings where you have the chance to hear and meet the candidates for your area. Some have a very clear agenda, but the promises being made are so much hot air. As my grandfather would say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. A Christmas motto for the election is ‘to live with respect, truth and love’.

Then we have Christmas and the New Year. Do make sure you are well wrapped up, for the cold weather is more likely to put you in hospital than anything else. Drink plenty (non-alcoholic) and try not to be on your own. Christmas can be a great time of the year but it can also be quite awful on your own. Watch out for those who are; you may be a life-line for them.

Every blessing to you for this Christmas and may the New Year be everything you would like it to be.

 If you want to know more about  Firtree, contact Colin Ferguson ( or Liz Prior on 0118 942 2958

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