Organiser Richard Preston writes:
The Valentine Club dates to 1952 when a group of “seniors” decided to get together on an informal basis to have a chat and provide some of their own entertainment.
Although times have changed and our ability to enjoy recreation and sport has possibly improved, there is still a need to bring like-minded people together within their own community. Did you know that the over 60 population in Oxfordshire is outgrowing any other age group in numbers and we are all living that bit longer so there is an even greater need to provide something for our age group?
The club meets on each third Tuesday of the month in the Village Hall where we are entertained by singers, dancers and speakers. We always provide refreshments, homemade I must add, and there is always the opportunity to have a chat and meet new friends. We put on coach trips at least six times a year as well as the legendary Christmas Dinner. For a report and photos, please click here.
We provide information on health care and benefits and work closely with Cherwell District Council, Oxfordshire Community Council and Age UK Oxfordshire.
All this for £15 per year and the cost of a raffle ticket if you feel so inclined. If you would like to find out more about the club come along to any of our meetings or give me a call on 01869 340512.
Life starts at 60 so come along and join your fellow baby-boomers!
All monthly meetings are held in Steeple Aston Village Hall and start at 2.30pm unless stated otherwise. Teas are £1 per person unless stated otherwise.
Coach trips are subject to a limit because of the seating capacity and it is advised to book and pay for your preferred trips in good time to avoid disappointment.
Forthcoming events 2024
January 16th – Jackie Maynard Sings – Return of this amazing singer.
February 20th – Co-op – Tax or Toy-boys – Danny will reveal all!
March 19th – Ridgeway Country with Tony – Country to Pop and Rock
April 9th (note one week early) – Tom Coker – “Leadership in testing times”
April (15th – 19th) – Holiday to IOW for 5 days – Travel, half-board, entertainment, and excursions – £399 per person inc. free bar. (Supplement for single room – £60)
May 21st – Medical Detection Dogs – Fraser Liversage – A look at how dogs can identify medical problems.
May 23rd (Thurs) Saville Gardens (morning) and Thames River Cruise with cream tea during the afternoon. A chance to have a look around Saville Gardens and maybe some lunch before heading off to Runneymede for a river trip and cream tea. Coach travel, admission to the gardens and river journey including tea – £45.
June 18th – By popular demand, Neil returns with more great songs from the 60’s and 70’s
June 26th (Wed) – Painshill and Denbies. Painshill is an amazing estate with so much to see and do before moving onto Denbies Winery where you will see how the grapes are produced and turned into wine. Wine tasting is included along with a two-course lunch with tea and coffee. – £50
July 16th – Rousham House tea – tea at 3.30pm. Arrive at 2.30pm – A chance to have a look around Rousham Gardens before enjoying a lovely homemade tea – £5.
July 17th (Wed) – Weston-Super-Mare – A Day at the seaside without the hassle of driving – £20
August 7th (Wed) – Trentham Estate in Staffordshire with all its added attractions such as an outlet village and one of the largest garden centres in Britain. – £30 including admission to the gardens and estate.
August 20th Alan Lavender MBE – Chef to four prime ministers!
September 11th (Wed) – Stratford-upon-Avon- River cruise – A chance to enjoy this historic Shakespeare town and a river cruise along The Avon. £25 inclusive
September 17th – Ventriloquism & Magic Show with David – Prepare to be amazed!
September (23rd – 27th)– Holiday to Eastbourne @ The Afton Hotel to include return coach travel, half board, excursions, and entertainment. £399 per person
October 15th – Fish and Chips and pudding – £10
November 12th – 14th (Tuesday to Thursday) Thursford Christmas Show plus hotel, half-board accommodation and excursion – £359 per person inclusive of transport, accommodation and show ticket. (This is dependent on numbers but acclaimed as the best and certainly the largest Christmas show in Europe)
November 19th– “What is a DA ‘Friend’ and how can I help?” with Emma Teasdale – DA stands for Domestic Abuse and be prepared for some startling information.
December 17th – Christmas Dinner including entertainment – £10.
All monthly meetings are held at Steeple Aston Village Hall on the third Tuesday of the month unless otherwise stated.
Teas to include a hot drink, sandwiches and cake are available at regular monthly meetings for a charge of £1.
Coach trips are, in general, subsidised, and it is always sensible to give advance notice that you want to join any or just one of the trips to ensure we have the correct size coach available.
Many of the coach trips have been subsidised thanks to the generosity of The National Lottery Community Fund and support from both our local and district councillors to whom Valentine Club members are most grateful.