Valentine Club Reports

Valentine Club’s October Report

First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who very kindly supported The Valentine Club on Saturday 13th October at the annual jumble sale.  Whether you gave items for sale, bought some bargains in the afternoon, or helped in any way, THANK-YOU!  The crowds came from far and wide including Drayton, near Abingdon, Milcombe, Banbury, Bicester and of course, lots of support from our own village.  We made over £900 profit which will make such a difference to the club, allowing us to secure some high-quality speakers and entertainers next year and subsidising some of the coach trips we organise and of course, not forgetting the Christmas dinner.

Our trip to Whitchurch Silk Mill and Bombay Sapphire at the end of September was everything we could have hoped for including the super weather.  If anyone has a few hours to spare, I would recommend a visit to Whitchurch Silk Mill as it is set in a glorious location by the River Test and is well worth the journey.

By time you read this we will have been to Denbies Vineyard in Surrey and enjoyed another wonderful meal and undoubtedly sampled a glass or two of English wine.

Our entertainer for October was Kerry Jean who sang with such enthusiasm music we all know from the 60’s and made a wonderful accompaniment to some delicious home-made teas and excellent company.  Her rendition of Tina Turner’s classic hit, “Proud Mary” was so full of energy I hope she had an uneventful journey back to Leicester to allow her to time to recover!

For our November meeting on Tuesday 20th we meet at the earlier time of 1.30pm for our second helping of fish-and-chips for the year and after that, a quiz, so let us hope the fish encourages the old grey-matter to come up with some good answers.

For more information about the club give me a call or go onto our very own website at. https://valentineclub.wixsite.com/aston  where you can view the forthcoming programme, catch up with news from the club and see photos of the club’s activities.

Richard Preston – 01869 340512 or email  richard.preston5@btopenworld.com


Valentine’s new website and 2018 programme

The Valentine Club joins the 21st century with the construction of its own website https://valentineclub.wixsite.com/aston  This is all thanks to a wonderful volunteer in the village, William Riman from Northside, who is working towards his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and has been very involved in the workings of The Valentine Club over the past month or so.

The club started off the new year with two versions of Cinderella. The first being a visit to Milton Keynes theatre on the 3rd January where we saw Brian Conley and Gok Wan and their interpretation of this old-established pantomime. Then on the 9th January we were once again invited to Dr Radcliffe’s school for their very own version of the same pantomime.  The visit to the school is a great example of ‘intergenerational’ communication between the young and not-so-young members of our community.  Many thanks to the school for inviting us and providing a superb tea.

Our first meeting welcomes Patrick Fitzgibbon to the club to enlighten us on his experiences with Unipart and The Mafia. This is the start of what must only be described as a very ambitious programme of events for the club in 2018 with eight coach trips and a very diverse range of speakers and entertainers.

Life begins at 60 so if you want any further information on what we do, have a look on our website or give me a call on 01869 340512.

Richard Preston – Club Chairman (for lack of a better description)

To see the club’s 2018 programme, please click here.


Henley River Trip – June 2017

Chairman Richard Preston writes: “So far, we have had a busy year with trips to Littlecote Manor in Berkshire, a visit to Milton Keynes to see Mama Mia, a boat trip from Henley on The River Thames and information and entertainment each month ranging from community safety to ventriloquism. We still have four more coach trips this year and have already booked up for a return to Milton Keynes to see Cinderella in pantomime next January.

“Membership is still running at around 100 over 60’s and we are managing to keep the finances alive with our monthly raffles and sales table and of course, not forgetting the annual jumble sale in October.

“Our trip on The Waterman, a river cruiser we hired entirely for the club, was a great success not only because we were afloat for four hours but the sun shone all the time and the buffet on  board was fabulous. This is just one example of what a club of our size can achieve, allowing members to do something which otherwise might not have been possible.”

For more photos of the river trip, please click here


Christmas Dinner 2016

Chairman Richard Preston writes: “I think it would be fair to say that the Valentine Club finished off the year with a bang, not just the cymbals that Alan was wearing around his ankles (see the photo) but as the final event of the club’s calendar. About 80 members were able to enjoy a wonderful Christmas meal in the village hall curtesy of S & J Cuisine accompanied by cheese and biscuits, wine, sherry and one of the biggest raffles you would ever see.

“We were entertained by Bruce Thompson’s one-man-band who has appeared all over the world with the likes of Bruce Forsyth, Les Dawson and The Two Ronnies. He started off his act by saying that we were one of the youngest audiences he has played to since leaving the SAGA cruise line.  Not sure if that was a compliment or not but it was taken in the best possible manner!

“Our programme for 2017 includes eight coach trips ranging from a cruise down The Thames to a visit to an historic house, accompanied by a meal of course. We have visiting speakers covering all sorts of topics to entertainers such as ventriloquists, guitarists and comedians so lots to look forward to in the new year.

“Getting older may be a bit of a nuisance but whilst travelling down that path we are going to enjoy ourselves! For more information about this band of over 60’s please contact me on 01869 340512 or email Richard.preston5@btopenworld.com

To see more photos, please click here


The Valentine Club visits Rousham for tea

Oh what a party!Chairman Richard Preston writes: “”The Valentine Club was blessed with one of the few sunny days this year when we visited Rousham Gardens for our June meeting.  Thanks to Anne Starling and her helpers, 61 members enjoyed a superb tea in the courtyard to Rousham House and the opportunity to spend an hour or so meandering amongst the amazing displays of roses, herbaceous borders and all things that make Rousham such a glorious location.”

For more photos, please click here.

June 2016


The Valentine Club visits Longleat lions

Pride of lionsRichard Preston reports: “The theme for June is definitely LIONS with members of The Valentine Club. After a trip to London’s West End to see The Lion King at The Lyceum Theatre after a superb meal at a restaurant on The Strand, it was time to see the real thing.

“On a warm, dry Thursday we all set off by coach to Longleat to see if the real lions could be found. We were not to be disappointed as out came the entire pride to say “hello”.

“Longleat is not just about wild animals as the house is splendid and by taking the boat journey on the lake we were able to feed the sea-lions and see a very ancient gorilla on his own island. Life begins at 60!”

To see more photos, please click here.

June 2016