Events and Meetings

We meet at Reigate Baptist Church on the second Tuesday morning of each month 10.00a.m – 12 noon.  We start with coffee and chat until 10.30a.m, then after any notices we enjoy listening to a speaker.

PROGRAMME 2017 / 2018


April            11th    Tax, Care & Toyboys                          Trevor French

May             9th      AGM

June            13th    Surrey Air Ambulance                         Jackie Robertson

July             11th    Branch Outing

August         8th      Summer Meeting

September    12th    Action for Deafness                            Cathy Cobbold

October        10th    Secrets of Hever Castle                       Neil Miller

November    14th    Frosted Earth                                     Ian Currie

December     12th    Xmas Meeting


January        9th      Xmas / New Year Lunch                      Reigate Manor

February      13th      Life on a Harp string                            Margaret Watson

March          13th    SERV(Emergency Rider Volunteers)       John Steele

April            10th    Stroke, Dementia & Diabetes                Dr Raina

May             8th      AGM

Events for 2017

Thursday 27th April – 7:30 – ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’.  Harlequin Theatre, Redhill.  East Surrey Operatic Society.

Tuesday 16th May – 10:15am – Guided Tour – The Orpheus Centre plus light lunch.

Tuesday 27th June – morning session – 10 Pin Bowling at Hollywood Bowl, Crawley Leisure Centre.

Tuesday 11th July – Cruise from Windsor (11am – 1:30) with a Ploughman’s Lunch on board followed by a visit to Bekonscot Model Village at Beaconsfield plus afternoon tea.

September – Light Lunch at Knights ‘Nags Hall’ Garden Centre in The Walled Garden Restaurant.  Date and time to be arranged.

Tuesday 3rd October – Brick Lane Music Hall.  Matinee performance, with afternoon tea, of ‘Showtime’, A Musical Extravaganza.

Wednesday 15th November – 7:30 – ‘ The Sensational 60’s Experience’ – The Hawth Theatre, Crawley.


Heaven Farm followed by lunch on board the Bluebell Railway as it journeyed from Sheffield Park to Horsted Keynes and back again.

A river trip along the Wey and Arun Waterway starting from Guildford.  This was followed by a very enjoyable lunch in the Boatman Pub then on to Greyshott Potteries.

An enjoyable day in Portsmouth.  Members were free to spend the day as they wished, this included sightseeing, lunching and lots of retail therapy.

The Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park with lunch, then on to Runnymede where we boarded a barge which took us along the River Thames to Windsor and back.  The highlight of the trip was seeing The Queen and other members of the Royal Family taking a private cruise on board the Royal Barge The Glorianna.


A trip on the  Kent and E Sussex Railway.  The day commenced in Reigate and went direct to the  Bethersden and the Bull pub who agreed to open early for members to use toilet facilities and partake of some refreshments.  The coach then continued on to the Rocking Horse Museum for a 1½ hour tour.  It was then on to Tenterton to board the steam train.  A ploughman’s lunch was served on board the train. On return to Tenterden members had  some free time until the coach departed for Reigate.

 The Poppy Factory in Richmond where we were greeted warmly by a member of staff with refreshments and then given an informative talk on how both the poppies and the factory came into being.  After the talk we were taken on a guided tour, meeting some of the ex-service people and others who expertly make the poppies to commemorate the brave personnel who have died in all conflicts.  After this visit we had a very pleasant lunch at a local fish restaurant before boarding our own personal launch for a trip up the River Thames to Hampton Court where our coach driver was waiting to bring us home.

Coffee Morning at Denbies Wine Estate in the heart of the Surrey Hills. After enjoying various light refreshments some members opted for a train ride through the vineyard to the highest viewpoint where they experienced breathtaking views of Boxhill, Leith Hill and Dorking.

Whitchurch Silk Mill followed by free time in Winchester

Guided Tour of Gatton Park

Guided Tour of The Foundling Museum, London

Fashioning A Reign – An exhibition at Windsor Castle – 90 Years of style from the Queen’s wardrobe, worn at events at the castle.

Our New Year Lunches are currently held  at Reigate Manor Hotel.



The Wey & Arun Waterway

Safety of medicines

Childhood in a Lancashire cotton mill town

Young people and their careers by the Camelia Botnar Foundation

Life as a photographer

East Surrey Mediation Service

Julian Pooley from the Surrey History Society on mental health care, establishments and patient records in Surrey.

Canine Partners.  Pat bought her husband’s partner dog Yukon who demonstrated his ability to give assistance with  removing items of clothing and putting shopping in a basket as well as collecting his own food bowl.

Eileen, a volunteer from Help for Heroes.  This was a most enlightening talk and at times very moving.

The history of Priory Farm in Nutfield

 Anchors Aweigh.  A most informative talk on the Royal Navy career of Mr Eccles

Tanya Stafford from the Redhill and Reigate Live at Home Scheme.

Michael Wilson CEO of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust .

Richard Burford on SSAFA.

Sally Nilson  on her Grandfather and the Titanic disaster.

Dr Kumar gave us an insight into the Life in the Day of a GP

Glenys Schofield on Arthritis Care / Research

John Hyde on The History of Jigsaws

Eileen Lanzer  on her work teaching disabled people.

Richard Bywater  on the RNLI including their role on the River Thames.

Vic Quayle who was an Environmental Health Officer for 25 years covering South London and Surrey.

Charlene Yates, on Art therapy for the disabled as well as people with communication and learning difficulties.

Gordon Gillett on the history of Tollsworth Manor in Chaldon. He also gave us some very useful hints and tips on saving money in our retirement.

Foundling Hospital – Jane King

Scotland Yard Detective – Steve Roberts

Surrey Wildlife Trust – Sophie Mariner

The Tower on the Hill – Cane Hill Hospital – Pam Buttrey (Member and author)

I’m a Tulip – What Are You?     Jacqueline Aviolet

Surrey Remap- custom made equipment       Brian Cooper

Orpheus Presentation       Ann Lovelace

Seaman’s Mission       Ian Pattison

Fungi, Toadstools & Mushrooms & toxic effects         Dr David Donaldson


A programme of holidays is organised every year in a variety of locations – members can go walking on Dartmoor or the Lake District, relax in the sunshine abroad or perhaps visit a Christmas market.  Holidays are open to all members, and partners are invited whether or not they are a member.


The NHSRF have a number of national interest groups for postal and branch members across the UK to complement the activities in branches and to enable postal members to participate in Fellowship activities.

NHS Retirement Fellowship and Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Seniors Golf Tour 

NHS Retirement Fellowship and Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Photographic Competition

NHS Retirement Fellowship and Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Book Club