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Reading Ride Out to Sue Ryder Care, Nettlebed, 15.02.09


Reading's February ride out took place on Sunday 15th.  A fairly short ride had been planed to visit the Sue Ryder Care facility at Joyce Grove, Nettlebed, Oxfordshire to present a donation raised from proceeds of our 2008 Christmas raffle.  The petrol station at Reading Services, on the westbound carriageway of the M4 was deemed  the meeting point and a total of eight bikes turned up for the ride with Bob popping along to see us off.  The run was led by Chris (VFR400R) with Tony (CB1300) acting as Tail End Charlie.  Other branch members participating were:  Mick (CBF1000), Allie (CBR600), Roger and Krys (VF750C), Ian and Angie (ST1100), Gaz (CB250K Special) and Ian (CBF1000).
 
We left the services and proceeded along the M4 to junction 12 where we took the A4 Theale By Pass before joining the A340 and heading for Pangbourne.  We then proceeded along the A329 running adjacent to the River Thames up to the Wallingford By Pass.  We then turned onto the A4130 and headed towards Nettlebed.  At Nettlebed we were joined by Marion who had driven up with the donation.
 
The Sue Ryder Care facility at Nettlebed is located in Joyce Grove, a magnificent Edwardian country house set in 28 acres, originally built in 1904 by Robert Fleming, grandfather of James Bond author, Ian Fleming.  The house features many large rooms, a superb galleried landing and even a haunted nursery which is now used as an office (during daytime only).  The fully equipped site offers day care as well as being a hospice, although many patients return home to spend their final time in familiar surroundings.  We were greeted by Jo Read, from the fund raising department, who showed us around the extensive facilities and gave us a very informative insight to it's running.  The Cheque for 100.00 was presented to Jo by Mick before we left and headed to Henley-on-Thames for a pub lunch of bangers and mash.
 
Thanks to Sue Ryder Care and Jo Read for showing us around.
 
 
 
 
The bikes lined up in the visitors car park at Joyce Grove
 
 
Joyce Grove, the Impressive Sue Ryder Care Facility at Nettlebed
 
 
Plaque in the the main entrance hall
 

 
Fantastic fireplace in the lobby
 
 
Another very ornate fireplace
 
 
Jo Read receiving the cheque from Mick


 
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Please contact Chris Ward if you would like more information about the Branch
either e-mail reading@hoc.org.uk or ring 07899 967327

Meets at the The Swan, Basingstoke Road, Three Mile Cross, Reading RG7 1AT
on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm.
 

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