About this website
Retirement from full time work can be stressful for anyone thinking that their active life is over… but by simply treating it as a new beginning, it can make life a truly exciting experience.
Leaving work enables anyone prepared for the change – or maybe a challenge – to enjoy a completely new adventure.
By joining a local organisation such as the U3A (University of the Third Age) and travelling with new found friends on organised holidays – both at home and abroad or even on a day trip – it not only broadens the mind, but can create a whole new lifestyle choice, companionship and learning.
I hope you enjoy this website as much as I have had creating it. Alan Wooding
How to contact us
Facebook: Alan Wooding
Phone: 0781 459 6927
Since retiring I organise and lead weekly walks for Bedford U3A - no matter what the weather! - in and around Bedforshire.
I am also an active member of the Footprints Walking Group.
About the editor
Leaving school in 1962 at the age of 15 to become an apprentice compositor, I left a completely changed printing industry in 1991 with a change of direction to become the Sports Editor for the Biggleswade Chronicle.
However I had already spent more than 20 years writing and reporting on motor sporting events for the Premier Newspaper Group along with specialist national magazines, Autosport and Motoring News.
Over the years I have travelled widely and began writing travel articles in 2001 and was proudly named Journalist of the Year at the 2014 Dutch Press Awards at the Institute of Directors (IoD) in London's Pall Mall.
With my interest in motoring racing, I was also responsible for creating the SDC Racing Team for a Bedford-based construction company back in 1975 which operated for more than 20 years with enormous success.
Having also raced myself on limited funds, I finally switched to the cheaper off-road Autograss championships where I campaigned two Spectra-Minis with moderate success over several seasons.
Although I officially retired from full time work in November 2012, I have continue to supply and edit travel articles and features and theatre reviews for up to 22 JPiMedia (formerly Johnston Press) websites covering Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire parts of Cambridgeshire and sometimes Sussex.
Premier Newspaper Group weekly publications: Milton Keynes Citizen; Bedford Times & Citizen; Luton Herald & Post; Biggleswade Chronicle; Dunstable Gazette; Hemel Hempstead Gazette; Leighton Buzzard Observer; Luton News; Warwick Courier; Northants Telegraph; Berkhamsted Gazette; Northampton Chronicle & Echo; Thame Gazette; Leamington Courier; Bucks Herald; Lutterworth Mail; Rugby Advertiser; Harborough Mail; Daventry Express; Banbury Guardian; Tring Gazette; Buckinghamshire Advertiser.
And on the odd occasion, the following JPiMedia publications: Eastbourne Herald; Crawley Observer; Worthing Herald; Littlehampton Gazette and the Midhurst & Petworth Observer.
Besides the Premier Newspaper Group, I have also had many travel features published on the following two websites: