June 2018 Newsletter

This month we have the announcements of a fireworks event at Ragley Hall and a BMW Mini factory visit in September. There is still time for last minute bookings for the Summer “lunch” and Thames River Cruise on Tuesday 17th July, but get your bookings and deposits in to Paul Gover as soon as possible if you wish to go. Likewise, there are still a few places available for the visit to the World of Wedgwood in August, but if you would like to go, please get your booking form in to Ray Bradshaw as soon as possible.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail: ibmmidretnews@gmail.com


Event Reports

Event Report: E1805PP Pete’s Place - 31st May 2018

Against all the odds, this event was blessed with with a gorgeous sunny day. Around sixty guests enjoyed picnics in the beautiful grounds and had rides on the steamboat and the many trains that circled the lake and threaded their way through the woods. I am pleased to report that the donations received raised £220.20 for the Air Ambulance.

Gary Wooding

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Pete’s Place
Pete’s Place
Pete’s Place



Click here to see the list of the events which are provisionally planned for 2018.

The following is the status of those events which have been announced.

Tuesday 17 JulySummer “lunch” & Thames River Cruise, Oxford. See May newsletter.
Thursday 16 AugustWorld of Wedgwood. See April newsletter.
Saturday 1 SeptemberFirework Displays, Ragley Hall. See below.
Wednesday 26 SeptemberBMW Mini Factory Tour, Oxford. See below.

Booking Conditions. Click here to read the terms and conditions. Members should also be aware of Public Liability Insurance provided by the Club.

Photographs from Past Events. Click here or here to view a selection of photographs from past events.

E1807FIR: Firework Displays, Ragley Hall Saturday 1 September 2018 (Organiser Michael Fabianski)

World of Wedgwood

Three of the UK’s best firework companies compete against each other with a 10-minute firework display choreographed to music followed by a finale display from organisers MLE Pyrotechnics. The types of fireworks being used by the companies are quite different to the material available to the general public, each company uses category 4 fireworks — those that are for professional use only and the biggest available in the UK.

The event is the only one of its type in the UK where the audience have the capability to vote for the team they liked the most using their mobile phone. Texts will be charged at normal rates and a limit of 1 vote per number is in place. Each voting number receives a text back with the results.

Please feel free to bring along your own food and drink. Be it a few sandwiches and soft drinks or a sumptuous spread of champagne and strawberries, all cold food and beverages are allowed on site. However no BBQ’s or open flamed cooking appliances are allowed on site under any circumstances. There will also be food and drink (bar and soft drinks) available on site from licensed vendors.

The site can cater for disabled persons but it may not be suitable depending on your circumstances. For further advice please contact MLE Pytotecnichs. There is a disabled car parking section - please inform the staff as you arrive and they will direct you accordingly. Signs for disabled parking will also be in place.


Gates open for entry - Music and interviews broadcasted throughout the evening: 5:00pm

Time to picnic or just grab a spot and relax.

Gates close for entry - Information and interviews with the teams announced: 9:00pm

Computer fired demo: 9:15pm
Team 1: 9:30pm
Team 2: 9:45pm
Team 3: 10:00pm

SMS Voting opens 10:15pm
SMS Voting closes 10:30pm

MLE Pyrotechnics - Larger scale closing display: 10:30pm

Results announced of winning team: 10:40pm

See the Firework Champions website for more details (but don’t book on their website if you want the club subsidy!).

This is a ‘self drive’ event. Cost will be £12.50 per member and first guest. Additional guests will be £19.

Please complete the attached booking form and return it to Michael Fabianski as soon as possible. So as to allow you to arrive at Ragley Hall at a time to convenient for yourself, tickets will be sent out before the event, so please enter your home address on the booking form.

Word document     Printable Booking Form

Refer to the document Event Booking Conditions for Terms and Conditions.

E1809BMW: BMW Mini Factory Tour, Oxford, Wednesday 26th September 16:00 (4.00pm) (Organiser Dave Compton)

Plant Oxford is the birthplace and heart of MINI production. Manufactured to individual customer specifications, hundreds of MINIs leave the plant’s assembly lines each day, off to meet new owners in more than 110 countries around the world. In fact, a completed Mini comes off the production line every 67 seconds!

Three UK plants have had a part to play in MINI production — Plant Hams Hall makes engines, Plant Swindon produces body pressings and sub-assemblies for MINI, and all this comes together at Plant Oxford with body shell production, paint and final assembly.

Since production of the new MINI started in 2001, almost 3 million cars have been made at Plant Oxford. But the plant’s heritage goes back much further than that — it is a site with 100 years of automotive manufacturing history, which has become a landmark in the “city of dreaming spires”.

The visit will follow the production line of the BMW Mini from raw steal pressings to finished car. This is a highly automated factory with robots doing most of the work and is an excellent example of JIT (Just In Time) production where each component and sub-assembly comes together just at the right time on the line to produce the wide range of models and options available.

Please note

This is a ‘self drive’ event — directions and joining instructions will be given nearer the time.

A deposit of £5.00 pp will be required on confirmation of your booking and the total cost will be in the region of £9.00 to £11.50 per member and first guest (depending on final numbers). Second guests will be £15.00 pp. If the event is over subscribed, there will be a wait list and, if significantly over subscribed, it may be possible to arrange a second group.

Please send booking forms to Dave Compton as soon as possible. When your booking is accepted, you will be asked for the deposit to confirm (do not send any money now).

Word document     Printable Booking Form

Refer to the document Event Booking Conditions for Terms and Conditions.


Sub-Groups of Retirees Club and Employee Club

IBM Retirees Rambling Group

The IBM (Warwick) Rambling Club is now a subsection of the IBM Midlands Retiree Club. Any member of the Midlands Retiree club is welcome to join our subsection. Our subs are £5 per person per year. Our programme consists of a meal in late February, a monthly ramble with a pub lunch using own transport and an AGM in December. In the past we have shared a trip using coach transport with retiree sightseers in May or June - this year there will be a trip to the Isle of Wight 24-28 June.

Any retiree who would like to give us a try, can come along on one of our monthly walks without needing to join. Meal subsidies are available only to members and not for those joining us on a trial basis.

Go to a list of the planned walks for 2018 and other information.

For more information, please contact Terry King, terryaking@hotmail.com.


IBM Retirees PC and Technology Group (founded by Harry Green)

The IBM Retirees PC and Technology Group meets every alternate month for a lively discussion on PC and technology topics in the digital age. There are usually one or two specific presentations given by members or by outside speakers, which the members of the Group have requested. We try to provide a reasonable balance between PC “techie” topics, new technology, and topics of a more general nature such as digital television, Internet telephony and digital photography. So whether you are a newcomer to the PC or a more experienced user, we hope you will find something of interest. You are very welcome to join us.

Go to meeting dates and other information.


Members’ Notices

We all know Midlands Retirees who are undertaking a range of activities to raise money for good causes. The Committee have therefore decided to offer this space to advertise such initiatives and other events which may be of interest.


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