August 2014 Newsletter


In this newsletter we have the announcement of this year’s Christmas lunch and a reminder about the survey asking for your interest in proposed events for 2015.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail:


2015 events planning

From dozens of suggestions for events in 2015 your committee, at its recent planning meeting, drew up a short list for further investigation. So that we can prioritize our investigations, we are asking you to give a simple yes/no response for each of these suggestions. This does not mean that all the events will be run - ideas could fall by the wayside for any number of reasons, but it would be useful to know how popular each event might be.

If you are interested in helping us to do this, please go to - it should only take a few minutes of your time. Please do this as soon as possible as your responses are needed for our next meeting on 1st September.

Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre

there was insufficient interest last year for a club visit to the National Breeding Centre but it is very easy to arrange your own visit. Tours are run every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. There are also occasional Saturday morning visits. As you might imagine, demand is high, so early booking is most likely to secure a place on a date of your choice and groups up to about 40 can be accommodated. You just need to contact Liz Hinkley or Susi Cheshire at the NBC on 0845 3727 432 or email There is no charge for the tours although donations will be gratefully received and there is a small shop at the end of the tour. More details can be found at

IBM Alumni

members may not be aware that there is an IBM Alumni Directory going back to the early 1970’s. Although mainly North America based there are a growing number of World Trade ex-IBMers listed and you can add your own details. It can be found at



Click here to see the list of the events which are planned for 2014. The following is the status of those which have been announced.

Booking Conditions. Click here to read the terms and conditions.

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


Christmas Lunch - Wednesday 17th December 2014
WROXALL ABBEY ESTATE, Birmingham Road, Wroxall, Warwickshire CV35 7NB

By popular request we are returning to Wroxall Abbey this year, as so many people enjoyed last year’s experience. We shall be dining in The Mansion, a magnificent Grade II listed building, which is part of the Wroxall Abbey Estate. We shall be having pre-lunch drinks in the Boadwood Bar and Garden Lounge and lunch will be served in the Sonnets and Wedgewood dining rooms.

Wroxall Abbey Estate

Sadly, in these straightened times, I decided to keep the numbers high rather than increase the level of subsidy so the cost has had to be increased this year, but I still believe it represents good value. The cost will include a welcome drink on arrival, wine with the meal and coffee and mince pies afterwards.

Directions to Wroxall Abbey Estate and a complete list of attendees will be sent nearer the time of the event.

Those of you with access to the internet can view details of the Wroxall Abbey Estate at


Coffee with Mince Pies

To book a place, fill in the booking form and send it with your cheque for £24 for member and first guest, £40 for each second guest - made payable to IBM Retirees Club [Midlands], to:-

Alan Bridgman, 101 Albany Road, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6PQ
Email:, Telephone: 01789-267134

Refer to the document Event Booking Conditions for terms and conditions.

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).


Sub-Groups of IBM Club and Retirees Club

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.

Contacts:- Roger Goodman email:- Alan Bridgman email:-

Go to meeting dates and other information


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. We also share a 3-4 day trip using coach transport with retiree sightseers in May.

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.

Our 2014 walk dates are: 9th February, 16th March, 16th April, 8th June, 20th July, 24th August, 14th September, 12th October, 16th November. All walk dates are Sundays with the exception of 16th April which is a Wednesday.

For more information, please contact Terry King,


Click on the links below for specific information. Links to booking forms are from the event announcement.

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