Midlands IBM Retirees Club - November 2023 Newsletter

The Christmas Lunch will be held at Côte Brasserie on Wednesday 6th December. If you wish to go, please send your booking form as soon as possible to Gary Wooding (binswood@gmail.com). See below for details.

Your committee has been working on events for 2024; see below for preliminary information.

There will be no Tech Club meeting in November.

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


Event Reports

E2311GAS: Soiree Gastronomique at Bistrot Pierre in Leamington

Fourteen club members enjoyed a six course meal at Bistrot Pierre in Leamington on Tuesday 14 November. The Bistrot holds these special meals twice a month on Tuesday evenings. Everyone enjoyed the delicious French menu and wine. We were well served by French waiter Phillippe who came in especially to serve us.

Soiree Gastronomique

E2310RAM: Autumn Ramble

On 25th October 2023, 3 of us did a circular walk starting in Whichford, South Warwickshire close to the Oxfordshire border. The walk was 6.75 miles over open pastureland, through villages and a wood. It was a little up and down with fine views.

In addition, 6 members walked a circular route round Sutton-Under-Brailes, Stourton & Cheriton after visiting the pottery and cafe in Whichford.

Lunchtime found 11 of us in The Norman Knight in Whichford. The food was not cheap but considered to be excellent as was the beer. This is a proper country pub with character, well worth a visit.



The following events are currently planned for 2023/4:

Wednesday 6 DecemberChristmas Lunch; See below.
26-27 January 2024London City Break; See October newsletter.
February 2024Lunch at Lebanese restaurant
March 2024Theatre Trip – Spa Centre or Loft Theatre
April 2024Charlecote Mill Guided Tour then Spring lunch at Hampton Lucy pub
May 2024Pete’s Place with rides on model railway and lake steamer
June 2024Chedhams Yard Guided Tour then Pub Lunch in Wellesbourne
July 2024Johnsons 2 day break – Llandudno & Snowdonia

Photographs from Past Events.

Click on one of the links below to view a selection of photographs from past events.

E2312XML: Christmas Lunch, Wednesday 6 December Organiser: Gary Wooding

The email requesting interest in a Christmas Lunch in Leamington this year received a very favourable response, so I am organising one at the Côte Brasserie, a venue we used last year with good results.

Côte Brasserie, 3 Regent Court, Town Centre, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 4NG. This is in Livery Street, which is a pedestrian area about 1/3rd up the Parade, between the Town Hall and the old Regent Hotel.

Côte Brasserie

Welcome drinks from 12:00, and sit down at 13:00.

Unfortunately, the new club doesn’t receive any grant from IBM so there can be no subsidy. The price for this event, which includes a welcome drink, a 3-course lunch and gratuity is £41.75 for members and guests. Drinks with the meal, and tea or coffee after are extras and must be paid separately.

Please make your menu choices from the following menu, which I’m pleased to say has multiple vegetarian options.

Please complete the attached booking form and return it to Gary Wooding as soon as possible.

Word document     Printable Booking Form

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


Sub-Groups of Retirees Club and Employee Club


It is hoped to organise occasional rambles with options so that participants can choose a length of walk to suit them.

Please contact Terry King, terryaking@hotmail.com for more information.


IBM Retirees Technology Group

The IBM Tech Club meets using the Zoom video conferencing platform at 11.00 on the third Friday of each month. The club is a place where you can talk to IBM folk about matters technical. For example, help or advice on buying or using computers, smart phones,touch pads; engineering, electronics, wifi, bluetooth, cryptography, bitcoin, using computers to making movies, songs or musical works, best software, streaming, the internet, photography, diy, and anything else about the modern world you would like to understand better.

Apart from the technical discussion we try to have a talk by a club member at each meeting. This depends very much on members volunteering to prepare and show something they are interested in.

At 11 o’clock on the day of the meeting click on the link below. It should take you straight into the meeting.


Meeting ID: 843 2044 7852
Passcode: 735347

If you need help with Zoom contact John Rickman (rickman@argonet.co.uk) in good time before the meeting.


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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