June 2016 Newsletter

This month we have the announcement of the Summer Lunch to be held at the Butchers Arms in August.

We also have an announcement to gauge interest in a trip to Winter Light at Waddesdon Manor in late November

A few places are still available for the day trip on the Cotswold Explorer in October and the visit to the Black Country Living Museum in July.

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


Warwick University Brass Ensemble

Not a Club event but worthy of your attention nevertheless — spend a summer evening on Friday 24th June at All Saints, Burton Dassett listening to the talented Warwick University Brass Ensemble and enjoy Strawberries & Cream washed down with a glass of wine. This group have made several visits to Burton and have always provided a most enjoyable evening with a wide variety of music. All proceeds to the upkeep of this historic building.

Email Norma King (normakinghollies@btopenworld.com) or call 01295 770292 to book your tickets - £12 each to include strawberries and a glass of wine. The evening starts at 7.30pm, but it is best to get there early to secure the best seats and parking (satnav CV47 2AB).



Click here to see the list of the events which are planned for 2016.

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.

Black Country Living Museum & Optional Canal Trip, Tuesday 12th July (Organiser David Dagley)

Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Living Museum is a remarkable place to explore, enjoy and spend time. Set in a landscape of 26 acres, it is one of the most extraordinary open-air museums in the UK. Over fifty authentic shops, houses and workshops have been carefully reconstructed to preserve the character of the region when its manufacturers brought worldwide fame to Black Country Towns.

Take a trip on the tram to explore the canal side village, where you can meet and chat to the costumed characters. Explore the underground mine and experience the authentic sights, sounds, smells and tastes from the past.

This is a Drive yourself there and meet at the Canal Trust’s PORTAL Facility.

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Meet at 10.45 Dudley Canal and Trust (PORTAL) DY1 4SB.

The cost will be £16 for members/1st Guests, £20 if taking the optional boat trip. Max 20 people.

To book a place, complete the booking form and send it with a deposit cheque for £10 made payable to IBM Retirees Club (Midlands), to:-

David Dagley, 47 Hanbury Road, Dorridge, Solihull, B93 8DW
Email: david.dagley@lineone.net, Telephone: 01564 230020 and/or 07958 447765

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).

Summer Lunch at the Butchers Arms, Wednesday 24th August 2016 (Alan Bridgman)

The Butchers Arms Restaurant, Church End, PRIORS HARDWICK, Southam CV47 7SN

The Butchers Arms

The Summer Lunch last year was at the Butchers Arms Restaurant and was so successful that we decided to repeat the venue this year.

I don’t have a final cost for the meal yet, but it should not differ much from last year. So to book a place I am asking for a deposit of £10.00 per person. I will let everyone know the full cost in 2-3 weeks.


To book a place, fill in the booking form and send it with a deposit of £10.00 per person. Cheques to be made payable to IBM Retirees Club (Midlands) and sent to:-

Alan Bridgman, 101 Albany Road, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6PQ
Email: abri@waitrose.com, Telephone: 01789-267134

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).

Cotswold Explorer, Oxford via Golden Valley, Saturday 8th October (Organiser Phil Dalton)

The Cotswold Explorer sees the correct locomotive in the correct setting; a double chimney Castle back on home ground steaming through the picturesque Cotswolds.

The outbound journey departs Tyseley, heading through the heart of Birmingham, turning south past Kidderminster and Worcester. After a spirited run through Cheltenham, we turn east past Stroud before heading through the Golden Valley, steaming up the demanding and twisting climb of Sapperton Bank towards the summit in Sapperton Tunnel. Bursting into the daylight, we find ourselves on level ground as we steam past the mouth of the canal tunnel and the Tunnel House Inn towards Kemble. After passing through this classic Great Western station, we steam along the newly re-doubled track towards the birthplace of our engine, Swindon.

Slowing after a short sprint along Brunel's billiard table, we near Didcot where we leave the Great Western Mainline and turn towards our break of a over 3 hours in the University City of Oxford.

Departing Oxford, we turn along the North Cotswold line through the postcard garden towns of Charlbury, Moreton-in-Marsh and Evesham, before rejoining the old Great Western Railway route back towards Worcester Shrub Hill, up Old Hill and thence through the heart of Birmingham to Tyseley.

Steam hauled throughout by No: 5043 “Earl of Mount Edgcumbe”. Commencing at Tyseley Warwick Road platform, the train picks up at Birmingham Snow Hill, Stourbridge and Worcester Shrub Hill.

We travel in ‘Premier Dining’ where a full english breakfast outbound and a high tea on the return are served.

Cost £122 per member/1st Guest

Please send your completed booking form and cheque made payable to IBM Retirees Club (Midlands), to:-

Phil Dalton, Tanglewood, 22 Warwick Road, Wellesbourne, Warwick, CV35 9LX
Email: phil_dalton@btinternet.com Telephone: 0791-8131503

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).

Winter Light at Waddesdon Manor — Late November (Organiser Phil Dalton)

This is an announcement to gauge interest in the above event as tickets purchased will be non-refundable.

Departing IBM Warwick just after lunch our coach will take us to Waddesdon Manor which will be decorated inside and out with Winter Lights. A champagne tea will be had after which there will be time to explore the Christmas Fair comprising 66 chalets offering a handpicked mix of quality gifts, food exhibitors and if you are still hungry, a small selection of food concessions.

As an example of the afternoon tea menu savoury treats currently comprises Cucumber and cream cheese sandwich, Egg mayonnaise sandwich with smoked salmon, Pork terrine toast with orange confit, Beetroot and goats cheese tart, Pea, mint and ricotta tart and Ham and mustard scone. With a selection of delicious fancies including Vanilla and raspberry pannacotta, Milk chocolate and praline tart, Blackcurrant Viennese swirl, Green matcha tea macaron, Homemade scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream. All of the above served with a fine selection of tea.

If you are interested in this event please email the organiser, Phil Dalton (email: phil_dalton@btinternet.com), with how many places you are interested in taking and how many National Trust members are included in that number. Please send no money now.


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. 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.

For a list of the planned walks for 2016 and other information, please see the IBM Rambling Club Annual Newsletter.

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.

Contacts:- Roger Goodman email:- roger@northside.me.uk Alan Bridgman email:- abri@waitrose.com

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