Midlands IBM Retirees Club - March 2024 Newsletter

In this newsletter we have information about our popular annual visit to Pete’s Place on 30th May,

There are currently 13 visitors booked on the Charlecote Mill Guided Tour and Spring lunch at The Boars Head in Hampton Lucy, so we can take another 7; if you want to book, please do so (as per the announcement in the February newsletter) by this Sunday 31st March.

There is an event being organised by The Friends of Burton Dassett Church – a visit by the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra at All Saints’, Burton Dassett on Friday 7th June 2024; See below for details.

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



The following events are currently planned for 2024:

Wednesday 17 AprilCharlecote Mill Guided Tour then Spring lunch at Hampton Lucy pub. See February newsletter.
Thursday 30 MayPete’s Place with rides on model railway and lake steamer See below.
Tuesday 18 JuneChedhams Yard. See January newsletter.
13-15 JulyJohnsons 2 day break – Llandudno & Snowdonia
SeptemberIronbridge (9 different attractions)
NovemberLand Rover factory tour, Solihull
Wednesday 11 December (provisional)Christmas Lunch

Photographs from Past Events.

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


E2405PPL: Pete’s Place Thursday 30 May (Organiser Gary Wooding)

I am pleased to announce that this year’s visit to Pete’s Place is arranged for the usual Thursday. In case you don’t know, Pete’s Place is a beautiful 20-acre private park with a lake, a small wood, and a ride-on miniature railway. There is an “African Queen” type of steam boat giving rides around the lake in which there is a small island. The miniature railway which surrounds the lake and circles the wood is almost a mile long and is considered to be one of the finest private ones in the country. There is ample free parking for all cars.

This is not a commercial event and all rides are totally free. Pete, the owner, provides all this completely free of charge; all the Retirees Club asks is that you make a donation of £15 per car to Pete’s favourite charity — the Air Ambulance. All monies will be collected at the gate.

This event is not restricted to Retiree Club members — tell your friends and the rest of your family, get as many people as you like in your car, it’s still only £15 per car. Donations, cash or cheque payable to the Air Ambulance, will be collected at the gate. But remember; this is not a commercial enterprise; Pete makes no money from it at all and all proceeds go to Air Ambulance. Get there in the morning around 11:00 to 11:30 and stay all day, bring a picnic and use the barbeques that are freely available. Tea and coffee is available free of charge, and locally produced ice cream can be purchased. It’s a day out you will remember – I promise.

Pete’s Place

Pete’s Place

Pete’s Place

Pete’s Place

Pete’s place is just outside Pailton, near Monk’s Kirby. The actual address is…
Fairfield House
Coventry Road
CV23 0QA

SatNav co-ordinates 52deg,26min,04.99 sec N, 1deg,19min,13.48sec W
The entrance is not overly visible; here are two views from opposite directions…

Pete’s Place entrance

Pete’s Place entrance

Here is a map

Pete’s Place entrance

So that we can get an idea of the number of attendees, please inform Gary Wooding, either by post or email, to:

64 Binswood Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 5RY
Email: binswood@gmail.com, Telephone: 01926 425485 Mobile: 07807 676866

Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra - Friday 7th June

The Friends of Burton Dassett invite you to an evening of music following a 1940’s theme. The Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO) will be playing Big Band Music in All Saints’ Church on the evening of Friday 7th June. We are very fortunate that the MYJO have chosen our venue to play for us; they are very popular having performed on television and radio and in most major jazz festivals all over the world, including performances in Canada, USA and Europe.

The bar will be open from 6pm and performance begins at 7:30pm. We hope you will take the opportunity to support these amazing young people. Bring a picnic to enjoy before the performance if the weather is fine. (Parking at the Church is very limited. Please park on the left before crossing the cattle grid and walk the last few minutes to the Church). Payment (£15pp) may be made via BACS, Cash, or cheque, by contacting Norma King (01295 770292) or Chris Compton (BDPCC-Sec@gmail.com - 01295 770355).


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: 883 3813 5221
Passcode: 395710

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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