August 2016 Newsletter

This month we have the announcement of a trip to Winter Light at Waddesdon Manor and the Christmas Lunch at Wroxall Abbey. We also have further details and the booking form for the skittles evening.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail:


Chairman’s Notes

Our annual planning meeting took place on Monday 15th August. We invited two IBM “guests” — Carole Robertson and John Milton — and we also had an external speaker, Jeremy Cook the Sales Director from Group Travel Ltd. Everyone had brought suggestions for multi-day events (1), single-day events (3) and meals (2). After we had recorded all the suggestions, the meeting voted on them in order to produce a “short” list. After the next Committee meeting in September Dave Compton will be sending out another survey so you, our Members, can let us know your level of interest in our suggestions and further prioritise our list. You should all be aware that as our Committee is 25% smaller than last year the total number of events that we will be able to run in 2017 will also be decreased. However, my thanks to all of you who completed the pre-Planning meeting surveys — your input is always very valuable to us.

Best wishes

Alan Bridgman
IBM Midlands Retirees Club


Event Report: Pudding Club,Friday 5th August 2016

Eighteen of us attended a meeting of the famous Pudding Club at the Three Ways House in Mickleton in the Cotswolds. We were part of a larger group of 68 people on one of their regular Friday Pudding Club nights. We were summoned from the bar by the Pudding Master at 7:30pm who explained what was going to happen and the puddings that had been selected for this evening. We then moved into the main Pudding Club dining room. We had a choice of a small main meal (meat or fish or vegetarian) and then the seven puddings were paraded in plus “lashings” of custard. If I counted correctly we all had between 5 and 8 helpings of the puddings. And then the room voted for the best pudding of the evening.

Puddings available were Passion Fruit Roulade, Sticky Toffee and Date Pudding (Voted Best Pudding of the evening), Summer Pudding, Syrup Sponge, White and Dark Chocolate Mousse, Sussex Pond Pudding (at the request of the IBM Retirees Club organiser) and Lemon and Lime Charlotte. We departed, fully replete, at about 10:45pm.

Alan Bridgman


The following are not Club events but are worthy of your attention nevertheless.

August Bank Holiday Monday Teas at Burton Dassett

Drop in to the beautiful medieval church of All Saints for delicious tea & cakes between 11am and 5pm whatever the weather. At the same time, take a look at a selection of craft stalls as well as the sale of art by local artists. Admission is free but any proceeds will go to the upkeep of this ancient building. Further details from Dave Compton.

Trad Jazz at Burton Dassett

Salon Rouge Trad Jazz Band will be performing at All Saints’ Church, Burton Dassett on Saturday, 17th September at 7.30 p.m. To reserve tickets (£12.00) please contact either Pauline Carr (01386 700703 - or Gill Roache (01295 680309 - Further details from Dave Compton.


PC Club - new Chairman required

Both Roger Goodman and Alan Bridgman will be stepping down from the committee of the PC Club at the end of the year. If no candidate for Chairman is available by the end of the November meeting, then the PC Club will be closed. If you are interested in taking up this position, please see contact Roger or Alan.

PC Club contact details and meeting dates.



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.

Skittles at the Navigation Inn, Wooten Wawen, Tuesday 15th November (Organiser Dave Dagley)

Our usual and popular skittles evening has been organised to take place this year at The Navigation Inn, Wootton Wawen for the evening of Tuesday 15th November 2016. This will be the usual ‘self drive’ event with a 19:00 meet and a 19.30 start time. A hot meal will be included, see menu reference on booking form. Meals will have to be pre-ordered nearer the date. Maximum number of participants has had to be held at twenty eight due to its popularity!

See booking form for further details.

To book a place, fill in the booking form and mail it with your cheque, made payable to IBM Retirees Club (Midlands), to:-

David Dagley, 47 Hanbury Road, Dorridge, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 8DW
Email:, Telephone: 01564 230020

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).

Winter Light at Waddesdon Manor, Thursday 24th November (Organiser Phil Dalton)

Waddesdon Manor

Leaving IBM Warwick in the early afternoon arrival at Waddesdon Manor will allow us time to stretch our legs before we have a conducted tour of the decorated rooms of Waddesdon Manor. This will be followed by a Magical Materials Afternoon Tea which will include:-

After tea there will be time to view the Bruce Munro ...---... SOS exhibition in the gardens showing his exploration of light, landscape, language and sound and develops his interest in Morse code and messaging. For this final installation visitors are invited to experience these ideas in a large-scale immersive work. A line of illuminated tents wind their way through the Garden, bringing light to a nocturnal landscape, an idea that originated in Bruce’s childhood memories of camping holidays. The work's nostalgic soundtrack recalls his fascination with an old radio and snippets of music and voices emerging from the static fuzz. This shifting soundscape is synchronised with colourful light pulses which stream around the tents, abruptly interrupted by the urgent Morse code international distress signal in sound and light. Munro's work is often concerned with human frailty and resilience and in 2012 the artist was inspired by an article about ShelterBox, who provide first response relief and immediate shelter to people caught up in natural or humanitarian crises. The tents remind us of people and places in need of help. The frontage of Waddesdon Manor will also be illuminated in a Son et Luminere fashion.
Please note that the Bruce Munro light art contains flashing lights.

There will also be time to visit the Christmas fair in the grounds, which will comprise over 60 chalets of quality gift and food vendors, before we return on our coach arriving back at IBM Warwick in the mid-evening.

Cost will be between £23.50 and £27.00 for National Trust members(members and 1st guests) and between £33.50 and £37.00 for non-National Trust members. Booking priority will be given to those members who have already registered an interest in this event. Please send a completed booking form and deposit of £10 per person to the organizer.

Should there be a requirement for second guests, these will only be accepted if there is space on the coach and at the event for the tea. Please contact the organizer if you would like second guests to attend.

Organizer: Phil Dalton (

To book a place, fill in the booking form and mail it with your cheque for £10.00pp for deposit - made payable to IBM Retirees Club (Midlands), to:-

Phil Dalton, Tanglewood, 22 Warwick Road, Wellesbourne, Warwick, CV35 9LX
Email:, Telephone: 0791-8131503

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).

Christmas Lunch - Tuesday 13th December 2016
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 our experience there in 2014. 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 Broadwood Bar and Garden Lounge and lunch will be served in the Sonnets and Wedgewood dining rooms.

Wroxall Abbey Estate

I am hoping to attract 100 members and guests this year. 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 £26.00 for member and first guest, £42.00 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 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,


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:-

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