November 2014 Newsletter


There are still a few places available for this year’s Christmas lunch, but booking forms and cheques must be received by the end of November.

We are planning a multi-day weekend trip to London in mid July 2015 to take in many of the suggestions made by members (see below). Expressions of interest are needed urgently if this trip is to go ahead.

Please also see below for advance notice of events to be held early in 2015.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail:


Chairman’s Notes

This is the last call for the Christmas Lunch. I still have 22 places left, so if you were thinking about coming please get your booking forms and cheques in to me as soon as possible. I plan to close the bookings at the end of November. Several people have asked me what time we are starting the event, so here is that information. By popular request we are starting earlier this year. The pre-lunch drinks will be at 12:00 noon and we will sit down to dine at 1:00pm. As soon as I have closed the bookings I will send everyone a list of the attendees and a map and directions how to find Wroxall Abbey.

Alan Bridgman
IBM Midlands Retirees Club



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).


A Taste of Summer - Wednesday 21st January 2015 - Turtle Bay, Leamington

Just as you thought winter was upon us, here is advanced notice of our ‘ethnic’ meal to be held at the Turtle Bay, Leamington, on Wednesday 21st January 2015. The Turtle Bay is a Caribbean restaurant (albeit part of a growing ‘chain’) serving a wide variety of Caribbean dishes. Most of the dishes are spicy and often incorporate exotic fruits. On arrival, you will be welcomed with your choice of one of their 35 Caribbean cocktails (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). We will then sit down to a three course Caribbean meal, also of your choice from the wide selection on offer. Anticipated cost will be between £25-£30 (drinks with the meal extra).

Full details and menu selection will be published in the December newsletter, but you will have to act fast as we will be limited to just 20 people.


Dance ‘Til Dawn - Wednesday 11th February 2015 At 2:30 - Alexandra Theatre Birmingham

This stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace - following on from Midnight Tango in a return to the Golden Age of Hollywood.

For Strictly Come Dancing fans this is a must - I have reserved twenty tickets for the dress circle at £25 each. Please contact me ASAP at if you are interested (first come first served applies) - a booking form with our price will be published in the December newsletter.

Thank you

Carole Robertson


London - Friday 17th to Monday 20th July 2015

Expression of interest needed urgently.

We are planning a multi-day weekend trip to London in mid July 2015 to take in many of the suggestions made by members. The current plan (which is subject to availability and change) is as follows:

Day 1
(Friday 17th July)
Coach from IBM to London
Lunch at the Royal Albert Hall, plus a guided tour of the Hall
Tour of Clarence House
Transfer to the Gouman Tower hotel for three nights on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
Evening meal at the hotel
Day 2
(Saturday 18th July)
Visit to Tower Bridge - self guided tour of the workings
Visit to the Shard (both within easy walking distance of the Hotel)
Evening free to explore
Day 3
(Sunday 19th July)
Free day to take in the sights of your choice. Suggestions include the Tower of London & St. Paul’s Cathedral - taking advantage of group discounts if there are sufficient likeminded participants.
Day 4
(Monday 20th July)
Coach from Hotel to Kew Gardens including a lunch voucher
Return to Warwick

The coach will not stay with us for days 2 & 3 - many of the sights are within easy walking distance of the hotel. For going slightly further afield, bus passes are valid in London or you can purchase a one-day Oyster card for use on the tube network.

The total cost of all of the inclusive visits and hotel is anticipated to be in the order of £400-£450 for the four days (3 nights). However, to book the hotel rooms, achieve the group discounts and to get the best deals, we need a minimum number of participants so I need to have your expression of interest as soon as possible and I am willing to take second guests from the outset to boost the numbers. If there is sufficient interest, I will need to ask for a deposit before the New Year. Please send an email to me ( as soon as possible stating how many places you might take.

Dave Compton


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,


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