August 2015 Newsletter

This month’s newsletter has the announcement and booking form for the Christmas Lunch on Tuesday 15th December, as well as the booking form for the annual Skittles Evening which will take place on Tuesday 17th November.

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel trip to the Three Choirs Vineyard and Eastnor Castle Fireworks due to insufficient bookings.

There are still a few places available on the Purity Brewery trip in October. We have 15 people booked on out of a maximum of 22. The event will go ahead, but we would like a few more people to join us if at all possible.

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

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Chairman’s Notes

We have now completed our annual Planning Meeting for the 2016 events. The Committee now has a lot of work to do between now and the Christmas lunch when we distribute the draft programme of events. But this year, we have decided to enlist your help first! Many of you have used the online survey system that Dave Compton has been using to get feedback from you, our members. Dave is now going to use this on-line survey system to obtain your feedback on the list of proposed multi-day events and one-day events which were recorded at the Planning meeting. Please make every effort to respond.

Alan Bridgman
Chairman
IBM Midlands Retirees Club

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Event Report: Summer lunch — 13 August 2015

The Butchers Arms, Priors Hardwick, Southam did not disappoint us. 50 members and partners were made to feel very welcome at this superb restaurant and we all enjoyed a fabulous three-course meal. For a bonus we were grateful for the dry weather, which allowed us to view the very colourful garden too.

It is safe to say a “good time was had by all”. Many guests requesting that we repeat our visit to The Butchers Arms. Lets see what the planning meeting brings???

The Butchers Arms

Carole Robertson

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Event Report: Ramble — 16 August 2015

The rambling subsection enjoyed beautiful weather for a ramble organised by Richard Short, from Ye Olde Saracen’s Head pub in Balsall Common, around the West Midlands Golf Club and back to the pub - a walk of about 8.5 miles, with a shorter option available. Unfortunately, Richard was unable to join us for the walk as he had twisted his ankle reconnoitering the walk the previous weekend! Richard was, however, able to join us for an excellent lunch at the pub.

Ramble 16 August 2015
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Ramble 16 August 2015

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Teas and Home Made cakes will be served at All Saints, Burton Dassett

This is not a Club event, but is supporting local organisations. Teas and Home Made cakes will be served at All Saints, Burton Dassett on Bank Holiday Monday from 11am to 5pm. Why not take this opportunity to have a pleasant day out on the Burton Dassett hills and support the restoration of this beautiful, very large, old church which began life in the 12th Century, known as the Cathedral on the Hills (Burton Dassett Country Park). More work needs to be done on the roof to preserve the wall paintings and all proceeds will be for the Restoration Fund. More details of the church can be found by following links from www.burtondassett-pc.gov.uk - click on Places of Worship.

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Housing development at IBM Warwick

Members may be interested to know that, according to the Leamington Courier, planning permission has been approved for 85 houses on the former IBM car park at Birmingham Road. The area designated is the whole of what we call the ‘Top Car Park’ — that is the whole of the car parking area at the Birmingham Road end right down to the access road that runs between the old phase 3 building and what was the club house (which will be demolished).

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Events

Click here to see the list of the events which are planned for 2015. 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.

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An evening trip to the Purity Brewery, Thursday 15 October (Organiser: Alan Bridgman)

The Purity Brewing Company is a local brewery which was first established in 2005. It is based on a working farm in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside. Purity is committed to brewing great beer, with a conscience (their words, not mine!). Its brewery practices are designed to be environmentally friendly and, in the case of their wetland system, environmentally enriching.

The evening tour starts at 7:30pm and finishes at 10:00pm, with a meal halfway through at about 9:00pm. On the tour we will be taken through the Purity story over a pint of their award-winning ales in the visitor centre. We will then visit the brew-house and the wetland system.

The cost will be £15 per member and first guest; £22.50 for second guests, including a meal in the visitor centre. The number in the group is limited to 22 people - so first come, first served!

The Purity Brewing Company is located at Upper Spernall Farm, (off Spernall Lane), Great Alne, Warwickshire B49 6JF. Their telephone number is 01789-488007. I will let you have detailed directions and a list of attendees nearer the date of the trip.

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).

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Skittles Evening at Snitterfield, Tuesday 17 November (Organiser: David Dagley)

Our usual and popular skittles evening has been organised to take place at Snitterfield Sports Club for the evening of Tuesday 17th November 2015. This will be the usual ‘self drive’ event with a 19:00 meet and a 19.30 start time; NOTE — this is half an hour earlier than in previous years. A hot buffet will be provided that should suit both carnivores and vegetarians together with prizes for the evening’s winners. Maximum number of participants has had to be reduced to twenty eight due to its popularity! Ladies should not bowl in high heels.

Costs for the evening will be member and 1st guest £11.00, 2nd and further guests £15.00.

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).

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Christmas Lunch, Tuesday 15 December (Organiser: Alan Bridgman)

Hampton Manor, Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-in-Arden, Solihull, B92 0DQ

Although I know that many of you enjoyed Wroxall Abbey, where we have held the past two IBM Christmas lunches,I have decided we need a change! Hampton Manor is a luxury country house hotel in Solihull, set in a 45 acre estate. We shall have exclusive use of Elizabeth’s Court for our lunch. Pre-lunch drinks will be served in the Coach House Bar.

Hampton Manor

As last year, I am still working on the final cost which will partly depend on our final numbers. So if you wish to attend, please will you send a cheque for £10 per person as a deposit together with your booking form.

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To book a place, fill in the booking form and send it with your deposit cheque (£10pp) made payable to IBM Retirees Club (Midlands), 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).

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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 more information, please contact Terry King, terryaking@hotmail.com.

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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

Go to meeting dates and other information

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