October 2016 Newsletter

There are a still couple of places available for the skittles evening and of course we have the Christmas Lunch at Wroxall Abbey coming up; please get your booking forms in as soon as possible if you would like to go to either of these events.

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


Chairman’s Notes

Hi everyone,

Here we are, once again, approaching the end of another year. It has been, and is, a particularly busy one for the Committee. We decided even after we lost three valuable Committee members at the AGM that we would try to run all the events announced in the programme. We have succeeded, I hope to your satisfaction, but it has been hard work. Unless we receive more offers from members to come on the Committee, we shall have to cut down the number of events we run next year.

The Christmas Lunch numbers are slowly rising but there are still about 40 places to fill. So if you wish to come please send in your booking forms as soon as possible. I know that when we announce a Christmas Lunch in the summer, no-one wants to think about Christmas at that time. But it is now coming into focus, so please delay no longer!

All good wishes to all of you

Alan Bridgman
IBM Midlands Retirees Club



Thank you to the 58 people who responded to the recent survey helping us to prioritise further investigation into suggested 2017 events. It has enabled us to discount a number of the suggestions so that we can concentrate on the ones which were shown to be more popular. We will now look further into the costs, availability and feasibility of each one although it is probable that not all will make it through this next stage. As in previous years, we hope to put forward our plans at the Christmas Lunch.


Sky Dive for Guide Dogs

Unfortunately, Dave Compton’s sky dive was cancelled due to bad weather but it has been rescheduled for 22nd October.



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: pianosman@gmail.com, Telephone: 01564 230020

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 www.wroxall.com.


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: abri@waitrose.com, 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, 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

Go to meeting dates and other information.


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