September 2016 Newsletter

**STOP PRESS** 2 tickets have become available for the Cotswold Explorer on October 8th - please contact Phil Dalton urgently if you would like to go on this trip.

There are also still a few places left for the trip to Winter Light at Waddesdon Manor as well as the skittles evening, so get your booking forms in as soon as possible if you would like to go to either of these events. Last, but not least, don’t forget the Christmas Lunch at Wroxall Abbey.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail:



Many thanks to those of you who have already responded to our survey seeking the levels of interest for a range of events proposed for 2017. If you have not already responded please do so now by going to 2017 Events Survey. The survey will close on 30th September so that we can consider the results at our next committee meeting at the beginning of October.


PC Club - new Chairman

I am please to be able to announce that the PC Club has a new Chairman and Deputy Chairman — Mick Bernatek and John Rickman. The new candidates will take up their positions next year.


Rosemary Wiggins - new address

Rosemary Wiggins, who many of you will know, has asked us to publish her new address:

Mrs Rosemary Wiggins
3 Cottle Avenue
Wiltshire BA15 1FD


Sky Dive for Guide Dogs

Some of you will already know from social media, or direct contact, that I am seeking sponsorship for a sky dive. Maybe you think I am crazy doing something like this at my age — you’re probably right — but I’m going to do it anyway!

On Sunday 16th October (weather permitting) I am going to be flown up to about 10,000ft and then I leap out of the aircraft. After free-falling for 5,000ft, the instructor to whom I will be tethered will, hopefully, open the parachute and we will drift safely back to earth. I don’t suppose he has a death wish so I am quite confident. I am doing this to help raise money for Guide Dogs.

Click on Dave’s Sky Dive for Guide Dogs where you will find more information and the opportunity to sponsor me. If you are not comfortable sponsoring on-line, cheques made payable to ‘GDBA’ can be sent to me at home.

I really appreciate all your support and thank you in advance for your sponsorship.

Dave Compton
Ashby House, Northend, Southam, Warwickshire CV47 2TN



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:-

Go to meeting dates and other information.


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