November 2015 Newsletter

In this newsletter we have the announcement of a tour to Galway in October 2016. In order for us to proceed with this event we require deposists by 11th December, so if you would like to go on this trip please see below and send in your booking as soon as possible.

There are still places available for the Christmas Lunch, but please get your bookings in as soon as possible.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail:


Chairman’s Notes

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our Christmas Lunch at Hampton Manor. We are currently up to 90 people and I am hoping to find another 10 people to hit the magic number of 100.

The IBM Retiree Club chairpersons have been meeting up and generally communicating about IBM’s proposal that Direct Contribution (DC) pensioners should be allowed to join the IBM Retiree Clubs, which up to now have only been available to Direct Benefit (DB) pensioners. We are all concerned to understand what IBM’s aims and objectives are for this initiative, and what processes will be put in place to achieve this. Everyone seems to be in favour of this move in principle, so long as it doesn’t adversely affect the operations of the existing Clubs. I will try to keep you informed as the work progresses.

With best wishes

Alan Bridgman
IBM Midlands Retirees Club


An interesting visit to Purity Brewery (Thursday 15 October 2015)

Nineteen members and guests fought their way through the Warwickshire countryside on a dark Thursday evening to meet up at the Purity Brewery which is near the village of Great Alne.

As I said in the announcement of the event, the Purity Brewing Company is a local brewery which was 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.

We were met by our host, John Conod, who ushered us into a meeting room where all the Purity beers were on tap. We were offered as much beer as we wished to sample. Luckily for Purity only a very small number of our dipsomaniacs were present or had to act as drivers!!! John Conod gave us an introduction to the history of the Brewery and we then had a tour of the actual brewery facilities. We returned to the meeting room for more beer and an excellent meal prepared by the farmer’s wife.

And finally we were able to buy any products we fancied from the Brewery shop at a discount. We then had to disappear into the night to find our way home.

Alan Bridgman


Newman Street Reunion

The ANNUAL NEWMAN STREET REUNION will take place as usual starting at 12:00 on Friday 4th December 2015, taking place in the One Tun in Goodge Street, only just opposite the old twice-renamed Cambridge pub. There we can discuss the realities of our futures since then, or if preferred, our forsaken dreams. As usual, we will be slumped in the far dark recesses of the One Tun from midday until 5:00. Feel free to come and go as you please. Around 5:00, any remaining stalwarts will uproot to the Chettinad Curry House in Percy Street.

Rod Instrall has also received a note from Vyv Lewis saying that Rishad (Talyarkhan) died on 31 October in Hammersmith hospital where he had been for several weeks. Some months ago, Vyv revealed that Sylvia Lewis died earlier in the year. Eddie Ault also recently died after being involved in a road accident.

Sad times.

Dave Compton



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.


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

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

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

The final cost this year will be £30 per member and 1st guest; £46 per second guest. Please will all those of you who have sent your £10 deposit now send me your cheque for the remaining amount of £20 per person. The final cost will include pre-lunch drink, 3-course lunch, wine, and tea/coffee and mince pies.


To book a place, fill in the booking form and send it with your cheque (£30pp or £20pp for the final balance) 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).


Galway Tour 2nd Oct - 7th Oct 2016 (Organiser Brian Long)

Following the feedback to our survey of members interests/events for 2016, a bespoke tour of Galway has been planned for 20 people.

The outline details are:-

- Flights from Birmingham Int to Shannon via AerLingus with 20kgs of luggage per person.
Depart Sun 2nd Oct 16:55, arrive Shannon 18:35.
Return Fri 7th Oct 19:00, arrive Birmingham 20:35
(make own arrangements to get to Birmingham/parking)
- 5 nights/6 days bespoke tour staying in 4* hotels in Galway City (3 nights) and Westport (2 nights) on a B&B basis with dinner on 3 nights included.
- All luxury travel/transport costs and entrance fees included.
- The details of the tour are given in this document.
- The combined cost of the tour and flights will be approx £600/person.

The Irish aspects are priced in Euros so until the final payment is due we are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations. A deposit has already been paid to secure the ‘Irish’ aspects. As this is a bespoke tour, the flights need to be confirmed and paid for as soon as possible. To enable us to do this and cover the tour deposit, £200 per person is required by 11th December.

To book a place, fill in the booking form and send it with your cheque (£200pp) made payable to IBM Retirees Club (Midlands) by the 11th December to:-
Brian Long, ‘Soudan House’, Southcrest, Redditch, Worcs. B97 4PA
Email:, Telephone: 01527545727

There are only 20 places available so book quickly for this unique tour.

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 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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