April 2017 Newsletter

This month we have the announcement of the Summer Lunch in July. We have also added a new section for Members’ Notices to allow members to publicise good causes in which they are intrerested.

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


Members’ Notices

We all know Midlands Retirees who are undertaking a range of activities to raise money for good causes. The Committee have therefore decided to offer this space to advertise such initiatives.

Alan Bridgman
IBM Midlands Retirees Club

Dave Compton

Sarah London Marathon

Our daughter, Sarah, is undertaking two extreme challenges to raise funds for ASPIRE, a spinal injury charity. Today, 23rd April, she completed the first of these by finishing the London Marathon in 5 hours 17 minutes. She is now concentrating her training for the second challenge as part of a relay team swimming the Channel in July. Six swimmers will take it in turns to swim for an hour each, rotating as many times as it takes to reach France. She has very personal reasons for undertaking these challenges which you can read at www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Mieves and if you feel that you can support her, she would be very grateful for any contributions towards her target.

Hugh Gallagher

My wife Jean and daughters Zoe and Marie will be taking part in the Moonwalk which starts at 10:00pm on May 13th and covers the marathon distance of 26 miles. I am sure we all know someone who has been affected by cancer and this is a worthwhile cause to raise funds to help to fight it.

As some of you know, our daughter, Zoe, was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2016. It was a tough year for her and all the family, but she remained positive throughout. After surgery, chemo and radiotherapy treatment, she is now making good progress. We were both inspired by the work of Walk the Walk, which raises much needed funds for research and treatment of breast cancer, and wanted to support them by taking part in The MoonWalk London 2017. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the link below. Thank you very much.


Sheila Short

Spicy Jazz to perform in aid of REMAP

Many of you will recall the work that Barry Wiggins did with the REMAP charity — an organisation that works locally to help disabled people through customising equipment to help them with everyday living.

After Barry’s sad death I was asked to take on the role that he had fulfilled as secretary to the Coventry and Warwickshire REMAP Panel. A number of you know me (Richard Short’s wife) through the Retirees Club, and other Club members - Gary Wooding, Brian Dunston and Brian Mayne — are actively involved with REMAP. Clients may contact us themselves to us for help, or are referred to us by family, friends or clinical specialists such as occupational therapists. Everything that is done for the client is free of charge.

In order to raise funds to support this amazing work, I am organising a jazz event and I am asking you, your family and friends to buy tickets and come along to support us.

The event is on Saturday 29th July 2017, 7.30pm at St Nicholas Church, (Abbey Fields) Kenilworth.

Tickets are £12 in advance and are available from me, Sheila Short, or Richard via email

sshort927@gmail.com or rdshort9@gmail.com

or call 01926 864451

Ticket price includes interval refreshment.

More information


Event Reports

Event report: Spring Lunch, 23rd March 2017

The IBM Midlands Retirees Spring Lunch was held at the Leamington Tennis Club on Thursday 23rd March 2017. This was a new venue, with a difference. It is the oldest of only 27 Real Tennis clubs in UK, and 43 in the world. This year attendance was down at only 38, but we enjoyed a superb meal with excellent service, and had the opportunity to watch an actual match whilst enjoying a welcome drink. A small survey of the attendees confirmed the excellence of the food and service, but revealed a sharp division on the speaker’s subject: the history of Jaguar cars did not appeal to everyone. The location, in the centre of Leamington, whilst perfect for some, presented parking problems for others. Some people initially considered the cost to be high, but were subsequently mitigated by the quality of the meal. A majority would like to repeat the experience at some time, but others would prefer a rather more rural location, with better parking.

Gary Wooding


AGM minutes

Click on the links below to see the minutes and treasurer's report from the 2017 AGM.

IBM Midlands Retirees Club 2017 AGM Minutes

IBM Midlands Retirees Club 2017 AGM Treasurer’s Report

Freeserve shutting down

We understand that Freeserve is shutting down and that all Freeserve email addresses are being terminated as of the end of May. If you have a Freeserve email address and wish to continue receiving these newsletters, please inform Dave Compton (dave@compton-family.eu) of an alternative email address.

See the article Orange, Freeserve and Wanadoo email addresses to shut down for further information.

IBM Club National Golf Tournament - The Vale Resort - 11-12 June

Some members may be interested in this tournament. Details and application form can be downloaded from the UK IBM Club web site.



Click here to see the list of the events which are provisionally planned for 2017.

The following is the status of those events 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.

Summer Lunch, Tuesday 25th July 2017 (Alan Bridgman)

Nuthurst Grange, Nuthurst Grange Lane, Hockley Heath, Solihull, B94 5NL

Nuthurst Grange

I have decided to change the venue this year and have chosen Nuthurst Grange in Hockley Heath, which the Club has used successfully for events in the past.

I don’t have a final cost for the meal yet, so to book a place I am asking for a deposit of £10.00 per person. I will let everyone know the full cost by the end of May.


To book a place, fill in the booking form and send it with a deposit of £10.00 per person. Cheques to be made payable to IBM Retirees Club (Midlands) and sent 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.

Go to a list of the planned walks for 2017 and other information.

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.

Go to meeting dates and other information.


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