January 2019 Newsletter

The 2019 Combined Rambling and Sight-seeeing Trip has not attracted enough bookings to make a coach-based outing viable and sadly, has been cancelled.

We have the announcement of 4 new events in this newsletter:

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


The 2019 AGM of the Midlands Retirees Club will be take place on Monday 4th March 2019 at 10.30. It will be held, as previously, at the British Legion, Knowle, preceded by coffee and followed by a buffet lunch. Please put the date in your diary now and make every effort to attend as the future of the Club depends on you. See Notice of 2019 AGM and Agenda.



Click here to see the list of the events which are provisionally planned for 2019.

The following is the status of those events which have been announced.

Monday 4 March 2019 at 10.30 British Legion, Knowle
Thursday 21 February Evening Meal, Saffron Gold, Warwick See below.
Wednesday 10 April A Day at the Races See below.
Tuesday 7 - Saturday 11 May 2019 Sightseeing and Rambling Trip to Derbyshire. Cancelled due to insufficient interest.
Thursday 30 May Pete’s Place
Thursday 13 June Northamptonshire Gardens and Hall Visit See below.
Sunday 1 - Tuesday 10 September 2019 Rioja wine region of Spain. Open for bookings. See November newsletter.

Booking Conditions. Click here to read the terms and conditions. Members should also be aware of Public Liability Insurance provided by the Club.

Photographs from Past Events. Click here or here to view a selection of photographs from past events.

E1901JAM: Winter Evening Meal - Thursday 21 February at 19.30 Organiser: John Rickman

The Winter Evening Meal will be on Thursday 21 February at 19.30 in the Saffron Gold, Warwick (Award winning Indian Restaurant - their words).

Booking form: Word document     Printable Booking Form

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

E1904DAR: A Day at the Races - Wednesday 10 April Organiser: Paul Gover

Warwick Races

A chance to enjoy the Sport of Kings at Warwick Racecourse’s “St Mary’s Land Cup Day” races on Wednesday 10 April.

Note: This is a “self-drive” event; the club is not organising transport. Travel information.

Our visit starts about 12 noon with a group “behind the scenes” tour of around 45 minutes (note, it involves significant walking) including visits to behind the scenes areas e.g. the Weighing Room and Parade Ring.

Then there's an afternoon of races starting at 2:10pm, covering hurdles, steeplechase and a flat race.

You’ll get a ticket for the Grandstand and Main Enclosure and food & drink vouchers for £9 usable at the course’s various outlets.

The price will be £20 - £25 for members and first guests, £30 for second guests.

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

Paul Gover, 131 Main Road, Middleton Cheney, BANBURY, OX17 2PW

OR if you wish to pay by EFT, email your booking form to pmw.gover@yahoo.co.uk and when your booking is confirmed, EFT instructions will be sent to you.

To help plan your day, see www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/warwick/plan-your-day.

Warwick Racecourse’s web site has an accessibility page here: www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/warwick/visitor-info/physical-accessibility (Please contact the organiser if it’s relevant for you.)

Booking form: Word document     Printable Booking Form

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

E1908GDN: Northamptonshire Gardens and Hall Visit - Thursday 13 June Organiser: Christine Bradshaw

Coton Manor Gardens

Coton Manor Gardens

The club is planning a coach visit to two impressive privately owned gardens. These are the Coton Manor Gardens and the Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens. The schedule will be:

11.00 a.m.
Pick up at IBM Warwick by Johnsons Coaches
12.00 a.m.
Arrive Coton Manor Garden - explore and enjoy the 10 acre garden.
Have lunch there at the Stableyard Café. For menu see:
Visit the garden shop.
2.30 p.m.
Depart by coach for short journey to the next garden
2.45 p.m.
Arrive Cottesbrooke Hall and Garden
Explore and enjoy the garden
A 45 minute guided tour of the house will be included at a time to be agreed.
5.30 p.m.
Return to IBM Warwick. ETA 6.30 p.m.

Cost will be £35 per person to include the coach hire, entrance to both gardens and to Cottesbrooke Hall. A subsidy when known will reduce this price for members and first guests.

Coton Manor Gardens

Cottesbrooke Hall

To book a place, fill in the booking form and send it to:-

Christine Bradshaw, 5 Church Lane, Barford, CV35 8ES

OR email your booking form to ray.chris.bradshaw@gmail.com .

Booking form: Word document     Printable Booking Form

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


Sub-Groups of Retirees Club and Employee Club

IBM Retirees Rambling Group

Information about the Rambling Group for 2019 is not yet available.

Please contact Terry King, terryaking@hotmail.com for the latest information.


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.


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 and other events which may be of interest.


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