May 2015 Newsletter

At the moment bookings are low for the Bristol Harbour Festival, so if you are interested in going on this trip please get your bookings into Dave Dagley. There are still places available on the trip to Whitby and North Yorkshire, so second (and third) guests would be welcome to ensure that the trip goes ahead. Also, this is your last chance to book the 2 remaining places on the Cumbrian Coastal Explorer trip on Saturday September 19, so get your booking into Phil Dalton as soon as possible if you would like to go.

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

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Combined Sightseeing and Rambling trip to Cornwall 4-8 May 2015

On Bank Holiday Monday, 28 sightseers and ramblers set off from IBM Warwick heading for Cornwall. We stopped for lunch at Buckfast Abbey and arrived at the Fistral Beach Hotel in Newquay at about 4pm. On Tuesday the sightseers travelled to the Eden Project in the morning and the Lost Gardens of Heligan in the afternoon. On Wednesday the sightseers headed off to visit the Geevor Tin Mine where we had an excellent tour lead by an ex-miner, including a rather claustrophobic walk underground when we really did need the hard hats we had been issued with. This was followed by lunch at the Tinners Arms in Zennor and we then headed off to try to reach St Michaels Mount. When we got to Marazion we found that the strength of the wind and the rough seas had stopped the ferry from running. As we didn’t want to be stranded for many hours on the island, we decided to view it from the mainland. Thursday was the coach driver’s day off, so everyone did whatever they wanted in the Newquay area. On Friday we checked out of the hotel and headed off home, pausing for a coffee at the House of Marbles at Bovey Tracey, and lunch on the M5 at a large garden centre.

Despite the high winds which assailed us for most of the week, the Ramblers determinedly completed all their walks every day, apart from the last day. The coach driver managed to drop the ramblers off at the beginning of the day and pick them up at the end. Please note that we didn’t lose any ramblers, despite our best efforts!!

Everyone on the trip was delighted with the Hotel, some even saying it was one of the best they had ever stayed at - comfortable and clean accommodation, excellent service from all the staff, and delicious food for breakfast and dinner.

Alan Bridgman
Sightseeing Organiser

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The following are not Club events but members may wish to support them:-

SPRING BANK HOLIDAY TEAS - Tea and homemade cakes are being served in All Saints Church, Burton Dassett, on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25, 11am to 5.30pm. Wheelchair access is available on request.

WARWICK UNIVERSITY BRASS ENSEMBLE are also paying a return visit to Burton Dassett Church on Friday 19th June at 7.30pm. featuring a wide variety of musical items. Tickets are £12 to include wine and strawberries in the interval. Please send ticket requests and payment to Dave Compton, Ashby House, Northend, Southam, Warwickshire CV47 2TN. Cheques should be made payable to Burton Dassett PCC.

Proceeds from both events are for the upkeep of this ancient church.

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Events

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.

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Bristol Harbour Festival, Saturday 18 July (Organiser: Dave Dagley)

Bristol Harbour Festival

Bristol’s biggest free event will once again transform the city’s harbourside, with three days of cultural celebrations from 17-19 July 2015.

The Bristol Harbour Festival attracts thousands of visitors to explore the two mile stretch of the harbour featuring seven areas including dance, music, children’s activities, a busy on-water program and phenomenal circus performances.

Organisers have promised a packed three day event, across a two mile stretch of the city from Brunel’s SS Great Britain to M Shed, and from Queen Square to the city’s leafy Castle Park. Visitors will be entertained by a vibrant mix of live performance, artists, musicians, dancers, circus acts, markets and street stalls. On the water, hundreds of sailing vessels, from historic ships and boats to pleasure yachts, whilst harbour ferries will provide a colourful backdrop to Bristol’s annual celebration of its maritime heritage.

Entry to the festival is free although some shows may incur a charge.

This is a day for you to choose to do whatever you fancy. Once off the coach you please yourself how and where you spend your time in Bristol. If you don’t fancy the hubbub of the harbourside activities then the city has many alternative attractions; and there are many options to choose from. A few examples…

Timings are…

Bristol Harbour Festival

Kaskelot Brunel's SS Great Britain

For members and 1st Guests the cost, which depends on numbers going, will not be greater than £16.50; second guests will pay £16.50 regardless of the final numbers.

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

David Dagley, 47 Hanbury Road, Dorridge, Solihull, B93 8DW
Email: david.dagley@lineone.net. Telephone: 01564 230020

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).

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Cumbrian Coastal Explorer - Mainline Steam trip, Saturday 19 September (Organiser: Phil Dalton)

Due to an operational difficulty, the steam hauled Cumbrian Coastal Explorer has been cancelled for April 18 and is now scheduled to run on the revised date of Saturday September 19. Those already booked for the April date were offered the transfer of their booking to the new date, for which the date is not acceptable to some. As a result there are now 2 places available. If you would like these places then please contact Phil Dalton as soon as possible to register your interest and follow with a completed booking form and cheque.

Enjoy a scenic day out as we storm Shap in the morning, then after a short break in Carlisle, return down the most picturesque Cumbrian Coast.
Our day begins behind heritage diesel No. 47773 “The Queen Mother” from Tyseley to Carnforth, where Vintage Trains flagship locomotive, Ex-GWR No. 5043 “Earl of Mount Edgcumbe” takes over for the punishing climb of the ferocious gradients of Grayrigg and Shap, descending into the border City of Carlisle, steeped in ancient history dating back to the beginning of the British Isles.
After a short Afternoon break in Carlisle, we return around the longest and most scenic coastal line in England. The beautiful, twisting Cumbrian coast route hugs the coastline offering spectacular views across the Solway Firth and towards the Isle of Man, passing through historic Whitehaven, pretty Ravenglass and around Morecambe Bay with the background of the Lake District mountains awash with the setting sun.
Upon our return to Carnforth, the diesel will pilot the train down the WCML from Carnforth back to Tyseley via Birmingham New Street.
Commencing at Tyseley Warwick Road the train additionally picks up at; Birmingham New Street - Wolverhampton, Stafford, Crewe and Wigan NW.
Hauled by No. 5043 “Earl of Mount Edgcumbe” from Carnforth, over Shap, to Carlisle and on return from Carlisle, along the Cumbrian Coast back to Carnforth.

Meals included:-
Outward:
Return:
Full English Breakfast
3 Course roast dinner

Please include any special dietary requirements on the booking form. Due to the small kitchen facilities on the train, any such special requirements will be checked with Vintage Trains to ensure that such requirements can be accommodated.

Stations & Times

Pick up/Set down : Tyseley Warwick Road platform*, Birmingham New Street, Wolverhampton, Stafford and Crewe.
* Please note: there is a 10 minute walk between Tyseley mainline station and Tyseley Warwick Road Platform (which is situated within the Tyseley Loco Works site).
Layover : Carlisle
Times : subject to confirmation (expect an early start)
Tickets, final information and confirmed timings are mailed out to passengers AS SOON AS VINTAGE TRAINS RECEIVE FINAL TIMINGS FROM NETWORK RAIL, normally five working days before a tour is scheduled to depart.

Cost: As the Midlands Retirees Club has not been notified as to the amount of the Grant it receives from IBM for 2015, the cost is expected to be around £125 for members/1st Guests. Therefore until the Grant is known, a deposit of £50 per person is requested.

To book your place, please send the completed Booking Form and cheque, made out to IBM Retirees (Midlands) for the appropriate amount, to:

Phil Dalton, Tanglewood, 22 Warwick Road, Wellesbourne, Warwick, CV35 9LX.
Email: phil_dalton@btinternet.com. Telephone: 0791-8131503

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

Go to Booking Form

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Whitby and North Yorkshire
Monday 21st – Friday 25th September 2015 (inclusive)

(Organisers: Tony Mancell & Simon Barratt)

Whitby

This is an excellent 5 day break to North Yorkshire that provides the opportunity to visit the lovely old fishing town of Whitby with its winding cobbled streets and pretty buildings, making you feel as if you’ve gone back in time.

Your hotel for 4 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast will be the 3 star family owned SAXONVILLE HOTEL ideally located on Whitby's West Cliff giving easy access to the quaint cobbled streets and beautiful historic town of Whitby. The hotel has a cosy, warm and friendly atmosphere which is enhanced by its beautiful décor throughout.

Itinerary

Monday – A morning departure from IBM Warwick for your relaxed journey north, arriving at your hotel mid-late afternoon for the following 4 nights.

Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday – The sightseeing itinerary will include the following:–

Friday – Depart after a relaxed breakfast for the journey to Lincoln, steeped in history and brimming with life with its inspiring Cathedral. An opportunity to obtain lunch here before departing early afternoon for your return journey to IBM Warwick.

Cost

Depending on the number of people who wish to go on this trip, the cost will be £370 per member and 1st guest or £463 per 2nd guest. This cost includes 4 nights half board accommodation (DBB), executive coach travel to and from IBM Warwick and for excursions during the trip. A Deposit of £50 per person is required to secure a booking.

To book your place, please send the completed Booking Form and cheque, made out to IBM Retirees (Midlands) for the appropriate amount, to:

Tony Mancell, 73 Mill Street, Harbury, Warwickshire, CV33 9HS
Email:
tony@mancell.com. Telephone: 01926-613313

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).

Whitby Whitby Whitby

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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, terryaking@hotmail.com.

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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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