January 2016 Newsletter

This newsletter has the announcement of the Spring Lunch on Wednesday 23rd March and the Combined Rambling and Sightseeing trip to Norfolk in June.

There may still be one or two places available for the meal at the Micatto restaurant in Warwick on Wednesday 3rd - see the December newsletter for details.. If you are interested, please contact Dave Compton as soon as possible.

There are still a few places available for the tour to Galway in October 2016, but please get your booking in as soon as possible if you would like to go.

Please put the date in your diary: the 2016 AGM will be held at the Royal British Legion Club, Knowle on Monday 21st March.

Click here to see the list of the events which are planned for 2016.

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


Chairman’s Notes

May I wish you all a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. This year you will find that our events will probably be announced earlier in the year, as our travel agents are forced to book hotels and group visits earlier (and in many cases, pay earlier). An example this year is the trip to Galway - it is very unusual to have to announce a trip in December which doesn’t take place until the following October!! To make things worse, Phil Dalton hasn’t yet received our first half-year grant and doesn’t know how much it will be. These changes are making the event planning process much more difficult and we may have to consider making changes to the way we have planned our events in the past.

May I also remind you to let Brian Long, our Club Secretary, if you are planning to attend our AGM on Monday 21st March. We are hoping to have at least one guest speaker and we will have to discuss IBM’s proposal that the present Retiree and Employee Clubs have to accept Defined Contribution pensioners as members for the first time.

Kind Regards

Alan Bridgman
IBM Midlands Retirees Club


Christmas Lunch at Hampton Manor, 15 December 2015

90 of us congregated at the Hampton Manor in Solihull to sit down to an enjoyable Christmas Lunch on Tuesday 15th December. The venue was generally agreed to be lovely. But, surprisingly for a group of IBMers, there was no consistent opinion of the meal and service. Many people contacted me to say that it was the best IBM Christmas lunch they had had for a long time, whilst an equally significant number thought that the food was insufficient in quantity and the turkey was outnumbered by the stuffing!! However the welcome drink was good and the table wine was better than average. So, at our January Committee meeting it was agreed that we will not return to Hampton Manor for our Christmas lunch this year.

My thanks to all of your who came and I hope that we can do better next time!

Alan Bridgman

You can find a selection of photos from the Christmas Lunch on the Club’s Dropbox page.



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.


Spring Lunch Wednesday 23rd March 2016 (Organiser Gary Wooding)

I am pleased to announce that this year’s Spring Lunch will be held at the Dallas Burston Polo Club on Wednesday 23rd March. Like many of you, I’ve often passed by the array of flags and wondered what it was like inside. Here’s your chance to find out.

The address is: Dallas Burston Polo Club, Stoneythorpe Estate, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 2DL,
which is on the main road between Leamington and Southam.

I have booked the same guest speaker who told us about finger printing two years ago, but this time she will be telling us about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. The price for this event, which includes a welcome drink, 3 course lunch, ½ bottle of wine, rounded off with tea/coffee, is dependent on the IBM subsidy which has been reduced yet again, and is £38.00 for members/first guest, and £54.40 for any subsequent guests. As in previous years, wine vouchers will be supplied to purchase a ½ bottle of the supplied wine or as part or full payment for any other drinks of your choice - change will not be given.

Please make your menu choices from the following sample menu, which could change:

Gary Wooding - Email: binswood@gmail.com, Telephone: 01926 425485

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

Go to Booking Form


Combined Rambling and Sightseeing trip to Norfolk, Monday 20th to Friday 24th June Organisers: Alan Bridgman (Sightseeing) and Terry King (Rambling)

We have decided this year to go to Norfolk, a charming county which has a wide variety of countryside and attractions. We are using the services of Group Travel again and we are booked into the George Hotel in Swaffham. Swaffham is a Georgian Market town, which is within easy reach of Norwich, the Norfolk Broads and the North Coast.


Norfolk The sightseeing itinerary will hopefully include some or all of the following:- We shall probably stop in Ely on the way up to Swaffham, and in Bury St Edmunds on the way back.

Provisional Cost
Depending on the number of people who wish to go on this trip and the size of the IBM grant (which we do not know yet!), the approximate cost for members and first guests will be £350; and £400 for 2nd guests. This cost includes 4 nights half-board accommodation (DBB), executive coach travel to & from IBM Warwick and for excursions during the trip.

If anyone has any further suggestions for sightseeing trips, please let me know. (no promises, mind you!!) and I will do my best to include them in the final itinerary.

Alan Bridgman
Sightseeing organiser

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, 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.

Contacts:- Roger Goodman email:- roger@northside.me.uk Alan Bridgman email:- abri@waitrose.com

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