September 2014 Newsletter


In this newsletter we have the announcement of the ever popular skittles evening, a second call for this year’s Christmas lunch and news about an agreement between the Midlands Retiree Club and the Warwick Employee Club on attending each other’s events.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail:


Chairman’s Notes

As the events for this year wind down towards the Christmas lunch in December, your Committee is working hard to put together the programme for 2015. Thanks to everyone for providing us with event suggestions and those who also took part in the survey to give us your opinions about possible events. It really does help us to put together a programme that satisfies as many of our members as possible.

Just a couple of points about the Christmas lunch. For those of you who attended the Christmas lunch last year at Wroxall Abbey, I have been in contact with the staff there to ask if they could speed up the serving of the first course which last year took far too long. As you will see from the announcement in the Newsletter today, the pre-lunch drinks are being served earlier than last year, as several people asked for this. So, if all goes well, our experience at Wroxall Abbey this year should be better than last year! Do let me know if there are any other concerns that I didn’t pick up.

Lastly, we are making an announcement about a change of rules for our members attending events organised by the Warwick Employees Club or any of their sub-sections. As many of you are aware we are already being penalised by having to pay an additional charge for joining the Theatre Plus sub-section. There was a further proposal to remove all subsidies for all events being organised by the Warwick Employees Club for our members. We felt that such a proposal was going way over the top and totally unfair. So we proposed an alternative suggestion which we believed was much more acceptable to both Clubs. This has now been agreed by both Club Chairmen and approved by the IBM Club Oversight Manager. I would be interested in your views about the new process.

With best wishes

Alan Bridgman
IBM Midlands Retirees Club

Attending Events run by the IBM Midlands Retirees Club and IBM Club Warwick

In the face of year on year reductions in the IBM Club grant from IBM, the Committees of the IBM Midlands Retirees Club and IBM Club Warwick have reached an agreement designed to mitigate the burden of the significant number of Midlands Retiree Club affiliated members who enjoy attending IBM Club Warwick events, but for whom IBM Club Warwick receive no funding from IBM. The agreement is symmetrical, so if the balance of event attendance changes the mitigation will work both ways. This agreement is between the IBM Midlands Retiree Club and IBM Club Warwick only.

If any member of either of the above clubs wishes to attend one or more subsidised events at the subsidised member price of that other club, they must make a one-time payment to that other club to become a non-affiliated member for the calendar year in question. This membership category is a non-voting category. The amount to be paid to the other club will be equal to the previous year’s IBM Club grant per person (£20.00 for 2014 rounded to the nearest 50p). This payment shall entitle the member (and their spouse, partner or one guest, plus any dependent children aged 17 or under) to attend any number of subsidised events announced by the other club at the subsidised member price. If the event(s) are part of a Sub-section of the other club, then the member may join that sub-section for the same price as other members of the club. The benefit applies to the time that places are purchased rather than the time the event takes place.

If any member of either of the above clubs wishes to attend one or more events of that other club without making this one-off payment to the other club then they may do so at the unsubsidised guest or 2nd Guest price, benefitting from any group discount, but not from the IBM Club subsidy. (Guest terminology differs between the two clubs).

This agreement will come into effect on 1st January 2015.

Signed: Alan Bridgman, Chairman, IBM Midlands Retirees Club
Signed: Andy Smith, Chairman, IBM Warwick Employees Club

For more information on IBM Club membership, please refer to the UK IBM Club web site.



Click here to see the list of the events which are planned for 2014. 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 - Wednesday 17th December 2014
WROXALL ABBEY ESTATE, Birmingham Road, Wroxall, Warwickshire CV35 7NB

By popular request we are returning to Wroxall Abbey this year, as so many people enjoyed last year’s experience. We shall be dining in The Mansion, a magnificent Grade II listed building, which is part of the Wroxall Abbey Estate. We shall be having pre-lunch drinks in the Boadwood Bar and Garden Lounge and lunch will be served in the Sonnets and Wedgewood dining rooms.

Wroxall Abbey Estate

Sadly, in these straightened times, I decided to keep the numbers high rather than increase the level of subsidy so the cost has had to be increased this year, but I still believe it represents good value. The cost will include a welcome drink on arrival, wine with the meal and coffee and mince pies afterwards.

Directions to Wroxall Abbey Estate and a complete list of attendees will be sent nearer the time of the event.

Those of you with access to the internet can view details of the Wroxall Abbey Estate at


Coffee with Mince Pies

To book a place, fill in the booking form and send it with your cheque for £24 for member and first guest, £40 for each second guest - 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).


Skittles Evening at Snitterfield - Tuesday 11th November 2014 (organiser David Dagley)

A skittles evening has been organised to take place at Snitterfield Sports Club for the evening of Tuesday 11th November 2014. This will be a ‘self drive’ event with a 19:30 meet and a 20:00 start time. A hot buffet will be provided that should suit both carnivores and vegetarians together with prizes for the evening’s winners. Maximum number of participants will be thirty; ladies should not bowl in high heels.

Costs for the evening will be £10.00 per head for members (including a drinks voucher) and first guests, cost for second and subsequent guests will be £14.00 per head.

To book a place, fill in the booking form and send it with your cheque for £10 for member and first guest, £14 for each second guest - made payable to IBM Retirees Club [Midlands], to:-

David Dagley, 47 Hanbury Road, Dorridge, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 8DW

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).


Sub-Groups of IBM Club and Retirees Club

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:-

Go to meeting dates and other information


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.

Our 2014 walk dates are: 9th February, 16th March, 16th April, 8th June, 20th July, 24th August, 14th September, 12th October, 16th November. All walk dates are Sundays with the exception of 16th April which is a Wednesday.

For more information, please contact Terry King,


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