July 2016 Newsletter

At the time of writing, there are only 2 places left for the Summer Lunch to be held at the Butchers Arms in August. If you would like to go, you should get your booking in to Alan Bridgman as soon as possible.

We need more expressions of interest in the trip to Winter Light at Waddesdon Manor to make it worthwhile proceeding, so if you would like to go, please contact Phil Dalton as soon as possible.

A date for your diary; this year we’re trying a different venue for the skittles evening - the Navigation Inn at Wooten Wawen on Tuesday November 15th at 7pm. It has good reviews with a choice of food. Details to follow.

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


Event Report: Combined Rambling and Sightseeing trip to Norfolk, 20-24 June

This event was deemed a great success by the participants, with visits to Norwich Cathedral and Castle, Blickling Hall, and trips on the Bure Valley Railway, Norfolk Broads and the Poppy Line from Holt to Sheringham. The ramblers enjoyed several walks thanks to the planning of Terry King and others.

Many photos from the trip can be seen on the Club’s Dropbox page.


Event Report: Black Country Museum, 12 July

The trip to the Black Country Museum and short canal trip into limestone caverns has received positive feedback and was judged successful, interesting and informative by most of the participants. Unfortunately, we were greeted with rain, but fortunately it had almost stopped when we emerged from the tunnels. The sun tried to shine as we walked around the BCM itself and there are certainly some additional buildings since our last visit. Nice to be reminded of how better of we are today and changing values?

Some photos from the trip can be seen on the Club’s Dropbox page.


PC Club - new Chairman required

Both Roger Goodman and Alan Bridgman will be stepping down from the committee of the PC Club at the end of the year. If no candidate for Chairman is available by the end of the November meeting, then the PC Club will be closed. If you are interested in taking up this position, please see contact Roger or Alan.

PC Club contact details and meeting dates.



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.

Summer Lunch at the Butchers Arms, Wednesday 24th August 2016 (Alan Bridgman)

The Butchers Arms Restaurant, Church End, PRIORS HARDWICK, Southam CV47 7SN

The Butchers Arms

The Summer Lunch last year was at the Butchers Arms Restaurant and was so successful that we decided to repeat the venue this year.

I don’t have a final cost for the meal yet, but it should not differ much from last year. So to book a place I am asking for a deposit of £10.00 per person. I will let everyone know the full cost in 2-3 weeks.


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).

Skittles at the Navigation Inn, Wooten Wawen, Tuesday 15th November (Organiser Dave Dagley)

This year we’re trying a different venue - the Navigation Inn at Wooten Wawen. Good reviews with a choice of food. Date for your diary. Tuesday Nov 15th 7pm. Details to follow.

Winter Light at Waddesdon Manor — Late November (Organiser Phil Dalton)

This is an announcement to gauge interest in the above event as tickets purchased will be non-refundable. Thank you to those who have registered interest, but unfortunately there needs to be more of you to make this event worthwhile holding.

Waddesdon Manor Waddesdon Manor

Departing IBM Warwick just after lunch our coach will take us to Waddesdon Manor which will be decorated inside and out with Winter Lights. A champagne tea will be had after which there will be time to explore the Christmas Fair comprising 66 chalets offering a handpicked mix of quality gifts, food exhibitors and if you are still hungry, a small selection of food concessions.

As an example of the afternoon tea menu savoury treats currently comprises Cucumber and cream cheese sandwich, Egg mayonnaise sandwich with smoked salmon, Pork terrine toast with orange confit, Beetroot and goats cheese tart, Pea, mint and ricotta tart and Ham and mustard scone. With a selection of delicious fancies including Vanilla and raspberry pannacotta, Milk chocolate and praline tart, Blackcurrant Viennese swirl, Green matcha tea macaron, Homemade scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream. All of the above served with a fine selection of tea.

If you are interested in this event please email the organiser, Phil Dalton (email: phil_dalton@btinternet.com), with how many places you are interested in taking and how many National Trust members are included in that number. Please send no money now.


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 a list of the planned walks for 2016 and other information, please see the IBM Rambling Club Annual Newsletter.

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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