May 2016 Newsletter

This month we have the announcement of a day trip on the Cotswold Explorer in October. Please note that an optional canal boat trip has been added to the visit to the Black Country Living Museum in July.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail:


Chairman’s Notes

I have finally received a reply to Fred Noble’s letter from the UK HR Director, Anne Conroy. A copy of all the correspondence will be sent to Pat Noble.

We are moving steadily towards our annual event planning meeting, which is scheduled for Monday 15th August. If you have any suggestions for events and activities for next year (either single day events or multi-day events) please send them to any member of the Committee.

At the recent AGM meeting we lost 3 of our Committee members. If anyone would like to join the Committee, please let me know. A 25% drop in our numbers is going to put a lot of strain on the remaining Committee members.

Kind regards

Alan Bridgman
IBM Midlands Retirees Club


Event Report: Isles of Scilly

Eighteen members and partners joined a scheduled trip by Johnson’s Coaches to the Scilly Isles recently. The outward journey to Lands End airport was, to say the least, memorable due to the fact that the weather had closed in and had grounded all flights. At short notice we were amply accommodated in the Excelsior Hotel in Newquay before driving back to St. Just airport next morning for our short flight to St. Mary’s. The weather was cold and quite windy but this did not prevent the organised trips to Tresco; St. Martin’s; and St. Agnes; from going ahead during the rest of the week. All in all, everybody enjoyed the trip and several people vowed to return again.

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

Dave Compton


May Bank Holiday Monday

Not a Club event but worthy of your attention nevertheless — spend a pleasant day walking on the Burton Dassett Hills and drop in to the beautiful medieval church of All Saint’s for delicious tea & cakes. At the same time, take a look at the Model Railway, craft stalls & demonstrations as well as the sale of Pre-loved Art. Open from 11am until 5pm whatever the weather. Admission is Free but any proceeds will go to the upkeep of this ancient building. Further details from Dave Compton.



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.

Black Country Living Museum & Optional Canal Trip, Tuesday 12th July (Organiser David Dagley)

Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Living Museum is a remarkable place to explore, enjoy and spend time. Set in a landscape of 26 acres, it is one of the most extraordinary open-air museums in the UK. Over fifty authentic shops, houses and workshops have been carefully reconstructed to preserve the character of the region when its manufacturers brought worldwide fame to Black Country Towns.

Take a trip on the tram to explore the canal side village, where you can meet and chat to the costumed characters. Explore the underground mine and experience the authentic sights, sounds, smells and tastes from the past.

This is a Drive yourself there and meet at the Canal Trust’s PORTAL Facility.

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Meet at 10.45 Dudley Canal and Trust (PORTAL) DY1 4SB.

The cost will be £16 for members/1st Guests, £20 if taking the optional boat trip. Max 20 people.

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:, Telephone: 01564 230020 and/or 07958 447765

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).

Cotswold Explorer, Oxford via Golden Valley, Saturday 8th October (Organiser Phil Dalton)

The Cotswold Explorer sees the correct locomotive in the correct setting; a double chimney Castle back on home ground steaming through the picturesque Cotswolds.

The outbound journey departs Tyseley, heading through the heart of Birmingham, turning south past Kidderminster and Worcester. After a spirited run through Cheltenham, we turn east past Stroud before heading through the Golden Valley, steaming up the demanding and twisting climb of Sapperton Bank towards the summit in Sapperton Tunnel. Bursting into the daylight, we find ourselves on level ground as we steam past the mouth of the canal tunnel and the Tunnel House Inn towards Kemble. After passing through this classic Great Western station, we steam along the newly re-doubled track towards the birthplace of our engine, Swindon.

Slowing after a short sprint along Brunel's billiard table, we near Didcot where we leave the Great Western Mainline and turn towards our break of a over 3 hours in the University City of Oxford.

Departing Oxford, we turn along the North Cotswold line through the postcard garden towns of Charlbury, Moreton-in-Marsh and Evesham, before rejoining the old Great Western Railway route back towards Worcester Shrub Hill, up Old Hill and thence through the heart of Birmingham to Tyseley.

Steam hauled throughout by No: 5043 “Earl of Mount Edgcumbe”. Commencing at Tyseley Warwick Road platform, the train picks up at Birmingham Snow Hill, Stourbridge and Worcester Shrub Hill.

We travel in ‘Premier Dining’ where a full english breakfast outbound and a high tea on the return are served.

Cost £122 per member/1st Guest

Please send your completed booking form and cheque made payable to IBM Retirees Club (Midlands), to:-

Phil Dalton, Tanglewood, 22 Warwick Road, Wellesbourne, Warwick, CV35 9LX
Email: Telephone: 0791-8131503

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 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,


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:-

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