September 2015 Newsletter

The annual finale of the club’s events is fast approaching, so get your bookings in for the Christmas Lunch now. Meet up with old friends and find out what is planned for 2016!

There are still a few places left for the Skittles Evening. This is a very popular event and great fun, so send your booking forms in soon if you would like to go.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail:


Chairman’s Notes

Your Committee is now beginning the final part of agreeing a programme of events for 2016. My thanks to Dave Compton for all his hard work in putting together several on-line surveys. This is the first year that we have been able to ask our members (a) what events they wanted, and (b) to help us select the top events from the Planning Meeting. It will be interesting to see if this process increases the level of attendance at our events. And, finally, thanks to all of you who took the time to complete the various surveys.

Best wishes.

Alan Bridgman
IBM Midlands Retirees Club


Photos from the Summer lunch

Tony Mancell has kindly provided a selection of photos from the Summer Lunch.


IBM Rewards

This is a reminder that discount tickets for Vue Cinemas and many other offers are available through IBM Rewards.



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.


Skittles Evening at Snitterfield, Tuesday 17 November (Organiser: David Dagley)

Our usual and popular skittles evening has been organised to take place at Snitterfield Sports Club for the evening of Tuesday 17th November 2015. This will be the usual ‘self drive’ event with a 19:00 meet and a 19.30 start time; NOTE — this is half an hour earlier than in previous years. 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 has had to be reduced to twenty eight due to its popularity! Ladies should not bowl in high heels.

Costs for the evening will be member and 1st guest £11.00, 2nd and further guests £15.00.

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).


Christmas Lunch, Tuesday 15 December (Organiser: Alan Bridgman)

Hampton Manor, Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-in-Arden, Solihull, B92 0DQ

Although I know that many of you enjoyed Wroxall Abbey, where we have held the past two IBM Christmas lunches,I have decided we need a change! Hampton Manor is a luxury country house hotel in Solihull, set in a 45 acre estate. We shall have exclusive use of Elizabeth’s Court for our lunch. Pre-lunch drinks will be served in the Coach House Bar.

Hampton Manor

As last year, I am still working on the final cost which will partly depend on our final numbers. So if you wish to attend, please will you send a cheque for £10 per person as a deposit together with your booking form.


To book a place, fill in the booking form and send it with your deposit cheque (£10pp) 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).


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,


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


Click on the links below for more useful information.

IBM Midlands Retiree Club Constitution Committee Contacts AGM Minutes Newsletter Archives IBM Club Warwick UK IBM Club Newsletter Production IBM Alumni Directory IBM Hursley Museum IBM Shares IBM Rewards Employee Purchase Plan IBM Pensions Trust (IBM Contacts and other useful information)