July 2015 Newsletter

This month we have a note for your diary - the annual Skittles Evening which will take place on Tuesday 17th November.

If you have been thinking about the trip to the Three Choirs Vineyard and Eastnor Castle Fireworks, please get your booking form in as soon as possible as bookings are low at the moment and we may have to cancel this event. Having been to this fireworks display in the past myself, I can highly recommend it.

There are still places available on the trips to Whitby in September and the Purity Brewery in October.

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


Chairman’s Notes

It’s that time of year again — the time for your Committee to plan the next year’s events. The planning meeting takes place on Monday 17th August and suggestions for any events that would interest you, our members, would be most welcome. You can complete the electronic survey that Dave Compton has sent out, or you can contact any Committee member.

I hope you are enjoying the summer.

My best wishes to you all

Alan Bridgman
IBM Midlands Retirees Club


A Petition to Save Stratford’s Boats

A few years ago I worked for Avon Boating Ltd in Stratford and I know all the people in charge personally. When I called in to the Boathouse some months ago I found every member of staff very depressed! They told me about the scurrilous and dishonest campaign that has been waged against Avon Boating this year. There is no clear reason for such a campaign, nor who is leading it, but if it continues unabated there is a danger of putting a very reputable company, that has been providing a valuable service to the Stratford community for over 100 years, out of business. Please have a look at their website, www.sosboats.co.uk, and if you feel as I do that this is a despicable campaign against an excellent, small boating company, please sign the petition.

Thank you.

Alan Bridgman



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.


Three Choirs Vineyard & Eastnor Castle Fireworks, Saturday 5 September (Organiser: Michael Fabianski)

The day will start with a leisurely journey to Gloucestershire to arrive at the Three Choirs Vineyards at about 12:00 where we will be treated to a guided tour of the winery and given an insight into the history of the vineyard. We will be able to enjoy a taste of up to 3 wines.

We will then travel on to visit Gloucester Quays, where we will have free time for lunch and to look around the shops. Upon arrival we will receive a meet and greet when vouchers for the shops will be handed out.

After a leisurely time in Gloucester we will then be taken to Eastnor Castle to enjoy their spectacular firework display. At 11:00pm we will return to the coach and be taken back to the Midlands. (Approx arrival time 12:30am)

The cost will be between £31.50 and £42.50 for each member and first guest, depending on the numbers going. The cost for second guests will be £51.00 each. Please send a deposit of £10.00 per person as soon as possible to secure your place and so that I can confirm the number of people going on the trip.

Michael Fabianski, 9 Cambridge Gardens, Upper Holly Walk, Leamington Spa CV32 4JN
Email: michael.fabianski@gmail.com. Telephone: 07720 385358

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).


Whitby and North Yorkshire
Monday 21st – Friday 25th September 2015 (inclusive)

(Organisers: Tony Mancell & Simon Barratt)


This is an excellent 5 day break to North Yorkshire that provides the opportunity to visit the lovely old fishing town of Whitby with its winding cobbled streets and pretty buildings, making you feel as if you’ve gone back in time.

Your hotel for 4 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast will be the 3 star family owned SAXONVILLE HOTEL ideally located on Whitby's West Cliff giving easy access to the quaint cobbled streets and beautiful historic town of Whitby. The hotel has a cosy, warm and friendly atmosphere which is enhanced by its beautiful décor throughout.


Monday – A morning departure from IBM Warwick for your relaxed journey north, arriving at your hotel mid-late afternoon for the following 4 nights.

Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday – The sightseeing itinerary will include the following:–

Friday – Depart after a relaxed breakfast for the journey to Lincoln, steeped in history and brimming with life with its inspiring Cathedral. An opportunity to obtain lunch here before departing early afternoon for your return journey to IBM Warwick.


Depending on the number of people who wish to go on this trip, the cost will be £370 per member and 1st guest or £463 per 2nd guest. This cost includes 4 nights half board accommodation (DBB), executive coach travel to and from IBM Warwick and for excursions during the trip. A Deposit of £50 per person is required to secure a booking.

To book your place, please send the completed Booking Form and cheque, made out to IBM Retirees (Midlands) for the appropriate amount, to:

Tony Mancell, 73 Mill Street, Harbury, Warwickshire, CV33 9HS
tony@mancell.com. Telephone: 01926-613313

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).

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An evening trip to the Purity Brewery, Thursday 15 October (Organiser: Alan Bridgman)

The Purity Brewing Company is a local brewery which was first established in 2005. It is based on a working farm in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside. Purity is committed to brewing great beer, with a conscience (their words, not mine!). Its brewery practices are designed to be environmentally friendly and, in the case of their wetland system, environmentally enriching.

The evening tour starts at 7:30pm and finishes at 10:00pm, with a meal halfway through at about 9:00pm. On the tour we will be taken through the Purity story over a pint of their award-winning ales in the visitor centre. We will then visit the brew-house and the wetland system.

The cost will be £15 per member and first guest; £22.50 for second guests, including a meal in the visitor centre. The number in the group is limited to 22 people - so first come, first served!

The Purity Brewing Company is located at Upper Spernall Farm, (off Spernall Lane), Great Alne, Warwickshire B49 6JF. Their telephone number is 01789-488007. I will let you have detailed directions and a list of attendees nearer the date of the trip.

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).


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

A date for your diary.

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 in line with last year (and budget restrictions) and will be announced nearer the date with booking form etc.


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

Go to meeting dates and other information


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