April 2016 Newsletter

Unfortunately, the trip to Kew Gardens has had to be cancelled due to the low number of bookings, meaning that it is not viable. Members who booked on the trip have been informed.

Those of you who attended the AGM will know that Fred Noble expressed strong feelings and disappointment that the Oversight Manager had not been able to attend. Sadly, as you will know, Fred passed away later in the same week. However, he did find the time after the AGM to draft a letter to the HR Director; the committee decided that the draft letter should be sent to the HR Director with a covering letter from our chairman, Alan Bridgman. If you also feel strongly about this matter, you may wish to send your own letter to the HR Director. You can view both letters by clicking on the links above.

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


Event Report: Spring Lunch

Forty one people enjoyed a superb lunch at the Honiley Court Hotel on 23rd March. The venue was excellent; matched only by the food, and the somewhat interesting service (almost a floor-show). We were entertained afterwards by a fascinating talk about supervising entrants for the Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award, entitled “Waterborne in the Grenadines”. Even the weather was kind to us.

Gary Wooding



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, 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 main entrance day out!

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Black Country Living Museum DY1 4SQ.

The cost will be £16 for members/1st Guests. 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: david.dagley@lineone.net, 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).

Black Country Living Museum.


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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