March 2016 Newsletter

This month we have announcements of day trips to Kew Gardens in May, the Black Country Living Museum in July and the Pudding Club in August. Please get your booking forms in as soon as possible if you would like to go on any of these trips, especially for the trip to Kew Gardens as it is coming up very soon.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail:


Chairman’s Notes

Thanks to all of you who attended the AGM meeting last Monday — very much appreciated. We had about 50 people at the Royal British Legion in Knowle, which was very good and probably due in part to the two Executive IBM Speakers advertised on the Agenda. However, to my considerable annoyance, both these speakers cancelled during the previous week — much too late to obtain any replacements. Another example of how IBM has changed since our days, and not for the better!!

A major point that was covered at the AGM was the proposal to allow Defined Contribution IBM Pensioners to join the Midlands Retirees Club as Associate Members. This needed a small change to our current Constitution which was duly approved.

I was very sad to have to lose three members of the Committee — Janice Kirkwood, our Minutes Secretary, Carole Robertson, and Simon Barratt. All three have provided valuable service to the Club and we shall miss them greatly.

Alan Bridgman
Newly re-elected Chairman
IBM Midlands Retirees Club



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.

A day trip to Kew Gardens, Wednesday 4th May 2016 (Organiser Tony Mancell)

Kew Gardens

An opportunity to visit the World Heritage Site at Kew Gardens — the world’s most famous garden. Explore over 130 hectares of landscapes and gardens, stroll along the soaring treetop walkway and wander through tropical glasshouses reaching up to 27C. Enjoy four cafes and restaurants, art galleries, a serene lake and waterlily pools.

Kew’s great glasshouses provide hours of undercover discovery for visitors of all ages. Be amazed by giant lily pads in the Waterlily House, delve into an exotic rainforest in the Palm House, and travel through 10 climatic zones in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

Getting around

Kew Gardens

There are many ways to enhance your visit to Kew with a tour that suits you. These include free walking tours, riding on the Kew Explorer land train, or taking the Discovery bus.

Take in the Gardens from the Kew Explorer hop-on-hop-off land train and hear fascinating stories about the Gardens along the way.

The Explorer land train tickets can be purchased from the Kew Explorer driver, ticket gates, and Kew shops.

Eat and drink

Kew Gardens

There are many eateries at Kew. With four distinct dining services across the site, from quick ‘coffee and cake’ pit-stops to a child-friendly restaurant.

Our itinerary for the day will be:

Kew Gardens

Depart IBM at 9.15 and travel directly to Kew Gardens, arriving for 11.00am with admission included to explore the Botanical gardens there and the admission cost also includes entrance to the small Palace within the grounds.

We would look to depart Kew at approximately 4.15pm, which will see us back at IBM Warwick for around 6.00pm.


The cost of the day trip will be £31.00 for members and 1st guests or £41.00 for 2nd guests. Please note these prices are for guests over 60, if under 60 please check with the organiser for a price.

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

Email:, 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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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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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:, 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.

The Pudding Club Evening Meal, Friday 5th August (Organiser Alan Bridgman)

Three Ways House Hotel

Three Ways House Hotel, Mickleton, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6SB

Three Ways House Hotel is the home of the Pudding Club. The Pudding Club’s heartfelt mission since it started in 1985 has been to preserve the Great British Pudding.

Every Friday evening, national and international visitors come to the little Cotswold village to experience this slightly eccentric institution. Guests at Pudding Club meetings enjoy a whole evening’s entertainment, from a jovial introduction by the Pudding Master at 7:30pm through to a light main course followed by the reason guests gather — the Parade of Seven Puddings, with all its noise and ceremony, to the vote for best pudding of the night over coffee. Guests depart at about 10:30pm, certificates in hand!

Three Ways House Hotel, which the IBM Retirees Club has visited before (but not for Pudding Club Meeting), have allowed us to book a maximum of 20 places at the Pudding Club meeting on the date above. If you have haven’t been to a Pudding Club meeting before (and, particularly, if you have!) then book up as soon as possible for a unique and enjoyable British event.

The event will cost £35 for members and first guests; £46.50 for 2nd guests. This cost will include the Pudding Club event plus a voucher of £5 per person as a contribution towards drinks for the evening.

Alan Bridgman - 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 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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