April 2018 Newsletter

This month we have announcements for a return visit to Pete’s Place on May 31st and a visit to the World of Wedgwood in August.

We also have a request for expressions of interest in a Thames river cruise and barbecue. Please let Paul Gover know if you are interested - this does not commit you to go on the trip.

You might also be interested in a performance by Spicy Jazz in aid of Myton Hospice - see the member’s notice below.

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

Changes to membership of IBM Clubs

IBM has changed the membership criteria of IBM Clubs to make them more inclusive. From the 1st of April (no joke intended) IBM have extended the definition of a Retiree as follows:

A “Retiree” member is any ex-IBM employee with 10 years of service who has attained minimum pension age for their plan regardless of Pension Plan or whether they’re in receipt of their Pension.-

There is no charge for joining a Retiree Club, but there is a £26 per year charge for joining a Local Club (previously known as an Employee Club). This now includes people who may have withdrawn their pension ‘pot’ from IBM Pensions Trust and placed their pension fund elsewhere.

If you know of anybody who fulfils the criteria above, please let them know that they can now apply to join an IBM club as a ‘Retiree’.

They need to send an email to IBM HR (RetireeClubMembership@uk.ibm.com) stating their IBM Personnel number and years of service, also stating that they wish to join the IBM Club. This could be any club but, of course, we hope that they will nominate the Midlands Retiree Club their club of choice.

If any more information is needed, please let me know

Dave Compton (dave@compton-family.eu)
Secretary, IBM Retiree Club (Midlands)


Event report: E1803SPL Spring Lunch, 14th March 2018

The IBM Midlands Retirees Spring Lunch was held at The Oak Hotel on Wednesday 14th March 2018. This year attendance was down to only 36, but we enjoyed a superb meal with excellent service. A small survey of the attendees confirmed the excellence of the food and service, with no adverse criticism at all. After the meal, everybody enjoyed a superb talk by Ellie Somme who told about her father’s experiences as a Norwegian spy hunted by the Nazis in the Second World War.

Gary Wooding



Click here to see the list of the events which are provisionally planned for 2018.

The following is the status of those events which have been announced.

Thursday 31 MayPete’s Place. See below.
Sunday 24 - Thursday 28 JuneCombined Ramblers and Sightseers Trip to the Isle of Wight. Closed.
Thursday 16 AugustWorld of Wedgwood. See below.

Booking Conditions. Click here to read the terms and conditions. Members should also be aware of Public Liability Insurance provided by the Club.

Photographs from Past Events. Click here or here to view a selection of photographs from past events.

E1805PP: Pete’s Place Thursday 31 May 2018 (Organiser Gary Wooding)

I am pleased to announce that we are again organising a visit to Pete’s Place, a beautiful 20 acre private park with a lake, a small wood, and a ride-on miniature railway. There is an “African Queen” type of steam boat giving rides around the lake in which there is a small island. The miniature railway which surrounds the lake and circles the wood is almost a mile long and is considered to be one of the finest private ones in the country. There is ample free parking for all cars.

All rides are totally free. Pete, the owner, provides all this totally free of charge; all the Retirees Club asks is that you make a donation of £10 per car to Pete’s favourite charity — the Air Ambulance.

Last year there were a number of people who said they would attend, but then didn’t turn up, so this year I must ask you to submit the attached booking form. Please ensure that you include your car’s registration number.

This event is not restricted to Retiree Club members — tell your friends and the rest of your family, get as many people as you like in your car, it’s still only £10 per car.

Get there in the morning after about 11:30 and stay all day, bring a picnic and use the barbeques that are freely available. It’s a day out you will remember — I promise.

Pete’s Place

Pete’s Place

Pete’s Place

Pete’s Place

Pete’s place is just outside Pailton, near Monk’s Kirby. The actual address is…
Fairfield House
Coventry Road
CV23 0QA

SatNav co-ordinates 52deg,26min,04.99 sec N, 1deg,19min,13.48sec W
The entrance is not overly visible; here are two views from opposite directions…

Pete’s Place entrance

Pete’s Place entrance

Here is a map

Pete’s Place entrance

So that we can get an idea of the number of attendees, please send a booking form, either by post or email, to Gary Wooding:

64 Binswood Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 5RY
Email: binswood@gmail.com, Telephone: 01926 425485

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).

E1805WED: World of Wedgwood Thursday 16 August 2018 (Organiser Ray Bradshaw)

World of Wedgwood

World of Wedgwood is the ultimate destination to experience the Wedgwood Brand. Featuring a V & A museum collection , factory tour, contemporary tea room and restaurant, RHS Gold medal winning garden and the Wedgwood retail store.

This will be a self drive event and takes about 1.5 hours to drive from Warwick to the venue at : World of Wedgwood, Barlaston, Stoke on Trent, ST12 9ER

The plan will be to meet up at around 11 a.m. for coffee/tea then go on a self guided factory tour which will last for around 1 hour. You will be able to discuss with the Wedgwood staff about the jobs they are doing.

A light lunch break in their restaurant for about 1 hour follows. Do not eat too much as there will be a special afternoon tea laid on at 3.30 p.m.

After lunch we have a guided museum tour which will last for around 1 hour, the heritage and history brought to life by the Wedgwood experts.

After that you a free to revisit the museum if you wish to have a closer look at items of interest and there are the gardens to stroll around and their shop to visit.

At 3.30 we have the special afternoon tea in the Wedgwood Tea Room. This includes sandwiches, freshly baked scones, cakes and fancies and unlimited pots of tea.

Cost will be £15 per member and first guest to include the factory and museum tours and afternoon tea. Lunch and other refreshments are not included. Additional guests will be £26.

Please complete the attached booking form and return it to Ray Bradshaw as soon as possible.

Word document     Printable Booking Form

Refer to the document Event Booking Conditions for Terms and Conditions.

Thames cruise and barbecue - expressions of interest please (Organiser Paul Gover)

Thames Cruise

This year we’re proposing a trip along the Thames in one of Salter’s Steamers of Oxford’s river launches (not actually steam). The trip would start in Oxford at 6pm and last for 3 hours with a barbecue, including vegetarian options, and drinks from the boat’s pay bar. Date some weekday between 16th and 20th July (which sits between Wimbledon, the World Cup and the start of school summer holidays). Price £25 to £30 per member/first guest, £50 to £65 second guests, based on 30 to 50 people.

Salter’s Steamers (est. 1858) is best reached via the Oxford Redbridge Park and Ride £2 (includes the bus to near the landing stage). They’re 0.8 miles from Oxford station and the Westgate Shopping Centre car park. They can take people in manual wheel chairs, but not electric; there are 4-5 steps down from the deck to the bar and toilets.

Salter’s offer several menus, but we’d select one BBQ for everyone to choose from. The one I’m considering is the "Gourmet Barbecue"; see the following page for details.


Expressions of interest to Paul Gover (treasurer, ibmmidretmoney@gmail.com) please.


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. The meal for 2018 will be held at Micatto (Italian) in Warwick on Thuesday 27th February. In the past we have shared a trip using coach transport with retiree sightseers in May or June - this year there is the possibility of a week-long trip in June.

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.

Go to a list of the planned walks for 2018 and other information.

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.

Go to meeting dates and other information.


Members’ Notices

We all know Midlands Retirees who are undertaking a range of activities to raise money for good causes. The Committee have therefore decided to offer this space to advertise such initiatives and other events which may be of interest.

Richard Short

My wife Sheila is organising a Jazz Evening with much of the proceeds going to Myton Hospice.

Please see below for more information. Tickets are £12, there will be a bar, with wine and beer as well as soft drinks. Should be a great night. Sheila has done two of these jazz evenings before with this band and they have been fantastic!

Give us a call on 01926 864451 if you would like a ticket. It would be great if you could support such a worthwhile cause.

Spicy Jazz

Spicy Jazz


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