August 2018 Newsletter

This month we have the announcement and booking form for the Christmas Lunch at Wroxall Abbey on Thursday 13th December.

The club proposes organising a Motoring Tour in the UK next year. Please send expressions of interest and/or comments to Paul Gover. See below for more information.

There has been insufficient interest expressed in the trip to Jersey which was proposed in the recent email from Dave Compton for it to proceed. If this trip is to go ahead it is essential that you contact Dave as soon as possible; see below for more information.

There are 3 for places left for the visit the BMW factory in Oxford on Wednesday 26th September; if you wish to come, please send Dave Compton a booking form (published in the June newsletter) as soon as possible.

Members may also be interested in the Member’s Notice from Dave Compton about a musical event at Burton Dassett Hills on Saturday September 1st.

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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.

Saturday 1 SeptemberFirework Displays, Ragley Hall. Closed.
Wednesday 26 SeptemberBMW Mini Factory Tour, Oxford. See June newsletter.
Thursday 13 DecemberChristmas Lunch, Wroxall Abbey. 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.

E1811XML : Christmas Lunch, Thursday 13th December 2018
Wroxall Abbey Estate, Birmingham Road, Wroxall, Warwickshire CV35 7NB

Ray Bradshaw/Alan Bridgman

As my “swan song”, we are returning to Wroxall Abbey this year, as so many people enjoyed their experience there in previous years. We shall be dining in The Mansion, a magnificent Grade II listed building, which is part of the Wroxall Abbey Estate. We shall be having pre-lunch drinks in the Broadwood Bar and Garden Lounge and lunch will be served in the Sonnets and Wedgewood dining rooms.

Wroxall Abbey Estate

II am hoping to attract 80 members and guests this year. This is the lowest cost we have ever offered and will include a welcome drink on arrival, wine with the meal and coffee and mince pies afterwards.

Directions to Wroxall Abbey Estate and a complete list of attendees will be sent nearer the time of the event.


To book a place, fill in the booking form and send it with your cheque for £14.00pp for Members and 1st Guests (£40.75pp for 2nd Guests) made payable to IBM Retirees Club (Midlands), to:-

Alan Bridgman, 101 Albany Road, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6PQ
Email: Telephone: 01789-267134

OR if you wish to pay by EFT, email your booking form to and when your booking is confirmed, EFT instructions will be sent to you.

Please note there will be a cut-off date for bookings of Friday 16th November 2018, so please make every effort to submit your bookings by this date.

Word document     Printable Booking Form

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

Motoring tour Organiser: Paul Gover

Motoring tour

This would be a drive-your-own-car tour, with a route plan provided, half-board hotel accommodation booked, free parking at the hotel, and possibly tickets for attractions included. It will be an existing package from a well-established company that specializes in running trips for classic car clubs, but our tour would be solely for Retirees Club members. As the major cost is overnight accommodation, under IBM rules it’s likely there’d be no, or limited, subsidy,

It’s not a classic car tour (though of course if you want to come in one there’s no problem), nor is it a rally, so there’s no timekeeping or competitive element, nor any travelling in convoy. It helps to have a navigator; but driving alone is possible. You’d either need to study the route well in advance, or agree to follow a friend.

There will NOT be a representative from the company on the tour. The tour company provides a book of route plans from which you can choose daily outings, though we’d make a suggested selection for each day, with lunch and coffee spots where we could congregate.

The company offers many tours, but we’d like to gauge interest for a couple of tours that should not need an extra overnight stay to reach the location.
Note: Please do not book through their web site - those are public tours, not any special ones we organize, and they won't get any subsidy if we find a way to give one.

The dates are to be decided; the club’s event calendar has potential gaps in April, June, July and August next year.

If you’re interested in either tour, or indeed other ones on the company’s web site, please contact me. Comments on dates are also welcome. If you you feel keen, you could grade all the possible tours into 0=Never, 1=Maybe, 2=Definitely.

Motoring tour

Jersey in the Spring Organiser: Dave Compton

The Retiree Club are planning a joint Rambling and Sightseeing trip to Jersey late April 2019. We are working with a local Jersey based company and are investigating 4 or 5 nights from April 30th. However, finding sufficient flights and hotel rooms is proving difficult, and airlines will only hold seats for a few days without confirmation and deposits.

In outline, the plan is:

Sightseers do not have to take part in the rambles, and vice versa, - you can mix and match as you wish. The anticipated cost will be around £550 pp. When we get confirmation of the details from the travel company, we will have to move very quickly and deposits of around £100 per person will be required. Please let Dave Compton know ( as soon as possible if you want to take part in this trip so that we can secure flights and accommodation.


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. In the past we have shared a trip using coach transport with retiree sightseers in May or June - this year there will be a trip to the Isle of Wight 24-28 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,


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.

Dave Compton - musical event at Burton Dassett Hills

Many members will know the Burton Dassett Hills and may well have spent time enjoying the open countryside. Less well known is the ancient church of All Saint’s - sometimes called the Cathedral on the Hills. We are trying to raise the funds to provide toilets and a small kitchen area, but as it is a Grade One listed building dating back to the early Norman period, this is going to cost in the region of £100,000 due to all the constraints imposed on us. To this end we hold a number of fund raising activities and, because of the superb acoustics, these include many musical events.

On Saturday, September 1st, we are very fortunate to have two renowned musicians, Roderick Williams (baritone) and Lynn Arnold (piano), to perform an evening of English Music. This promises to be an exciting event and tickets are now on sale at £25 (to include wine and canapés) from Gill Roach (01295 680309; or Dave Compton (01295 770355;


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