December 2018 Newsletter

This month we have the announcement of the Sightseeing and Rambling Trip to Derbyshire in May 2019; this trip is likely to prove very popular, so get your booking forms in to John Rickman as soon as possible.

Bookings for the trip to the Rioja wine region of Spain in September will remain open while Wessex Continental Travel still have places available.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail:


This is an advance notice that the 2019 AGM of the Midlands Retirees Club will be on Monday 4th March 2019 at 10.30. It will be held, as previously, at the British Legion, Knowle, preceded by coffee and followed by a buffet lunch. Please put the date in your diary now and make every effort to attend as the future of the Club depends on you.


Event Reports

E1811XML: Christmas Lunch

The Christmas lunch held on December 13th at Wroxall Abbey was attended by 86 members this year. Many thanks to our previous chairman, Alan Bridgman for organising it. The food was good and the service excellent, although the plates for the main course should have been warmed. Dave Compton provided entertainment with a left/right parcel game. Just Google “left right game” for similar stories or email Dave for his.

Ray Bradshaw



Click here to see the list of the events which are provisionally planned for 2019.

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

Monday 4 March 2019 at 10.30 British Legion, Knowle
Tuesday 7 - Saturday 11 May 2019 Sightseeing and Rambling Trip to Derbyshire. See below.
Sunday 1 - Tuesday 10 September 2019 Rioja wine region of Spain. See November newsletter.

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.

E1906DBY: Sightseeing and Rambling Trip to Derbyshire - Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th May 2019 Organiser: John Rickman

Lee Wood Hotel

The club is planning a five day trip to Derbyshire staying at the Lee Wood Hotel in Buxton for four nights, half-board. This hotel has good reviews on Tripadvisor. We will be using Johnsons coaches for the trip and excursions. Derbyshire has many attractions for both sight seers and walkers. The unsubsidised cost is £569 per person which will be reduced by a subsidy of around £50. There is a single room supplement at £20.00 per night.






To book a place fill in the booking form and either:
email to
or post to:
John Rickman, Old Bakehouse, Church Road, Gaydon, CV35 0EU

Booking form: Word document     Printable Booking Form

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

When your booking is confirmed you will be asked to pay the deposit of £50 per person. You may pay either by bank transfer or a cheque payable to IBM Retirees Club (Midlands) posted to the above address.


Sub-Groups of Retirees Club and Employee Club

IBM Retirees Rambling Group

Information about the Rambling Group for 2019 is not yet available.

Please contact Terry King, for the latest information.


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.


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