February 2013 Newsletter

Editorial

We have had our first event of the year - a very succesful Tapas Evening in Warwick - see Alan Bridgman's report below. We have the AGM coming up next month; please make every effort to attend - I'm sure that the free lunch will make it more than worthwhile!

We have the final calls for the trips to Sidmouth and Paris in this newsletter, so if you have been pondering either of these, now is the time to act! We also have the announcement of day trips to Cheddar Gorge and Wells Cathedral on April 23rd, and Greenwich on May 21st.

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

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Chairman’s Notes

As you will see in this Newsletter we have run our first event in January and are looking forward to our next event, the Spring Luncheon, in February. Let’s hope the weather is kind to us and it doesn’t turn into a Winter Luncheon! Last year we seemed to be plagued with “IBM politics” and this is continuing into 2013. We were presented with a 29-page Global Self-Audit which we were expected to complete in ridiculously short deadlines without any access to internal IBM documents. Over the last eighteen months we have been given 3 IBM Oversight Managers, none of which we have actually met (officially!). These managers appear to add no benefit to us - they just add unnecessary work. Last year we had a 10% cut in our second-half grant and this year we have had a further cut of about 8%. But despite all these difficulties, your excellent Midlands Committee has produced a strong, and we hope attractive, programme of events.

Finally, we are coming close to our AGM on Monday 18th March. I know that they are not the most exciting events but we must have a minimum number of members to make the AGM viable. Please make every attempt to attend and let Carole Robertson know so that she can arrange enough Free Lunches for you all.

Alan Bridgman
Chairman
IBM Midlands Retirees Club

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YOUR RETIREE CLUB NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT NOW MORE THAN EVER IF YOU VALUE YOUR CLUB THEN COME ALONG AND SUPPORT US…

OUR AGM IS TO BE HELD ON MONDAY 18TH MARCH AT 10.30

THE BRITISH LEGION 1611,
WARWICK ROAD, KNOWLE , SOLIHULL B93 9LF

Please let Carole Robertson on carole.robertson@talktalk.net know you are attending so that refreshments can be ordered.

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Tapas Evening — Ethnic Meal — 23rd January 2013

The first Midlands Club event of 2013 was a heavily booked Ethnic meal at the Catalan Spanish Restaurant in the middle of Warwick. The restaurant could only cater for 30 people, so we were able to take over the whole place. On a cold and wet January evening, 30 intrepid IBMers all descended on Warwick for an evening of Tapas dishes, wine and chatter. Everyone seemed to enjoy the meal. But I still had a waitlist of 11 people, so if the Club’s finances allow, I may try to run a second Tapas evening. If that happens then priority booking will be given to the people on the Waitlist.

Alan Bridgman
Organiser

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Events

Click here to see the list of the events which are planned for the current year. 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 to view a selection of photographs from past events.

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Sidmouth — Thursday 11th to Monday 15th July 2013 (Organisers Tony Mancell & Simon Barratt)

If you have not already done so, but are considering joining the excursion to Sidmouth in July, please complete and send your booking form and deposit today, otherwise the trip will have to be cancelled. Details and contact information are given below.

Sidmouth

The picturesque and charming resort of Sidmouth located on the world heritage “Jurassic Coast” nestles between majestic red cliffs whilst the resort itself is famed for its wealth of fine architecture including splendid Georgian and Regency examples. This is surely one of the most relaxing and elegant resorts around.

Our trip starts on Thursday 11th July 2013, returning on Monday 15th July, we will be staying for 4 nights dinner (4 course table d’hôtel menu), bed and English Breakfast, at the Royal York &Faulkner Hotel. This is a magnificent Regency building, enjoying an unrivalled position on Sidmouth's Esplanade, directly overlooking the sea and adjacent to the picturesque town centre.

Dating from 1810 the hotel has undergone extensive and thoroughly careful refurbishment, encompassing beautifully appointed public areas and excellent amenities that include indoor spa and leisure facilities. This hotel has remained in the same family for over 70 years and has an excellent reputation in Sidmouth and ideally placed for our tour.

The cost is expected to be £345 per member and 1st guest, second guest price will be £430, and these are based on our best estimates of the IBM Club’s subsidy, which is yet to be announced.

The current thoughts for the itinerary are as follows, although these may change depending on availability and numbers:

Any queries contact us as below

Tony Mancell — tony@mancell.com or Simon Barratt - sjblaptop@yahoo.co.uk

- Go to Booking Form

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FINAL CALL — Paris, Versailles and Monet’s Garden - Friday 20th to Tuesday 24th September 2013 (inclusive) (Organiser Dave Compton)

We are tantalisingly close to having the required numbers in order to secure the best discounts for this trip. Details were published in the December Newsletter.

If you are interested and thought you had missed the deadline, please e-mail me immediately (dave@compton-family.eu) to register your intentions and follow up with a completed booking form as soon as possible (Everybody booked so far should have received a confirmation e-mail from me).

Due to a number of trade events in the Paris area, we need to get hotel rooms booked for this trip as soon as possible. We are asking, therefore, for expressions of interest backed by a £50 per person deposit. If you require insurance, please also add £35 pp at this stage. In the unlikely event of there being insufficient interest to make the trip viable, these deposits will be returned. Full costs will be in the region of £400-450 per person for member and first guest. Second guest at approximately £500-550 per person, plus insurance where required.

Please send booking form and cheque to:-

Dave Compton, Ashby House, Northend, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 2TN.

Telephone:- 01295 770355 , Email: dave@compton-family.eu
and this will be acknowledged by email unless an SAE is enclosed.

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

Go to Booking Form

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Day trip to Cheddar Gorge and Wells Cathedral — Tuesday April 23rd (Organiser Michael Fabianski)

Gough's cave

Our coach will leave IBM Warwick at 7:30am and travel to Cheddar Gorge where we will start our visit with coffee or tea and cake in Costa Coffee. We will then visit Gough's Cave with an audio guide or, alternatively, the Museum of Prehistory.

We will then travel to Wells where we can lunch at the Chapter two Cafe and Restaurant before a guided tour of the Cathedral at 2:30pm. Wells Cathedral

The coach will leave Wells at 4:30pm, which should get us back to Warwick for about 7:30pm.

The cost of the trip will be between £19 and £26 per member and 1st guest; £35 for 2nd guests. This cost includes coach and coffee and cake at Costa Coffee. There is no charge for the guided tour of the Cathedral but there is a suggested donation of £4 per person.

Michael Fabianski - Email: michael.fabianski@gmail.com, Telephone: 01926 745391

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

Go to Booking Form

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Day trip to Greenwich — Tuesday May 21st (Organiser David Dagley)

Our coach will leave IBM Warwick at 8:00am and travel to Tower Pier (by the Tower of London) where we plan to embark on the 11.25am Citycruise boat travelling along the River Thames to arrive at Greenwich Pier at 12 noon.

On arrival at Greenwich we have time to visit one of many nearby attractions such as, The Cutty Sark, Greenwich Market or any other of choice(map will be provided).

We will then meet up for pub lunch at 1.15pm at the historic Trafalgar Tavern, overlooking the river and frequented by Charles Dickens (5 minute walk from the pier). Afterwards you will have the rest of the afternoon to explore the many museums and tourist attractions in the area. We will meet up with the coach in Greenwich at 4.30pm to travel back to Warwick. Estimated return time will be 7:00 - 7:30pm.

GREENWICH is designated as a World Heritage Site and its many attractions include the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House, The Royal Observatory, the Prime Meridian and the Peter Harrison Planetarium, The Fan Museum, the Painted Hall in the Old Royal Naval College, the Wernher Collection in the Ranger's House, and Greenwich Market.

Most of the attractions lie within the 180-acre Greenwich Park, which is London's oldest Royal Park with some of the best panoramic views of London and the River Thames from its highest point. Museums are mostly free, but some museums and specific exhibitions make a charge; your price includes entrance to The Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory.

If the above does not whet your appetite, you could catch the Docklands Light Railway at the nearby Cutty Sark Station and visit the Isle of Dogs, the Museum in Docklands, or Canary Wharf. And if you really want to be adventurous you can walk under the Thames in the Greenwich Foot Tunnel (1217 feet in length) to Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs, where you can also catch the Docklands Light Railway.

The cost of the trip will be between £45 and £56 per member and 1st guest; £68 for 2nd guests. This cost includes coach and boat services, lunch(see below) and entrance to Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory. Numbers are limited so it is advised to book early. I will provide a more detailed information pack before the trip so that you can plan your day.

Should anyone wish to make their own lunch arrangements then a reduction of £8 per person price will be available. Please indicate on booking form if you wish to take up this option.

David Dagley - Email: david.dagley@lineone.net, Telephone: 01564 230020

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

Go to Booking Form

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A note for your diary — Summer Luncheon — Wednesday 12th June 2013

This year we are returning to the Terrace Suite at the “Pudding Club”, Mickleton for our Summer luncheon and, as always, the menu looks very inviting.

I will be publishing this menu again with a booking form nearer the time but get your diaries out and reserve this date.

Carole Robertson — carole.robertson@talktalk.net

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Sub-Groups of IBM Club and Retirees Club

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

Go to meeting dates and other information

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IBM Midlands Golf Society

IBM Retirees and spouses/partners are eligible to play, the events being subsidised by IBM.

Please contact one of the undersigned with any queries.

Contacts:- Graham Seal email:- gaseal@sky.com Michael Davies email:- enosmd@ntlworld.com

Go to Fixture List and contacts

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