February 2018 Newsletter

Your new committee has been busy this month! In this newsletter we have announcements for the Spring lunch and the combined ramblers and sightseers trip to the Isle of Wight. We also have a request for expressions of interest in a trip to the Balkans.

Please note, the local agreement in place for Retiree Club members to attend Warwick Employee Club events for an annual payment has reduced from £18 to £16 for 2018. This also applies for Warwick Club members who wish to attend Retiree Club events.

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


Annual General Meeting

The 2018 IBM Retirees Club(Midlands) AGM will be held on Monday 19th March at the Royal British Legion Club, 1611,Warwick Road, Knowle at 10:30. Coffee will be served from 10:00 and there will be a light buffet lunch.

Please send an email confirming your attendance (with or without partner) by Friday 9th March to Dave Compton (dave@compton-family.eu) so that numbers for catering can be estimated.

There are still a few vacancies on the Committee to be filled, in addition to those people who have already volunteered. Nominations for all Officers and Committee and items to be raised under Any Other Business also to me by Friday 9th March please.


  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting (click here)
  4. Matters arising that are not covered elsewhere in this Agenda
  5. Previous Chairman’s Report (Alan Bridgman)
  6. Previous Treasurer’s Report (Phil Dalton)
  7. Membership Report (Dave Compton)
  8. Rambling Sub-section Report (Terry King)
  9. Election of Officers:
    1. Chairman
    2. Treasurer
    3. Secretary
    4. Newsletter Editor
    5. Other committee Members
  10. New Chairman’s Comments
  11. Any Other Business



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.

Wednesday 14 MarchSpring Lunch. See the announcement below.
Sunday 24 - Thursday 28 JuneCombined Ramblers and Sightseers Trip to the Isle of Wight. See the announcement 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.

E1803SPL: Spring Lunch, Wednesday 14th March (Organiser: Gary Wooding)

Because of the uncertainty of the Club’s future, the forthcoming AGM, and this year’s early Easter, I apologise for the very short notice for this year’s Spring Lunch, which is being held at…

The Oak Hotel, 8640 Stratford Road, Hockley Heath, B94 5NW.

The Oak Hotel The Oak Hotel

Arrival time is 12:00 for lunch at 13:00.

I have managed to book Ellie Targett (née Somme) as our guest speaker.

Ellie is a former news presenter and is also the daughter of a Norwegian spy hunted by the Nazis during the Second World War. Ellie found an archive of documents collected by her father and is well known as a narrator of her father’s emotional and moving story. She tells an individual story of one man’s will to survive and has captivated audiences all over the country with the heart wrenching tale.

The price for this event, which includes a welcome drink, a 3-course lunch, rounded off with tea/coffee and mints, is dependent on the IBM subsidy which has again been reduced, and is £16.00 for members/first guests, and £35.00 for any subsequent guests.

Wine or drinks with the meal is not included, but a small discount has been arranged should you wish to purchase from the bar.

Please make your menu choices from the following menu.

Please complete the attached booking form and return it to Gary Wooding as soon as possible.

Word document     Printable Booking Form

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

E1802IOW: Combined Ramblers and Sightseers Trip to the Isle of Wight
Sunday 24th - Thursday 28th June
(Organiser: John Rickman)

The Isle of Wight 24th to 28th June is open for bookings. Places are limited and will be allocated in order of receipt of application and deposit money.

The outline of this trip is as follows:

Please complete the attached booking form and return it to John Rickman as soon as possible.

Word document     Printable Booking Form

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

E1808EEU: Proposed SAGA Balkan Trip to Bulgaria and Romania 20th - 27th Sept (Organiser: John Milton)

Maximum Costs

We are trying to gauge support for this event so please email me (jmilton@talktalk.net) if you are interested.


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.


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