Midlands IBM Retirees Club - February 2024 Newsletter

In this newsletter we have the information and booking form for the Charlecote Mill Guided Tour and Spring lunch at The Boars Head in Hampton Lucy.

The next Tech club will be on Friday 15 March 2024; Charles Barnwell will be describing his experiences with Home Assistant open source home automation software. See below for details.

Although not a Club event, you may be interested in an event being organised by The Friends of Burton Dassett Church – a visit by the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra at All Saints’, Burton Dassett on Friday 7th June 2024. Please put this in your diary now. More information will be available soon. Contact: Dave Compton (dave@compton-family.eu / 01295 770355)

See below for further information about the events which are currently planned for 2024.

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


Event Reports

E2401LON London City Break 26-27 January

Club members enjoyed the two day London City Break organised by Johnsons Coaches. They stayed at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington.

On Friday they enjoyed a tour of the Kensington Palace state rooms, and an evening dinner at the Palm Court Brasserie in Convent Garden.

On Saturday the V & A museum was visited, also Harrods in Knightsbridge. Some members also went on a guided walk around the historic streets of Kensington.

Ray Bradshaw

E2402ETH Lunch at The Emperor’s restaurant 21 February

Twenty-one members enjoyed the authentic Cantonese experience on Wednesday 21st February.

Members were seated at two large round tables. The many and varied dishes of a special set menu came in two servings placed on revolving Lazy Susans. A vegetarian option was also served.

Ray Bradshaw



The following events are currently planned for 2024:

Wednesday 17 AprilCharlecote Mill Guided Tour then Spring lunch at Hampton Lucy pub. See below.
Thursday 30 MayPete’s Place with rides on model railway and lake steamer
Tuesday 18 JuneChedhams Yard. See January newsletter.
13-15 JulyJohnsons 2 day break – Llandudno & Snowdonia
SeptemberIronbridge (9 different attractions)
NovemberLand Rover factory tour, Solihull
Wednesday 11 December (provisional)Christmas Lunch

Photographs from Past Events.

Click on one of the links below to view a selection of photographs from past events.


E2404MIL: Charlecote Mill Guided Tour and Spring Lunch at The Boars Head, Hampton Lucy, 10:30 am, Wednesday 17th April 2024 Organiser: Paul Gover

Charlecote Mill is no mere museum but a 270-year-old working mill still grinding corn using water power alone. Karl Grevatt is its miller.

The price of £10 per head includes a personal insight into the history, working and processes of Charlecote Mill from Karl or an experienced colleague to help with the tour or the mill operation to ensure we the best out of our visit.

For more information, see the fascinating web site at

The mill should be featured in the upcoming series of Rick Stein’s Food Stories, episode 14, 29th February 2024.

Following the mill visit, we'll take lunch at The Boars Head nearby. That will be a pay-as-you-go meal separate from the £10 per head visit fee - more details below.

Maximum number for the tour is 24 people so get your booking form in quickly.

The tour will last for approximately 2 hours.

The mill has uneven floors and steep stairs so anyone with mobility difficulties may struggle. Karl finds most people who donít feel able to venture around the whole mill do still enjoy their visit soaking up the atmosphere. To help keep visitors safe Karl would appreciate and encourage masks to be worn throughout our visit, not only for Covid 19 but also due to flour dust.

Please note that the mill does not have public toilet facilities.

There is no parking at the mill, but we are combining the visit with a meal at The Boars Head in Hampton Lucy, 6 minutes walk away, so parking is in the village at or near the pub.

Lunch will be at 1pm at The Boar's Head; their web site is:
and their current menu (which will be replaced before the trip, so I will circulate an update it when available) is at:

Travel details:
The Boar's Head, Hampton Lucy, CV35 8BE.
Charlecote Mill, Hampton Lucy, CV35 8BB.

The cost of the mill visit will be £10 per person. To book a place please, email your booking form to the organiser,
Paul Gover: pmw.gover@yahoo.co.uk and when your booking is confirmed, EFT instructions will be sent to you,
OR fill in the booking form and send it with your cheque made payable to IBM Midlands Retirees Club, to:

Paul Gover, 131 Main Road, Middleton Cheney, BANBURY, OX17 2PW

Word document     Printable Booking Form

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


Sub-Groups of Retirees Club and Employee Club


It is hoped to organise occasional rambles with options so that participants can choose a length of walk to suit them.

Please contact Terry King, terryaking@hotmail.com for more information.


IBM Retirees Technology Group

The next Tech club is Friday 15 March 2024; Charles Barnwell will be describing his experiences with Home Assistant open source home automation software.

The IBM Tech Club meets using the Zoom video conferencing platform at 11.00 on the third Friday of each month. The club is a place where you can talk to IBM folk about matters technical. For example, help or advice on buying or using computers, smart phones,touch pads; engineering, electronics, wifi, bluetooth, cryptography, bitcoin, using computers to making movies, songs or musical works, best software, streaming, the internet, photography, diy, and anything else about the modern world you would like to understand better.

Apart from the technical discussion we try to have a talk by a club member at each meeting. This depends very much on members volunteering to prepare and show something they are interested in.

At 11 o’clock on the day of the meeting click on the link below. It should take you straight into the meeting.


Meeting ID: 883 3813 5221
Passcode: 395710

If you need help with Zoom contact John Rickman (rickman@argonet.co.uk) in good time before the meeting.


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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