January 2014 Newsletter


In this newsletter we have the announcement of the Spring Lunch, a trip to Hook Norton Brewery and a trip on the Cantebury Explorer. There is also information about the Rambling Club which is now a subsection of the Retirees Club.

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


Chairman’s Notes

A very Happy and Healthy 2014 to you all. It was very good to see so many of you at the IBM Christmas Lunch at Wroxall Abbey in December. 103 people attended - not quite a record, but a most impressive figure! The Committee have agreed to go back to Wroxall Abbey next year - starting the lunch a bit earlier and getting the staff to serve the first course with less delay!

Peter Barnes is undertaking the organisation of the Club’s AGM this year on Monday 17 March. Please make every effort to attend, as we shall definitely have to vote on a number of changes, for which we must have a quorum of members. I am working on external speakers to make the meeting more interesting - more details later. At least the “free” lunch at the British Legion in Knowle has always been excellent in the past.

My thanks to Phil Dalton for distributing the draft Programme of Events at the Christmas lunch. Money is going to be tight this year (and we haven’t had sight of the IBM subsidy yet!), but we hope that as many of you as possible will be able to take advantage of the events as published. I am hoping that the Editor will be able to find enough space to include the programme for those of you who weren’t able attend the Christmas lunch. These days hotels and travel companies seem to be insisting on earlier and earlier receipt of deposits, and in some cases, final payments for bookings. So please get your booking forms and the required deposit to the organiser of an event as soon as the announcement appears, to avoid disappointment.

I would also like to take this opportunity of welcoming the IBM Rambling Group to the Midlands Retirees Club. Barry Wiggins is immediately promoted from Committee member without portfolio to Committee member representing the Rambling Group. I am convinced that this is a very positive move for both groups.

Finally, we have dates approved for the PC Group for the whole of 2014 (more bureaucracy from the powers that be!). These are all on Fridays starting at 11:00am through to 1:00pm. The dates are 24th January, 21st March, 30th May, 18th July, 19th September, 21st November. Anyone wishing to join the PC & Technology Group, please contact Roger Goodman or me, Alan Bridgman.

All good wishes

Alan Bridgman


IBM retirees Annual General Meeting

The 2014 Annual General Meeting will take place on
Monday 17th March 2014
To arrive at 10:30 for a 11:00am start
A buffet lunch will be provided.

The Royal British Legion (Knowle) Club Ltd
1611 Warwick Road
West Midlands B93 9LF

If you wish to attend this meeting please contact me via email


Peter Barnes:- Secretary

01926 612010
07989 477007


Event Report: Lebanese Meal — 15th January 2014

Twenty three people sat down at the Aqua Lebanese Restaurant in Warwick for an excellent meal and light entertainment, washed down with tipples of choice. The evening started with a welcome drink as diners arrived, followed by the first course of large variety of mixed, mainly vegetarian, Lebanese starters. This was followed by a more than adequate plate of various warm meats (vegetarians were also well catered for) finishing off with baklava, and coffee for those who wanted it. Each course was interspersed by entertainment from a very competent magician who amazed us with some excellent tricks which were all the more amazing because of the very close proximity yet we still could not see how they were done. All too soon the evening was over and even the rain had subsided by it was time to go home.

Dave Compton



Click here to see the list of the events which are planned for 2014. 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 or here to view a selection of photographs from past events.


Spring Lunch Wednesday 19 March 2014 (Organiser: Gary Wooding)
Nuthurst Grange Ln, Hockley Heath, Warwickshire B94 5NL

We have chosen a new location this year: the superb country house hotel of Nuthurst Grange, set in more than seven acres of private woodlands at Hockley Heath. We have exclusive use of the Packwood Room, and have booked a guest speaker to enlighten us about forensic fingerprinting.

The price for this event, including a welcome drink, lunch, wine, and Tea/Coffee, will be £24.50 for member/first guest. Second guests may be accommodated at £40.95, but will be waitlisted initially. Please make your menu choices from the following:

To book a place, fill in the booking form and send it with your cheque made payable to IBM Retirees Club [Midlands], to:-

Gary Wooding, 64 Binswood Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 5RY.
binswood@gmail.com, Telephone: 01926 425485

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

Go to Booking Form


The Canterbury Explorer, Saturday 29 March 2014 (Organiser: Phil Dalton)

A mainline rail tour incorporating steam haulage from West London to Kent.

The outward journey begins at Solihull station, continuing along the Chiltern mainline towards Hanwell, West London, where the Class 47 Diesel “The Queen Mother” is swapped for the steam locomotive for the day, freshly restored rebuilt Bullied Light Pacific No: 34046 “Braunton”. After a brief stop at Kensington Olympia to pick up the London passengers, the Chelsea Bridge over the River Thames is crossed, continuing through South London and into the open countryside of the Garden of England. A momentary pause for a photo opportunity and water at Headcorn is taken, before continuing through Ashford, arriving at the destination of historic Canterbury.

Canterbury’s skyline is dominated by the stunning Cathedral, the oldest in England. But the cathedral is only part of the story; the ancient ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church form Canterbury’s World Heritage Site while other ancient ruins such as the Castle are reminders of the city’s history, heritage and culture.

Although Canterbury is a place steeped in tradition it is also a modern and vibrant city. Luxury hotels, fine restaurants serving food from across the globe and welcoming pubs combine to give a complete experience.

For those who have a yearning for retail, Canterbury’s array of shop windows beckon with a kaleidoscope of colours, creating an invitation to sample what’s on offer. Many of the high street names are here as well as a delightful range of independent retailers. The King’s Mile has an atmosphere all of its own while the city’s St Dunstan’s, West Gate Towers and Northgate areas have a range of specialist and individual outlets.

Departing Canterbury and through the beautiful Kent countryside the steam locomotive will have its work cut out for it to haul the train over the stiff gradients along the coastal line through Dover and Folkestone with its dramatic white cliffs and spectacular views across the English Channel. After a final water stop, the train continues over the high speed route through Tonbridge recreating the former ‘Golden Arrow’ from the glory days of rail travel. After re-entering southern London and pausing again at Kensington Olympia to bid farewell to steam for the return up the Chiltern Mainline towards the West Midlands.

Rebuilt Bullied Light Pacific No: 34046 “Braunton” courtesy of Locomotive Services is rostered for the steam portion of the journey.

Included is Full English Breakfast outward and 3 course dinner on the return. Please specify any special dietary requirements to see if they can be accommodated by the limited on-board catering facilities.


Pick up (and set down on the return): Solihull, Warwick Parkway, Leamington Spa, Banbury & Kensington Olympia.

Destination: Canterbury

Times: subject to confirmation by Network Rail, but expect it to be an early start and late return.

Cost: Members/1st Guest = £120. 2nd Guests if seats available = £170.

To book your place, please send the completed Booking Form and cheque, made out to IBM Retirees (Midlands) for the appropriate amount, to:

Phil Dalton, Tanglewood, 22 Warwick Road, Wellesbourne, Warwick, CV35 9LX.

Email: phil_dalton:btinternet.com. Telephone: 0791-8131503

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

Go to Booking Form


Hook Norton Brewery, Friday 11 April 2014 (Organiser: Simon Barratt)

We’re planning a return visit to the Hook Norton Brewery, followed by a buffet lunch at the nearby Gate Hangs High pub, on 11 April. The cost to Members is £15.50 (non-Members, £22.00).

You will make your own way to the brewery to arrive by 11:00am, and to the pub to arrive by 1:00pm (directions will be supplied if required).

To book your place, please send the completed Booking Form and cheque, made out to IBM Retirees (Midlands) for the appropriate amount, to:

Simon Barratt, Laurel House, Tredington, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire CV36 4NJ, telephone number 01608 661996.

For further information, please email me at sjblaptop@yahoo.co.uk.

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

Go to Booking Form


Trip to Hayling Island on the West Sussex Coast - Thursday 15th May to Monday 19th May 2014 inclusive (Organisers: Barry Wiggins and Alan Bridgman)

Following on last year’s successful stay in Keswick, our combined rambling and sightseeing trip for 2014 is to the sunniest area on the mainland, the coast near the Hampshire / West Sussex border.

The Langstone Hotel

The trip is from Thursday 15th May to Monday 19th May 2014 (4 nights) to allow plenty of time to explore the many attractions in this area. We are booked into the Langstone Hotel on Hayling Island, which some members may remember from another life under its older name from their days visiting IBM North Harbour. The hotel is four star and for those who don’t know is located just over the causeway which links the Island to the coast.

On this trip we are again using the services of Group Travel Limited. There will be the usual full programme of sightseeing trips and coach tours put together by Alan alongside many suggestions and details for walks in a spectacular area taking in the coast (no hills) and the South Downs a few miles inland. The strongest contenders for sightseeing trips at this early stage are the Mary Rose Museum in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Arundel with its castle and cathedral, and Chichester. Full details of the programme will be available well before the trip, but please add any suggestions to the bottom of the booking form.

The full cost of this trip will be approximately £260 for members and first guests and £315 for second guests. The cost includes coach travel to and from IBM Warwick, 4 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast, and the services of the Group Travel tour driver.

Please respond promptly if you are interested in this trip as we have to confirm numbers in January.

Alan Bridgman, Sightseeing Organiser
Barry Wiggins, Rambling Organiser

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

Go to Booking Form


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


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. We also share a 3-4 day trip using coach transport with retiree sightseers in May.

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.

Our 2014 walk dates are: 9th February, 16th March, 16th April, 8th June, 20th July, 17th August, 14th September, 12th October, 16th November. All walk dates are Sundays with the exception of 16th April which is a Wednesday. Our meal date (members only) is not yet set but will be mid-week late February.

For more information, please contact Terry King, terryaking@hotmail.com.


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