January 2020 Newsletter

In this newsletter we have the announcement and booking form for an evening meal at Sabai Sabai in Leamington on Wednesday 5th February. If you would like to go please get your booking form into Terry King no later than Sunday 26th January.

We had a very good initial response last month to the announcement of a Triumph Motorcycle Factory Tour in March and we have booked one tour which is full. We have now booked a second tour and have some places available on this tour. If you are interested then please contact Richard Short (rdshort9@gmail.com).

We are planning to hold the club’s annual general meeting on Monday 9 March at the Knowle British Legion Clubhouse starting at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be followed by a buffet lunch. Full details of the agenda etc. will be sent to members in February.

The start of a new year is perhaps a good time to remind members of the arrangements we have with the Warwick Club for members of the Midlands Retirees Club to attend their events; see here.

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



We are currently planning the following events for 2020:

9 MarchAGMKnowle British Legion
18 MarchE2003TRITriumph Motorcycle Factory Tour
2 AprilE2004SPLSpring Lunch at Oak Hotel
28 MayE2005PPLPicnic, trains and boats at Pete’s Place
JuneE2006GDNHomes & Gardens Visit
JulyE2007RVLRiver cruise with lunch on board
AugustE2008GWRRailway journey with lunch on board
SeptemberE2009CWLCornwall sightseeing and walking trip
OctoberE2010GINCotswolds Distillery tour and lunch
DecemberE2012XMLChristmas lunch

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.

E2003TRI: Triumph Motorcycle Factory Tour, Hinckley, Leicestershire, Wednesday 18th March 2020
Organiser: Richard Short

The tours are limited to 15 people and we had a very good initial response last month to the announcement of this event, and we have booked one tour which is full. We have now booked a second tour and have some places available on this tour.

If you are interested then please contact Richard Short (rdshort9@gmail.com).

Details of the event.

There will be a 1.5 hour factory tour, there is a Café where you can buy lunch, and there is a large exhibition area with many old and historic Triumph motorcycles.

Triumph recommend that you allow 3 hours for the factory tour and exhibition area.

Some details of the tour and exhibition can be found here



This is a self-drive event, and the tour of the factory requires you to be on your feet for 1.5 hours, the walking distance is not long and there many points where you stop while things are explained.

The cost will be £15 for members and first guest, and £20 for additional guests.

E2004SPL: Spring Lunch, Thursday 2nd April 2020 Organiser: Gary Wooding

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

Word document     Printable Booking Form

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


Sub-Groups of Retirees Club and Employee Club

IBM Retirees Rambling Group

Go to a list of the planned walks for 2020 and other information.

Please contact Terry King, terryaking@hotmail.com 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.

See here for more 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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