Midlands IBM Retirees Club - January 2024 Newsletter

In this newsletter we have details of a lunch to be held at the Emperor’s Restaurant in Leamington on Wednesday 21 February. There is also information about a proposed theatre visit and a visit to Chedham’s Yard in Wellesbourne.

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

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



The following events are currently planned for 2024:

Wednesday 21 FebruaryLunch at Emperor’s Restaurant. See below.
MarchTheatre Trip – Loft Theatre Leamington. See below.
Wednesday 17 AprilCharlecote Mill Guided Tour then Spring lunch at Hampton Lucy pub
Thursday 30 MayPete’s Place with rides on model railway and lake steamer
Tuesday 18 JuneChedhams Yard. See below.
13-15 JulyJohnsons 2 day break – Llandudno & Snowdonia
SeptemberIronbridge (9 different attractions)
OctoberRed House Glass Cone Heritage Centre
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.


E2402ETH: Lunch at the Emperorís Restaurant, Wednesday 21 February Organiser: Ray Bradshaw

Emperor's Restaurant

Discover the authentic Cantonese experience at The Emperorís restaurant in Leamington Spa.

The restaurant address is 2 Bath Place, Leamington Spa, CV31 3AQ. There is a car park in Bath Place and for those coming by train it is 5 minutes walk from Leamington railway station.

The club has made a provisional booking for up to 20 people starting at between 12.00 and 12.15.

They offer the following special set menu for 6 people or more at £26.00 per person.

First Serving

Crispy Spring Roll
Sesame Prawn Toasts
Barbecued Spare Ribs
Chicken Satay on Skewers
“Yuk Stung” Tasty Diced Pork with Crispy Lettuce

Second Serving

Sizzling Beef with Black Pepper Sauce
Crispy Roasted Duck with Plum Sauce
Steamed King Prawns with Garlic
Stir-Fried “Monk’s” Style Assorted Vegetable
Chicken Cantonese Style
Egg Fried Rice

To book places Ray just needs to know the names of diners. No booking form is needed and you may contact Ray by:

Email at ray.chris.bradshaw@gmail.com

Or by telephoning 01926 620193

Please let Ray know if you require a vegetarian only menu for one or more diners.

E2403THE: Theatre Trip – Loft Theatre Leamington Organiser: Gary Wooding

This will be one of two possible plays at the Loft amateur Theatre in Leamington - depending on popularity.

  1. Running between 21 Feb and 2 Mar. “Translations
    A man returns to his Irish speaking community in Donegal, accompanied by two British army officers. Their ambition is to create a map of the area, replacing Gaelic names with English and, in a rural hedge-school, to replace the Irish classes with English as the official language. This all had radical consequences.
  2. Running between 27 Mar and 6 Apr. “Spring Awakening
    Musical play based on an expressionist play written in 1891, it speaks with a loud contemporary clarity about the trials, pain, tears, and exhilaration of the teen years. It tells a story of adolescent anarchy and the rite of passage to adulthood, set to one of the most electrifying and admired scores of the 21st century. A group of teenagers – silenced and controlled by a censorius society - discover a new world of feeling and freedom outside the classroom, with both beautiful and heartbreaking consequences.

If you are interested in either of these plays please email Gary Wooding at binswood@gmail.com to let him know your preference.

E2406CHE: Chedhams Yard, Tuesday 18 June Organiser: Gary Wooding

This will be a tour with a personal guide lasting around 1.5 hours – cost £9.50 per person including coffee and cake.

Chedham's Yard is a collection of workshops, garden and visitor centre located in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire. The site was the winner of the BBC Restoration Village competition in 2006. Planning permission was granted in November 2009 for the yard to become a visitor and education centre.


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 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: 843 2044 7852
Passcode: 735347

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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