Midlands IBM Retirees Club - July 2023 Newsletter

Meetings of the Tech Club are taking a summer break and will resume in September.

Unfortunately, the planned visit to Batsford Arboretum on Friday 14 July had to be cancelled due to bad weather.

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

Annual General Meeting

Sixteen intrepid voyagers entered the wilds of Wootton Wawen for the club’s day trip on the Stratford canal. It turned out to be pretty much a rerun of last year’s, except with less sun. The intent had been to travel in the opposite direction, but it turns out that one of the two boats can’t do that trip and turn round in a single day, and the other could only do so with a team of well-oiled locksmiths (I think that’s what I mean) to ensure we wouldn’t be held up at the 8 locks there and back.

Everybody seemed well pleased with the day out.

Paul Gover

Click on any of the images below for a larger picture.


The following events are currently planned for 2023:

Monday 14 AugustAGM
Wednesday 23 AugustCanal boat day trip and picnic; See April newsletter.
Tuesday 5 September Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway; See below.
OctoberAutumn Ramble with lunch.
DecemberChristmas lunch.

Photographs from Past Events.

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


E2306CFS GWSR Steam railway trip, Tuesday 5 September Organiser: Paul Gover

The GWSR steam railway trip, mentioned as possible back in the June, and originally announced back in the February newsletter, is definitely happening now, but on a different date. It is now a pub lunch followed by an afternoon rail trip, instead of a fish and chip supper on the train in the evening.

I let people who booked on the original fish and chip supper trip know of the revised trip by email, and over twenty of them have re-booked for the new one. (They need not respond again to this announcement.)

I’ve kept the same event number, despite the change of month. Note that as the event is now about a month away, if you want to come, please send your booking form and deposit as soon as possible.

Instead of fish and chips on the train, we’ll have lunch at the Flag and Whistle pub at Toddington Station.

The lunch will be followed by a group trip at 14:31 on the GWSR from there to Cheltenham Racecourse and back.

The pub’s menu for sit-down meals is limited: Roast Chicken and Veg and Potatoes, Quiche New Potatoes and Salad, or Vegetable Tagine, for £12.50 per person, not including drinks.

Cost will be £15.30 for the return trip, or if you’re keen, you can get a Day Rover ticket for £22.50 which allows you as many trips (realistically 2 returns, given the timetable) and/or a return trip to their Broadway station where they have a museum, and of course would cover you for the trip to Cheltenham with the group. Both prices are a 10% reduction on non-group figure.

Details of the attractions at the various GWSR stations are on their web site: www.gwsr.com/

For more details contact the organiser Paul Gover by email at pmw.gover@yahoo.co.uk

Please complete the attached booking form and send it to Paul Gover as soon as possible, and by Sunday 13th August at the latest.

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 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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