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July 2005 Newsletter



The numbers attending the Jazz Festival at Upton-on-Severn were a little disappointing but those who went thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Our Summer Lunch takes place on the 20th July.  If you haven't yet booked and would like to attend for what promises to be an excellent meal (and excellent company, of course!), see later in this newsletter for details.

There is an announcement in this newsletter for our visit to Powis Castle and the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway.  This is likely to be a very popular event so get your booking forms to John Smith as soon as possible.  You will also see a preliminary announcemt about our proposed trip into cider country - we haven't decided exactly what form this will take as there are various attractive options - so please get your comments to Rick.


Gordon Jones, our Membership Secretary, maintains the membership database so if you change your e-mail address or any other personal details - address, telephone number, etc. - please note that Gordon is the only person who can action changes. He can be contacted by e-mail at  or telephone 01455-556192.


Brian Wilson, Editor. Telephone: 01926-777710 e-mail:    


Alnwick Castle and Northumberland 3rd - 6th June 2005

We have had a good response to the Photographic Competition based on our trip.  There is still time to enter and perhaps win one of the sensational prizes; you will need the entry form - click here to download.  Best of luck with your entry.  Tony Mancell


Summer Lunch 20th July 2005 (organiser - Carole Robertson  0121 704 9677)

There is still time to book for this year's Summer Lunch at the Old School House, Weeford, Near Lichfield but contact Carole in the first instance on 0121 704 9677 as she needs to finalise the numbers with the restaurant. We received many compliments on the quality of the cuisine so a return visit was appropriate. Plus, as we are dining a month later, weather permitting we plan to dine in the marquee this year.

You will find the menu as an attachment to this newsletter.  Please make your selection and enter on the booking form.

- Go to Menu

Please send the booking form with your selection from the menu and your cheque to:

Carole Robertson, 27 Austcliff Drive, Widney Manor, Solihull B91 3XT no later than Friday 15th July.

If you require confirmation of your booking please include a SAE with your booking form.

- Go to Booking Form

Because of the roadworks at the A5/A38 junction, you will not be able to approach from the A38 as the turning to Weeford has been closed - the appoach from the A5 is the same as before.  The map below should help. 


The Weeford turn is quite well sign-posted.  However, if you are travelling Eastbound on the A5 from the A38 junction but overshoot the right turn, there is a lay-by a short distance up the road on the left.  If travelling Westbound on the A5 and you overshoot the sign-posted turn then there is an un-marked turn on the left which will take you round to the Old School House.


Rhine in Flames  11th - 16th August 2005 (organiser - John Smith)

Due to cancellation we have two places on this foreign holiday.

If you are interested, please contact the organiser ASAP.

John Smith 01384- 860882  email


Powis Castle and Welshpool & Llanfair Railway 15th September 2005

(organiser - John Smith 01384- 860882)

One of the most requested events over the years has been a day out with a meal and a visit to a National Trust location.   This year we will be visiting the Welsh Marches castle at Powis with the bonus of a ride on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway.

Powis Castle is a medieval fortress outside Welshpool, home of  the Herbert family.  Henrietta married the son of Robert, Clive of India.  All his treasures were brought to the Clive Museum at Powis.  This is now one of the main exhibitions of Indian art in the UK.  Below the castle lies Powis's world-famous garden containing gigantic clipped yews, sumptuous borders, cottage and formal gardens and rhodedendron woodland.

The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway is a narrow gauge railway which runs from Welshpool anlong the River  Banwyn valley to Llanfair Caereinion.  The railway has some unique open coaches with balconies at the end.  Hopefully the weather will be fine but if not there are some closed coaches for the less adventurous.  The journey takes about 50 minutes.

The price includes coach travel from/to IBM Warwick, train trip and lunch (drinks not included).  The only additional cost is for non-National trust members for entry to the castle and gardens. 



Members and first guest £12.50

Second guest £20.00

(We have arranged for non-NT members to pay the Castle group rate of £7.80)

Lunch at Powis Castle

Main Courses (all served with seasonal potatoes and vegetables or salad )

  1. Welsh Organic Beef, red wine and mushroom pie

  2. Welsh free-range chicken, smoky bacon and leek crumble

  3. Welsh cheese and vegetable flan

  4. Jacket potato with salad garnish  and fillings of Welsh cheese, Baked beans, Coleslaw, Tuna mayo or Cream cheese

  5. Powis Ploughman's lunch

Desserts (all served with cream)

  1. Lemon meringue pie

  2. Fruit cheesecake

  3. Fruit dessert of the day

  4. Welsh dairy ice-cream (3 scoops)

  5. Cheese and biscuits


Please complete the booking form, including your selection from the menu (one main course and one sweet per person) and send with your cheque to the organiser:-

John Smith, 105 Thorns Avenue, Quarry Bank, West Midlands, DY5 2XW.

The cut-off date for booking is August 20th.  Remember that these events are popular and that there are limited places available - so book early if you wish to go.

- Go to Booking Form


Malvern Theatre and Dinner - 5th October 2005

We are planning a trip to Malvern for a matinee performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado followed by dinner.  After some thought the Committee decided not to use a coach as we felt that members might like to spend some time 'doing their own thing' as it is a very attractive part of the country.  Further details and a booking form will appear in the next Newsletter.


Proposed Trip to Hereford Cider Country - October 2005

We are planning to run a trip to the Hereford cider country in October. We would aim to have a small coach to take us to a large(ish) cider producer for a trip round and find out more about cider and cider production followed by a tasting. We would then go to a pub for lunch followed by trips to two small boutique cider farms for further tastings before returning back to Warwick. If you are interested in coming on such a trip please contact Rick Paslawski ( or 0121 705 7719) who is planning this possible event.

If sufficient numbers are interested further details will be supplied together with costings in a future newsletter.



Mike Holden has been working on some mathematical ideas for many years and wonders if there was a mathematician amongst our retirees who would like to look over his work to see if it has any merit.

If you like things mathematical (and I know several retirees have mathematical qualifications) I'm sure Mike would like to have a chat.  He can be contacted by e-mail at  .

Brian Wilson 


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