July 2018 Newsletter

We are delighted that the proposed visit the BMW factory in Oxford has been heavily over-subscribed and, although the Committee have authorised a second date, this too is now fully booked. There are just 5 places left for Wednesday 26th September. If you still wish to come, please send Dave Compton a booking form (published in last month’s newsletter) as soon as possible. Depending on final numbers, the total cost will be about £9.50 per member and first guest.

If you wish to go to the fireworks event at Ragley Hall, please send in your booking form by Friday August 10th.

Members may also be interested in the Member’s Notice from Dave Compton about a musical event at Burton Dassett Hills on Saturday September 1st.

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

Marlise Cohen

The family have asked us to inform members of the stone setting for Marlise. This is by way of a note for diaries as it is so far ahead. They have approved the following text.

Members will recall that Marlise Cohen passed away in January and, according to custom, was buried immediately without members having the opportunity to pay their respects. The family have now informed us that there will be an opportunity to do so at the stone setting for Marlise which will take place at 12.00pm at Witton Jewish Cemetery on Sunday 28 October 2018.

The address of the Cemetery is Birmingham Hebrew Congregation, Warren Road, Erdington, B44 8QD to be followed by refreshments at the Old Age Home where Marlise was a volunteer - Andrew Cohen House, River Brook Drive, Birmingham, B30 2SH. A further reminder will be published in the newsletter nearer the time.

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Event Reports

Event Report: E1802IOW Combined Ramblers and Sightseers Trip to the Isle of Wight, Sunday 24 - Thursday 28 June

The Isle of Wight trip was enjoyed by the 32 who attended. The weather was perfect for this 5-day holiday break. Everything went as planned, luckily, including the 4 coastal path walks. Sightseers trips included Osborne House, Alum Bay, Yarmouth and Carrisbrook Castle.

John Rickman

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Event Report: E1806RVL Summer “lunch” & Thames River Cruise - Tuesday 17 July

11 members plus guests (23 in total) boarded Salter’s launch on Tuesday 17th July, several having explored Oxford’s attractions such as the Ashmolean Museum. We managed to find one of the few overcast days in the last month or so to start the cruise, but it was dry and warm and ideal for a cruise down the Thames. I say cruise; the first few minutes were more an obstacle course, avoiding oarsmen who to a man/woman didn’t check their mirrors before reversing towards us. They really ought to sit facing their direction of travel! Thankfully our driver (captain?) had seen it all before. After an hour, ample barbecued food was ready, and enjoyed by all. By that time we were clear of the scullers and the Thames traffic had almost entirely abated and the sun came out, so we enjoyed a balmy sunset on the return leg back to Oxford.

Paul Gover

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Events

Click here to see the list of the events which are provisionally planned for 2018.

The following is the status of those events which have been announced.

E1805WED
Thursday 16 AugustWorld of Wedgwood. Closed.
E1807FIR
Saturday 1 SeptemberFirework Displays, Ragley Hall. See June newsletter.
E1809BMW
Wednesday 26 SeptemberBMW Mini Factory Tour, Oxford. See June newsletter.

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.

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Sub-Groups of Retirees Club and Employee Club

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. In the past we have shared a trip using coach transport with retiree sightseers in May or June - this year there will be a trip to the Isle of Wight 24-28 June.

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.

Go to a list of the planned walks for 2018 and other information.

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

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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.

Go to meeting dates and other information.

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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.

Dave Compton - musical event at Burton Dassett Hills

Many members will know the Burton Dassett Hills and may well have spent time enjoying the open countryside. Less well known is the ancient church of All Saint’s - sometimes called the Cathedral on the Hills. We are trying to raise the funds to provide toilets and a small kitchen area, but as it is a Grade One listed building dating back to the early Norman period, this is going to cost in the region of £100,000 due to all the constraints imposed on us. To this end we hold a number of fund raising activities and, because of the superb acoustics, these include many musical events.

On Saturday, September 1st, we are very fortunate to have two renowned musicians, Roderick Williams (baritone) and Lynn Arnold (piano), to perform an evening of English Music. This promises to be an exciting event and tickets are now on sale at £25 (to include wine and canapés) from Gill Roach (01295 680309; gillyr@buzzinternet.co.uk) or Dave Compton (01295 770355; dave@compton-family.eu).

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