July 2020 Newsletter

In view of the continuing Covid danger, especially for the over 70’s, the committee have decided to not proceed with any of the live events we had planned for this year. We will review this position later in the year if the Covid situation changes for the better. We hope that conditions will be suitable to plan future events in 2021. In the meantime we plan to use the Zoom application to support virtual events and we held a virtual Summer Lunch earlier this month which was enjoyed by all those who took part.

We are planning a Coffee and Cake Morning on 10th August which is described elsewhere in this newsletter. The PC technology group are also continuing to hold Zoom events on the third Friday of each month. The topic for the meeting on August 21st is “Building a Website with WordPress Software, talk and demonstration.” by Richard Short. See below for more information.

In the meantime we hope you keep well and keep safe.

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


Event Reports

Zoom Summer Lunch 2020: Summer Lunch 5th July 2020

Summer lunch was, of necessity, a vastly different experience this year, as the Retirees Committee had the challenge of getting people together for a meal while maintaining the Government’s current rules preventing us from meeting up as a group.

A Zoom Summer Lunch provided the solution, with a number of couples sorting their own food in the comfort of their own homes, without the worry of deciding who was going to drive and not drink! Some chose from the sample menus provided, and others did their own thing, resulting in a great variety of food being enjoyed. Ranging from ready meals to gourmet cooking, made on equipment from gas rings and microwave ovens to cottage facilities, there was plenty of asparagus in evidence, home made houmous, trout pâté, smoked salmon parcels, chicken Basque, steak and mushrooms, Jerusalem chicken with fennel, orange and Arak, Barnsley chops with butternut squash - the list goes on. Desserts featured high on our list with rhubarb and redcurrant fool, chocolate and orange liqueur mousse with orange syllabub, local strawberries, and some ready-made delights too, plus cheese.

We were divided into small groups for the different courses, and so could have a good chat over our individual efforts. Over coffee the jokes started flowing, and we parted company around 4pm (yes, partly because of the standard of jokes was decreasing…). It was all good fun, and it showed that it doesn’t matter if you have ready made food or whatever — just do join us next time!

Sheila & Richard Short

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Photographs from Past Events. Click here or here to view a selection of photographs from past events.

Coffee Break

Join us for a Zoom Coffee Break on Monday 10th August at 10.30am. Chat with your friends and catch up on everyone’s news.

If you would like to join in, email me at rdshort9@gmail.com and I will reply with the information you need to join us. If you need help with Zoom, let me know.

Kind regards, and we hope to see you on 10th.

Richard and Sheila Short


Sub-Groups of Retirees Club and Employee Club

IBM Retirees Rambling Group

See here for information about the planned walks for 2020.

Please contact Terry King, terryaking@hotmail.com for the latest information.


IBM Retirees PC and Technology Group (founded by Harry Green)

The IBM Tech Club meets using the Zoom video conferencing platform at 11.00 on the third Friday of each month. The next meeting is scheduled for the 21st of August. Technology is something that affects all of us. You do not have to be a member of the Tech club to join our meeting. All Midlands Retiree Club members are welcome to tune in.

At 11 o’clock on the day of the meeting click on the link below. It should take you straight into the meeting.


If you need help with Zoom contact John Rickman (rickman@argonet.co.uk) in good time before the meeting.

The topic for the meeting on August 21st is “Building a Website with WordPress Software, talk and demonstration.” - Richard Short

What is WordPress?

WordPress is the simplest, most popular way to create your own website. In fact, WordPress powers over 37% of all the websites on the Internet including companies such as SONY, New York Times, and Facebook.

WordPress is an open-source website content management system licensed under GPLv2, which means that anyone can use the WordPress software for free. WordPress makes building a website accessible to anyone — even people who aren’t developers.

See here for more information about the Group.


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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