IBM Retirees Club (Midlands)  



June 2011 Newsletter 


Our trip to the Forest of Bowland was enjoyed by those who attended.  These joint events with the Rambling Group seem to be popular - perhaps we should do more of them.  What do you think?

You will have noticed that I sometimes repeat event announcements but I get the feeling that members think "seen that before".  However, a memory jogger seems in order so I will sometimes expand my 'one-liner' in the Events Status section, including a link to the Newsletter where the original announcement was made.

Because we have quite long lead times on some of our events it can be easy to put off sending your booking form in.  DON'T DO THIS - you may miss out on an event (it happened to one couple recently) so always get your booking forms in as soon as posible so you won't miss out.  Several of our upcoming events are fully booked or nearly so - of those that aren't, don't forget our SUMMER LUNCH, the trip to the OLYMPIC SITE and the just-announced trip to LONGLEAT.   


 Events Status


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


Event Reports

Day trip to Cambridge - Thursday 26th May

A group of 29 of us headed across to Cambridge for a day of exploration and activity in this beautiful city. As soon as we arrived at the coach drop-off point we were met by our Blue Badge Guide for the walkers; the Chauffeur punt group found their punt nearly ready for them; and the group who had opted for the Sightseeing bus tour found their bus stop a hundred yards away. To my amazement everyone managed to find their way back to my old College, Pembroke, for lunch at 1:00pm! Lunch was served in the elegant surroundings of the Old Library - the oldest part of the College - accompanied by Pembroke College Chardonnay and Claret. After lunch everyone was allowed to wander round the College and then explore any part of Cambridge that took their fancy.

Alan Bridgman


Longleat - Wednesday September 7th (organizer Phil Dalton)

A fantastic day out to Longleat. Your coach will depart from IBM Warwick at 08:00 and arrive at Longleat shortly after the opening time. After an initial tour of the Safari Park, the coach will drop you off to enjoy the many attractions of Longleat. No matter whether it is just the House and Grounds you wish to explore or spend more time going around the Safari Park. But don't forget there is also the new Jungle Kingdom, a new multi-million pound attraction for you to explore. Meerkats run around your feet, lorikeets land on your hand and monkeys swing down from their temple and climb all around you. Set sail on a sea lion escorted Jungle Cruise adventure or board the thrilling Jungle Express. If that's not enough there is also the Bat Cave, a real one and not the one containing the Batmobile and Robin! Finally and if that isn't enough, there is the 3D Hedge maze, but don't get lost in there as the coach will depart at 16:30 for the journey back to IBM Warwick.

Cost for this amazing day out is going to be in the range of £20-£27 for members and first guests depending upon the number of people travelling (£35 for second guests). Included in the price is the coach from IBM Warwick (Attendees can board at Johnsons coach depot at Henley-in-Arden if preferred, time to be advised) and a Day Ticket permitting entrance to all attractions at Longleat. No meals are included nor any additional charges for attractions at Longleat.

Please send a deposit of £10 per person to the organizer Phil Dalton (Email: Tel: 0791-8131503) with a completed booking form by Monday August 1st.

- Go to Booking Form


The late David Granger

Some of you may receive communications from the makers of a BBC programme called Heir Hunters or the production company called Flame TV. Whilst these people are not doing anything intrinsically wrong, David Granger’s family do not want to have anything to do with the programme. Therefore, after some consideration, we have taken the view that we as a group will not render support or assistance to the makers of this programme if this would cause David’s family any distress.

Brian Wilson


Announcements and Advertisments

Access to Bedfont Lakes

Our IBM Retiree Administrator has a number of Retiree badges which can be used to access the Bedfont car park.   If anyone would like one, please let me know.

Alan Bridgman  Email:-


Sub-Groups of  IBM Club and Retirees Club

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.

Contacts:-   Roger Goodman  email:-           Alan Bridgman   email:-

- Go to meeting dates and other information


IBM Midlands Golf Society

IBM Retirees and spouses/partners are eligible to play, the events being subsidised by IBM.  The fixture list for 2011 is attached, together with proposals for 2012.  

Please contact one of the undersigned with any queries.

Contacts:-     Graham Seal  email:-           Michael Davies   email:-                

- Go to Fixture List and contacts


Click on the links below for specific information.  Links to booking forms are from the event announcement. 

  2011 Diary             Booking Conditions for Events               Photographs from Past Events

            IBM Midlands Retiree Club Constitution     Committee Contacts         AGM Minutes 

                                              Newsletter Archives     Newsletter Production     

                                      IBM Club Warwick                          IBM Alumni Programme          

     IBM Pensions Trust (Rewards, IBM Contacts and other useful information)          IBM Shares

                                              Parking at Bedfont Lakes and Harrow

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