March 2013 Newsletter


Our Spring luncheon at Kenilworth Golf Club was a great success and our speaker from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Service was well received. The Club has received a thank you letter for our donation which, including the bucket collection, amounted to £218.76.

We had a good turnout at the AGM where we heard from our IBM Oversight Manager Fiona Clements and had a very entertaining talk from Brian Chilver on what he's been up to in his retirement, particularly visiting Alaska.

In his report to the AGM on membership, Dave Compton stated that there were a significant number of people may now be eligible to become members but who had not yet joined. There is a large group of retirees who left IBM and deferred their pension but who may now be eligible to join once they start drawing their IBM pension. This might well include the large number of ex-IBMers who were moved to AT&T but who are now receiving an IBM pension. If you think you may know of people who might now wish to join the Retiree club, particularly those who went to AT&T or who left IBM and deferred their pension, please contact Dave so that he can investigate further. He also asked if members move or change their e-mail address that he is informed so that our records can be updated.

We have the announcement of trips to the Cosford Air Show and Tatton Park RHS Flower Show as well as details of the Summer Luncheon in this newsletter. We also have further calls for the trips to Cheddar Gorge and Wells Cathedral, Greenwich, Sidmouth and Paris, so if you have been pondering any of these, now is the time to act!.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail:



Click here to see the list of the events which are planned for the current year. The following is the status of those which have been announced.

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


FINAL CALL — Day trip to Cheddar Gorge and Wells Cathedral — Tuesday April 23rd (Organiser Michael Fabianski)

Gough's cave

If you are considering this trip please submit the booking form to reach me by 29th March; the trip will have to be cancelled if no more bookings are received.

Our coach will leave IBM Warwick at 7:30am and travel to Cheddar Gorge where we will start our visit with coffee or tea and cake in Costa Coffee. We will then visit Gough's Cave with an audio guide or, alternatively, the Museum of Prehistory.

We will then travel to Wells where we can lunch at the Chapter two Cafe and Restaurant before a guided tour of the Cathedral at 2:30pm. Wells Cathedral

The coach will leave Wells at 4:30pm, which should get us back to Warwick for about 7:30pm.

The cost of the trip will be between £19 and £26 per member and 1st guest; £35 for 2nd guests. This cost includes coach and coffee and cake at Costa Coffee. There is no charge for the guided tour of the Cathedral but there is a suggested donation of £4 per person.

Michael Fabianski - Email:, Telephone: 01926 745391

Refer to the document Event Booking Conditions for terms and conditions.

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SECOND CALL — Day trip to Greenwich — Tuesday May 21st (Organiser David Dagley)

Our coach will leave IBM Warwick at 8:00am and travel to Tower Pier (by the Tower of London) where we plan to embark on the 11.25am Citycruise boat travelling along the River Thames to arrive at Greenwich Pier at 12 noon.

On arrival at Greenwich we have time to visit one of many nearby attractions such as, The Cutty Sark, Greenwich Market or any other of choice(map will be provided).

We will then meet up for pub lunch at 1.15pm at the historic Trafalgar Tavern, overlooking the river and frequented by Charles Dickens (5 minute walk from the pier). Afterwards you will have the rest of the afternoon to explore the many museums and tourist attractions in the area. We will meet up with the coach in Greenwich at 4.30pm to travel back to Warwick. Estimated return time will be 7:00 - 7:30pm.

GREENWICH is designated as a World Heritage Site and its many attractions include the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House, The Royal Observatory, the Prime Meridian and the Peter Harrison Planetarium, The Fan Museum, the Painted Hall in the Old Royal Naval College, the Wernher Collection in the Ranger's House, and Greenwich Market.

Most of the attractions lie within the 180-acre Greenwich Park, which is London's oldest Royal Park with some of the best panoramic views of London and the River Thames from its highest point. Museums are mostly free, but some museums and specific exhibitions make a charge; your price includes entrance to The Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory.

If the above does not whet your appetite, you could catch the Docklands Light Railway at the nearby Cutty Sark Station and visit the Isle of Dogs, the Museum in Docklands, or Canary Wharf. And if you really want to be adventurous you can walk under the Thames in the Greenwich Foot Tunnel (1217 feet in length) to Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs, where you can also catch the Docklands Light Railway.

The cost of the trip will be between £45 and £56 per member and 1st guest; £68 for 2nd guests. This cost includes coach and boat services, lunch(see below) and entrance to Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory. Numbers are limited so it is advised to book early. I will provide a more detailed information pack before the trip so that you can plan your day.

Should anyone wish to make their own lunch arrangements then a reduction of £8 per person price will be available. Please indicate on booking form if you wish to take up this option.

David Dagley - Email:, Telephone: 01564 230020

Refer to the document Event Booking Conditions for terms and conditions.

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The Royal Air Force Cosford’s 75th Anniversary Air Show 2013. Sunday June 9 (Organiser Phil Dalton)

Cosford 75th Anniversary

The 2013 Air Show brings together a wide variety of aircraft including the Royal Air Force, aerobatic displays, vintage aircraft and many more. With so many new things to see and do, you can be sure there is something to entertain the whole family. Enjoy expanded interactive aircraft and military displays, arena demonstrations, visit the fair ground, shop for craft and memorabilia or visit the RAF museum where entry is included. In 2013 the show will celebrate three important Anniversaries: The 75th Anniversary of Royal Air Force Cosford, the 75th Anniversary of the Spitfire entering RAF service and 40 years of RAF service from the Jaguar jet aircraft.

All profits from the RAF Cosford Air Show are donated to local and service charities in support of our military personnel and their families.

More details can be found on the RAF Cosford Air Show website:

Price: Members/1st Guests: £16.50. 2nd Guests: £24.00

In addition, for those members/1st Guests travelling to Cosford by train, 1/3 of the return ticket price, maximum £4, will be refunded upon submission of the ticket to the organizer after the event.

Phil Dalton - Email:

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Summer Luncheon — Wednesday 12th June 2013 at 12.30 for 1.00 lunch (Organiser Carole Robertson)

This year we are returning to the Terrace Suite at the “Pudding Club” at 3 Ways House Hotel, Mickleton for our Summer luncheon and, as always, the menu looks very inviting.

The cost for this three-course meal and a welcome drink is £21.00 per head. Second guests £33.00 per head. To meet the request of members and to acknowledge the cut we have had in our grant, any wine is to be selected and paid for by the individual.

The Pudding Club

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Upton Jazz Festival Saturday June 29th (Organiser David Dagley)

Upton Jazz Festival

Upton Jazz Festival this year will be held in the actual town; June 28th - June 30th; we will provide tickets for the Saturday and it will be a ‘do it yourself’ day. Venues are not yet announced but we will keep members who are interested in going updated with news. As the choice of events is wide, we will not formally meet for lunch, but anyone wishing to meet for an informal drink will be welcome to meet at.......venue and time (to be sorted); a booking form will be available in next month’s newsletter.

David Dagley - Email:, Telephone: 01564 230020


Sidmouth — Thursday 11th to Monday 15th July 2013 (Organisers Tony Mancell & Simon Barratt)

Good News, the Sidmouth Trip will be going ahead but we still have rooms available, so if you are thinking of joining us, please let me know as soon as possible,

Thanks, Tony Mancell


The picturesque and charming resort of Sidmouth located on the world heritage “Jurassic Coast” nestles between majestic red cliffs whilst the resort itself is famed for its wealth of fine architecture including splendid Georgian and Regency examples. This is surely one of the most relaxing and elegant resorts around.

Our trip starts on Thursday 11th July 2013, returning on Monday 15th July, we will be staying for 4 nights dinner (4 course table d’hôtel menu), bed and English Breakfast, at the Royal York &Faulkner Hotel. This is a magnificent Regency building, enjoying an unrivalled position on Sidmouth's Esplanade, directly overlooking the sea and adjacent to the picturesque town centre.

Dating from 1810 the hotel has undergone extensive and thoroughly careful refurbishment, encompassing beautifully appointed public areas and excellent amenities that include indoor spa and leisure facilities. This hotel has remained in the same family for over 70 years and has an excellent reputation in Sidmouth and ideally placed for our tour.

The cost is expected to be £345 per member and 1st guest, second guest price will be £430, and these are based on our best estimates of the IBM Club’s subsidy, which is yet to be announced.

The current thoughts for the itinerary are as follows, although these may change depending on availability and numbers:

Any queries contact us as below

Tony Mancell — or Simon Barratt -

- Go to Booking Form


Coach Trip to the Tatton Park RHS Flower Show - Thursday 25 July 2013 (Organiser Barry Wiggins)

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show

Founded in 1999 as the “Chelsea of the North”, the show is held in the grounds of the National Trust estate The North’s greatest garden party has lots of fresh ideas for visitors who enjoy growing their own fruit and veg. See them at the Great British Allotment area, or if ornamental plants are more your thing, head to the Floral Marquee to find a huge choice from some of the UK’s top nurseries.

Tatton Park Flower Show is well known for its competitions and innovations in gardens and design.

Don’t miss our Galaxy Gardens, which look set to create some fascinating show gardens designs.

The cost of this excellent day out will be in the range £25.00 to £35.00 for members and first guests, depending on final numbers. Further guests will be £43.00. To reserve a place please complete the booking form and mail it, with a deposit of £20.00 per person (payable to ‘IBM Retirees Club Midlands’), to enable group tickets to be purchased, to:

Barry Wiggins, 24 Southbank Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1LA

Acknowledgement will be sent by email or post (SAE required).

Barry Wiggins - Email:, Telephone: 01926 854580

Refer to the document Event Booking Conditions for terms and conditions.

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Paris, Versailles and Monet’s Garden - Friday 20th to Tuesday 24th September 2013 (inclusive) (Organiser Dave Compton)

I am delighted to report that we now have sufficient numbers for this trip to go ahead. However, there are spare places on the coach, so if you know anybody (first and second guests) who would still like to join us then please let Dave Compton know as soon as possible. (NB: this would be subject to hotel room availability).

The final cost will be in line with previous estimates (see December newsletter).

Dave Compton - Tel: 01295 770355 , 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:-

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IBM Midlands Golf Society

IBM Retirees and spouses/partners are eligible to play, the events being subsidised by IBM.

Please contact one of the undersigned with any queries.

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

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