March 2015 Newsletter

This month we have a packed newsletter with the announcement of a River Severn Sunday Lunch Cruise and a trip to Whitby and North Yorkshire, as well as pre-announcements of the Summer Luncheon and a trip to Bristol Harbour Festival. Also, there are still a few places available for the Spring Lunch at Nuthurst Grange on 26th March, but if you want to go, get your booking form into Gary Wooding as soon as possible. There are nine places left for the combined Rambling and Sightseeing trip to Cornwall.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail:


Chairman’s Notes

If you manage to read this Newsletter before the date of our AGM, could I urge you to give Brian Long a quick telephone call (01527-545727) and let him know if you are able to attend. I know it’s not the most exciting event, but this time we have an IBM speaker, Victoria Lovell, IBM UK Clubs Oversight Manager, and I would like to have the best attendance that we can provide. Many thanks.

Alan Bridgman
IBM Midlands Retirees Club


IBM Retirees Annual General Meeting

The 2015 Annual General Meeting will take place on
Monday 16th March 2015

The Royal British Legion (Knowle) Club Ltd
1611 Warwick Road
West Midlands B93 9LF


10.30 Refreshments
11.00 Welcome by Chairman
Review and approve 2014 Minutes
Treasurer’s Report
Membership Secretary’s Report
Chairman’s Report
Rambling Section
Matters Arising
Election of Committee Members
IBM UK Clubs Oversight Manager

Buffet Lunch

If you wish to attend this meeting please contact me by phone on 01527-545727 or via email as soon as possible in order to finalise catering arrangements.

The minutes of the 2013 AGM and the minutes of the 2014 AGM (subject to approval) can be found on this website.

Brian Long



Click here to see the list of the events which are planned for 2015. The following is the status of those which have been announced.

Booking Conditions. Click here to read the terms and conditions.

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


Spring Lunch – Thursday 26th March 2015 (Organiser: Gary Wooding)
Nuthurst Grange Ln, Hockley Heath, Warwickshire B94 5NL

Nuthurst Grange

This year we are returning to the superb country house hotel of Nuthurst Grange, set in more than seven acres of private woodlands at Hockley Heath. those who were waitlisted for last year’s event are advised to book early.

We have exclusive use of the Packwood Room, and have booked a guest speaker to enlighten us about the amazing Jennens case that inspired Charles Dickens to write Bleak House.

The price for this event, including a welcome drink, lunch, wine, and Tea/Coffee, is £27.00 for member/first guest; second guests may be accommodated at £45.95.

Please make your menu choices from the following menu:

Tea or Coffee

Please note any special dietary requirements or food allergies on the booking form.

To book a place, fill in the booking form and send it with your cheque made payable to IBM Retirees Club (Midlands), to:-

Gary Wooding, 64 Binswood Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 5RY.
Email:, Telephone: 01926 425485

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

Go to Booking Form


Harvington Hall, Thursday 23 April (Organiser: David Dagley)

Harvington Hall

Enjoy an unusual day out as we try to find the ‘priest holes’ hidden away in Harvington Hall. This will be a ‘get yourself there trip’ with lunch and a guided tour of the house provided. There are many stairs but a video of the hides can be watched instead.

Harvington Hall is a moated Elizabethan manor-house situated south-east of Kidderminster. Many of the rooms still have their original Elizabethan wall-paintings and the Hall contains the finest series of priests hiding places anywhere in the country. The Elizabethan house was built in the 1580s by Humphrey Pakington.

Priests Hiding Places
The priest-hides were built at the end of the 16th Century, when it was high treason for a Catholic priest to be in England. The hiding places at Harvington are considered the finest surviving, and four of them, all sited round the Great Staircase, show the trademarks of the master builder Nicholas Owen, who was at work from 1588 onwards, was arrested at Hindlip House, near Worcester in 1606 and tortured to death in the Tower of London.

Harvington Hall Lane
Harvington, DY10 4LR

As the Midlands Retirees Club has not been notified of the amount of grant it will receive for 2015, the cost will not be greater than £20 for members/1st Guests. Max 20 people.

To book a place, complete the booking form and send it with a deposit cheque for £10 made payable to IBM Retirees Club (Midlands), to:-

David Dagley, 47 Hanbury Road, Dorridge, Solihull, B93 8DW
Email: Telephone: 01564 230020

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).


Combined Rambling and Sightseeing trip to Cornwall
Monday 4th – Friday 8th May 2015 (inclusive)

(Organisers: Alan Bridgman (Sightseeing) and Terry King (Rambling))

Fistral Beach

Cornwall was the suggestion last year of our friend Barry Wiggins. So Terry and I thought that it was very appropriate this year to adopt his suggestion. We are using the services again of Group Travel and we are booked in to the excellent 4* Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa in Newquay. The hotel overlooks Fistral Beach and comes complete with an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and a minimum of 2 nights live entertainment.


The sightseeing itinerary will hopefully include some or all of the following:-

Provisional Cost

Depending on the number of people who wish to go on this trip, the cost will be £327 per member and 1st guest or £397 per 2nd guest. This cost includes 4 nights half board accommodation (DBB), executive coach travel to and from IBM Warwick and for excursions during the trip.


You have probably worked out by now that we have chosen an interesting week for this trip. Monday is a Bank Holiday, which I hope will work in our favour as most of the traffic should be coming back from Cornwall. But the General Election takes place on Thursday. So if anyone wishes to vote, you will have to arrange for a Postal Vote (something that I have never done before). The last date for new Postal Vote applications is 21st April. To find out more information look at this website

Alan Bridgman
Sightseeing Organiser

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).


Bristol Harbour Festival, Saturday 18 July (Organiser: Dave Dagley)

Bristol Harbour Festival

A one day trip to the festival — make a note in your diary — full details next month.

Take a look at the website…

Organisers have promised a packed three day event, across a two mile stretch of the city from Brunel’s SS Great Britain to M Shed, and from Queen Square to the city’s leafy Castle Park. Visitors will be entertained by a vibrant mix of live performance, artists, musicians, dancers, circus acts, markets and street stalls. On the water, hundreds of sailing vessels, from historic ships and boats to pleasure yachts and harbour ferries will provide a colourful backdrop to Bristol’s annual celebration of its maritime heritage.


River Severn Sunday Lunch Cruise, 2nd August 2015 (Organiser: Alan Bridgman)

River Severn Cruise

Come and enjoy a Sunday lunch cruise aboard the MV Conway Castle, the largest passenger vessel on the River Severn. The MV Conway Castle is deceptively spacious with two covered interior decks and two exterior decks. If the weather is good, you are free to take your drinks to either of the exterior decks.

You will be welcomed aboard by Bill Bailey’s Jazz Band, who will then take a break while you enjoy your lunch. Dine at attractively laid tables on the main deck and savour the wonderful views of the River Severn and passing countryside. The lunch will be a buffet lunch consisting of cider-glazed gammon, aromatic chicken with a variety of fresh and exotic salads, hot new potatoes, a basket of assorted breads and a choice of home-made desserts. There is a fully stocked Lounge bar on the lower deck and there is also a comprehensive wine list.

The cost is £22.50 per member and first guest; £32.00 per second guest. The cost includes a pre-dinner drink and Sunday lunch. I have decided not to include the cost of transport for everyone as this would push the cost up to unacceptable levels, so everyone should make their way to Upton upon Severn and park in one of the many car parks in the town. If you can arrange to car share with friends that would cut your costs further.

We can board the boat at 12:15pm. The MV Conway Castle is moored at the jetty (on the town side of the river) by the Boat House, Waterside, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire WR8 0HG. The cruise time is from 12:30pm to 3:00pm.

Please fill in the booking form and send a deposit of £10 per person as soon as possible. We have a limit of 25 places on the boat.

Alan Bridgman

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).


Summer Luncheon, Thursday 13 August (Organiser: Carole Robertsonn)

The Butchers Arms at Priors Hardwick has been chosen this year. The date for your diary is Thursday 13th August (max 40 persons). A full notice with menu and booking form will be included in the April newsletter.

River Severn Cruise


Whitby and North Yorkshire
Monday 21st – Friday 25th September 2015 (inclusive)

(Organisers: Tony Mancell & Simon Barratt)


This is an excellent 5 day break to North Yorkshire that provides the opportunity to visit the lovely old fishing town of Whitby with its winding cobbled streets and pretty buildings, making you feel as if you’ve gone back in time.

Your hotel for 4 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast will be the 3 star family owned SAXONVILLE HOTEL ideally located on Whitby's West Cliff giving easy access to the quaint cobbled streets and beautiful historic town of Whitby. The hotel has a cosy, warm and friendly atmosphere which is enhanced by its beautiful décor throughout.


Monday – A morning departure from IBM Warwick for your relaxed journey north, arriving at your hotel mid-late afternoon for the following 4 nights.

Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday – The sightseeing itinerary will include the following:–

Friday – Depart after a relaxed breakfast for the journey to Lincoln, steeped in history and brimming with life with its inspiring Cathedral. An opportunity to obtain lunch here before departing early afternoon for your return journey to IBM Warwick.


Depending on the number of people who wish to go on this trip, the cost will be £370 per member and 1st guest or £463 per 2nd guest. This cost includes 4 nights half board accommodation (DBB), executive coach travel to and from IBM Warwick and for excursions during the trip. A Deposit of £50 per person is required to secure a booking.

To book your place, please send the completed Booking Form and cheque, made out to IBM Retirees (Midlands) for the appropriate amount, to:

Tony Mancell, 73 Mill Street, Harbury, Warwickshire, CV33 9HS
Email: Telephone: 01926-613313

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).

Whitby Whitby Whitby


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. We also share a 3-4 day trip using coach transport with retiree sightseers in May.

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.

For more information, please contact Terry King,


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


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

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