March 2022 Newsletter

We would like to hear members’ views on a possible steam train trip. A selection of possible trips can be seen at For example, there is a trip from Birmingham (Tyseley) to York, with prices ranging from £50 for Tourist Class, £129 for Club Class or £249 for Pullman Class (or £834 for First Class!). Due to uncertainties about what grant, if any, will be received from IBM this year, it may or may not be possible to provide a subsidy for the trip. Bearing this in mind, please let Terry King ( know if you would be interested in this, or any of the other trips offered, and if so, what class you would prefer.

There will be an evening meal at Cote Brasserie in Leamington on Wednesday 27 April starting at 7 p.m. See below for details.

As the next meeting of the Technology Group would fall on Good Friday there will be a “Tech Club Easter Holiday”, meaning that the next meeting will be on May 20.

The 2022 AGM was held on Wednesday 16 March via Zoom; the minutes of the meeting will be posted on the website soon.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail:


This is an outline plan of potential events currently being considered for 2022.

Photographs from Past Events.

Click on one of the links below to view a selection of photographs from past events.


E2204EVM: Evening Meal at Côte Brasserie in Leamington Spa 27 April 2022 (Organiser Ray Bradshaw)

Address: Côte Brasserie, Regent Court Shopping Centre, 3 Regent Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4NG

The start time is 7.00 for 7.30pm.

Can you please order and pay for your drinks on arrival. See here for the drinks menu.

The price will be £24 per person for both members and guests for a 3 course meal including gratuities.

Please send the completed booking form with menu choices to Ray Bradshaw no later than Saturday 23rd April. If you wish to send your booking form by post, please inform Ray by email ( that you have done so.

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).

E2205PPL: Pete’s Place Sunday 15 May 2022 (Organiser Gary Wooding)

I am pleased to announce that this year’s visit to Pete’s Place is arranged for a Sunday instead of the usual Thursday. In case you don’t know, Pete’s Place is a beautiful 20-acre private park with a lake, a small wood, and a ride-on miniature railway. There is an “African Queen” type of steam boat giving rides around the lake in which there is a small island. The miniature railway which surrounds the lake and circles the wood is almost a mile long and is considered to be one of the finest private ones in the country. There is ample free parking for all cars.

All rides are totally free. Pete, the owner, provides all this totally free of charge; all the Retirees Club asks is that you make a donation of £10 per car to Pete’s favourite charity — the Air Ambulance.

This event is not restricted to Retiree Club members — tell your friends and the rest of your family, get as many people as you like in your car, it’s still only £10 per car. Donations, cash or cheque payable to the Air Ambulance, will be collected at the gate. But remember; this is not a commercial enterprise; Pete makes no money from it at all and all proceeds go to Air Ambulance.

Get there in the morning around 11:00 to 11:30 and stay all day, bring a picnic and use the barbeques that are freely available. It’s a day out you will remember — I promise.

Pete’s Place

Pete’s Place

Pete’s Place

Pete’s Place

Pete’s place is just outside Pailton, near Monk’s Kirby. The actual address is…
Fairfield House
Coventry Road
CV23 0QA

SatNav co-ordinates 52deg,26min,04.99 sec N, 1deg,19min,13.48sec W
The entrance is not overly visible; here are two views from opposite directions…

Pete’s Place entrance

Pete’s Place entrance

Here is a map

Pete’s Place entrance

So that we can get an idea of the number of attendees, please send a booking form, either by post or email, to Gary Wooding:

64 Binswood Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 5RY
Email:, Telephone: 01926 425485 Mobile: 07807 676866

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

Go to Booking Form (or Word document).


Sub-Groups of Retirees Club and Employee Club

IBM Retirees Rambling Group

Please contact Terry King, for more information about the Rambling Group.


IBM Retirees Technology Group

The IBM Tech Club meets using the Zoom video conferencing platform at 11.00 on the third Friday of each month. The club is a place where you can talk to IBM folk about matters technical. For example, help or advice on buying or using computers, smart phones,touch pads; engineering, electronics, wifi, bluetooth, cryptography, bitcoin, using computers to making movies, songs or musical works, best software, streaming, the internet, photography, diy, and anything else about the modern world you would like to understand better.

Apart from the technical discussion we try to have a talk by a club member at each meeting. This depends very much on members volunteering to prepare and show something they are interested 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 ( in good time before the meeting.


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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