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May 2009 Newsletter 


Our trip to Holland went well; in particular, the flower parade was most impressive - if you have never seen this, you have missed something really spectacular.  Stops were also made at Madurodam (for the model town), Delft (for the pottery), Keukenhof  Gardens   (lots of flowers - and people!) and Scheveningen (for some sea breezes) - not forgetting a splendid Indonesian rijstaffel on the Friday evening.  Our thanks to Simon for all his hard work in organising what was a very enjoyable few days - and for keeping the rain away at the crucial moments!     


The IBM link at the end of the Newsletter has been changed to 'IBM Retirees Information'.  Here you will find information about IBM Retiree benefits and the IBM Club.  I have also found a better link to the Lenovo web site.


Events Update


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


Upton Jazz Festival - Saturday 27th June 2009  (organiser - David Williams)

We had a great day of jazz last year at Upton-upon-Severn, and we are planning more of the same this year! Whatever your taste in jazz; traditional, modern, dixieland, big-band, manouche, you are likely to find what you want at Upton's Oliver Cromwell Jazz Festival. A wonderful atmosphere - if you are new to jazz festivals its a great place to start. Find further details at .

Your Day Ticket for Saturday 27th June will allow you to park free and to attend all events at all venues. The music on Fish Meadow starts at 10.00am but there's a Parade through the centre of Upton starting out from the church at 11:30am. For those with the stamina, the entertainment continues until 11:30pm. Food-wise, Upton has some fine hotels and pubs and around the marquees on Fish Meadow there will be the usual wide range of stalls for eating and for shopping.

The cost this year for members and first guests is just £16 for a Jazz Day Ticket, the cost for further guests will be £25. Great value for a good day out!

Please enclose a SAE with your cheque and booking form so we can send you your tickets.

David Williams, 20 Park Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 6LG


Your booking will be acknowledged by email.

Tickets, when available, will then be sent to you by SAE (please send one with your booking form).

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Flying Legends Airshow, IWM Duxford - Sunday July 12  (organiser Phil Dalton)

Surely one of the world’s greatest air shows, Flying Legends features a phenomenal selection of classic American and European aircraft such as the Hurricane, Mustang and Spitfire – to name a few. This is THE airshow to see the greatest number of WW2 aeroplanes in the air at once

Set against Duxford’s historic backdrop, the mile of excitement provided on the ground by specialist traders, Second World War crew re-enactors, flight simulator and much more all contribute to the unique nostalgia and atmosphere of Flying Legends.

Already confirmed flying participation:

Sunday 12 July – Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster.

All flying is subject to serviceability, operational requirements and weather.

Event will include coach travel from/to IBM Warwick (depart 09:00) and entrance to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford for the Flying Legends Airshow. Flying starts at 14:00.

Coach will return from Duxford no later than 18:00. No meals are included in the price, but the Museum has one restaurant and two cafes, all self service. Alternatively you might like to take advantage of Duxford’s large open spaces and plentiful picnic tables and bring your own food.

Cost for Members and 1st Guests is £20. 2nd Guests price = £34

Please return completed booking form with registration of car being left at IBM Warwick to Phil Dalton, Tanglewood, 22 Warwick Road, Wellesbourne, Warwick, CV35 9LX by no later than Friday June 19th

Queries to Phil Dalton  email:-  

Phil Dalton

- Go to Booking Form


SUMMER LUNCHEON - 22ND JULY 2009  (organiser Carole Robertson)

This year the Summer Lunch will be held at The Oak, Stratford Road [A34], Hockley Heath. Weather permitting, we plan to meet on the patio at 12.00 for welcome drinks and have a three-course meal with wine at 1.00 in the back restaurant.  telephone 01564 785252.

Please make your selection from the menu below and enter on to the booking form - you may find it helpful to copy your selection in case you forget what you have ordered!

- Go to Booking Form


Sezincote and Bourton House Gardens July 30th (organiser Alan Palmer)

Sezincote and Bourton House are close together in Bourton on the Hill. As this is a "self drive" event, directions are given below.

Sezincote is a house in the Mogul style of Rajasthan. Brighton Pavillion is modelled on it. The house and extensive grounds will be opened at 10:30 especially for us, so we have it to ourselves. The house tour will be at 11:00am prompt and lasts about 30 minutes (the house is well into the gardens, so allow a good ten minutes after arrival to get there). Then there is free time to wander the gardens. You will probably need over an hour.

For more, see

Lunch is not provided, but there are numerous eateries in Moreton-in-Marsh (about 2 miles down the road).

Our group visit to Bourton House Garden is from 2:30pm onward. The garden with its amazing borders won the HHA/Christie's GARDEN OF THE YEAR 2006.

Tea or coffee and cake will be served during the unguided visit.

For more, see

Sezincote is off the A44 roughly opposite the Garden Centre, Falconry and Arboretum, west of Moreton-in Marsh. Bourton House Garden is just a bit further along that road (car park on the right -north- side of the road). HHA membership is not applicable on the day.

Cost is £12.50 or £19.50 unsubsidised. As the current maximum number is 25, second guests will not be booked until the booking close date which is 22nd June.

Alan Palmer, Wheatfield Barn, Fosse Way, Ettington, Warks. CV37 7PD

Telephone:- 01789 741908   Email:-

Alan Palmer

- Go to Booking Form


Houses of Parliament  - August 27th  (organiser Alan Palmer)


This event is a "double bill" in that tickets will be provided for both a guided tour of The Houses of Parliament and of The Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms ( see ). They are only 5 minutes or so walk away from each other. Each visit will last about 75 minutes.

There will be time for lunch and/or other site seeing between the two tours.

A bus will leave Warwick around 8:00am (8:30 if possible!) and return about 7:30pm.

In order to secure a tour time for the H of P, we have to pay upfront. Hence this is to ask for those wanting places to send the deposits to reach me on or before 5th June. Provided sufficient numbers "sign up", the tour will be booked and you will be asked for the balance nearer the event date.

Cost will be about £22 or £35 unsubsidised. As the current maximum number is 25, second guests will not be booked until the deposit receipt last date - 5th June.

Once I've fixed the tours, I'll pass on exact timings and the final cost.

Alan Palmer, Wheatfield Barn, Fosse Way, Ettington, Warkwickshire, CV37 7PD

Telephone:- 01789 741908   Email:-

Alan Palmer

- Go to Booking Form


Attention All Former DCS Personnel from 55 Blythswood Street

Anyone who worked in the Glasgow Data Centre until its closure in 1975 is invited to attend a reunion which is being arranged for 11 September 2009.

Where? In Glasgow, of course, at a venue near 55 Blythswood Street. The current plan is for a get-together at 1:00pm to put names to faces, then a leisurely lunch followed by a visit to a local hostelry, possibly followed by an evening curry at the Shish Mahal at its new venue on Park Road.

If you are interested in participating, and have not already contacted Ian Marr, or know someone who would be eligible to attend, and would like further details, please contact Ian at (For those who don't know, Ian returned to Glasgow in 2002 having moved around Scotland since 1975 (Edinburgh, home city Aberdeen again). So back to a favourite place!)

Simon Barratt


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