May 2013 Newsletter

Editorial

In this newsletter we have further calls for the trips to the National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Abbey-Cwm-Hir and the Tatton Park RHS Flower Show.

There are a few places still available for the trips to Sidmouth and Paris, so if you have been pondering any of these, please get your bookings in very soon.

... and don’t forget the Summer Luncheon which promises to be an excellent event as usual!

WARWICK EMPLOYEE CLUB EVENTS

It may not be generally known that members of one IBM Club are entitled to take part in events of any other IBM Club. The problem is knowing what is on offer. We have come to a reciprocal arrangement with the Warwick Employee Club to advertise their events in return for them advertising ours. At the foot of this newsletter you will find a link to their web site and, as new events are announced, they will be advertised in this newsletter (providing there is sufficient time). In return, each new edition of our newsletter will be notified to all the Warwick Employee Club members.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail: ibmmidretnews@gmail.com

AT&T AND OTHER ‘SELL-OFFS’

IBMers who were moved to AT&T in 2001 may still be eligible to join an IBM Club as an associate after they retire. The rules are complex and need to be examined on an individual basis, but a starting point is if the ex-IBM employee had worked for IBM for more than 15 years before the transfer and they are now receiving an IBM pension ( ‘C’ plan or similar). If you know anybody to whom this may apply and they would like to investigate further, please ask them to contact me.

Dave Compton (dave@compton-family.eu).

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Lake District Sightseers 10-13 May 2013

There were 15 sightseers at the beginning of this trip; 25 sightseers at the end! Was this due to the usual Lake District rain or the brilliance of the sightseeing itinerary? Perhaps we shall never know.

The Keswick Country House Hotel was excellent, with the best dinner menu that I have had for a long time. The trip gave us two full days for exploring. On Saturday we visited Beatrix Potter’s house, Hilltop, at Near Sawrey in the morning; had lunch in the small town of Hawkshead; and then headed for Coniston to board the delightful Steam Yacht Gondola for an hour’s whisper-quiet cruise on Coniston Water. On Sunday, we travelled from Keswick to Ravenglass and boarded the miniature Ravenglass & Eskdale train to Dalegarth. We lunched in the Brook House Inn in Boot and then returned to Ravenglass by train. The coach then took us on a short journey to Muncaster Castle for a visit in the afternoon.

On the way back to IBM Warwick we stopped for lunch at Grasmere or Ambleside.

Beatrix Potter's House The Steam Yacht Gondola on Lake Coniston Gardens at Muncaster Castle

Click on any of the photos above to see a larger version of the image. You can see more photos from the trip here.

Alan Bridgman
Sightseeing Organiser

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Events

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.

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

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

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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

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

Go to Booking Form

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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.

Cost: £25. (club members)

Full price: £35 for guests.

This year the events will be held in venues throughout the town; no information is yet available as to which band is playing where. A list of the venues can be found here.

Checking with the event organisers, I’ve been told that information about ‘who’s playing where’ won’t be available untill June 1st (when the actual programme goes on sale). I’ll let you know as soon after that when I get the programme (although you are encouraged nevertheless to purchase a programme for yourselves on the day..in support of the event). A list of bands can be found here.

Although no formal lunch has been planned anyone interested in meeting up for a casual drink then I suggest The White Lion - I’ll be there (crowds permitting!) around 1.30pm.

David Dagley - Email: david.dagley@lineone.net, Telephone: 01564 230020

Go to Booking Form

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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

Sidmouth

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 — tony@mancell.com or Simon Barratt - sjblaptop@yahoo.co.uk

- Go to Booking Form

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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: bwiggins@southbank.freeserve.co.uk, Telephone: 01926 854580

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

Go to Booking Form

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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: dave@compton-family.eu

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Westonbirt The National Arboretum - Wednesday 16th October 2013 (Organiser Carole Robertson)

Who would be interested in a day trip to Westonbirt? The National Arboretum, in the south Cotswolds, is one of the most magical and important tree gardens in the world. There are 17 miles of paths to explore, 16,000 trees and shrubs - some of the oldest, rarest and largest of their kind in the UK. A coach from IBM Warwick will take you to Tetbury with a professional guide for a walk around this National treasure. If enough members express interest, I am happy to book a coach from IBM Warwick to Tetbury plus book a guide for our visit.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW no later than Friday 26th April 2013

Carole Robertson [carole.robertson@talktalk.net]

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Coach trip and day out at Abbey-Cwm Hir (‘A palace in Radnorshire’) on Wednesday November 20th 2013 (Organiser Peter Barnes)

Abbey-Cwm Hir at Christmas

The owners have spent significant time and energy in creating a magnificent Christmas collection. The owner Victoria Humpherson has made the statement that this is the only property in the UK to have all 52 rooms decorated with Christmas trees and to individual themes; for example, 2011 had a Victorian theme and 2012 had a Gothic theme.

(You can obtain more detailed information from the website: abbeycwmhir.com)

The coach will leave IBM Warwick at 8am, with a comfort stop in Leominster and stopping for a sumptuous lunch at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells. We are then taken to Abbey-Cwm-Hir, where we will all be expected to take off our shoes to protect the carpets and flooring, so you will need to take your slippers with you.

After the tour we will increase the tension by holding a “best decorated slipper” competion complete with prizes being given to the two couples with the best decorated slippers in the opinions of the judges (my wife and myself).

Abbey-Cwm Hir decorated for Christmas

We will then be offered coffee or tea and a mince pie before we begin our journey home with a planned arrival in Warwick at about 8pm.

For planning purposes, the cost will be approximately £40 per member and first guest, depending upon numbers attending. The price for additional guests is estimated to be £47.

The meal at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells will be a delicious two course meal, with Christmas crackers and your choices from those shown below:

Peter Barnes - Email: l-barnes3@sky.com, Telephone: 01926 612010

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

Go to Booking Form

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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:- roger@northside.me.uk Alan Bridgman email:- abri@waitrose.com

Go to meeting dates and other information

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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:- gaseal@sky.com Michael Davies email:- enosmd@ntlworld.com

Go to Fixture List and contacts

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