May 2018 Newsletter

The Summer “lunch” this year will be in the form of a Thames River Cruise on Tuesday 17th July. Please try get your bookings in to Paul Gover by Friday June 1st if at all possible, as we have a short timescale for this event.

There has been a good response for the return visit to Pete’s Place on May 31st but there is ample space for more visitors on this great day out — and it’s all in aid of charity — please note that this visit is not restricted to Retiree Club members. There are still a few places available for the visit to the World of Wedgwood in August, but if you would like to go, please get your booking form into Ray Bradshaw as soon as possible.

We also have a request for expressions of interest in a BMW Mini factory visit. Please let Dave Compton know if you are interested - this does not commit you to go on the trip.

You might also be interested in 3 events taking place at Burton Dassett Church - see the member’s notices from Dave Compton below.

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Planning Meeting

Your committee will be holding its first planning meeting on June 4th for next year events. This meeting is to put ‘on the table’ ideas for 2019 so that they can be researched as to their feasibility. This can include day trips; meals; family events; multiday trips — all ideas will be considered. Although this may seem to be a long way ahead, very often coach companies and hotels need ever more advanced notice, so by starting the process early we hope to iron out any issues that may arise. If you have any ideas, even if you have put them forward before, please contact any member of the committee with as much detail as you can give, so that your ideas can be presented at this meeting.

GDPR & Data Privacy Communications

You are probably well aware by now that new EU Data Privacy Communications (GDPR) come into force on 25th May 2018. This applies to most organisations and your Club is no exception. The following message is from IBM.

“Dear Club member,
Your privacy is important to IBM and maintaining your trust is paramount to us. So we would like to take the opportunity to explain how we collect, store and handle your personal data for the use of IBM Clubs in the UK, in light of the upcoming GDPR changes in addition to letting you know about some changes we have recently made.
By clicking on the following link here you will find the following: Please contact for employee members or for retiree members if you require further information on Data Privacy and specifically if you have any questions regarding your Personal Information.
Thank you for your time.”

Committee Meeting Minutes

At the AGM there was a request for the minutes of Committee Meetings to be posted on our web site. You will find a link at the bottom of this page.



Click here to see the list of the events which are provisionally planned for 2018.

The following is the status of those events which have been announced.

Thursday 31 MayPete’s Place. See April newsletter.
Sunday 24 - Thursday 28 JuneCombined Ramblers and Sightseers Trip to the Isle of Wight. Closed.
Tuesday 17 JulySummer “lunch” & Thames River Cruise, Oxford. See below.
Thursday 16 AugustWorld of Wedgwood. See April newsletter.

Booking Conditions. Click here to read the terms and conditions. Members should also be aware of Public Liability Insurance provided by the Club.

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

E1806RVL: Summer “lunch”, Oxford, Tuesday 17 July (Organiser Paul Gover)

For this year’s “Summer Lunch” event, we will be chartering a boat for our exclusive use from the best known Oxford company, Salter’s Steamers.

We’ll cruise along the Thames from Oxford, with a sightseeing description of the riverbank over the Tannoy for the first part of the trip, followed by a barbecue (including vegetarian options) on the boat while we cruise on. For flexibility, we’re not including drinks with the barbecue; you can purchase them from the cash bar on board.

The menu will be the “Gourmet Barbecue” menu:


See the following page for details:

It will be an evening trip with barbecue running 6pm to 9pm, instead of a lunch. This will allow you time to explore and enjoy Oxford city during the day.


The boat will be one of Salter’s Steamers of Oxford’s river launches like the one shown below. It's not actually steam; the company has been running trips from Oxford for 160 years, so the name is somewhat older than their current boats.

Thames Cruise

We are not organising sight-seeing in Oxford itself, but you could take the open-topped sightseeing bus or visit one of the city’s famous museums, such as the Bodleian Libraries, Pitt Rivers Museum and Ashmolean, or some of the colleges.

The official Oxford and Oxfordshire tourist information web site is:
or you can Google for themed tours for Inspector Morse or Tolkien, or Alice in Wonderland.

Oxford is awash with decent restaurants if you decide to make a day of it.

The date is Tuesday 17th July (which sits between Wimbledon, the World Cup and the start of school summer holidays). Price between £30 and £40 per member/first guest, £50 to £75 second guests, depending on the number of attendees.
A deposit of £16 per person will be payable when your booking is confirmed.

The trip departs from Salter’s Steamers at Folly Bridge, Oxford at 6pm. Please plan to be there in plenty of time to board.

By car, they are best reached via the Oxford Redbridge Park and Ride (or the Pear Tree Park and Ride, which is further from Folly Bridge, but nearer to the north via the M40 and A34) - £6.80 for a combined 11 hour parking ticket and two day returns on the “300” bus, which can take you to the city centre, but also stops at Folly Bridge. (Buses run every 10 minutes or so during the day, and about every 30 mins from 7pm until after 11pm, so you will be able to return to your car after the boat returns around 9pm.)

Alternatively, they’re under a mile from the Westgate Shopping Centre car park.

By public transport, they're about 3/4 mile from Oxford railway station,
but beware: Trains into Oxford from the north are currently planned to be Replacement Buses on the 17th!

The boat can take people in manual wheel chairs, but not electric; there are 4-5 steps down from the deck to the bar and toilets.

Please complete and return the booking form to Paul Gover.
Please submit your booking as soon as possible, preferably by the Friday 1st June.

Word document     Printable Booking Form

Refer to the document Event Booking Conditions for Terms and Conditions.

BMW Mini factory visit — expression of interest (Organiser Dave Compton)

We hope to organise a visit to the BMW Mini factory at Cowley, near Oxford, sometime in September/October. The visit will follow the production line of the BMW Mini from raw steal to finished car. This is a highly automated factory with robots doing most of the work and is an excellent example of JIT (Just In Time) production where each component and sub-assembly comes together just at the right time on the line to produce the wide range of models and options available.

The tour takes about 2 hours and there is a significant amount of walking involved, although the tour is wheelchair-friendly and involves a short minibus transfer within the site. This will be a self-drive visit and the cost will be in the region of £15pp (or less) for members and first guest. There is a constraint of 15 people per group, although we may be able to organise a second group either the same day or on another occasion if there is sufficient interest.

Please contact Dave Compton ( as soon as possible and, if there is sufficient interest, places will be offered first to those who have responded.


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. In the past we have shared a trip using coach transport with retiree sightseers in May or June - this year there will be a trip to the Isle of Wight 24-28 June.

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.

Go to a list of the planned walks for 2018 and other information.

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.

Go to meeting dates and other information.


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.

Dave Compton

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY TEAS & CAKES — why not enjoy the Bank Holiday with a walk on the Burton Dassett Hills and pop in to the ancient church for a cup of tea and homemade cakes? Tea & cake will be served from 12.00 until 5.30pm (or until we are sold out).

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK BRASS BAND — on Friday 15th June at Burton Dassett Church starting at 7.30 p.m. £12 to include strawberries & cream in the interval. Tickets & further information from Linda Lower — 01295 770395 (

SUMMER IS ICUMEN IN — Sweet music for a summer’s afternoon with Da Capo (an A Cappella group) on Sunday 24th June at Burton Dassett Church starting at 3.00 p.m. £15 to include tea & cake. Tickets & further information from Gill Roache — 01295 680309 (


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