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October 2004 Newsletter



Sixteen members joined our trip to Nottingham on the 16th September and were treated to a most informative tour by Bill Ward, one of the Blue Guides.  This was followed by lunch at the Olde Trip to Jerusalem which is the oldest pub in Nottingham (I'm sure somebody mentioned  a ghost) together with tales from the local Storyteller.  The party then dispersed to look at other aspects of Nottingham, although some went to look at the pub cellars which contained a cock-fighting pit - no longer used we were told.  All in all a good day out and many thanks are due to Brian Hall for his hard work in organising the Nottingham end.

 The first three days of October saw 44 members taking the coach to Cornwall to visit the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.   After lunch at the legendary Jamaica Inn (rather obscured by the rain) the weather relented for us to admire the rather splendid sailing ships on view in the port of Charlestown (parts of the TV series 'The Onedin Line' were filmed here) and then on to the hotel where several members enjoyed a walk along the cliff top.  The sun continued to shine for the visit to the Eden Project which is most impressive and will continue to grow further, judging by the amount of building work to be seen.  Heligan turned out somewhat wet but did not deter members from admiring the gardens and there was the compensation of a very good restaurant and shop.  All in all, a very enjoyable weekend and many thanks are due to Iain for his organisation and also to Rick for stepping in at the last minute due to Iain's indisposition over the weekend.

You will find the Christmas Lunch announement later in this Newsletter so get your booking forms into Tony.  Don't forget that there are two other events before the end of the year (where do the months go?),  Ray Castle tells me that there are only a few places left for Hall Green dogs on 26th October - click here if you need a booking form - but it would be advisable to check availability with Ray first.  Barry Wiggins says that there are still places left on our quiz night on 18th November - a good opportunity to test your knowledge; click here for a booking form.  


If any of your personal details change - address, telephone number, e-mail addresses, etc. - please note that the only person who can action changes is our Membership Secretary, Gordon Jones. Gordon can be contacted by e-mail at  or telephone 01455-556192.  


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


IBM Retiree's Club Christmas Lunch Wednesday 15th December 2004  (organiser - Tony Mancell)

This year the Christmas lunch will be held at :-

The Woodhouse Hotel, Leamington Road, Princethorpe, Warwickshire, CV23 9PZ.  

For your reference, their web site is .  This shows the location of the hotel and also the Orchard Room Restaurant which we will be using.

The cost is £12.50 per head for members and first guest.

Drinks ( Kir Royale or Orange ) will be served on arrival from 12:00 and lunch will be served at 13:00.

For the meal we have booked the Carvery style menu but with the starter and dessert courses served at the table; you will be able to choose which of the roast, salmon or vegetarian options you want when you visit the carvery.  Please specify on the booking form which starter and dessert you would like.  Anyone who requires assistance, disability etc., for the main course can be served at the table.

We will pre-order all the courses, in line with our normal practice. Tables plans will depend upon our final numbers, planning for 8 to 10 per table. As normal, we should place our name tags (Gordon is supplying them) on the tables when we arrive.  

Wine will be served at the table, allowing half a bottle per person.

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Advance Notice - Rambling Weekend 2005  (organiser - Gordon Jones 01455-556192)

Dates: 29 April to 2 May inclusive

Hotel: Fairhaven Hotel, 37 The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset

Coach: Lutterworth Coaches

Usual formats for walkers and non-walkers. Cost not yet settled but likely to be similar to last year. This notice is for information only and we will be advertising for bookings in December.


TOM CORKILL 1934 - 2004

Tom Corkill joined IBM in Birmingham in 1958, after completing his National Service in the Royal Navy. He started as a Systems Analyst (pre-SE) but later, as a salesman, he worked on large manufacturing accounts including Joseph Lucas and GEC Telecoms. He had a secondment to Warwick University which led to his enthusiasm for using computers in schools and, ahead of his time, introduced computing to St Pauls Primary School. For Tom's final job in IBM he returned to his technical roots as manager of the Field Systems Centre in Warwick. He was always well liked by his collegues, customers and staff who recognised his technical ability and his high sense of moral values.

After retiring, he still found time to pass on his skills in sailing and computing to many young people, including instructing sailing at Draycote Water Sailing Club. He also helped Liz running a Bed & Breakfast in their Leamington home. Tom and Liz attended retiree functions whenever they could get away and many more people came to know him and enjoy his company as a result.

Tom was diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago which sadly only responded to treatment for a short while. He died on 10th September five days before his 70th birthday.

Born on the Isle of Man, Tom remained a Manxman at heart. On finding out that there was a Manx team in the International Ladies Bowls Championship in Leamington in September he insisted that his son-in-law put up a flagpole at his house from which he hung the Manx national flag to show his welcome and support. This sadly was to be one of his last actions.

Our deepest sympathies go to Liz and their four children Janet, David, Peter and Heather

Ken Hope


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