IBM Retirees Club (Midlands)  



October 2008 Newsletter 


Our three September events were most successful and our thanks for all their hard work go to Alan Bridgman for Leeds/Bradford, Phil Dalton for the train trip to the Mid-Hants Railway and Rick Paslawski for the wine trip to Spain.   I have heard that Rick is unsure as to whether to organise another wine trip as the exchange rate for the pound against the euro could make a trip an expensive proposition.  Contact Rick if you have any thoughts. 


The trip to Three Choirs is getting booked up so please send your booking form to Phil if you have not already done so.  There is also a menu from which you should make your selection and forward to Phil with you booking form and cheque, by November 7th please.

I can now publish further details of the Christmas Lunch together with a booking form and details of the menu.  We have been to the Woodhouse before and it will be even better now that the facilities are more spacious. 

Our first event for 2009, the Burns Supper on 24th January at Mallory Court (a Michelin Star establishment) to raise funds for Guide Dogs, is selling well and promises to be a great evening out for a very worthwhile cause. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Further into 2009, the trip to Holland is booking well.  I am repeating the announcement for those of you who haven't decided - don't delay, though.


After my note about Eddie Nixon in the September Newsletter, Ken Hope received an email from Jonathan Ferrar which I sent out to our email circulation list.  As some of you may not have seen this, I am repeating the information in this Newsletter.


Following my comments about the dates of PC & Technology Group meetings, I have included details of the December meeting in the link at the end of this Newsletter.   I will add future dates as they become available.


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



Three Choirs Vineyard - Wednesday November 26  (organiser Phil Dalton)

Following very enjoyable visits in previous years to the Three Choirs Vineyard just outside Newent, Glos, it has been decided to return there again this year. The visit will start at 12:00 and include a tour of the vineyard (weather permitting), plant, wine tasting (of course!) and a superb 3 course meal in a private dining room.

Details of vineyard tour - click here                               Lunch menu - click here

As most attendees in previous years have wanted to take a few bottles home with them of the superb wine on offer, the organiser will once again take orders during the lunch and purchase them in a single transaction in order to obtain a discount of up to 30+% per bottle.

All of this for only £20 per member and first guest, but numbers are strictly limited to 20 due to the size of the dining room.

- Go to Booking Form


Christmas Lunch  (organisers - Ken Hope and Alan Palmer)

As previously announced, this year the traditional Christmas Lunch will be on Thursday 11th December. Time 12:00 noon for 1:00 pm

This is our main re-union event of the year. If you haven't already planned to attend and meet up with your ex-colleagues, why not do so right away?

We have chosen The Woodhouse at Princethorpe, a location that we have used in the past, because of the good quality of the food there. The new management has created a larger dining room with round tables that seat eight people so we will have plenty of space and it will be much more sociable and comfortable than before.

As before at the Woodhouse, the main meat course is served from the Carvery where you will have a choice of turkey or rib of beef. Assistance at the carvery will be available if you require it. Or you can have either salmon or vegetarian lasagne served to you when the rest of your table are at the Carvery. Menu details and booking forms are attached via the links below.

The cost is £15.00 (unsubsidised cost £35) and includes a welcome drink served in the large assembly area of the dining room and wine or soft drinks at the table.

Directions to The Woodhouse. For the Sat-navvers, the postcode is CV23 9PZ. The Woodhouse is near Princethorpe on the B4453 Leamington Road, approximately half a mile from its junction with the A423 Coventry to Banbury road. The village is some 4 miles south of Coventry, 5 miles east of Leamington Spa beyond Cubbington and 7 miles west of Rugby. It can also be reached from the B4455 Fosse Way which crosses the A423 quite close by.

Parking. The new dining room is in a separate building in the lower "garden", so drive through the upper car park, down the hill to that area where there is ample parking. Do not park in the upper car park.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ken Hope and Alan Palmer (Organisers)

- Go to Booking Form

- Go to Menu


Trip to Holland 23-27 April 2009  (organiser Simon Barratt)

Although final details are still to be worked out, we are planning on going to Holland from Thursday 23rd April to Monday 27th April 2009. We will be staying in a minimum 3-star hotel in the Noordwijk area for four nights' DB&B (although the recommendation is that we make our own arrangements for dinner on the Saturday night (only) if we want to see the finale of the parade in Haarlem). On the Friday and Sunday, we'll have the coach at our disposal for visits to such places as Schevingen, The Hague, Delft, and Madouradam (entrance fee if more than twenty people -- €10.25 each, payable locally).

The main attraction will be the Flower Parade which takes place from Noordwijk on Saturday 25th at 9.30am and finishes in Haarlem at 9:00pm. The procession will comprise twenty large floats and more than thirty decorated luxury cars (sic), interspersed with marching bands. Whether we will want to, or be able to, see the entire parade from start to finish remains to be seen.

The price per person will be approximately £335 and will include Executive Coach Travel, return ferry crossings from Dover to Calais, three nights' DB&B plus one night's B&B, the Flower Parade, and admission into Keukenhof Park to see the bulb fields.

To secure your place, please complete the booking form and send a deposit of £30 to Simon Barratt, Laurel House, The Green, Tredington, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire CV36 4NJ by 7th November 2008. The balance of approximately £300 will be required by 6th March 2009.

A couple of links which may be of interest:-

- Go to Booking Form



Sir Edwin Nixon

The following message has been received from  Jonathan Ferrar, Director of IBM Human Resources UK and Ireland:-

"Following the recent death of Sir Edwin Nixon, former IBM UK Managing Director, a memorial service will be held in Winchester Cathedral on 2 December 2008 at 12:00pm. The service is open to any colleagues who knew and worked with Sir Edwin and would like to celebrate his life. I would appreciate it if you could cascade this out to your Retiree club members as appropriate.

Below is a link to Winchester City Council which details local car parking facilities as well as park and ride. "

As you may know Eddie started with IBM in the Birmingham Branch as a salesman around 1955 and he had a second term here in the early 60s as District Manager. Between these two jobs he had his first management job which led to him being Branch Manager at Welwyn. There will still be some around the Midlands who personally remember from that time and others who worked close to him in Chiswick or North Harbour. I intend to go as I was working for him during the Welwyn period and came across him a number of times over the years.

If there is enough interest, the Committee may consider offering a coach for the journey to Winchester as the parking there is not very good. Please let me know as soon as possible if you would be interested.

Ken Hope

01926 624203


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