Midlands IBM Retirees Club - October 2023 Newsletter

If you would be interested in a Christmas Lunch, please let Gary Wooding (binswood@gmail.com) know so that we can assess the number of likely attendees and book a suitable venue.

If you would be interested in going to the Luminate Winter Light Trail at Coombe Abbey, see the information below.

The first club event of 2024 will be a Johnson’s City Break; See below for more information.

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


The following events are currently planned for 2023/4:

Tuesday 14 November Soirée Gastronomique at Bistrot Pierre; Closed.
DecemberChristmas lunch.
26-27 January 2024London City Break; See below.

Photographs from Past Events.

Click on one of the links below to view a selection of photographs from past events.


Luminate at Coombe Abbey Organiser: Terry King

Luminate at Coombe Abbey

Some club members are considering going to this event which runs from 24th November until 2nd January.
Start time can be between 4.30-8.00pm.
Prices per adult are £16.75 Mon-Thurs, £21.25 Fri-Sun.
Guideline time is 60-90 minutes.
Food is available.
Parking is free up to 2 hours, £3 otherwise.
Address is Brinklow Rd, Binley, CV4 2AB.

If you are interested in going AND doing so with other club members, then send “an expression of interest” to terryaking@hotmail.com.
Best to give your preferences for day, start time and even date(s).
If you are interested and supply this information, I will share it with others.
You will buy your own tickets on the Luminate website which are subject to availability.

E2401LON: London City Break, 26-27 January 2024 Organiser: John Rickman

The first club event of 2024 is a Johnson’s City Break. This event is similar to the regular trips Mike Cashmore used to arrange for the Birmingham club every year to the Tower Bridge Hotel.

For this trip you board the coach at Park and Ride, Johnson’s Depot, Henley in Arden on Friday 26 January, travel to London, arriving at the Copthorne Tara hotel in Kensington late morning. The coach returns to Henley the following day, leaving at 5 pm.

The cost is £159.00 per person. If you wish to go on this trip, please book directly with Johnson’s and let John Rickman know when you have done so. More details including how to book are available on Johnson’s website using the link below.


Note: the brochure refers to the Tower Hotel, but this has been changed to the Copthorne Tara.

If you have any questions please contact John Rickman at jriscman@gmail.com


Sub-Groups of Retirees Club and Employee Club


It is hoped to organise occasional rambles with options so that participants can choose a length of walk to suit them.

Please contact Terry King, terryaking@hotmail.com for more information.


IBM Retirees Technology Group

The IBM Tech Club meets using the Zoom video conferencing platform at 11.00 on the third Friday of each month. The club is a place where you can talk to IBM folk about matters technical. For example, help or advice on buying or using computers, smart phones,touch pads; engineering, electronics, wifi, bluetooth, cryptography, bitcoin, using computers to making movies, songs or musical works, best software, streaming, the internet, photography, diy, and anything else about the modern world you would like to understand better.

Apart from the technical discussion we try to have a talk by a club member at each meeting. This depends very much on members volunteering to prepare and show something they are interested in.

At 11 o’clock on the day of the meeting click on the link below. It should take you straight into the meeting.


Meeting ID: 843 2044 7852
Passcode: 735347

If you need help with Zoom contact John Rickman (rickman@argonet.co.uk) in good time before the meeting.


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.


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