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September 2004 Newsletter

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Editorial

The trip to Three Choirs was enjoyed by all attendees, with an excellent lunch preceded by a conducted tour (with some tasting) of the wine production area.  After lunch, some members strolled round the extensive vine plantings and/or topped up their wine cellars from the shop.  Due to the limit on numbers, I understand that some would-be attendees were disappointed - if anybody would like the Comittee to organise another visit, please let me know.   Thanks to Rick for a most enjoyable day out.

A disappointing 11 members joined the trip to Upton House but those who did attend  were treated to a most interesting tour conducted by a member of the National trust staff.  After the tour, we adjourned to the new restaurant for a welcome lunch, after which several members looked round the gardens.  Thanks Iain.    

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Our visit to the fair city of Nottingham takes place on the 16th September and promises to be an interesting event.  The beginning of October will see a coach-load of members going to look at the Eden Project - those who went on the previous trip reported that it is well worth seeing, so it should be even better with the extensions that have taken place since.

Further in this Newsletter you will find the announcements for our trip to the greyhound racing at Hall Green and the quiz night, together with booking forms.  These promise to be two excellent evenings out.  Exercise your little grey cells and see if you can come up with a winner.

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The Committee have reviewed our Club constitution and found that it is basically OK.  However, a few minor amendments have been made - if you wish to review the latest version, please click on 'Membership Information' and then go to the Constitution; those members who are not Internet connected can obtain a copy from me.  If members have any comments please let me know and I will collate all responses for the attention of the Committee.  

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I sometimes get requests from members to update address details, particularly e-mail addresses.  Please note that the only person who can action such requests is our Membership Secretary, Gordon Jones. Gordon can be contacted by e-mail at  gordon_jones@lineone.net  or telephone 01455-556192.  

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Brian Wilson, Editor. Telephone: 01926-777710 e-mail: brian_h_wilson@msn.com    

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Eden Project 1st-3rd October 2004 (organiser Iain Hewitt)

For those members booked on the weekend trip to Cornwall I can now confirm details of the itinerary.  We will be leaving from the top car park at IBM Warwick (nearest the Birmingham Road roundabout) at 9:00am on Friday 1st October.  We are booked into the legendary Jamaica Inn for a lunch stop and maybe visit the on-site museums (Jamaica Inn made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s novel Smugglers at Jamaica Inn).  On our way to the Cliff Head Hotel we plan to visit the ancient port of Charlestown.

Our base for the weekend - the Cliff Head Hotel - enjoys lovely views over Carlyon Bay.  Enjoy the setting now before the time share developers move in!

(Cliff Head Hotel, Sea Road, Carlyon Bay, St Austell, Cornwall; Telephone 01725 812125)

On the Saturday morning we have a prebooked entry to the Eden Project: called the 8th wonder of the world by some visitors. We will stay there until early afternoon (perhaps dependant on the weather) - there are a variety of catering options.  Then we hope to visit the old town of Fowey with it’s river setting and land-locked harbour, and a number of hostelries for refreshment.

Then on Sunday we again have a timed entry, this time to the The Lost Gardens of Heligan, described by the Times as ‘the garden restoration of the century’.  After a short introduction and tour there will be ample opportunity to explore the lakes and gardens and have some refreshments before heading back to Warwick (where we expect to arrive between 6:30 and 7:00pm).

While at the Cliff Head Hotel full English breakfast and dinner are included: drinks are extra as some will maybe enjoy a Cornish ale, others the house wine while the cognoscenti will be looking at the vintage wines on offer. Please ensure you pay for any extras prior to departure - we will hold the coach for you!

All that remains is for me to wish you an enjoyable break - any queries just call me on 01295 670316 or send an e-mail to iain.hewitt@tiscali.co.uk .

Iain Hewitt

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Hall Green Greyhound Racing - October 26th 2004 (organiser Ray Castle 01789-751228)

Join us on Tuesday October 26th for an evening of Greyhound Racing at the award winning Hall Green Stadium. We have reserved a fully air conditioned track-side Executive Box which has a private cash bar and Tote betting facilities. A hot and cold buffet, with dessert, will be provided together with your race card for the evening.

The Stadium opens at 6.45pm, the first race is at 7.35pm. The Executive Suites are licensed until 11pm.

Hall Green Stadium has private car parking and is ideally located just off the A34 south east of Birmingham (approx half way between the City Centre and the M42). On arrival at the Stadium, please use the first entrance on the left hand side marked Restaurant/Executive Suites. From here you will be directed to our suite.

The cost for members and first guest will be £12.50 each, additional guests £24.00. Please use the booking form attached and send your booking with the full amount to reach me no later than Friday October 8th.

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Quiz Night - Thursday 18 November 2004  (organiser Barry Wiggins 01926-854580)

Yes its time to blow away the cobwebs and and impress your critics by naming the capital of Outer Mongolia(*) Enjoy a funpacked evening and at the same time win some exciting prizes by showing that the grey matter is still in working order (in spite of rumours)

Dave Lloyd, IBM's very own quizmaster who many will know from Warwick clubhouse and Green Man days, has agreed to a guest appearance to run the evening

You will need to be in a team of four, which ideally you should arrange yourself to ensure a good skills mix. Alternatively you can take pot luck on the night if you don't want to let your friends down.

The quiz night will be at the Old Leamingtonians RFC in Bericote Road, Blackdown (that's between Cubbington and Kenilworth). There is plenty of parking and cheap(relatively) beer.

Start time is 7.30 prompt

A two course "pub meal" is included.Menu to follow.

So send your booking forms with a cheque for £7.50 per head (members and first guests), £12 per head others to:

Barry Wiggins at the address on the booking form or phone 01926-854580 or email Barry@southbank.freeserve.co.uk

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* Outer Mongolia (correctly: The Republic of Mongolia) has as it's capital Ulan Bator (well done Google).

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