IBM Retirees Club (Midlands)  



September 2011 Newsletter 


Our thanks to Carole and Phil for organising the two excellent events which have taken place since the last Newsletter, namely the Summer Lunch and the train trip to North Wales.

You will find the announcement and booking form for the Turkish Meal at the Aubergine Restaurant  in Warwick and don't forget to note the dates of the skittles evening at Snitterfield and the Christmas lunch if you haven't already done so.  

You will see two announcements in the 'Announcements and Advertisments' section later in the Newsletter which you may like to support.  I am happy to include items of this nature as you may have seen over the last few months - the question at the moment is whether we should include items of a more commercial nature such as could be seen in the old IBM News which you may remember from the distant past.  The Committee would be interested in your opinions. 


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Event Reports


Our Summer luncheon this year at Henley Golf Club had the best attendance ever [fifty plus] and makes me think that August rather than June should be considered again. The venue was very attractive with a light and spacious dining room looking out onto the golf course. We enjoyed a three-course luncheon mixed with lots of chatting and catching up with old friends.

I am always on the look out for interesting venues, so if you know of one do contact me, ready for 2012.

Carole Robertson



Our group consisted of 12 people who sat down in the luxury of a Pullman Car (Pullmans are always referred to as cars and not coaches for some reason. Probably as Pullman was originally an American company). Even though dawn was only just breaking we were soon on our way from Tyseley Locomotive Works' own platform, known as Warwick Road to differentiate it from the main line station known simply as Tyseley. As we made our way around the East and North of Birmingham, via Washwood Heath, Sutton Coldfield and Walsall to reach Wolverhampton a full English breakfast was being served. Leaving Wolverhampton with the sun shining our steam engine, Castle Class 5043 "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe" was soon speeding us at the maximum permitted speed of 75mph, or slightly over, to Crewe. Onwards via Chester to Llandudno Junction where we left our train to board coaches for the relatively short journey to Caernarfon. Although we were still in pleasant weather, there were dark clouds over Snowdonia. After a short time our narrow gauge train at the Welsh Highland Railway arrived and we boarded the reserved coaches.

The Welsh Highland Railway has only this year opened all the way through from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, but due to some operational constraints at Porthmadog, our train terminated at the last station before Porthmadog, namely Pont Creosor. As we began our journey pulled by an imported Beyer-Garratt locomotive from South Africa, the weather deteriorated to heavy rain and poor visibility. One of the highlights for me, was the run through the spectacular Aberglasyn Pass. As a youngster in short trousers, I had travelled with my parents by car that runs along the other side of the pass from the railway. Looking across to the old railway formation and the rock tunnels it kept running through, I wondered then what it must be like to have travelled along such a railway. Now I know and I want to do the run again in better weather!

Our coaches were waiting for us at Pont Creosor, whose drivers showed extreme skill in negotiating them along the narrow roads on the way back to Llandudno Junction. On the way a tea break was made at Betws-y-Coed, with the rain still coming down, but as we continued our journey and drove along side the estuary of the river Conwy, we were back into sunshine.

Boarding our train, we were soon returning via the route we had come. A most enjoyable 3 course roast dinner was served followed by Tea or Coffee and after dinner mints. The vegetarian amongst us being well pleased with the food provided for Breakfast and dinner. Although we were ready to depart Crewe some 45 minutes before the scheduled time, we were not allowed to depart until the specified time. With some precision running on the way back from Crewe, we arrived back at Tyseley some 4 minutes early. A perfect end to what was a long but extremely satisfying day.

Phil Dalton


ETHNIC MEAL at The Aubergine Turkish Restaurant - 26th October 2011 (organiser Dave Compton)

As pre-announced in last month's Newsletter, the Ethnic Meal will be a return visit to the Aubergine Turkish Restaurant in Smith Street, Warwick, on Wednesday 26th October (7 for 7.30). Unfortunately, it will not include the traditional entertainment on this occasion since the lady in question will, by then, be 8½ months pregnant!



Main course:

   Ocakbasi (Turkish BBQ) consisting of:

Turkish sweet:

followed by coffee

There will also be a vegetarian option from choice of five dishes which will need to be ordered in advance (I will send details of the choices separately).

The cost for members and first guest will be £18.50, including half bottle of house red or white wine (beer or soft drink options also available).

There will be a maximum of 20 places and we will have exclusive use of the restaurant.

Please send your completed booking form with full payment to arrive by Monday 10th October 2011 to:-

Dave Compton, Ashby House, Northend, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 2TN.

Cheques should be made payable to IBM Retiree Club (Midlands).

Dave Compton   Email:-

- Go to Booking Form


Skittles Evening at Snitterfield - Thursday 17th November 2011 (organiser David Dagley)

A skittles evening has been organised to take place at Snitterfield Sports Club for the evening of Thursday 17th November 2011.

This will be a 'self drive' event with a 19:30 meet and a 20:00 start time.  A hot buffet will be provided that will suit both carnivores and vegetarians together with prizes for the evening's winners.  Maximum number of participants will be thirty; ladies should not bowl in high heels.

Costs for the evening will be between £5.00 and £10 per head for member (including a drinks voucher) and first guest.  

Final cost and booking form will be in the October Newsletter but in the meantime please send me an email if you will be attending.

David Dagley   Email:-


Announcements and Advertisments

FREE PIANO and FLUTE RECITAL at All Saint's, Burton Dassett - Saturday 1st October at 6.00pm.

Local music student, Lisa Foxwell, is currently studying for her Performance Diploma which she hopes to take in November through Trinity Guildhall. This evening is an opportunity for her to perform her Recital Programme in preparation for the exam. The short program will consist of three pieces:-

There is no charge but donations to the Restoration Fund would be very welcome. We hope it will be possible to serve light refreshments after the performance.

Dave Compton


Sponsored Bike Ride to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Screening

Liz and I are taking part in a sponsored bike ride raising funds for Prostate Cancer Screening. The event is called the "Tower-to-Tower" ride because it takes place between Blackpool Tower and the Eifel Tower (the one in Paris). We start on Saturday 23rd September; the route takes us to Portsmouth over four days; then an overnight crossing to Caen; then two days to Paris.

Liz and I are aiming to raise £1000, so please would you sponsor us for whatever you can afford in these challenging times. The organisers have set up a Justgiving webpage -

Many thanks,

Mike and Liz Young


Access to Bedfont Lakes

Our IBM Retiree Administrator has a number of Retiree badges which can be used to access the Bedfont car park.   If anyone would like one, please let me know.

Alan Bridgman  Email:-


Sub-Groups of  IBM Club and Retirees Club

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.

Contacts:-   Roger Goodman  email:-           Alan Bridgman   email:-

- Go to meeting dates and other information


IBM Midlands Golf Society

IBM Retirees and spouses/partners are eligible to play, the events being subsidised by IBM.  The fixture list for 2011 is attached, together with proposals for 2012.  

Please contact one of the undersigned with any queries.

Contacts:-     Graham Seal  email:-           Michael Davies   email:-                

- Go to Fixture List and contacts


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