Midlands IBM Retirees Club - September 2023 Newsletter

In this newsletter we have details of a Soirée Gastronomique at Bistrot Piere on Tuesday 14 November and notice of a ramble on Wednesday 25 October; further information about the ramble will be made available mid-month.

The next meeting of the Technology Group will be on the 20 October. Potential topics are the technology of the Austria Scythe and fault finding on a Jaguar using OBD etc.

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

Event Reports

E2306CFS: Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway, Tuesday 5 September

Click on any of the images below for a larger picture.


The following events are currently planned for 2023:

Wednesday 25 OctoberAutumn Ramble with lunch.
Tuesday 14 November Soirée Gastronomique at Bistrot Pierre; See below for details.
DecemberChristmas lunch.

Photographs from Past Events.

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


E2311GAS: Soirée Gastronomique at Bistrot Pierre, Tuesday 14 November Organiser: Ray Bradshaw

Bistrot Pierre

Bistrot Pierre hold a Soirée Gastronomique on two Tuesdays each month up to the end of November 2023.

The club has reserved a dining area for up to 18 people for Tuesday 14th November at their Leamington Spa bistrot. The start time will be 6.15 p.m. to allow plenty of time for the courses to be served and enjoyed and, of course, for socialising.

The Soirée Gastronomique has a six course menu at £25.95 per person plus a 10% service charge. The menu is designed to allow you to enjoy a leisurely and relaxed evening, savouring delicious, fresh and seasonal dishes in the nice ambience of this bistrot.

Bistrot Pierre Soirée Gastronomique

There is no need to pre-order our meals as only the third course needs to be chosen and the other five courses are fixed.

The restaurant address is: 28 Park St., Leamington Spa, CV32 4QN

To book places Ray just needs to know the names of diners. No booking form is needed and you may contact Ray by one of following methods:

Either email at ray.chris.bradshaw@gmail.com

Or by post to 5 Church Lane, Barford, CV35 8ES

Or by telephone 01926 620193

There is a £10 deposit per person required and Ray will advise you payment options when confirming your booking.


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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