Midlands IBM Retirees Club - April 2024 Newsletter

As a reminder, our popular annual visit to Pete’s Place will take place on 30th May, Also see this newsletter for information about a visit to Chedham’s Yard in Wellesbourne on Tuesday 18th June.

There is an event being organised by The Friends of Burton Dassett Church – a visit by the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra at All Saints’, Burton Dassett on Friday 7th June 2024; See below for details.

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


Event Reports

E2404MIL: Charlecote Mill Guided Tour

13 members went to Charlecote Mill for a tour led by Karl Grevatt, the miller, taking a couple of hours for a fascinating tour, during which he showed us the mill in all its function, and told us of its history, and his. Everybody managed the stairs to the first floor, with the mill’s four millstones and various bits of milling equipment such as grain cleaners and a whodjamflibbit to separate the bran from the flour.

The attendees all rated it one of the very best tours we’ve ever done. If you missed it, you missed out! We followed the trip with lunch in the restaurant room of the Hampton Lucy village pub, the Boar’s Head, with own-label beer and an excellent choice of pub grub.

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

Paul Gover



The following events are currently planned for 2024:

Thursday 30 MayPete’s Place with rides on model railway and lake steamer See below.
Tuesday 18 JuneChedhams Yard. See below.
13-15 JulyJohnsons 2 day break – Llandudno & Snowdonia
SeptemberIronbridge (9 different attractions)
NovemberLand Rover factory tour, Solihull
Wednesday 11 December (provisional)Christmas Lunch

Photographs from Past Events.

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


E2405PPL: Pete’s Place Thursday 30 May (Organiser Gary Wooding)

This is a reminder that Pete’s Place is scheduled this year on the last Thursday in May. As before, there is no charge made for this Charity sponsoring event but you will be expected to donate £15 per car on the gate. Everything else is totally free.

This event is not restricted to Retiree Club members – tell your friends and the rest of your family, get as many people as you like in your car, it’s still only £15 per car. Donations, cash or cheque payable to the Air Ambulance, will be collected at the gate. But remember; this is not a commercial enterprise; Pete makes no money from it at all and all proceeds go to Air Ambulance. Get there in the morning around 11:00 to 11:30 and stay all day, bring a picnic and use the barbeques that are freely available. Tea and coffee is available free of charge, and locally produced ice cream can be purchased. It’s a day out you will remember – I promise.

Pete’s place is just outside Pailton, near Monk’s Kirby. The actual address is…
Fairfield House
Coventry Road
CV23 0QA

SatNav co-ordinates 52deg,26min,04.99 sec N, 1deg,19min,13.48sec W
The entrance is not overly visible; here are two views from opposite directions…

Pete’s Place entrance

Pete’s Place entrance

Here is a map

Pete’s Place entrance

So that we can get an idea of the number of attendees, please inform Gary Wooding, either by post or email, to:

64 Binswood Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 5RY
Email: binswood@gmail.com, Telephone: 01926 425485 Mobile: 07807 676866

E2406CHE: Chedham’s Yard, Tuesday 18 June Organiser: Gary Wooding

We have been able to arrange a group booking to visit Chedham’s Yard in Wellesbourne on Tuesday 18th June. The visit starts at 11:00 and last for about an hour. Lunch can also be arranged at the nearby King’s Head Pub in Warwick Road, Wellesbourne.

Chedham's Yard is a prize-winning heritage site. Hidden away in Wellesbourne in Warwickshire it is a well-kept secret - a blacksmith’s and wheelwright’s workshop dating from the early 19th century. The Yard was run by five generations of the Chedham family, the last of whom, Bill Chedham passed away in 2012 shortly after the Yard opened to the public. The Yard is crammed with tools, equipment and items made at or maintained on site along with the materials to make them. I have arranged the visit for 11:00 to 12:30 and is limited to between 12 and 25 people.

Unfortunately, the new club doesn’t receive any grant from IBM so there can be no subsidy. The price for this event is £9.50 for the guided visit. Lunch is available as a fixed price 2 or 3 course menu at £15.95 or £19.55. Bar snacks are available. A booking form will be available nearer to the date.

Chedham’s Yard

Chedham’s Yard

Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra - Friday 7th June

The Friends of Burton Dassett invite you to an evening of music following a 1940’s theme. The Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO) will be playing Big Band Music in All Saints’ Church on the evening of Friday 7th June. We are very fortunate that the MYJO have chosen our venue to play for us; they are very popular having performed on television and radio and in most major jazz festivals all over the world, including performances in Canada, USA and Europe.

The bar will be open from 6pm and performance begins at 7:30pm. We hope you will take the opportunity to support these amazing young people. Bring a picnic to enjoy before the performance if the weather is fine. (Parking at the Church is very limited. Please park on the left before crossing the cattle grid and walk the last few minutes to the Church). Payment (£15pp) may be made via BACS, Cash, or cheque, by contacting Norma King (01295 770292) or Chris Compton (BDPCC-Sec@gmail.com - 01295 770355).

Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra


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: 883 3813 5221
Passcode: 395710

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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