IBM Retired Employee Club (South Hants) Branch is available to some categories
of retiree. The club promotes and encourages group social activities among
retirees and their partners (or guest) and is a great way to pursue the
activities that you enjoy, it is also a good way to meet other IBM retirees.
The club is run by members who volunteer their time to organise social
We have recently tested
a new method of bookings for club events in an attempt to reduce costs
to you - our members. This new system did not require you to enclose a
stamped addressed envelope with your application as we would notify you
of the success (or otherwise) of your application. Stamped addressed envelopes
were only required if a member did not have an email address or required
his/her cheque to be returned (rather than destroyed by us) if the application
We always recognised that this system would be more time consuming to
the committee member running the trip as 2 systems of handling responses
were required (email and stamped addressed envelopes) and the additional
time taken to input everyone’s email address. We were happy to undertake
this additional workload if the system was beneficial to the members.
Unfortunately, we have experienced a greater number of problems than envisaged
so we will be returning to the old system with immediate effect
– you will need to enclose a stamped address envelope with your
application as previously.
We have encountered problems on every trip we have run under this trial
system. The main ones were:
- Members not receiving
the emailed response. Most people have contacted the committee member
running the trip to determine whether they were successful or not although
a few have unfortunately not followed up and failed to turn up for a
trip even though their application had been successful.
- Difficulties reading
the email address on the application, reading it incorrectly or an incorrect
email address being supplied. This has usually resulted in a mail delivery
error but some messages may have been sent to a valid address but not
to our member. In the first case, we have had to phone up the member
to determine the correct email address.
We know the Royal Mail is not perfect and occasionally a response may
not be delivered but it is far more reliable than the system we have trialed.
We hope you will appreciate the reasons for our return to the
old and trusted system as it is in everyone’s interest.
We are not
closing the bookings for Tower Bridge and the Chiltern Valley Winery as
there are still places available.
Just a note
to remind people that the 'Sinatra at the London Palladium' trip will
take place on Thursday 8th October. Coach leaves North Harbour at 3.30pm
Events now available for Booking
Cruise, London Eye and Supper - City and Village tour
you have access to 'Word' then you can download and fill
in your form [here]
(this download is only available
for New Events).
access the Booking forms, please
click on the trip under
download booking forms you will need Adobe Reader installed on your computer.
You can download for free the latest version of Adobe Reader by clicking
you have to cancel for any reason please contact the organiser of the
event. (You will find this information on the booking form). If you are
unable to speak to the organiser then please contact another member of
the committee. (Do not leave a message on an answer phone!!)
you cancel on the day then you can ring the club mobile (for those in
possession of a mobile phone I would like to suggest you add our club
07810494624 to your contact list).
The organiser will agree with the Treasurer if a refund can be given and
let you know. Where a refund is possible the Treasurer will foward a refund
to you minus any administration cost.
We have recently had
a number of cheques returned to us as the drawer is in the process of
switching banks. I don’t know what the new bank is telling you but
the result is that a cheque drawn on your old bank will be rejected and
represented by our bank to your new bank. On it’s own this would
not be a problem, however, each time this happens we are charged £4
by our own bank. I am therefore making you aware that you are fully responsible
for any charges we receive from this process.
Ron Bunce Treasurer
places are allocated on a ballot basis, from time to time we do a first
come first served, but it will be clearly marked on the Booking form when
this applies. Any tickets/places that are still available for Events can
be found here:
Bridge tour - Contact Richard Munday on
Chiltern Valley Winery -
Contact Ann Reid on 01329845159
info please click on the event
you wish to be notified when the latest Booking forms are available on
the website please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with your request to be added to the distribution
Please make sure we
have your correct email address
All changes to home address
should be sent to RetireeClubMembership@uk.ibm.com