The IBM Retired Employee Club (South Hants)

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The 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 events.

Club News


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 was unsuccessful.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

New Events now available for Booking

BBC tour

Classical Spectacular

Christmas Cruise, London Eye and Supper - City and Village tour

If you have access to 'Word' then you can download and fill in your form [here]
(this download is only available for New Events).

Booking Form Downloads

To access the Booking forms, please click on the trip under Upcoming Events

To 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 [here] to download


If 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!!)
If 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 mobile number 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.

Cheque Payments

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

Upcoming Events

For full details of the trip and to download the Booking forms please click on the Event.

Brick Lane Music Hall -Friday 6th November
Tower Bridge - Wednesday 16th September
Beautiful - Carole King - Tuesday 8th September
Sinatra at the Palladium - Thursday 8th October
Henley drop and Chiltern Valley Winery - Wednesday 21st October
BBC Tour - Thursday 12th November
Christmas Cruise, London Eye and supper- Wednesday 2nd December
Classical Spectacular - Sunday 22nd November
The Dutch Bulb fields at Keukenhof - 25th to 28th April 2016

All 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:

Tower Bridge tour - Contact Richard Munday on 01243 371948

Chiltern Valley Winery - Contact Ann Reid on 01329845159

For further info please click on the event

If you wish to be notified when the latest Booking forms are available on the website please email with your request to be added to the distribution list.

Please make sure we have your correct email address

All changes to home address should be sent to