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. The programme is compiled by a small committee, who seek to make it varied and appealing to our wide variety of members. 

Club News

Dear Members,
As you may know Barbara Clark has now retired from the committee, and at the AGM this month we elected a new Chairman. I have been elected to the post and have taken over from Barbara from the 2nd March 2017.

I would like to say a big thank you to Barbara for all of her hard work over the past years. Barbara is going to be a very difficult act to follow. I think you will agree Barbara has been an outstanding Chairman for many years. She will be missed by us all.

As your new Chairman I will do my best for all of you, and as you know I have a strong team round me who will help me perform the role and am sure will let me know if I am doing anything wrong.

A couple of things about me, I am now in my 7th year on the committee, and have run numerous trips. However I am still seen by some members as ‘the new boy’. I have been retired for over 13 years and despite my aged looks, I am still in my mid-sixties. I worked for IBM for 29 years, both in Havant (Respond), North Harbour, Hursley and for a short time in the US on assignment.

As you are aware this is a very large club with approximately 1,700 members. I am usually good with faces, but I am sorry I am pretty bad at names, so please bear with me.

I think I am reasonably approachable and I am always willing to listen to what you have to say, if you have any ideas how we can make improvement or have ideas for future trips please let me know.

I am looking forward to meeting you all in the future at various events. 

Kind regards
Dave Whitbourne

Message from Barbara Clark

I would like to thank most sincerely all those people who sent cards and gifts on my retirement as chairman of the South Hants Club.

Kind regards

Suggestions for future trips

Your committee welcomes ideas and suggestions for events, so if you have any that you would like us to consider, please contact us either via or email another committee member. Contact email addresses are under the the tab 'Committee'.

New Events now available for Booking

Swanage and the Railway, Marlbourgh and the Kennet, Avon canal, Fontwell Races

Adams Farm has been cancelled due to lack of interest.

If you have access to 'Word' then you can download the booking 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 forward 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.

Million Dollar Quartet - Wednesday 12th April
London Drop - Wednesday 5th April
Hampton Court Flower Show - Thurs 6th July
Swanage and the Railway - Wed 21st June
Marlborough & Kennet canal - Mon 22nd May
Fontwell races - Thurs 18th May

ll 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:

2 places available for Million Dollar Quartet

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