IBM Hursley Retirees Club - June

June 2018 Events:

June 6th (Wednesday) - Visit to the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park and Garden.

Depart Hursley - 8:00am

Depart Sheffield Park - 5:00pm (approx.)

“Limited numbers” trip - Two coaches - First come, first served!  Notification of success or failure will be returned in your SAE.

We will be taking the 10:45 steam train from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead, arriving at 11:25, and then leaving again at 11:45, to return to Sheffield Park by 12:24pm.  The coach will then take us the short distance to the National Trust Sheffield Park and Garden in time for lunch.

If you (and/or your guest) are a National Trust Member please remember to bring your membership card.

Some information about the Bluebell Railway is available from the Bluebell Railway web site.

Some information about Sheffield Park and Garden is available from the National Trust Sheffield Park web site.

If you are a member of an IBM Club or IBM Retiree Club you may request an application form for this visit by sending an e-mail to:  Please include your name, IBM Employee Number and the name of the IBM Club that you are registered with.  An e-mail will be returned to you with a PDF version of the application form attached.  You will need to print and complete this as required, and then post with cheque and SAE to Beth Roberts.

June 19th (Tuesday) - Visit to the Wadworth Brewery and Kennet Canal Cruise.

Depart Hursley - 9:00am.

Depart Devizes - 5:00pm (approx.)

“Limited numbers” trip - Two coaches - First come, first served!  Notification of success or failure will be returned in your SAE.

(This trip is now fully booked!)

The boat is limited to 45 seats, so we are taking one coach to the canal in the morning, and one in the afternoon.  While one group takes the cruise, the other will tour Wadworth’s brewery.

Wadworth is a traditional Victorian gravity brewery, and the tour takes you through the brewing process, starting in the accessible Visitor Centre and ending with the opportunity to sample some of the beer.  After the introductory talk, you will climb to the top of the building and follow the process down to the finished product.  There is also a chance to visit the stables, as Wadworth is one of the few companies retaining horse-drawn drays. 

If you can’t climb stairs to see the whole brewery, you can stay below and get hot/cold drinks (including beer!) in the Harness Room bar.  There is also a “brewseum” you can look around on your own.

More details may be found at the Wadworth Brewery web site.

The Kennet & Avon Canal cruise leaves from Devizes Wharf on Crouch Lane (Post code: SN10 1EB), about five minutes walk from the Brewery (0.2 miles).  It heads into the Vale of Pewsey, turning round after the Hour-glass pub by Devizes Marina.  Overall, the cruise takes about 105 minutes. Details are given on the Kennet & Avon Trust website as the Devizes Marina trip.  There is space on the wharf to store wheelchairs, but you do need to be able to walk up the gang-plank of the boat.  The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust Museum is near the wharf, along with a tea-room.

Our tours are scheduled at 11:00 and 14:30, giving you time for lunch in the town.  There are several places to eat lunch just south of the brewery, including the Crown, the Black Swan, Pizza Express, and the Jade Garden.

June 25th (Monday) - Lunch for a Fiver in the Hursley Clubhouse.

12 noon - Sitting down time.

“Limited numbers” - First come, first served!  Notification of success or failure will be returned in your SAE.

Please note that this is only open to Retiree Members.

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