The ARMY APPRENTICE ... remember with pride

Arborfield Old Boys Association

Membership of the Association

If you are an Arborfield ex-apprentice and not yet a member of the Arborfield Old Boys Association then please seriously consider joining us - if you'd like a sample copy of the OBAN magazine to find more about us then just contact Alec Powell.

Objectives of the Association

To promote the efficiency of the Army by:

1 (a) maintaining contact between former Apprentices of the Schools and Colleges and their REME Junior Soldier successors, fostering mutual friendship between them and providing for social gatherings for them;

(b) fostering esprit de corps, comradeship and preserving the traditions of the Schools and Colleges.

2. To relieve either generally or individually members of The College, the Association or former Apprentices of the Schools and Colleges and their dependants, who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress (beneficiaries).

3. To commemorate and remember members or former members of the armed forces of the crown and in particular those former Apprentices of the Schools and Colleges and their REME Junior Soldier successors who have lost their lives or suffered injury, or put themselves at risk of loss of life or injury, in service to the public.

To join AOBA please contact the Honorary Secretary:

Philip Ellaway (73C) Tel: 07792 891999

7th May 2016 - Trustee changes at the AGM of the AANM Trust held at the NMA, Alrewas, Staffs.

Notable at the meeting was the retirement of one of the AOBA representatives on the Trust Vice Chairmen Keith Thrower (60C). He has been very active since it's foundation and will be greatly missed for his vast knowledge of corporate affairs and organizations etc. A note of thanks was expressed to him by all in attendance. This has left our Association with only two representives (Mike Davis and Mo Hope) on the AANM Board of Trustees. Gordon Bonner (Arborfield 49B) is making a proposal for the 2017 AGM that will hopefully ensure that each sponsoring Association will always hold at least two formal Trustee positions each, written into the AANM Constitution of the future. This will, of course be dependent upon each Association accepting their proper responsibilty for the management of the AANM Trust at their next AGM. At present there is no constitutional tie linking the Trust to the four Associations - the omission only condoned by the enthusiasm of bringing the Memorial to fruition without delay. The new Vice Chairman appointed is Johnny McGahan (Harrogate AOHA). Mike Davis, the AANM Trust Treasurer, was proposing to stand down at the last AGM but has kindly agreed to remain in post for the forseeable future. The Eighth AGM will be held at the meeting room of the NMA Alrewas Staffs at 13:00hrs, Saturday 6th of May 2017.

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A few of the AOBA members found their way to the bar. Photo L to R- Max Warwick, Gordon Bonner, Mo Hope, Mike Davis, David Schofield and Keith Thrower.