The ARMY APPRENTICE ... remember with pride

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December, 2014

David 'Ted' Cooper, a founding Trustee of the AANM Charity and Carlisle Rep has been appointed our new Honorary Secretary

He replaces Gordon Bonner who kindly stepped in for a while, until a replacement was forthcoming after his earlier retirement. Thank you Gordon for finding safe hands to take over your earlier outstanding work as founding Secretary.

2015 - Our Annual May Weekend events

13.00hrs - Saturday 9th May 2015, AGM at NMA, Alrewas, Staffs

The next AGM of the Army Apprentice National Memorial Charity will be held at the Poppy Room, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffs. (Please advise the Hon. Secretary if you expect to attand as the meeting room is small and somewhat restrictive) Agenda to follow.

19.30hrs - Saturday 9th May 2015, Evening Dinner at Menzies Mickleover Court Hotel, Etwal Rd, Derby, DE3 0XX, Tel: 01332 521234

Stop over and make a weekend of it. We have arranged an informal Dinner evening with the above hotel to include dinner, together with bed & Sunday breakfast. All ex Apprentices and their guests are cordially invited to join the Trustees for this event too. Johnny Victory has been booked for an after dinner cabaret of songs, music and gags featuring the WW2 era, followed by more up-to-date music from the 50's, 60's and 70's. We propose to cover his cost by asking for donations at the event. Book direct with the hotel for both Dinner & Accommodation as below:

Accommodation has been offered by the hotel as follows:

Dinner, bed & breakfast, £132:00p per double/twin occupancy room.
Dinner, bed & breakfast £95:00p per single occupancy room
Dinner only £26:00p per person

The room rate will also apply on the Friday night too, should anybody wish to take advantage of this.
25 Rooms will be held until 10th March 2014. Bookings after this date will be subject to availability with the hotel.

To book a room and our special dinner, please contact direct the reservations manger, Kath Cheetham on 01332 521234 quoting “Army Apprentice Reunion”

To book in just for a meal contact Events Manager, Sam Vanter on 01332 523642 quoting “Army Apprentice Reunion”. Please note payment is taken when booking for meal only.


9TH MAY 2015

Evening Dinner MENU


Creamed tomato and fresh basil soup (v)

Chilled poached salmon with a potato, spring onion and horseradish salad and herb oil

Chicken liver pate with fruit chutney and toasted bloomer bread


Breast of chicken with a lentil, smoked bacon and shallot cassoulette, sherry vinegar dressing

Braised belly of pork rolled with English mustard and herbs, creamed cabbage, cider jus

Butternut squash, blue cheese and red onion tart, wilted red chard, balsamic glaze (v)


Glazed lemon tart, raspberry coulis, Chantilly cream

Mature cheddar and french brie with grapes, celery and biscuits

Tea, Coffee & Mints

Please be aware that on the day of our ceremony, the NMA are celebrating VE Day. Their function will be held in the marquee and along part of The Beat starting at 0900 hrs until 1400 hrs. It will be based on a 1940’s street party and there will be a singer, ice cream vans, hooking the duck, coconut shy, etc. The location of this event will not directly affect us but we should be aware that there will be a lot of people milling around the entrance, Reception and Visitors Centre. After our ceremony is over we are all more than welcome to join in the VE Day party celebrations.

Our Event will be a Drum-Head service, with all the Standards of the four sponsoring associations of Arborfield, Carlisle, Chepstow and Harrogate attending.

SAME DAY is the NMA VE Day