2011 sadly saw the last Arborfield Old Boys Association Reunion parade not only on
the old square but at Arborfield. Members of the 62 intakes were desperately hoping
that we would get to hold our 50th Anniversary Reunion at Arborfield but with the
current plans now set into action it is not to be.
I arrived at the Sgt’s Mess on the Saturday morning in time to book in and get my
kit into the Sgt’s Mess annexe block and then make my way with Terry Houghton and
John Clay over to the old Regimental Square. Junior Company block still stands at
the top of the square but not a lot else. Having formed up and executed an “open
order right dress” we marched onto the square to the sound of the Pipes & Drums from
Rochester, Old Boy Alex Burt (62A) still blowing away as good as ever.
It was for me once again a splendid reunion, wonderful to see old comrades from across
the years at the school. Its was particularly rewarding to meet up again with Carl
Powell, Terry O'Sullivan, Terry Houghton and John Clay from 62C, I am hoping that
for 2012 we are able to gather a few more of our number. Our sincere thanks to Bill
Cleasby and the committee for all their hard work in producing once again a terrific
weekend. Bill has now stood down from the post of Hon Sec and handed over the reigns
to David Schofield 65A, (younger brother of our Ken (C Coy) who sadly died in 1997)
who I know will be be a very able successor. See you all next year. (Click on the
thumb nails for larger pictures)
The AGM was a lively one when the subject of the closure of the garrison and a future
venue for the Association Reunions came up, the vote for the Hotel in Hinckley and
the parade to be held at the National Memorial Arboretum was carried by a large majority.
(see links on the 62’ers page)
There wasn’t a lot of time to draw breath and get a shower after the AGM before
Alex Burt was piping us in to dinner in the “Regimental Restaurant”. I don’t know
quite how the committee did it but 220 were seated by the time Alex ran out of puff.
The wine flowed and a splendid evening was had by all, a big thank you to the serving
staff for doing such a terrific job.
After dinner the 62’ers left standing had a night cap in the Sgt’s Mess and viewed
and discussed John Swarbrick’s clothing catalogue for next years 50th Anniversary.
Details of the “T” shirts, Polo shirts, Sweat Shirts and hats can be found at Aniversary
Clothing. (There will be some further amendments to the page in the near future re
pricing etc in the meantime please contact John)
The reviewing Officer for the day was Old Boy, Major General Ian Dale (74B), who
arrived at the dais in a vintage staff car and was met by Major Russ Kenyon Vice
Chairman of the AOBA. Parade Commander,Bugs Hutchins, then guided the Major General
through the ranks on a tour of inspection.
Having marched past the reviewing officer and given a snappy “eyes right” we gathered
at the memorial garden on the old guard room site for the drumhead service, this
was followed by a ceremonial march out through the old gates for the very last time.
All the pictures for posterity taken we adjourned to Hazebrouck Sgt’s Mess for some
deserved liquid refreshment (it was a very warm day). A splendid Bar B Q was next
on the agenda after which a walk to the REME museum was called for.