The Arborfield Old Boys Association Reunion weekend
17th - 19th July 2015
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The reunion weekend kicked off on the Friday evening with a curry buffet as usual,
yours truly was not able to make the trip to Hinkley on the Friday evening but made
a very early start on Saturday morning to head for the National Memorial Arboretum
for the parade and remembrance service. With plenty of time to spare I arrived at
Alrewas in time to greet the coaches coming up from Hinkley and meet up with 62C
“B” Company Comrades Carl Powell with wife Ann and Bill Foster in company with his
son Paul. Bill I hadn’t seen since we passed out of Arborfield in 1965, wow 50 years
ago is that possible.
The parade formed up with the 65’ers at the head and was lead for the last time by
retiring Old Boys Association Chairman Brian (Bugs) Hutchins. Thankfully this year
the sun was shinning and there was no need for umbrella's and raincoats. With the
local pipes and drums leading we marched on parade and halted ready for the inspection
by the reviewing officer, Col Ron Medley 65A.
Following the inspection it was time for the march past and “eyes right” at the saluting
dais, there was a little problem with the beat of the bass drum but being old sweats
we were able to cope.
From the parade the gathering then made their way to the Apprentices Memorial for
the Drum Head Service. Last years lashing rain was just a memory as the Royal Marine
Bugler played the last post and our resident piper Alex Burt (62B) played the lament.
After all this activity the assembled gathering were ready for lunch and it was off
to the marque on the other side of the site. With food and drink taken there wasn’t
much time left for exploring the Memorial site before it was time to return to The
Hinkley Island Hotel for further proceedings ie the AGM and the evening dinner.
Brian Hutchins opened the AGM and having given his last Chairman’s Report then handed
over the duties of Chairman to Mike Tizzard 76B. Our thanks to Brian for many years
of service to the Association.
It was a terrific turn out from the 65’ers for their 50th Anniversary gathering and
they were duly piped to the top tables for dinner by Alex of course. It was a most
enjoyable meal and the service by the hotel staff perfect as usual. Toasts and speeches
were the order of the day before the assembled relaxed and eventually drifted off
to bed after a simply splendid day.
Sunday morning was time for breakfast and good byes to old friends for another year.
Well done to David Schofield and his team for all their hard work to produce another
cracking Reunion weekend.
If you have never been, have a think about coming next year you wont regret it.