The Royal Air Force Apprentices
Memorial at the National Arboretum
HALTON GROVE at the National Arboretum
Celebrations were held at Dunston Hall Hotel, Nr Norwich. Over a glorious weekend 28
Ex brats plus 23 Ladies attended. The main gathering day Friday 22nd May 2009, was
spent catching up on all the gossip as is appropriate when renewing acquaintances, and
also making use of the fine amenities available at the hotel including the fine golf course.
It was here that a new event was added to The European Golf Tour, in the form of ‘The
Open’. Hotly contested by ‘Chas’ Dewar, ‘Rip’ Kirby, ‘Mo’ Conybear and Mike Pond,
much time was spent in local woodland, ably assisted by Eileen, Mike’s caddie, studying
the local flora and fauna, whilst looking for the odd lost ball!
In the evening we dined casually, a buffet style meal, held in the Bunkers Bar. We
welcomed some new faces (that are still coming out of the woodwork), Alan Walker, Nigel
and Brenda Bacon and Julian (Yank) Francis. Yank brought with him (still in pristine
condition) the original entry banner, which took pride of place in the dining room.
Saturday dawned with weather made
for taking in the delights of the local
area, which meant for most, the
beautiful city of Norwich.
The gathering in full refinery on
Saturday evening ready for the
celebration dinner. Following the
customary photo session, the 82nd
Entry was given a rendering of all
the old favourites by piper John
Walker (83rd Entry), before being
called into dinner by Maurice
Conybear with a fine rendition of
General Parade on his cornet. As was
to be expected, following a fine meal,
drinking and reminiscing went on
until the late hours. Mike Pond gave
a "short" address see photo, running through one or two members service careers,
showing that some of us had certainly been around a bit. Mike and Martin Harvey had
also gone to great trouble and had managed to borrow from the archives details of the
entry from day one, and even the final examination marks for all subjects which proved to
be of great interest. George Wade provided a rolling display of photos from previous
reunions, many other interesting snippets were also on display.
Many thanks to Mike and Eileen Pond for the work they put in to make the weekend such
Plans have already been made for 2010. Next year we will be meeting at the Hilton Hotel
Portsmouth, during the weekend of 28 / 29 of May. The formal dinner will be on the
Friday. All information will be available on this site. If you have any questions prior to
that you can contact : Mick Simmons.01428 / 724470 or by email
50th Anniversary 2009
The gents gather before dinner.
Joined by the ladies.
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