News 2014

The Army Apprentice National Memorial Service becomes an annual event at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffs

The next AGM of the Army Apprentice National Memorial Charity will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffs, on Saturday the 10th of May, 2014, at 10.00am (Please advise the Hon. Secretary if you expect to attand as the meeting room is small and somewhat restrictive)

The Annual Memorial Service held by the AANM Charity has been designated as an annual event and the next Service is to be held on Sunday 11th May 2014, at 11.00am. All Ex-Apprentices are cordially invited to attend.

It will be a Drum-Head service, with our Patron, Major General G.B. Berragan CB and Founding Trustees present, and for the first time, ‘On parade’ together, will be the Standards of the four sponsoring associations of Arborfield, Carlisle, Chepstow and Harrogate.

Order of Service

First Annual Service – Sunday 11th May 2014..11.00am.

Pipes & Drum. David Pickworth, Robin Bartholomew,
& Tony Church…Arborfield. .

Welcome Address…. Major General G.B Berragan CB…. Arborfield.
(Patron of the Army Apprentice National Memorial Charity)

Prayer of Thanksgiving….. Rev Garry Kelly…. Carlisle.

Poem “Memorial 2014”…. by Tony Church…Reading by Johnny

Dedication & Blessing of A.O.H.A. Standard… Rev Garry Kelly.

Hymn…. I Vow To Thee My Country…. Rev Garry Kelly…. Carlisle.
Music…The Salvation Army – Burton-on-Trent

The Act Of Remembrance:-…. led by the Rev Garry Kelly… Carlisle.
The Exhaltation..Major (Retd) Gordon Bonner…….. Arborfield.
“The Last Post”….. Adrian Harper – R.M. Bugler.
Pipers Lament; Alex Burt & Dick Camp…. Arborfield.
“The Army Apprentice School Lament”
Two minutes Silence.
The Kohima Epitaph…Colin Weir…. Chepstow.
“Reveille” …… Adrian Harper – R.M. Bugler.

Hymn…. Stand up, stand up for Jesus….. led by Rev Garry Kelly

Closing Prayers and Blessing… Rev Garry Kelly… Carlisle..

The National Anthem….. Two verses.


(Estimated Service Time approx 25 minutes)


This Service is being held the same weekend as the AANM Charity AGM, which will be held the preceeding day at the Arboretum, Saturday the 10th May. For those who want to make a weekend of it, a social evening on the Saturday, is to be held at the Menzies Mickleover Court Hotel, Mickleover, near Derby, in the form of dinner in the Premier 2 Suite, 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Ex- Apprentices and their guests are cordially invited to join the Trustees for this event too.

Accommodation has been offered by the hotel as follows:
Dinner, bed&breakfast, £130:00p per double/twin occupancy room.
Dinner, bed &breakfast £94:00p per single occupancy room
Dinner only £26:00p per person

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

To book a room contact 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 521642 quoting “Army Apprentice Reunion”. Please note payment is taken when booking for meal only.

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