Greetings once more from the furthest reaches of East Anglia. Regular readers of this message will now have an ongoing picture of the vagaries of Lowestoft’s weather in October; well, this year beats it all - sunny and 25 degrees in mid-October! Weird!
I am happy to be able to report another successful year for the Association, thanks to your continued support and the hard work of your Committee to whom I again offer our sincere thanks.
Sadly though, I have to report that, because of continuing health problems, our Newsletter editor, Tom Brown, has been forced to tender his resignation; this will be his final edition as Editor. Thank you, Tom, you have done a quite brilliant job over the last 9 years.
Both the Memorial Day and the Reunion Weekend were again very successful and enjoyed by all who attended.
Most significantly this year, of course, the AGM approved the Committee’s Motion that the Association be formally dissolved in September 2020. This is of course sad, but it is the inevitable result of our ageing demographic and falling membership and allows us to close the Association in a planned and dignified way, and it is not endex! Essentially, our Constitution tasks us with 2 things: promoting the Boy Entrant Training Scheme and encouraging social gatherings. On the former we have done much to leave a clear footprint behind us. First and foremost, our Memorial will stand proud in the National Arboretum long into the future, and I am happy to report that we have now received the required information from the Arboretum authorities such that I am confident that we will have an agreement early in the new year which will secure the maintenance of the Memorial in perpetuity. In addition, we leave behind our exhibit in the Cosford Museum, our Book of Remembrance and Standards in the Station Church Cosford, The Boy Entrant Eagle awarded annually by No 1 S of TT to an outstanding trainee and our Lectern Bible in the RAF Church in the Strand. Not a bad legacy methinks!
On the social front we now have many active entry and trade reunions each year and I was heartened after the AGM to hear of a number of others forming after the Annual Reunion ceases. Thus, for many years to come Boy Entrants will continue to meet, not only in the UK but in Australia and North America. So, it is not the end folks, just the beginning of a new chapter in our history.
Finally, and as always, Betty joins me in wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas and all that you wish yourselves for 2019.