Thursday, June 04, 2020

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Message from the Chairman


Dear AOBA Members. 

Dear AOBA Members.  I hope this finds you all fit and well and coping with this prolonged period of lockdown.  I know it is becoming more difficult, but I think the Government’s message of ‘Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, and Save Lives’ is correct, and we must support it; together we will get through this.      


I wrote to you last on the 8th April regarding the postponement of the reunion and I know that Shirley from the Isle of Wight Tours has personally written to all those that have already booked and paid a deposit.  For ease, the money has been transferred over to the 2021 reunion, but I should reiterate that if you need a refund, just ask Shirley and it will be repaid in full. On another note, I hope that you have been reaching out to your mates and giving them a call.  If you haven’t, I urge you to pick up the phone and do so.  It’s surprising what a good catch up on the phone will do to lift your spirits.  I rang an old colleague last week, and despite it being 35 years since we last spoke, we spent a very happy 40 minutes on the phone. 


Last time I asked for your support in completing the GPRR forms.  Thank you, we are getting a good response so please keep them coming.  Today I’m asking for your support in remembering our forebears by supporting the Royal British Legion’s VE75 commemorations on the Friday 8th May.  While a whole day of events is planned, I would like the membership to specifically support the 2 minutes silence at 1100hrs by either standing in their doorstep or their gardens.  Furthermore, I would ask that you get dressed up, medals and all, and take a photo and send it to the OBAN editor (See Contacts)  My aim is to fill the centre pages of the next OBAN with a montage of the membership, but I need your help to make it a reality.  There are 800 of us – let’s have a go, shall we?  Thank you.    


Rest assured the committee are working hard on your behalf.   I’ll be in touch again soon, in the meantime, stay safe.  Thank you




Mike Tizard, your Chairman. 3rd May 2020


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