The Arborfield Apprentice Association (known as Arborfield Old Boys Association or AOBA) exists to represent all the 50,000 young men and women who passed through the gates of the Army Apprentice establishment at Arborfield during the years 1939 to 2004.
The Association is free to join and the annual fee is only £15. There is also an annual reunion, which is great fun meeting up with old friends. This used to be held at Arborfield but now, with the closure of the garrison, is held usually in July, at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. We also have our own magazine, published three times a year, which is a great way to keep in touch with old comrades.
We are also a charity and can provide help to ex-apprentices & PS and their dependants who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress.
If you are not yet a member of the Association, then please seriously consider joining us. It doesn’t matter if your time at Arborfield was not completed, it doesn’t matter how your Army career progressed (or didn’t), as long as you attended Arborfield Apprentice School, Apprentice College, Princess Marina College or Army Technical Foundation College as an Apprentice or Permanent Staff you are eligible.
At present we are trying to get as many ex-apprentices or PS to join as possible so we can boost our numbers and continue as successfully as we have been.
If you feel it’s something you’d be interested in then please contact us through our website – www.arborfieldoldboys.co.uk