The IOBA can help our less fortunate members, so that they are able to attend future Reunions.
In memory of, the above assistance will be now known as ‘The Robert Griffin Award’.
As some people will remember, Robert Griffin was an inspirational Petty Officer & Drum Major, let’s pause and think about a great guy and gave his life for the defence of his country, the best sprit of the Indefatigable, RIP school friend and Brave Royal Marine.
Robert sadly lost his life during the closing days of the Falklands War in 1982 (age 22).
Guide on the parameters and criteria to be applied;
Applicant to be decided by the serving IOBA committee.
Maximum Award to be £300. Nominees will be asked to submit an approximate overall costing to justify.
To include; UK Travel expenses / Accommodation / Reunion Dinner & Bar.
The Committee have set the following guidelines;
1) £300 max.
2) Must be a fully paid up member of the IOBA.
3) Not previously been to an AGM under the terms of this proposal.
4) Committee to decide on the IOBA Member to attend (along with a second choice in case the offer is declined).
5) Less Fortunate Members Representative to coordinate.
The IOBA can help members, but I must stress at this point, your ‘application will be decided by the serving IOBA committee’.
If you would like to take up the offer, please write/email to:
Less Fortunate Members Representative;
Martyn Hunt 82/85
3, Ironside Walk, Burslem, Stoke on Trent. Staffs. ST6 4AA
M: 07881 741440
One Award for 2017 was offered.
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The annual Merchant Navy Day service was held in Liverpool Parish Church on 3rd Sept 2017, this was followed by the procession over to the Pier Head to the Merchant Navy Memorial where a short ceremony took place and wreaths were laid.
John Farrell 49/50 laid the IOBA wreath on behalf of all and past Indefatigable Cadets & School Staff.
John Aspinall 59/60 was the IOBA Standard Bearer.
VIDEO: Merchant Navy Day Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony, Liverpool 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wtCTh24Cuc
Merchant Navy Day is the annual celebration of the British Merchant Navy, with the memorial service held for the 36,000 seafarers who died at sea in the Second World War.
The service was attended by diplomatic representatives of Britain’s allies during the war, who paid homage to their own considerable losses of merchant seafarers serving in British ships.
Wreaths were laid by, among others, the Indefatigable Old Boys Association (IOBA), Merchant Navy veterans, High Commissioners and naval attaches from many countries linked with the Port of Liverpool, including the Royal Navy, Canadian Navy & Australian Navy.
VIPs included: Among the civic dignitaries attending was the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, The Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool & The Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead DCVO DBE.
IOBA members on the day were; Pamela Brown MBE MStJ JP DL MNM (Honorary IOBA Member), Pat Moran (Honorary IOBA Member), John Farrell 49/50, Russell Jones 55/56, John Aspinall 59/60 & Val Aspinall, Marc Hardman 1961, Tom Keyes 63/64 & Steve Humphries 75/76.
Represented on the day: Liverpool Retired Merchant Seafarers, Vindicatrix Association, Merchant Navy Association(Wirral), Blue Funnel Association, Friends of Conway, Indefatigable OBA, Anchorage Club, War Widows of Great Britain, Liverpool Seafarers Centre, Nautilus, Mariners Park, Derbyshire Families Association, Sailors Society, Merseyside Master Mariners, Port Sunlight Sea Dogs, Sea Cadet Units TS Conway, TS Starling and Maritime Cadets & Liverpool Welsh Choral.
The Merchant Navy Day Committee is pleased to invite you to this year’s ceremony in the Liverpool Parish Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas, Chapel Street, Liverpool.
Once again the IOBA Standard will be paraded.
Merchant Navy Day will be celebrated at Our Lady and St.Nicholas Church, Liverpool. The Service commences at 1200, please be seated by 1135.
Afterwards we walk down to the M.N. Memorial on the Pier Head, led by a Sea Cadet Band, for a short Service and laying of wreaths.
The IOBA wreath will be laid along with many others, Merchant Navy veterans, High Commissioners and Naval Attaches from many countries linked with the Port of Liverpool, including Canada, plus the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and Mayors of the Merseyside Boroughs.
35th Annual IOBA Reunion Day Saturday 9th June 2018 – at JSMTC Indefatigable.
35th Annual IOBA Reunion Dinner Saturday 9th June 2018 – at the Carreg Bran Hotel.
The 2016 IOBA Newsletter has been made available for all, six months after MEMBERS have received thier hard-copy.
It is a sad fact that since its closure in 1995 the Indefatigable as we know it is no more. However, you can help keep the memories and all that the school stood for alive by joining the Indefatigable Old Boys Association.
Membership stands at 251 (May 2017), a tiny percentage of the number of boys who benefited from her. So please get involved and join up.
To pay your membership subscription, please click on this LINK :
Please find below the LINK in PDF. This is as close to the printed hard-copy sized down from 6.5Mb to ~1Mb.
IOBA 2016 Newsletter please click on this LINK to download : 2016 FINAL VERSION
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Wendy Bell: ‘I have been keeping a secret for a good number of weeks, from everyone. Family included, as I was asked not to share and keep things strictly confidential.
Today (17th June 2017) in the Queens Honours list. Spencer has been awarded The Queens Commendation for Bravery.
This is very bittersweet, as I am, and always have been, immensely proud of him. But I would give up everything I have to see him walk through the door again.
I have to thank Neil who has worked so much for this and also our MP Oliver Dowden who supported Neil through the process.
Now I have to wait for when it will be presented. I will accept it for this act and the many others acts of bravery, when he risked his life, as a Police Officer for 31 years.
Thank you Darling for filling my life with Love, Happiness, Joy and laughter, for 41 years, I do it all for you.’
Please see link below;
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Brigadier Bill O’Leary 74/76 (QVRM TD DL VR)
IOBA Chairman’s Presentation:
Dear Andrew (IOBA Chairman),
Steve Humphries (IOBA Vice Chairman) on his return from the reunion weekend (10/June/2017) and passed to me the absolutely beautifully engraved lantern which you had commissioned for me.
I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the Association in doing this and thank you all most sincerely for this kind gesture.
It was a wonderful privilege being the Chairman for 10 years I know you will feel the same for at least the next decade!
I missed you all greatly this weekend, Anita will tell you I was like a lost soul recounting by the hour what you would be doing at each stage of the weekend.
I hear it was a great success, very well done to you all.
Again, a huge thank you for this wonderful presentation, it is greatly appreciated.
Steve Humphries 75/76.
IOBA Secretary’s Presentation:
Steve Humphries (IOBA Vice Chairman & Archives Secretary) was presented the above ‘In appreciation of His outstanding Service as Secretary of the Indefatigable Old Boys Association’ for 17 years.
IOBA Reunion 2017 Photos:
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35th Annual IOBA Reunion Day
This will be held at the Old School again at JSMTC Indefatigable. SATNAV address Llanfairpwll. Anglesey – LL61 6NT
35th Annual IOBA Reunion Dinner
Reunion Dinner 19:30-23:59.
As of today’s date (Date) registered total guests attending the Reunion / Dinner are 0/100.
Saturday 9th June – Reunion Day at JSMTC Indefatigable.
Saturday 9th June – Annual IOBA Reunion Dinner at the Carreg Bran Hotel (Tel: 01248 511 577).
The IOBA 35th Reunion PayPal web page to OPEN (January 2018) for Lunch and Dinner bookings, LAST BOOKINGS SUNDAY 27th MAY 2018.
The 35th DAY Plan: 9/06/2018
08:00 – 09:00 Meet at Carreg Bran Hotel for initial check-in (Tel: 01248 511 577).
09:00 – 09:30 Down to JSMTC Indefatigable Introduction from IOBA Chairman in the Lecture Hall (Assembly Hall).
09:45 – 11:30 IOBA AGM in the Lecture Hall (Assembly Hall).
11:30 – 15:00 JSMTC Main Building open to tour at leisure.
11:30 – 15:00 Nuffield Sail Centre (Boathouse) OPEN – Lounge facility.
11:30 – 13:30 IOBA Shop OPEN (JSMTC Main Building).
12:00 – 14:00 LUNCH (£15 per person) JSMTC Main Building & CASH BAR open.
15:30 – 16:00 IOBA Members to be off site JSMTC.
The 35th EVENING Plan:
16:30 – 17:30 St Mary’s Church will be open.
18:00 – 19:30 Meet for Drinks at Carreg Bran Hotel (Tel: 01248 511 577).
19:30 – 23:59 Seated (for 20:00) for the 35th Reunion Hot Carvey Dinner (£30 per person TBC) at Carreg Bran Hotel (Tel: 01248 511 577).
Click here for accommodation : Self catering apartments, family run B&B’s, Farmhouse Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, Lodges and Chalets, Campsites, Touring Parks and Yurt & Tipi Campsites.
Attendees List for the Indefatigable 35th Reunion: For the Reunion Dinner there are a maximum of 100 place’s in total for the Reunion Dinner = 0 confirmed attendees for dinner (date TBC), list of who’s attending to be posted ‘here’ late PM 27/May 2018;
Indefatigable Old Boys Association (IOBA): Secretary & Archives