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Apprentice Boys of Derry

The Associated Clubs of the

By abodadmin, May 15 2020 10:34AM

Dear Sir & Brother, 13/5/2020


It is with great disappointment that the Officers of General Committee have taken the decision to cancel the annual procession to commemorate the Relief of Londonderry, scheduled to take place on Saturday 8th August 2020.


Please be assured that we did not come to this decision lightly, however after liaising with key stakeholders and acknowledging the restrictions and advice offered by the First Minister, it became clear that as a responsible organisation we could not continue with our traditional parade during these unprecedented times.

We understand that this news will be disappointing to many, however as the global Covid-19 pandemic persists, we believe we have an obligation and duty to protect the health and wellbeing of all members, band participants, visitors, traders and citizens.


Despite the cancellation of the main procession, we hope to fulfil some of the traditions associated with the commemoration and ensure the 331st Anniversary of the Relief of Londonderry is remembered and recorded for posterity. The token observances will be communicated to those assisting with the proceedings, ensuring we remain within Government guidelines and procedures. Clubs are instructed to postpone all parades until further notice, however we do request that Branch Club Officers consider placing a floral tribute at their local War Memorial, to remember the sacrifice of the Defenders of Derry during the Great Siege and pay tribute to our Brethren who made the supreme sacrifice in all conflicts.


Moving forward, the Apprentice Boys Association will continue to take great pride in showcasing our history and culture through the displays and exhibits in the Siege Museum and with the tireless work of the Brethren who manage the outreach vehicle. With your help and assistance, we plan to return next year, the centenary of Northern Ireland, with an exciting Maiden City Festival programme and with the largest and most spectacular celebratory procession that has ever taken place in the city of Londonderry.


In concluding, the Officers and Members of General Committee convey our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to those Brethren who have sadly departed to greater glory during the past year. We remember especially those who have tragically succumbed to the corona virus and to members who have lost family and friends.


We continue to hope and pray all members remain safe and healthy and kindly ask for your patience, understanding and continued support during these difficult times.


Yours sincerely & fraternally.


William Moore Graeme Stenhouse

General Secretary. Governor.


(for further details please contact General Secretary tel. 077 1327 3011)


By abodadmin, Apr 22 2020 12:24PM

On Tuesday 21st March, members from the Apprentice Boys of Derry General Committee visited the Western Trust drop off point and Altnagelving Hospital in Londonderry to make a donation of vital food, water, clothing, health and cleaning products for the staff and patients currently fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope and trust that this donation eases the burden on some of those struggling at this

very difficult period.


Our thanks goes to Colin Campbell, Secretary, Mitchelburne Parent Club, for organising the purchase

and delivery of the items and to David Cooke, Vivo Donemana, who also made a kind donation of

refreshments.


General Secretary, William Moore, also passed on a letter of thanks on behalf of the organisation.





By abodadmin, Apr 13 2020 10:24AM

Under normal circumstances many Apprentice Boys Clubs, Band Members and friends would be eagerly preparing for the first major outing of the year on parade.


It is regrettable that our annual Easter Monday parade, one of the largest processions in our calendar, is cancelled this year. Like all responsible organisations we at General Committee completely accept the importance of abiding by the instructions of the Public Health Authority in the safety interests of our

members and friends, and of all in our communities.


We look forward to the recovery phase, when together we can work in partnership to ensure our traditional Commemorations are bigger and better for everyone.


Despite the disappointment that there will be no parade on Easter Monday, we trust our members will have a lovely Easter holiday and reflect on, and celebrate, the true religious meaning of this Christian period.


Most of all we hope and pray that all members will continue to stay home, stay safe,and look forward to the days when we meet and march again.


Graeme Stenhouse - Governor

William Moore - General Secretary

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