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Apprentice Boys of Derry

The Associated Clubs of the

Club of ResearchVisit ToChester and the National Memorial Arboretum

By abodadmin, May 9 2018 01:16PM

The Club’s annual visit to either England or Scotland took place this year over the weekend of the 22nd to 25th March with the Queen Hotel, Chester being the groups base for the three nights. The highlight of the trip was the day long visit to the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire. The group arrived in good time to take part in the daily eleven o’clock Service of Remembrance in the Forces Chapel. This was followed by an hour-long ride on a land train accompanied by a tour guide which gave a great overview of the Arboretum site and memorials. After lunch, the group made their way to the Orange Institution’s Memorial stopping for a moments reflection at the RUC GC, UDR and USC memorials.

A service of Remembrance was held at the Orange Memorial by the Club Brethren conducted by the Vice President, Bro Trevor Anderson with Club President, Bro John Hunter and Club Lay Chaplain, Bro John Hall MBE also taking part. The Ode of Remembrance was spoken by Club member, Bro Major Stan Brown following which a wreath was laid by the Lieutenant Governor, Bro Worthington McGrath assisted by Bro Bert Davis.

The following day, Saturday, was free for the group to explore the beautiful City of Chester. However, all were agreed that the visit to the National Memorial Arboretum was the highlight of our stay in Chester.

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