IBB and IJLB Association 2017 Reunion
The 2017 Reunion of the IBB and IJLB Association will take place in Oswestry on 16th September. Following the usual format there will be an AGM and Gathering on the Saturday Afternoon followed by a semi-formal Dinner in the evening. On Friday the 15th there is the popular Golf Competition. Friday Evening sees The Curry Night (there is also an Italian option possible) To register interest please contact the Association Membership Secretary/Treasurer with numbers on firstname.lastname@example.org or on Association Forum at http://www.ijlb.org/forum/ The AGM and dinner is for Members and Guests (who are not eligible to be members).
Chicken Liver Parfait, Mixed Salad, Mango and Ginger Chutney, Toasted Brioche
Wild Mushroom and Tarragon Soup
Roast Shropshire Turkey, Bacon Roll, Cranberry and Sage Stuffing, Gravy and Roasted Potatoes
Served with Seasonal Market Vegetables and New Potatoes
Chocolate and Raspberry Torte with Chantilly Cream
Coffee and Mints
Vegetarian and Vegan Menu available which can be to individual preference
The cost will be £30 per head, a slight increase on 2016 but nothing ever seems to come down
The IBB & IJLB Association after much hard work we were able to plant a Memorial Tree at the National Arboretum along with a dedication plaque in tribute and honour to all who served in IBB & IJLB.
Many of us made the long journey to National Arboretum for the planting and dedication and after we were given a tour of the NA which you could not see all in a day.
The most important part was that we have a Memorial Tree that everyone can see the contribution over years that the IBB & IJLB gave to the Armed Services.
On the right you will see Graham Fowler our retired Treasurer standing over the Memorial Tree
The Memorial for all IBB & IJLB soldiers is in the centre of Oswestry in Cae Glas Park with a lot of hard work done by the members of IBB & IJLB Association voluntary to raise the funds it stands as a tribute to all and every Remembrance Sunday a wreath is laid in there honour and each year passing more and more attend this parade. Lets us not forget and become apart of what as bound us in our youth and sustained through of service and to all who gave there all while servicing Queen and Country.
Memorial Garden Park Hall
The Memorial Garden at Park Hall was the brain child of Mr Neil Wilson however through ill health alas he passed away, but the dream had not, with his wife Linda and help from the members of IBB & IJLB Association with their good ladies went on to complete this garden.
The Memorial Garden at Park Hall is found just across from the old Officers Mess which is now a Rugby Club where our informal get together is held in the afternoon when we all meet in either the summer or autumn reunion and the garden is looked after by volunteers who live in Oswestry or near Oswestry but the Memorial garden belongs to Linda and her family.
Come and join us and see this wonderful Memorial garden or if you are passing through Oswestry please visit the garden at Park Hall especially in the summer.
Great 2016 Reunion leads to Instant Confirmation of the 2017 Reunion
Another Great IBB & IJLB Association AGM and Reunion with the addition of Golf on Friday the 2nd September and informal Curry meal and AGM on Sat 3rd followed by ‘The Gathering’ in the afternoon leading to a very enjoyable Dinner in the evening. The reality I have found over the 10 years I have been attending these Reunions is that original notions that I must meet people I served with (which is still important) takes 2nd place on the realisation that meeting ex boys and Juniors from all the time IBB and IJlB existed is in itself well worth attending as despite our differences in time and outlook we share something unique that does bind us in a special way.
So do not delay if you want to attend next years Reunion at Oswestry in September 16th 2017 with Golf on 15th and the now famous or notorious Curry or Italian then get your membership payed from January 2017 (you can do that now) and join us in recapturing those days of long ago.
New Committee for IBB and IJLB Association
At Association AGM on 6th June 2015 a new Committee was Elected.
Life President Ray Ironmonger
Chairman Brian Kilty
Secretary William Colin Cole
Treasurer Alan Griffiths
Membership Secretary Alan Griffiths
Committee Member Vacant Web/Forum admin Colin Harwood (2017)
The Committee communicate regularly by email to keep things running smoothly.
If you have anything you want to discuss find us on the Forum and send a PM to Brian Kilty our Chairman.
Welcome to the IBB/IJLB Website
A warm welcome to the official website of the Infantry Boys Battalion & Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion Association . If you served in any of the following units then this Association is for you :
Infantry Boys Battalion – Tuxford/Harrogate/Plymouth.
Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion – Plymouth/Oswestry/Shorncliffe.
Junior Infantry Wing – Oswestry.
Junior Infantry Battalion – Shorncliffe.
The video is , as far as we are aware , the only film of a Passing Out Parade from the Oswestry era which exists and was shot by the late Tam Melvin of the Black Watch who was not only a Junior Leader in the early 1960s but returned as a PS Instructor in the early 1970s . The POP is the Summer of 1973 , you may well recognise some of the faces.
We trust that you will find our new website easy to use and to navigate around and look forward to hearing from you.
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