(Alrewas, Staffordshire)
(Suggested by Dave Shephard)

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Click HERE for the latest update from Dave Squires regarding the NMA 

Below from Dave Squires 12/03/2016.
The gardeners at the NMA have just had the first meeting of the season, also photograph showing
how the new Remembrance Centre is coming on.

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Below, update from Dave Squires regarding the NMA, click HERE for photographs

A few photos of the NMA last Friday before the Ride to the Wall. The usual calm and peaceful ambience is shattered
 by the current building works which is currently underway. On the rear of the car park is the temporary, not sure for 
how long, marquee which contains the shop, cafe and toilets. Coming to the end of the gardeners duties next month for this year.

These taken by myself on 1st August 2015

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Check out latest below published in most recent 'Haltonian' with Dave Squires
click here for article

This from Dave Squires 23/05/2013
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Below 90th Anniversary of the RAF Halton Apprentice Scheme 12th May 2012
(with many thanks to Dave Squires who supplied the material)

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DRAFT ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS AT THE NMA ON 12TH MAY 2012

Our Principal Guest is Viscount Trenchard, grandson of the great man. 

Draft Event Timings

  1100 Reception open

  1215. Members and Guests settle in at Amphitheatre.

  1230 VT arrives and changes (Band entertains)

  1245  Flypast BoBMF

  1246-1315 Service in Cheshire Amphitheatre and then move to Grove ( 1 minute)

  1320- Words from VT and unveil new Interactive Information Board

  1325-VT and VPs meet selected team members and other guests

  1330 Band leads march to Luncheon. VT escorted directly

  1430- Event concludes

Event Activities

Apart from the Flypast and Pipe Band, we might consider involving the local ATC Sqn ( Derby ) and/or RAF Cosford to provide a drill display pre the official start.

The Queens Colour will be marched on by RAF Cosfords Colour Squadron  

The Association standard will also be paraded.

Grove Paver take up as at 15th September 2011

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04 August 2011
(Aerial views)

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12 May 2011 (looking good)

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27 April 2011

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02 March 2011 -Latest in from Dave

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05 February 2011 - Below from Dave Squires

All change at the NMA the hedging is being removed to allow the contactors to come in and lay the path with the entry blocks. 
Hopefully with a true circle rather than the one that we dug up today. The propeller will be removed by NMA using more than 
manpower. Unfortunately the hedging never took in a number of places. It will be work in progress for a while and if any of the 
boys have any ideas as to how we can replace the wheel and propeller let me know, any ideas will be forwarded to the committee.

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The following from the latest edition of the Haltonian

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Dave Squires has offered to pay the 50.00 next August for the 223 entry paver, it is
proposed that we hold a raffle at the reunion next May to recover the 50.00 back
to Dave and any profits be donated to 'Help for Hero's

The following from Dave Squires regarding the new Grove

As most of you know we are planning to lay a new entrance pathway into the Grove, 
this will link to a circular 4 path around the wheel hedging. The circular pathway will 
accommodate engraved Entry pavers at a cost of 50.00 each.  Work on these 
pathways is scheduled to be completed for April 2012. Around this time the HAAA 
will be holding a high profile 90th anniversary of the Halton Apprentice scheme at 
Halton Grove.  

A stall will be at the triennial in September to promote Halton Grove and take 
pre-orders for the Entry pavers.

Halton Grove Gate Competition

The competition produced many excellent design ideas. After due consideration by the 
Grove Management Committee and the HAAA Council the design submitted by 
Gerry Honey, 70th was declared the winner. 



Check out the following marking the occasion of the
Service of Re-Dedication of the Halton Grove at the National Memorial Arboretum Alrewas
including the unveiling of a new plaque and inscription

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The following pic is of Dave Squires at the Arboretum with 3 guys from other entries,
(Richard Cook 97th, Ian Sloss 105th,  Pat Argent 94th, Ron Priest 207th) after
being approached by RAFHAAA to assist with tidying the plots.
He will be back up there in January 2009 to continue.

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The Arboretum has improved dramatically since the information below was added,
culminating with the dedication service for the new Armed Forces Memorial attended by
HM The Queen on  Friday 12th October 2007.

check out the video below from Gordon Taylor (65th)

 http://www.xhaltonbrat65.com/HaltonGrove-page.html

The National Memorial Arboretum is being created on a 150 acre site as a living tribute to the wartime 
generations of the twentieth century and as a gift in their memory for future generations to reflect upon and enjoy.

Planting began in 1997 and plots and groves have been created for the armed forces, police and fire 
services and many other groups and associations.    

Already established is the 'Halton Grove' in a section dedicated to RAF Halton Apprentices, the
following is the inscription on the plaque attached to a large stone as shown below by Dave Shep
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'THIS BEECH GROVE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ALL THOSE BOYS WHO JOINED THE R.A.F. AT HALTON AS AIRCRAFT APPRENTICES FROM 1922 UNTIL 1993, AND WERE KNOWN AS `TRENCHARD'S BRATS'.

THE GROVE TAKES THE FORM OF THE APPRENTICES' RESPECTED WHEEL BADGE, THE CENTRAL
TREES DENOTING THE PROPELLER, WITH THE CIRCLE OF BEECH HEDGING COMPLETING THE WHEEL.
THE APPRENTICE BADGE IS THE ONLY R.A.F. METAL BADGE TO BE SEWN ON TO THE UNIFORM

THE PARTICIPATING ENTRIES TO THE GROVE ARE: 4th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 23rd, 30th,
32nd, 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th, 38th, 39th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, 44th, 45th, 47th, 48th, 49th, 50th, 51st, 52nd, 53rd,54th, 55th, 56th, 57th, 58th, 60th, (1,2, & 3 WINGS), 61st, 62nd, 63rd, 65th, 67th, 68th, 69th, 70th, 71st,72nd, 73rd, 76th, 77th, 79th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 86th, 89th, 90th, 91st, 96th, 97th, 99th, 100th, 102nd, 130th, 132nd, 137th, 138th, 203rd, 209th, and 211th, AS WELL AS THE NAVAL AIR WING (1938-1942), POLISH (1943-1947), AND CEYLONESE (1951-1962), ENTRIES.

"WHEN BEECH LEAVES ARE FALLING, WHERE - ER WE MAY ROAM, OLD MEMORIES COME CALLING; OF HALTON - AND HOME".

Dedicated: September 2000.'

Unfortunately we missed out on being a 'contributing' entry and our number is not shown on the plaque,
however there are new trees being planted by individual entries with a black label and white writing
with up to 10 words at a cost of 50.

Dave and myself suggest that we try and add a 223 tree as our contribution, the earliest we could do
this is September as there is a long backlog of organizations waiting to do similar.

So the question is what do you all think ? there is a web site and the address is -

www.nationalmemorialarboretum.co.uk

Please take a look and check it out.

Below is the layout of the site as it is at present the Halton area is No. 40