Eighteen 29th Entry Telegraphists met up over the weekend of 25/26 October 2013 for their third reunion since enlistment in 1956. The chosen venue for this year's event was on the shores of Rutland Water at the delightful Barnsdale Hall Hotel.
A lively but informal evening took place on Friday 25th at which a large number of sand bags were raked up and the world put to rights. Memories were put to the test by our resident historian, John Usher, who maintains a huge volume of Boy Entrant memorabilia.
Some retired early for their cocoa night caps while others remained and attempted to perform as young men, most failed.
Saturday morning saw the group take a leisurely walk around Rutland Water to clear away the cobwebs and prepare
for a further onslaught in the evening.
Our formal dinner took place in the evening during which interesting talks were given by reunion organiser Eddie Owen followed by the life and times of Colin Thomas.
At one point in
the evening a Skype link was set up to chat with one of our emigrated members, Paul Roberts, who now resides in Melbourne. The evening continued into the
small hours and provided the opportunity to remind ourselves of our hilarious experiences during
our Boy Entrant training. It seemed like only yesterday.
The loss of two members, Dave Keates and Bob Nottage, this past year generated discussion over the frequency of our reunions which, up to this point, has been every three years.
The cycle from now on will be annually.
An excellent weekend during which we were looked after
exceptionally well by Barnsdale Hotel.