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Indefatigable 160 yrs – Old Boys 41st Reunion 2024

Indefatigable 160 Years – Old Boys Association 41st Reunion 2024.


The 41st IOBA Reunion Dinner to be held on Saturday 8th June 2024 assembling at 19:00 hrs in bar ‘1884’ for dinner at 20:00 hrs.

Venue : The Hugh Owen Room, Bangor University Event Management Centre, Collage Road, Bangor, Gwynedd. LL57 2DG

Reunion Dinner Ticket price : £TBC per person (approx. £50-£60 each).

Ticket price to include :

Buffet or 4 Course Dinner (TBC), with a limited wine selection per table, after dinner music entertainment(TBC), there will be a Quiet Room.

Every Indefatigable Old Boy & IOBA Member attending ‘the ‘Reunion Dinner’ will receive a free enamelled memento ‘160th 2024 badge’ in marking the Indefatigable Training Ship anniversary.

IOBA Fund Raising raffle tickets will be available for sale for: Indefatigable Glassware. There will be an Auction (i.e. signed copy of the book ‘The Inde‘ (unused) by the late Reverend Canon Bob Evans & any other donations forthcoming) and a general Raffle Table.

Dress code : Smart / Casual

For those who wish to join the annual IOBA ‘Vibrant Shirt‘ night in aid of Prostate Cancer (2023 raised £300), this will also be held once again at Bangor University on the previous evening Friday 7th June, in the bar ‘1884’ with exclusive use for the evening.

The University are able to provide a hot buffet dinner for the Friday evening, but unlike last year, Evening Dinner reservations will be down to the attendee/s to reserve their own in advance. It is the responsibility for members & guests to book their own accommodation, and catering requirements on the Friday night.

The Saturday night dinner using the 2024 SINGLE booking form (to be published prior event).

The BOOKING FORM for Dinner Bookings for Saturday 8th yet to be published here (27/01/2024).

NB: The final cut off date for Menu choice & Booking payments 6th May 2024.

Registered total attending as of 27/01/2024 = TBC

Accommodation : The IOBA has blocked book rooms, *you now can book directly with Bangor University as of 26/01/2024 >


Single = £91, Double with single occupancy = £101, and double occupancy = £113, Twin single occupancy = £121, and double occupancy = £134, all are B&B.

Please state when booking accommodation, if you require Breakfast or not.

If you would like to reserve a room, please contact the reception team directly and quote the group code = GAO1887 in order to book the rooms at the group rate, guests can either call on 01248365900 or send an email to

Unbooked rooms not reserved by IOBA attendees will be released back to the university having been block booked by the IOBA, these will be for Friday 7th June and Saturday 8th June evenings.

Wheel Chair users: Facilities are fully accessible for wheelchair users, please note that due to The Management Centre being a Grade II listed building, there is no lift access to the third floor bedrooms.

Parking : Parking is free on site and there is capacity for up to 100 cars.

Reunion weekend details : Old School visit / 41st AGM to be announced here in due course.

41st Dinner Menu choice: to be published prior event.

After dinner music entertainment(TBC)

© 2024

2024 40th AGM Question invite.

All IOBA members are invited to submit questions for the 40th AGM in advance of 08/06/24, this is also to cover non attendees.

Please email AGM questions to <>

Joss Barns : IOBA General Secretary

IOBA Committee | Indefatigable OBA (



The IOBA can help our less fortunate members, so that they are able to attend future Reunions!!

In memory of, the above assistance is known as ‘The Indefatigable Robert Griffin Award’.

As some people will remember, Robert Griffin 1974/76 was an inspirational Petty Officer & Drum Major, let’s pause and think about a great guy who gave his life for the defense of his country, the best spirit of the Indefatigable, RIP school friend and Brave Royal Marine.

Robert sadly lost his life during the closing days of the Falklands War in 1982 (age 22).

Foxtrot 4 – The Forgotten Falklands Wreck

THE AWARD FOR 2024 is now open for applications

Guide on the parameters and criteria to be applied for 2024;

Applicant to be decided by the serving IOBA committee.

Maximum Award to be £300. Nominees will be asked to submit an approximate overall costing to justify.

To include; UK Travel expenses / Accommodation / Reunion Dinner & Bar.

The Committee have set the following guidelines;
1) £300 max.
2) Must be a fully paid up member of the IOBA.
3) Not previously been to an AGM under the terms of this proposal.
4) Committee to decide on the IOBA Member to attend (along with a second choice in case the offer is declined).
5) Less Fortunate Members Representative to coordinate.

The IOBA can help members, but I must stress at this point, your ‘application will be decided by the serving IOBA committee’.

If you would like to take up the offer, please write/email to:


Andrew Butler 1977-78 / Chairman.

Mob: 07783596046


If you would like to make a donation, large or small, to the IOBA, you can do so via PayPal below… , thank you.

Link:  Donate to the IOBA

© 2023

‘You wouldn’d last a month without Seafarers’

‘You wouldn’t last a month without Seafarers’

By The late Reverend Canon Bob Evans;

RIP 3rd January 2024 age 99


Well-known to tens of thousands of Liverpool Seafarers over a period of almost fifty-five years, Canon Bob Evans is the most iconic figure in the Liverpool Shipping commiunity and INDE OLD BOYS!

Here’s the first part of our interview with Bob;

Part One:

Here’s the second part of our interview with Bob;

Part Two

Here’s the third and final part of our interview with Cannon Bob Evans;

Part Three:

The Indefatigable BOOK by : The Reverend Canon Bob Evans, The Story of Indefatigable 1864-1995

Inde Book by Bob Evans 2005

On sale via the IOBA below

Indefatigable old boys association merchandise and engravings by Rolldove studio

TS. Blackcap SCC 2013. IOBA Award 2012 (6)

TS. Blackcap SCC 2013. IOBA Award 2012 (4)

Indefatigable Old Boys Association (IOBA):  Archives Secretary

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