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The Old Caledonia Artificer Apprentices’ Association

New Treasurer Inbound to


Dave Blackburn has been demonstrating his balanced character these last few years, shouldering the roles of Chair and Treasurer magnificently, whilst the press gang was out looking for a new banker. And now, at long last, we are delighted to announce that we have found a man willing to take OCAAA’s shilling and manage the association’s finances. Keith Rowbottom (703 Entry), erstwhile MEA and Metalworker to the Queen, will be meeting up with Dave shortly to collect the recently audited books and assume the role of Treasurer. 3 June 2021

Secure Area of Web Site


As of Tuesday 11th June 2019, the secure area of the web site has been re-instated and can now be found by accessing “The Tiff’s Mess” and linking from there through to the Newsletter and Movies pages. Further pages will be added in the coming weeks/months. The access credentials required to see the secure content have changed. Bona fide members of OCAAA who are on email will receive details from the Secretary shortly. All other enquiries will be tested against the membership database before credentials are provided. For those yet to slip their £25 the way of the Secretary, an application form can be found at the bottom of the “About Us” page, which is publicly accessible.

OCAAA Newsletter Articles

If you have a tale to tell, or a particular memory to share, then don’t hesitate to put pen to paper (or keyboard to screen) and record the detail. Good quality, high- resolution images always help to bring the story out, so don’t forget to dig in your ditty box for some visual enhancements! Then send it to Allan Browne, by email, using the link on the Contacts page. All welcome, the more the merrier.
80th Birthday Celebrations The Retreat was beaten, the Clubs swung and everyone agreed it was a great, if cool, evening when the boyarts and other guests went back to Cale on 27 June 2019 to celebrate 80 years since the college of knowledge first opened on the hill overlooking Rosyth dockyard.  The Royal Marine Band and Cadets manned the parade and gave great account of the history of our fine, once, alma mater.              They turned out in their finery, medals and badges aplenty and enjoyed relating tales of yore, when boyarts ruled the patch.         What a fine bunch of men, crafted by this auld Fife establishment for the Royal Navy.  Born anywhere you like, but “Made in Caledonia”.  Age was no barrier and all were as proud as the day they passed out!            Photo credits Andrew O’Brien 731 Entry

OCAAA Whisky Tumblers

The OCAAA committee has commissioned a

Dartington Crystal Whisky Tumbler to mark

the 40th anniversary of the Association’s

foundation. Engraved with the OCAAA crest

and with text denoting the 40th

anniversary, tumblers come in a

presentation box and can be ordered

through Newsletter Editor Alan Browne, at a

cost of £6:80 each, plus P+P. Any number

may be ordered, but get your orders in

quick for delivery in time for the Reunion in

May. Full details and ordering directions

are in the Spring 2022 Newsletter

14 March 2022

OCAAA Ruby Reunion & AGM

Photographs taken at the May 2022 reunion and AGM are now available to view at: SPOT ME IN THE CROWD 29 June 2022