It was in October 1971 that a meeting of retired staff held at Guildhall, Kingston, decided that the formation of an Association for retired officers of the Royal Borough was needed and under the Chairmanship of the then Mayor (Alderman J. Harrison), and supported by the local NALGO Branch, a Chairman, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer and small steering committee were appointed.

In March 1972 a general meeting of retired officers approved the Constitution drawn up by the steering committee and the Kingston upon Thames Association of Retired Council Officers came into being.

Since then the Association has been providing opportunities for former staff members to keep in touch socially and to this end "Get-Togethers" have been arranged in summer and at Christmas, as well as coach outings and visits to various places of interest.

Authority was given in 1981 for the Association to use the Borough Badge on its letter heading.

The armorial details of the Badge were granted by Letters Patent in March 1966 following amalgamation of the previous three local authorities.   These were the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames (then just the north-west part of the present Borough), the Borough of Surbiton and Malden and Coombe Urban District Council).   From 1 April 1965 they were formed into the present Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, a London Borough, which also took over the functions of Surrey County Council within its area.   The Badge has features drawn from each predecessor and displays the Kingston salmon surrounded by leaves from the Surbiton Elm and the Malden and Coombe Bay, and surmounted by a Saxon Crown, in reference to the Royal Borough's Title.

A feature of the whole existence of the Association has been the help and support always forthcoming from our President - The Mayor (and Mayoress), during his/her term of office as well as from the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, together with the elected members of the Council, its Chief Officers and staff since 1968 when the idea of forming a retired staff association was originally discussed.

In 2011 we celebrated our first 40 years with a Ruby Get-Together, which was attended by over 50 members and a good time was had by all.




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