Abolition of OBA Lifetime Membership Fees
The OBA exists not only to provide friendship links between former pupils but also to provide financial support to school. The funds which allow the Association to do that historically came from membership fees which were collected as a one-off payment from the pupil deposits or as a nominal annual fee.
Due to deposits for school places no longer being collected, following school’s transition to a free school in 2013, membership fees for the Old Blackburnians’ Association have not been collected since that date, hence the decision to switch to free lifetime membership going forward.
As with all decisions of this nature, there has to be a cut-off point whereby some members will have paid a fee and future members will no longer be required to do so.
OBA Officers and committee members give their time voluntarily therefore all membership fees paid to date have been used for the benefit of school and pupils, with the OBA being involved in, and funding, projects such as:
- Laptops for sixth formers
- Panelling of Big School
- Refurbishment of Junior Science Room
- School sports kits
- Provision of chandeliers to Big School
- Refurbishment of stained glass windows in Big School
- Sports pavilion at Lammack
- Refurbishment of the Garstang Room
- Repairs to school piano
- Contributions to the enrichment of school life for less fortunate pupils
Any remaining funds from fees collected will ensure that the OBA can continue to support the school and enhance pupils’ experience of school life for many years to come.