Meetings of the Glasgow Branch are held 1300 on the 2nd Thursday in the month (Sept - June)
in Kirk Lounge, St Stephen's Church Centre, Bath Street, Glasgow. G2 4JP
New members will be very welcome and may be interested in the following short history of the Branch.
HISTORY OF GLASGOW BRANCH
In April 1946 whilst on dispersal leave First Officer Kate McKay, WRNS, requested permission from Chief Officer Nancy Robertson, WRNS (Rosyth Command) to start an AOW branch in Glasgow. Second Officer Alison Downie,WRNS, had recently retired and with the help of the Glasgow Herald put out the call and 200 ex-Wrens attended the inaugural meeting on 26 July, 1946. Fast forward to the Silver Jubilee Dinner attended by Dame Jocelyn Woollcombe, President AOW and Miss McKay, their first Chairman, and then to their 60th Anniversary lunch, as guests of the Wardroom of HMS NEPTUNE.
Many years of good camaraderie have been the mainstay of this Branch and since 1998 their enthusiastic secretary, Jenoffer Oliver (Third Officer Newcombe, WRNS and unofficial co-editor with the Padre, of the first NAVY NEWS) has become known as the point of contact for many individual members in the north, visitors from the south, and overseas. In 2001 AOW members travelled to Glasgow for the Out-of-Town Council meeting and in 2004 the Branch featured on the cover of The Wren magazine when they paid a courtesy visit to HMS GLASGOW.
Jenoffer worked closely with BBC Radio Scotland for their production of a CD entitled Westside Wrens, an account of personal WWII memories from ex-Wrens living in Scotland, whcih was broadcast 2008/9.
Each year the Branch have a Christmas lunch at the University of Caledonia and go on a coach trip in June. They were invited to celebrate the AOW 90th Anniversary by taking tea in the Provost's Parlour. In 2009 it was discovered there were twelve ex-Wrens resident in Erskine Care Home (for Service Personnel) and a most successful Coffee Morning was arranged - each ex-Wren resident receiving an overflowing goodie bag containing the WREN magazine, toiletries, stationery etc. Several members of the Branch are also active members of the RNA.