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The Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 26 October 2013 at the Victory Services Club, Seymour St. London, close to Marble Arch, at 1400. New members, ex Wrens, serving or former RN women are all welcome to attend. A short business meeting is followed by socialising around the sales stalls and display boards. Take this opportunity to meet old friends in a comfortable central London venue. The VSC restaurant and bar is open both before and after the event. Further info from HQ 02392 725141 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The 4th Dauntless Reunion will be held at Mill Rythe, Hayling Island (originally Hi-de-Hi holiday camp) Optional booking, 2 nights £135, 3 nights £145, all full board. Friday night WRNS BT fundraiser & dancing, Saturday all sorts of activities & evening Cabaret, Sunday church service on site, tot time, chill out before evening nostalgia & flag waving, more dancing & fun! All ex-Wrens, ex RN women & those serving now welcome! NB fully booked, day passes still available direct from Mill Rythe 02392 460044. Queries to email@example.com
The Association of Wrens is given an allocation of tickets to take part in the Cenotaph Parade. These are for members and are available from the secretary. Please contact 02392 725141 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. NB we are a non uniformed organisation
The annual Association Carol Service will be held at St Mary le Strand Church on Saturday 7th December 2013 at 1330. All welcome. Please be advised that some bus services may be diverted due to Christmas shopping areas being pedestrianised. The Dauntless Association have arranged for a pre-service lunch and post-service refreshments at The George on the Strand for further info contact Wrens90@ntlworld.com
A joint fund raising dinner for the Association of Wrens and the WRNS Benevolent Trust will be held on the same day as the Annual Carol Service, Saturday 7th December 2013. It will take place in the Trafalgar Room of the Victory Services Club at 1930. Tickets are available from the WRNS BT Castaway House 311 Twyford Avenue Portsmouth PO2 8RN. Please include a standard size SAE and a cheque for £40 made payable to WRNS BT.
The next AOW National Reunion weekend will be held on Warwick University. Campus. Accommodation has been upgraded to Conference status; en-suite single rooms all with hospitality trays & lift access to upper floors. Some double rooms are available. Fun and fund raising games planned following Friday evening dinner. The traditional main event will be a Gala Dinner on Saturday evening in the main function room (an additional £20.10). Alternatively the standard dining room dinner on that evening is included in the full board cost. Optional all day coach trips, with packed lunches to the National Memorial Arboretum & Warwick Castle on Saturday, may also be booked. The busy Campus centre has a mini-market/coffee shop/pub/ATM/bus stop, to and from Coventry rail station all adjacent to the reunion building. The Campus has an an indoor pool & green spaces around. .Early reservation deposits of £50 per person can be made NOW with full price payable by 1st May 2014. Two nights full accommodation £213.60, single room, £189 per person twin room, includes all meals, plus am and pm coffee and tea refreshments. See The Wren magazine for further details or contact HQ 02392 725141 or email@example.com
AOW joined the celebrations for the Battle of the Atlantic, Liverpool, May 2013.
The Lightship exhibition features Veteran Wrens Megan Moir & Muriel James photographed by Rachel Wegh Photography part of the Blind Spot Collective.
Overlooking the montage are L to R Post War Wren Nancy Hill & Veteran Wren Megan Moir & daughter.
Later they met Veteran Wren Penny Peters for a commemorative tea at the Hilton Hotel.
Anne Trigg (Cawdor) was the National Chairman of AOW from 1982-85 when she organised a members' visit to Toronto 1985, for the unveiling of the 'Wren' statue at Galt to commemorate the 7,000 Canadian Wrens who were trained in WWII by WRNS Officers.
Further visits were made to the American Waves, at San Diego 1989 & Norfolk Va 1992. Anne is the President of Cardigan Branch and is closely associated with Pembrokeshire Branch. Anne served from 1942-46 during which time she served at Malta.
Affiliates Day HMS DAUNTLESS - four members of AOW had a very exciting day at sea in April. The programme included Man Overboard and Fire Fighting drills, Speed Trials, and a visit to the Bridge during the tour of the ship. Coffee was served in the hangar and a buffet lunch in the Senior Rates Mess.
Our delightful host, PO Logs (Wtr) Janine Potts presented the Association with the ship’s crest and cap ribbon. In return she was given a bunch of AOW application forms to distribute to the naval women on board.