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Save the Date for the Out of Town General Meeting at Bournemouth Following the short business meeting members can enjoy 'shopping’ at the Sales stall, looking at display boards for news and future events and socialising with old and new friends. We welcome those who are eligible to join the Association and would like to visit for the first time - please contact HQ for further information.
Come along and join our celebrations to be held at the PARK INN RADISSON HOTEL NORTH ST YORK YO1 6JF. The hotel is central to all the attractions and is close to the river. Car park £6 per night. Weekend prices are all inclusive of B & B, plus Friday evening buffet & entertainment, Saturday night dinner. Twin room £150 per person. Double with single occupancy £240, Single economy £220. Minster Service on Saturday am. All Branch Standards welcomed. See October 2012 Wren magazine or contact HQ.
The Annual General Meeting will be held on 26 October 2013 at a venue in London at approx 2pm. Further details available from HQ after May 2013.
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!
First notice for the Association of Wrens National Reunion to be held at Warwick University. Accommodation on campus, with all meals & am & pm refreshments. Traditional main event will be replaced by Gala dinner/buffet on Sat TBC. Buses close by. Indoor pool. Coach trip to NMA TBC. Check The Wren magazine for further details or contact HQ.
AOW members: L/Phot Abbie Herron and L/Writer Becky Herron took time out for a PRO's 'dream' photoshoot at HMS HERON in December 2012.
Highlights of their careers have been for Abbie to be on board for the decommissioning of HMS ARK ROYAL, and Becky to be deployed in Afghanistan.
The sisters are the third generation of the family to serve in the Royal Navy. Abbie is featured on board ship on the AOW posters and application form.
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Writer Megan Moir (Price), joined the Wrens in 1944 and was drafted to the HMS PHILANTE based at Larne, an anti-U boat training and escort vessel, before she relocated to the Kyle of Lochaish.
On board Megan recorded exercise test results from naval ships and submarines under training. She remembers standing on the bridge during night exercises; watching guns flashing, star shells, and lighthouse beams from far out in the Atlantic. Megan is going to the Battle of the Atlantic celebrations.
Lynda Wilson, Jan Shearing N W Lancs Branch, & Ann Bailey, Eileen Mitchell Fleetwood & District Branch, visited HMS ILLUSTRIOUS at Liverpool Feb 2013 and met WO1 Paula Price & CPO WTR Aurora Allen both AOW members who took part in the Carol Service 2012, and CPO (WE) Karla Fuzzard.
"Paula was our host, and after a coffee and chat in the Senior Rates mess we were shown round the ship. One completion of our tour we were invited for lunch in the S R Mess which was a welcome bonus."