The Association of Wrens (Women of the Royal Naval Services) currently has 51 Branches in the UK and at least 27 Informal Groups plus six Overseas Branches and three Affiliated Associations.
We are very pleased to keep in touch with members whose branch has closed and who continue to meet as an Informal Group.
The number of Informal Groups known to AOW include a varied mix of those who meet either occasionally, regularly, whether live, or via the Internet. There must be more?
NB In case individual members feel left out we also send out a post code selected Ďalertí for information of local interest.
The first AOW Branch was set up in 1920 followed after the end of WWII by many more throughout the UK and overseas.
There are a few simple things to consider; ideally you will need a Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, but one person could undertake more than one role.
Everyone in the Branch should be AOW members or be encouraged to join (download the form on the HOME page). You will then qualify for a modest start-up grant and if you are willing HQ can tell other local AOW members about your plans.
Remember that there are no restrictions regarding how often you meet, where, or what time of day, and rather than 'speakers' you may decide to socialise or follow leisure activities. Check out the Branch news in The Wren magazine for ideas!
Do you think that setting up a Branch is maybe a step too far? You may already be part of, or want to begin an Informal Group? Thatís fine, just let us know who would like to be named as the contact for your Informal Group so that the AOW secretary can let you know about any naval events or AOW activities being held in your local area. Donít miss out!