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Loss of the Leinster & Wren J. Carr WWI

 

Today is the Centenary of the sinking of Royal Mail Ship Leinster which will be marked both in Ireland and Holyhead, and at Plymouth by members of the Association, with special mention of the only Wren who died as a result of enemy action in the First World War. . .. 

AOW 2020 Proposed USA Reunion June 2019

AOW2020 STOP PRESS

CELEBRATE OUR CENTENARY IN THE USA IN JUNE 2019

An overseas AOW member has offered to arrange a reunion in the USA to enable our North American members and any former Wrens from the UK or World Wide to celebrate our Centenary.

The proposal is a 3 day visit with the possibility of extending the stay in the US, staying at her family hotel in Shepherdstown, overlooking the Potomac River. Shepherdstown is in West Virginia, approx. 1 hour from Washington DC.  Venue www.bavarianinnwv.com 

Pat Davies Y Station Wrens BBC Radio 4

Veteran Wren Patricia Davies can be heard on the link below to BBC Radio iPlayer describing her World War Two experiences at a Royal Naval Y Listening Station 'manned' by members of the Womens Royal Naval Service,.with one male RN Mechanic for the receivers. Pat's pre-service knowledge of German meant that she was selected, upon entry, to serve as a W/T Special Duties Linguist. Her younger sister, Jean,  also volunteered for the services and was appointed as a Cypher Officer in the FANYs (the First Aid Nursting Yeomanry).

President appoints Successor

At the Association AGM on Saturday, 29 September 2018, Commandant Anthea Larken CBE, announced that she would be standing down as the Association President with effect from 18 May 2019. Anthea has been our President since 1999 and has been an extremely capable and elegant 'figurehead' who has represented the Association at the highest levels and is well respected by all who know her.  She hands over the Presidency to Captain Alison Towler Royal Navy (Rtd) a most appropriate successor.

AOW members out & about Aug & Sept

Members from various areas have kept the flag flying for the Association at military and community events over the past months. Bourenmouth Branch supported the Air Show via the AOW stall for FOUR days - thank you!. We were pleased to get a distant shot of HMS DIAMOND in our new 'feather flag' shot. ..

They have also enjoyed light hearted get togethers celebrating that unique friendship gained from sharing their service memories and hearing from those who are serving today, 

Spring into Summer - AOW on show June...

AOW on show Part Three 

In this Year of Recruiting we have made the most of every opportunity to get out and about promoting the Association.

Here are photos taken throughout the UK of some memorable events and enthusiastic members from April to July - with many more still to come .

Names for those pictured have only been supplied where permission has been granted to include them - GDPR legislation

Spring into Summer - AOW on show May

AOW on show Part Two 

In this Year of Recruiting we have made the most of every opportunity to get out and about promoting the Association.

Here are photos taken throughout the UK of some memorable events and enthusiastic members from April to July - with many more still to come .

Names for those pictured have only been supplied where permission has been granted to include them - GDPR legislation

AOW appreciates support from Tracey Clempson, PRO RNAS Yeovilton, Lt (ATC) Trish Chatfield and Lt Cdr Ruth Fleming  for the RN photos.

 

 

Spring into Summer - AOW on show April

AOW on show Part One 

In this Year of Recruiting we have made the most of every opportunity to get out and about promoting the Association.

Here are photos taken throughout the UK of some memorable events and enthusiastic members from April to July - with many more still to come .

Names for those pictured have only been supplied where permission has been granted to include them - GDPR legislation

Helen Beale 'Never at Sea' exhibition at Standen House & Garden National Trust 28 April to 11 November 2018

Standard Bearers Competition May 2018

 

The 2018 Standard Bearers Competition was held at HMS Collingwood on Saturday 12th May to coincide with the RNA competition. Their members supported and encouraged the competitors  and provided the judges. Carol Gibbon organised the Association section and was one of the markers for both the AOW and RNA competitions. Many Association of Wrens members came to Collingwood to cheer on the competitors. The winner was Chris Walker with Marie Taylor and Val Gleave coming second and third respectively. 

 

AOW supports RN Women's Rugby at Swansea

March is the traditional Rugby Six Nations Rugby month, but wait ....

.... .if you were at St Helen's Ground, Swansea on Wednesday 14th March (despite the very blustery winds and rain showers)  you would have witnessed a great rugby match between the RN Women and Swansea Uni Ladies. The final result was a win for the Royal Navy Women 19-15!

100 Women, Royal Guard & another first!

Please follow this link to a Youtube video (World News NOW) taken when AOW members, the WRNS 100 Committee and WRNS BT supporters enoyed a most special occasion on 12th October 2018. Commentary, and still,  shown together with a full text in the Comments column:.   

Remembrance 2017 Wreaths & Parade

 

Remembrance 9, 10, 11 and 12th November 2017

Field of Remembrance  on Thursday with HRH Prince Harry at Westminster Abbey

Cenotaph Parade Sunday - Chairman Carol Gibbon was invited to lay the Naval Services wreath in this the centenary year of the formation of the WRNS.

An AOW contingent of 150 members took part with WO1 Barbara McGregor RN leading the Parade assisted by WO1 Annette Penfold RNR & CPO Ann Miller-McCarthy at the rear. WWII Veteran, Jean Farguson aged 91 years was thrilled to take part for the first time.

WRNS100 Guildhall reception and tea

Following the Centenary Commemorative Service at Portsmouth Cathedral a reception and tea was held at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Photos by courtesy of Nicola Harper 

 

 

 

 

HRH Princess Royal - WRNS100 service

HRH Princess Royal celebrates the WRNS at Service of Thanksgiving

06/11/2017

HRH The Princess Royal has attended a service of thanksgiving at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral to mark the formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) 100 years ago.

Princess Anne is also the Chief Commandant for Women in the Royal Navy and will be unveiling a commemorative stone after the service in the Cathedral grounds.

The commemorative stone depicts the unique shapes of four female naval uniform hats from the past 100 years.

History of the WRNS 1917-19 & 1939-93

This weekend we will be holding a Service of Thanksgiving at Portsmouth Cathedral followed by a reception and tea at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

The images accompanying this post take you through the story of the WRNS. 

 

 

Blue Plaque for Dame Katharine Furse

Unveiling the Blue Plaque

What a wonderful day we had at Clifton Hill House, Lower Clifton Hill in Bristol on Thursday 7th September 2017, as guests of Bristol University. This beautiful building built in the style of a Palladian villa was the birthplace of Dame Katharine Furse GBE RRC, the first Director of the WRNS and the founder of the Association of Wrens.

AOW honoured to Parade at the Tattoo

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 21 to 24 August 2017

This WRNS centenary year is the first time that the Naional Standard of the Association of Wrens has been invited to take part (together with two Branch Standard Bearers) in the renowned Military Tattoo event,set in Edinburgh Castle.

The AOW representives had travelled many miles to be ready for the opening event on Monday 21 August and were there every evening until the final day on Thursday 24 August.

Iconic setting for WRNS100 celebration

Naval Servicewomen gather at Greenwich for WRNS100 celebration 17/07/2017

The Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich has not seen such a large gathering of Naval Servicewomen since the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) Officers’ training was transferred to BRNC Dartmouth from the College just over forty years ago in 1976.

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