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.
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!
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:.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former WRNS Sporting Achievements recognised in WRNS100 Centenary Year
Recognised for their sporting achievements, former members of the Women’s Royal Naval Service and RN Servicewomen joined the Second Sea Lord’s Reward and Recognition event held in the gardens of Admiralty House on Tuesday 6th July.
Under blue skies on a warm and sunny afternoon, Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE treated numerous serving and former Royal Navy and WRNS veterans to a sumptuous al fresco lunch accompanied by a lively Jazz Quintet from HM Band Royal Marines, Portsmouth.
Twenty members of the Association were invited to the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 30th, thanks to the Not Forgotten Association. Everyone had a wonderful time in perfect weather and some were lucky enough to be introduced to Prince Harry - an experience they won't forget.
Four AOW members take to the cliffs, valleys, and hills of Wales, and raise over £3,000 for WRNS100!
This was an inspirational idea from WO1 Barbara McGregor RN, who persuaded WO1 Annette Penfold MBE RNR (Command Maritime Services), former CPO Wren Radar Annie Lagrue and Leading Wren Radio Operator Larraine Cox to join her in 'doing something for WRNS100 and for the Welsh community'. Nothing too energetic, like running or cycling, just the challenge of walking 100 miles in 9 consecutive days from Newport, Pembs to HMS CAMBRIA RNR Unit at Sully, Cardiff! .
Penny Melville-Brown OBE was a WRNS officer before blindness ended her career. Penny is looking to see if she can get help with PR exposure for her efforts to get blind people from around the world cooking.
Veteran servicewomen from the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and several families of former WW2 Wrens personnel visited the Type 45 Air Defence destroyer HMS Dauntless in Portsmouth Naval Base prior to the launch of the WRNS100 Centenary Year.
The tour of the warship was an added bonus for the ladies and the families who had travelled to Portsmouth for the official opening by HRH The Princess Royal of the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s latest exhibition called ”Pioneers to Professionals – Women and the Navy.”
On Sunday 12 March 2017, the first Sunday after the official launch of WRNS100, a group from the Project Team joined the congregation of St Peter’s Church, Frimley, Surrey for their morning service to commemorate Dame Katharine Furse’s role as founding Director of the Women’s Royal Naval Service. We were made most welcome by the congregation; it was explained why we were there and the vicar, Canon Stuart Thomas, wove Dame Katharine’s life and character into the sermon, focusing particularly on the words ‘God gave her hills to climb and strength to climb them’ which are carved on her grave.