Cdr Jude Terry at sea for New Year OBE

At Sea for OBE
HMS Ocean’s Commander Logistics, Commander Jude Terry, was awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2017. The news of the award arrived while she was deployed in The Gulf on her second tour in HMS Ocean whilst supporting operations for Commander Task Force 50 (CTF50).

The award of the OBE was in recognition for her work in the Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ), Northwood, during the period in which UK forces were redeployed from Helmand and whilst employed as the Military Assistant to the Chief of Joint Operations.

BBC Radio Wales first call for centenary

Roy Noble celebrates the centenary of the Wrens with the Public Relations Officer of the Association of Wrens - Celia Saywell MBE

BBC Radio Wales Sunday 08/01/2017 9.30 - 11am

Hopefully you can access the whole pogramme from this link.

The interview starts at about 43 mins and finishes at 57.

A very relaxed interview where I was encouraged to mention the history of the WRNS, AOW, WRNS100, Welsh Wrens links, my service and a significant music track.

2017 - 100th centenary of the W.R.N.S

This special centenary year (2017) will be celebrated by those who served in the Women's Royal Naval Service and those who have served or are currently serving in the Royal Navy.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy based at Portmouth Dockyard is commemorating the centenary with an exhibition entitled 'Pioneers to Professionals - Women and the Royal Navy',

The exhibition will open on 18th February until November 2017. The official launch ceremony will be held on Wednesday 8th March which is  International Women's Day.

Carol Service December 2016

The Wrens’ Church, St Mary le Strand, was packed for the Association of Wrens annual Carol Service on 10th December. The service was led by the Parish Priest, The Rev Philip Chester. Lessons were read by Pat Davies, Cdr Andrea Crook, Karen Elliott, CPO Aurora Allen and the Chairman, Carol Gibbon. All members of the congregation joined in singing the carols with great enthusiasm. After the service everyone enjoyed tea and mince pies in Chapters Restaurant in King’s College.

WRNS & RN women different demands in PR

Over the decades there have been huge changes in both the role of women in the Armed Forces, as well as in the media – but the rewards have not diminished.

Public relations specialists Chief Officer Pamela Williams WRNS and Lt Cdr Francesca Woodman RNR have almost 60 years of Naval Service between them. Over the decades there have been huge changes in both the role of women in the Armed Forces, as well as in the media – but the rewards have not diminished.

Pussers Rum 'Uckers' Championships 2016

The above competition took place Saturday 19 November, hosted by the Royal Naval Submarine Museum, Gosport.

On display for the event in the museum was a collection of trophies, past and present, dating back to 1944.  Uckers boards, provided by Uckers Ya Uckers were on show, and the final was played on a large board donated by HMS DAEDELUS, the RN Air Station that closed in 1996.

Remembrance 2016 - the Cenotaph Parade

Stephanie Higham from Deddington aged 96 (1941-46) 3/O WRNS ‘Y’ Station Linguist HMS Watchful, Gt Yarmouth, HMS Lynx, Dover, HMS Victory, HMS Orlando, Greenock, C in C Western Approaches, London, Plon HQ Schleswig-Holstein.
Please look at Stephanie’s story it would be irresponsible to write a summary of such a varied period of service. There is also photo of her and her faithful dog..

AOW members at Field of Remembrance

Members of the Association attended the Field of Remembrance ceremony on Thursday 10 November 2016

l to r Trustees Jan Abbotts, Kathy Carter, Chairman Carol Gibbon, Treasurer Rita Hoddinott, Vice President Mary Hawthornthwaite and member Katrina Breeze.

Carol was delighted to have the opportunity to be introduced to Prince Harry.

On Sunday there will be a contingent of 100 Association of Wrens members marching in the Whitehall Cenotaph Parade. There will also be individual members joining their affiliated groups on the Parade.

Royal Navy women break the record!

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH on Twitter From AB to Cdr, here are 9 of our 83 females which is 13% of the ship's company a current @RoyalNavy record. 3 are original @wrns100

Photo credit UK Defence Journal.

WWII Wrens beat the Saturday shoppers!

AOW members and guests enjoyed the 2016 AGM held at the Union Jack Club on 24 September 2016. The Association, and WRNS100 'memento' stalls both did very good business and we were pleased to be given a generous donation of 'Homeport', the NFF magazine. Members enjoyed meeting friends during the afternoon, some of whom had decided to 'stopover' and have a mini-reunion..

Capt. Ellie Ablett C.O. for HMS Raleigh

New Commanding Officer for HMS Raleigh

A guard of honour made up of trainee sailors has welcomed a new Commanding Officer to HMS Raleigh. Captain (Capt) Ellie Ablett has relieved Capt Rob Bellfield to become the first woman in Command of the Royal Navy’s largest training base in the South West.

Capt Ablett joined the Royal Navy in 1993, in the first wave of women to join a fully integrated service on the closure of the Women’s Royal Naval Service. She comes to HMS Raleigh direct from an appointment in Whitehall as the Executive Assistant to the First Sea Lord.

WWII Wren honoured for D Day planning

A blind war veteran has been awarded France's highest military honour for her part in liberating the country during the Second World War.

Fanny Hugill, 93, from Fairford, Gloucestershire, was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur. She was in Admiral Bill Tennant's team that planned the Normandy landings in 1944. .

"We did know how momentous a day it was but of course all the planning had been done so no one was nervous," she said. "We all had a job to do."  Ms Hugill said she was "very, very honoured" to have been recognised.

HMS NELSON WO & SR's Mess Dinner event

A Mess dinner was held on 7 September in WO & SR’s Mess at HMS celebrate the renaming of the Family Service Specialisation to Royal Navy Welfare.

Royal Navy Welfare covers the whole world where there are serving RN personnel. Our main offices are based in Nelson, Drake, Yeovil and Helensburgh, with satellite offices in 45 Cdo, Rosyth, Liverpool, Birmingham, Northwood, Poole, Sultan, Collingwood, Gibraltar, CTCRM, Stonehouse and 40 Cdo.


HMS Queen Elizabeth - Shipshape And Almost Ready

The first of Britain's new aircraft carriers is less than six months away from her sea trials. HMS Queen Elizabeth is nearing completion at Rosyth, north of Edinburgh.  Despite recent problems with manpower, the Royal Navy is confident it will have the personnel and skills required to operate the new platform. Commodore Jerry Kyd, the Commanding Officer, told Forces TV:

AOW members enjoy Summer Part 3

Another selection from members sharing fun, friendship and memories during July, August and September 2016.

Not forgetting all those who stood at stalls on behalf of AOW/WRNS BT & WRNS100 - thank you ladies!

Keep in touch with the Association of Wrens through our magazine 'The Wren' where you will find many more photos and stories from all the decades.

FB users can find us on the official 'Association of Wrens' page.


Fire at WRNS Church - St Mary le Strand

Sunday 24th July was very nearly catastrophic for the WRNS Church.  A bang and horrible smell of smoke signalled a fire at the back of the church.  Fortunately, it was at the end of the service when the congregation was gathered at the back for coffee so the church wardens were able very quickly to get to the immediate cause, a faulty fuse box.

AOW members enjoy Summer 2016 Part 2

A few photos showing AOW members out and about in the community:

HMS WARRIOR coffee morning held onboard 20th July organised by Tina Lowe & Portsmouth Branch with AOW stall holders and visitors

Nottingham informal group choose to have a three month regular meet-up and it seems to be a great success!

A 'summerset' image for some of Edinburgh Branch visiting onboard HMS SOMERSET!

Swansea Air Show AOW shares a table with the RN - Penny Marner shows the sash! July 2016.

Chairman's Letter Summer 2016

I hope that by the time The Wren Magazine arrives on your doorstep we will be having some lovely summer weather with some warm sunshine. The role of Chairman continues to be a very busy and fulfilling one.  I have attended numerous meetings, visited many places and got to meet some lovely people not to mention coping with the endless administration which continues on a daily basis. In February we once again met with the WRAC Association and each meeting we have we include more people.