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The Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) Association held a Garden Party to celebrate their 70th Anniversary on 14 June 2017. 

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO, Colonel-in-Chief of the QARANC and Patron of the QARANC Association graciously hosted the event at her private residence, Bagshot Park. 

The event was attended by nearly 200 Association members who also were offered the privilege of a tour of part of the gardens and afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings on a sunny and warm afternoon.  The Countess of Wessex met and spoke with many attendees and cut the anniversary cake using the Regimental Sword. 

The cake was donated by a former QARANC office, Mrs Sheila Jones who now runs her own business.  An Army Nurse fuchsia plant was presented to her Royal Highness by 2Lt Nicole Wolfe who was the most junior serving officer and a posy by Miss Bettina Wood the most senior attendee!    

The QARANC Association wish to record their sincere thanks to Her Royal Highness for granting this honour and also to all the staff at Bagshot Park for their help and support in the planning and management of this wonderful and memorable occasion.  

 

Thursday, 15 June 2017 16:29

Millbank Branch at the Garden Party 2017

18 Millbank members were very honoured & privileged to attend the 70th Anniversary of the QA Association Garden Party hosted by The Countess of Wessex at her home, Bagshot Park. 

It was a beautiful warm sunny day, nearly too hot for some, where we were able to enjoy the gardens & partake of a delicious afternoon tea. Col Sue Bush, Col Jane Davis & the trustees made sure that everything went smoothly, down to us being given bottled water on the coaches.  The Countess made a good speech & made everyone feel very welcome.

Bettina Wood one of our members presented her with a bouquet & she was also presented with a fuschia called Army Nurse by 2Lt N Wolfe from DMG (North).  Flowers were by Miss Bettina Wood.

The Countess spent time to talk with many people which was lovely.  Only official photographs were allowed but the photographer was most obliging & took group photos as well as the ones that had been organised by the trustees.  All in all a most enjoyable afternoon was had by all.

Lindi Kibbey

Chairman

Thursday 8th June 2017
 
Founder's Day is the highlight of the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s calendar, an event attended by all Chelsea Pensioners, which celebrates the founding of the Royal Hospital by King Charles II.
The event has taken place almost every year since the founding of the Royal Hospital in 1681.
This year the Chief Nursing Officer Colonel Irvine is accompanied by Maj Lethbridge, Capt Charlesworth & SSgt Evans

Today I was fortunately given the opportunity to attend the Army Reserve Professionally Qualified Officers course 172 final parade.

It was a glorious day with a lovely breeze the sun shining and barely a cloud in the sky.

Brigadier David McArthur OBE TD QHN VR Head of Army Medical Services Reserves was the inspecting Officer

I was very excited to see that a QA was the recipient of the sword of honor

Lt Samantha Gardiner QARANC

How lovely it was that the inspecting Officer, late QARANC, was there to present the sword to a fellow QA.  Fellow QA’s who passed out on this course of 25 were Capt L Jones  and Lt AA Owusu

The MacRobert sword is awarded to the Officer Cadet considered by the directing staff to be the best on the course. It is donated by the MacRobert Trust and crafted by Poole Sword Limited the first sword was presented in April 2016. The MacRobert  Trust motto is “Not for Self but for Country”

Good luck and all the very best for their future with the Reserves and the Corps.

Lt Col Pat Gibson MBE QARANC

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 21:00

Forecast of Events

Date

Event

Location

     
05 October 2017 AGM & Guest Night Dinner TBC
Oct 2017 ‘Battlefield Tour’  (London Science museum to visit the exhibition on Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care, Florence Nightingale Museum and Guys and St Thomas’s Museum)
04 Nov 2017 Festival of Remembrance  
08 Dec 2017 Christmas Luncheon Ulster Reform Club

Be part of this national cause to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice

The bodies of 72,396 British servicemen who died at the Somme were never recovered.  Somerset artist, Rob Heard is hand-stitching a shrouded figure to remember each one.  he began with the 19,240 killed on the first day of the battle - 1 July 1916.  These were displayed in Exeter last year.

He is now working on making tens of thousands more to 'bring the boys home' for the centenary of Armistice Day in 2018.  They are looking at raising £150,000 to deliver this extraordinary installation in London.

You can be part of it by signing up to the kickstarter crowding funding campaign which launched on the 10 May 2017.

Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/622425218/shrouds-of-the-somme   

Help make this happen - http://shroudsofthesomme.com/   

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shroudsofthesomme   

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shroudsofsomme   

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shroudsofthesomme/

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission ensures that 1.7 million Commonwealth Forces who died in the two world wars will never be forgotten. They care for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in 154 countries. The values and aims, laid out in 1917, are as relevant now as they were a 100 years ago.

On the 21st May this year the Commission celebrates its Centenary and to honour this remarkable anniversary BFPS has produced a commemorative cover.

I've been here for almost two weeks now, and I've only heard the phone ring twice.

That may have something to do with the fact that there is a total of 53 nurses in the Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps (RNZNC), 43 of these are Regular, 10 are reservists. There are no Healthcare Assistants. The Regular Force breakdown is roughly 11 in ED, 4 in ITU, 5 in Theatres, 4 in PACU, 2 in Primary Healthcare, 2 preceptors and 10 in the ‘other’ category. About 18 months ago all the Defence Health New Zealand became Tri-Service, even prior to this, nurses were only employed within the Army, fulfilling all Navy and RAF nursing capabilities. 

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 20:31

2017/2018

Date Event Remarks
     
03 June 17 QA(A) Newcastle Branch meeting  
17 June 2017  Newcastle War Memorial Walk/Talk  by  Ann Clouston  
24 June 2107 Armed Forces Day.  
09 September 2017 QA(A) Newcastle Branch meeting  
01 December 2017 QA(A) Christmas Meal  
06 January 2018 QA(A) Newcastle Branch meeting  

 

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 20:21

QARANC Corps Day Service

Being the 70th Anniversary of the QARANC, we felt it fitting to hold a celebratory service and supper for our Corps Day celebration. 

It was a combined event with the Newcastle Branch of the QARANC Association and 201 (Northern) Field Hospital.  Both the Officers and SNCO Messes, as well as the RAMC Association provided support. 

The opportunity for engagement between serving and retired members within and out with 201 Fd Hosp was too good to pass up.  During the service, Padre Pyke lead the celebration which included readings from the diary of Helen Octavia Driver, Aug 1914.  Thanks go to  Jackie Hall, Fiona Mitford, Karen Race and Alexandra Cairns for their readings.  

The CO delivered a leaving speech for Lt Col Laverick-Stovin and presented her 1st VRSM bar and Col Coles TD QHN presented WO2 Race with her Warrant.   

Afterwards we all gathered in the Officers’ Mess for food, refreshments and a celebratory anniversary cake.   There was a QARANC and 201 Fd Hosp history display for Unit members and guests to peruse.  It was an excellent opportunity for both serving and retired QARANC officers and soldiers to get together and celebrate such an important point in our history. 

Some of our younger members were surprised when they realised how recently the grey dresses were in service.  Also, Cath Waller shared some of her experience of how core belts were utilised before manual handling aids were formally introduced.

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