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Col Jane Carey Harris arranged a most splendid outing to the Cutler's Company at their Hall in the City of London.  The Cutlers are one of the most ancient livery companies in the city having received their Royal Charter in 1416 from King Henry V and made the swords for the Battle of Agincourt.
 
We were greeted by a The Beadle & were offered a most welcome cuppa before our tour started. We were told about the history of the Company & the importance of the cutting tool. We were also given the history of their hall which has been rebuilt several times. It is a truly beautiful building. All those involved with the tour were obviously proud of their heritage & made it most interesting.
We were then taken into the Court Room & told the story about the Rose water ritual & the passing of the Loving Cup. We enacted this which was followed by the passing of the Madeira decanter & our "Acting Master" Major Karen Ives proposing the toasts. We all then sang the National Anthem.
 
After our fascinating tour we were treated to a wonderful lunch preceded by a glass of Champagne. The menu that Col Jane had chosen was delicious & enjoyed by all. Of course, there was fine wine to accompany the meal which was followed by coffee & mints. We were delighted that friends of members & several of our honorary members together with a member from the Welsh Branch & members of the City Volunteers Officers Club were able to join us.
 
This years outing will be remembered as one of our most successful. It was enjoyed by all, not only for what we learnt, but because of the enthusiasm of those who proudly told us about their livery company.

Fields of Mud, Seeds of Hope is a unique sculptural piece commemorating the sacrifices made by the generation who served during the Great War and the legacies the conflict created.  Composed using battlefield mud from Passchendaele and earth taken from a Great War military camp in the U.K the work starts thoroughly soaked. As the wet mud dries and cracks the five battle weary silhouettes gradually appear, trudging home their backs to the past and facing the future.

Deep within the mud millions of ungerminated poppy seeds lay dormant. 

When decommissioned segments of the sculpture comprising of the dried earth and seeds will be made available to the public to create their own artworks or memorial gardens, therefore allowing the legacy of the work to continue in another form indefinitely. This is an artwork which is as much about those who returned home from the Great War as it is about those who didn’t. 

Fields of Mud, Seeds of Hope will be on display in Ripon Cathedral from 3rd October to 14th November. 

Admission to the exhibit is free, to the Cathedral by voluntary donation and can be viewed 7 days a week from 9:30-17:00.

Two members of Millbank Branch, QARANC Association, on the 1st Sep 18 were privileged to attend a Drumhead Service at The Royal Hospital Chelsea to commemorate the London Divisions actions during the final 100 days of WW1.The service was lead by the The Right Honourable Reverend Lord Chartres.
 
The Lord Lieutenant of London & many other dignitaries together with other guests were welcomed by the women of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY). Among the guests were the family of Pte Jack Harvey VC. He was awarded the VC for single handedly putting a machine gun post and its crew, out of action. As always the The Chelsea Pensioners resplendent in their scarlet coats were in attendance.
 
Following a moving & fitting service which included some songs from the The North London Military Wives Choir, the guests were invited to the hospitality marquee where they we saw interactive stands & displays & arena events by Youth Organisations in Uniform (YOU).
 
It was an honour to attend  such a memorable occasion.
 
Janette Parkin
Millbank Branch

STEP SHORT PARADE 22 July 2018

With France visible across the Strait of Dover, Folkestone became an important transit point in WW1 for soldiers including nurses leaving for the battlefields of the Western Front.  From August 2014 until the end of the war approximately 10 million men passed through the port to France including others who were returning on leave or who were wounded requiring hospital treatment.

Embarkation was from the Leas, the cliffs above the harbour, and men marched down a steep hill to the boats that would take them to France. The word of command given to the marching men was, ‘step short’ and so today we honour all those who fought and gave their lives in WW1 at the Step Short Parade at the War Memorial Arch situated on the Leas directly above the harbour.  Col Jane Carey-Harris, Majors Adele Rutledge, Christine Duchemin, Liz Gregory and Major Gwin Foley as standard bearer, paraded for Millbank Branch of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps Association.  We were proud to join approximately 200 others on parade from military Associations including between 20-30 standards being proudly carried.

2018 marks a special milestone in our commemoration of all those who were involved in WW1 but particularly those who marched down the hill now known as the Road of Remembrance to Folkestone Harbour and the and battlefields beyond.

GEF 22 Jul 18

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