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The branch received an invitation from Chaplain Steven Brookes to attend their morning service on 12 May 19.  The service was to celebrate International Nurses Day & Florence Nightingale's birthday and we were delighted that 6 branch members could attend.
Also present were members of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, having their own celebration.  It was a very good service made even better as we were present to welcome Arthur Benjamin at his baptism. He was very good - not a peep even when doused with water! 
As always the choir were sublime - their voices could raise the roof.
Following the service we retired for a short break & a coffee in the sunshine before going into The Great Hall for lunch. Terri Pitts with an In-Pensioner invited us to join them for a most enjoyable meal. Afterwards we spent a short time enjoying the sunshine before making our way home.  
It was a special way to celebrate International Nurses Day.
Lindi Kibbey
Chairman, Millbank Branch

Millbank Branch Corps Day

Mothering Sunday was a glorious day. As in the past, Padre Steven Brookes welcomed our members to morning service at the The Royal Hospital Chapel.  On leaving the chapel, to the organist playing The Corps March, all the ladies were presented with a small bunch of daffodils - such a lovely gesture.  After being greeted by the padre & photographs taken of our standard bearer & escorts we made our way to lunch. The RSM was a guest & was resplendent in his uniform as can be seen in one of the photos. Sadly, due to his duties he was unable to join us for lunch.

As in previous years we had an excellent curry lunch in The In-Pensioner's Club. Again, the staff & pensioners made us very welcome. The dining room staff were most attentive. All dietary & fluid requirements were met!

There was no better way or place to celebrate Corps Day than this, on the 70th Anniversary of our Corps.

Lindi Kibbey - Chairman

Members of the branch attended the symposium held at DMS Whittington.
Lectures were most interesting & prizes were presented by our Colonel in Chief, The Countess of Wessex. 
In the evening, there was a sunset ceremony held at the main memorial of The National Arboretum. Although cold, it remained dry. The service was conducted by The Venerable Clinton Langston QHC CF, The Chaplain General.  
Following a moving service, we all had a good heartwarming meal at The Arboretum. Music was provided by he Royal Signals.  
The following day we all made our way back to DMS Whittington Garrison Church for our Commemoration Thanksgiving Service.  
The excellent service was lead by Padre Jason Clarke MBE CF.
Major Alison Cripps sang two beautiful solos.  
The service was followed by a very good curry lunch.  
Both events was attended by the Chief Nurse of the US Army Nursing Service. Col Alison McCourt & our two Colonel Commandants were also in attendance.  
As always, it was an honour to be with friends, old comrades & young soldiers.
We were made very welcome & it was special.  
A wonderful way to celebrate 70 years of our Corps.
 
Lindi Kibbey.
Chairman

The medal is to be awarded annually to the QARANC Association retired member who has made an outstanding contribution to the Association by fostering esprit de corps, comradeship and the welfare of the Corps by preserving its traditions or relieving need, hardship or distress.

The prize is funded by the QARANC Association and consists of a medal and a purse of £150

The presentation of the Medal will take place at the annual reunion lunch. 

Branches are requested to submit citations for this medal by COP 30th April for the 2019 Medal. 

Apologies are extended for this short notice for 2019; it is rightfully fitting that in the year of the 70th anniversary this anomaly be corrected, and the work of the retired members celebrated and rewarded.

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The QARANC employs Officers and Soldiers in both the Regular and Reserve Army, as Registered Nurses, Student Nurses, and Health Care Assistants, and we are always looking for people. If you are interested in a career as a Nurse or Health Care Assistant which also offers other great opportunities then you are just the person we are looking for. A career in the QARANC is more than a job, you will have access to extensive training and development opportunities, not just related to your job, but personal development too. You will have the opportunity to use your skills in diverse settings – wherever the Army is employed health care professionals from the QARANC are there. Right now there are QARANC personnel working around the world, including Sierra Leone, Canada, Mali, Afghanistan, Germany, and Cyprus. Being in the QARANC you will have access to, and be expected to undertake adventurous training, and you will have access to free medical and dental care, as well as robust annual leave and pension package. For information contact a member of the QARANC recruiting team on: 01276 412741, 01276 412742 or 01276 412740 or visit

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