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Thursday, 06 February 2020 12:22

Museum of Army Music Open Day Tour

The Royal Military School of Music, will be closing by the end of the Summer and consequently, our museum will be closing to the public whilst we find our new home.  We have therefore decided to hold two Open Days on Friday 28th February (open to schools and the general public) and Saturday 29th February (open to all) 2020 from 11 am to 3 pm on both days.

You are cordially invited to join us on these days and we ask that you let us know when you would like to visit as we are conducting guided tours on the half-hour throughout the open period.  You can take part in an online questionnaire which can be done without needing to post or email a return.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NPQB92V

 

Thursday, 06 February 2020 08:27

QARANC Association Trustee Vacancy

The QARANC Association are keen to broaden their skills and recruit new people to strengthen the existing board and drive the Association forward.

The Association is seeking to appoint new trustees with experience and knowledge that can enhance the current Board. We are looking for individuals to join its Trustee board and be formally appointed as soon as practicable after the recruitment process is complete.

Time Commitment:

Four Board meetings per year, subcommittees as appropriate and any tasks between Board meetings that the role might require.

Location: The Charity is registered at Regimental HQ QARANC, AMS HQ, Robertson House, Slim Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 4NP.  Board meetings are normally held in Camberley.

For those wishing to apply please e-mail Sarah Young, Office Manager, QARANC Association manager@qarancassociation.org.uk

 

       COLONEL ALISON E B FARMER ARRC QHN

Colonel Alison Farmer enlisted into the QARANC as a student nurse in 1986 and after qualifying, became a specialist nurse initially in Gynaecology, then Family Planning and latterly in Public Health prior to commissioning from Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in 1998. She has had deployments as a soldier and officer; twice to the Balkans, to Afghanistan and twice to Mali. As a Corporal she was awarded the Associate of the Royal Red Cross in 1997 for her work during her second deployment to Bosnia.

Working in a variety of clinical roles, she was selected for an exchange attachment to the New Zealand Army for 4 months in 2000. From 2001, she undertook Regimental, Management and Staff roles. These included SO3 G1 Personnel at Headquarters 2nd Medical Brigade, Matron at the Medical Reception Station Seria in Brunei where she promoted to Major and returned to UK as SO2 QARANC Recruiting.

On completion of the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) in 2008, she assumed Sub Unit Command at 4 Medical Regiment in Aldershot. Subsequent staff roles were as SO2 Medical Operations and Plans in Army Headquarters, SO2 Nursing for Director Army Nursing Services, followed by promotion to Lieutenant Colonel into SO1 Medical Plans at the Ministry of Defence as lead for the Future Reserve 20 programme for the Defence Medical Services.

Following a deployment as SO1 Joint Medical Plans within the European Union Training Mission in Mali, she returned to Headquarters 2nd Medical Brigade in 2015 as Chief of Staff of the Central Reserves Headquarters and Commanding Officer Brigade personnel. She then deployed back to Mali in 2017 as SO1 Joint Medical Plans. From deployment she returned to UK as SO1 Assessor at the Army Officer Selection Board in Westbury.

She was promoted to Colonel in April 2019 and is currently Commanding Officer of 243 (Wessex) Field Hospital with a secondary responsibility as AMS link for the Army Officer Selection Board and visiting Board Assessor. She assumed the appointment of Chief Nursing Officer (Army) in December 2019.

The Joint Hospital Group (South) invites South Downs Branch members of the QA Association to their Corps Day celebrations on Friday 27 March 2020.

Further details will be released in due course.

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 08:30

The QARANC Association Medal

The QARANC Association Medal.

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 2020 Medal.

Citations that were submitted for 2019 will not be automatically submitted. If you wish to re submit a citation please update and submit by COP 31st March 2020. 

 

Monday, 16 December 2019 08:27

Regular QARANC Officers Tippet Medals

Regular QARANC Officers Tippet Medals

Prior to the change in ward dress regular officers on entry to the Corps were issued with a Tippet Medal to be worn on the right-hand side of the Tippet. These medals were handed back to the Quartermaster on completion of commission. However, officers who had completed 16 years regular service were able to write to the Regimental Secretary requesting to retain their Tippet Medal.

Consequent to the change in uniform no medals were issued thus the right to retain the medal had to cease until ownership/disposal could be clarified. The inception of the Heritage and Chattels Committee of the Association led to the unissued medals being examined, catalogued and to the investigation of ownership. Clarification has now been received - the medals are owned by the Association.

The Association holds a finite collection of 290 medals. There are five manufacturers of the medals, some have Kings crowns and some Queens crowns. The condition varies and many do not have ribbons or a suspender – the museum holds ribbon and the name of a specialist who can supply a suspender.

At the Board of Trustees meeting on the 31st October 2019 the options for disposal were discussed and a unanimous decision reached:

The best examples from each manufacturer, both Kings and Queens crown are to be retained for the QARANC Heritage Collection. A further 10 medals are to be retained for ceremonial purposes. The remaining medals are to be sealed in an appropriately sized envelope and numbered.  Disposal will mirror the system prior to the change in ward dress.

Nursing Officers who have 16 years regular commissioned service may now apply to receive a Tippet Medal.

The procedure is as follows:

Entitled officers are to write to the Regimental Secretary requesting consideration and enclose with the application.

  • Proof of 16 years regular commissioned service as a Nursing Officer.
  • A cheque for £10 made payable to the QARANC Association to cover postage and packing.
  • Application form.

Once an application has been verified as meeting the eligibility criteria of 16 years regular commissioned service, the Regimental Secretary will randomly select one of the sealed medals (the Regimental Secretary has no knowledge of the age, condition or value of the packed medal) and the medal will be posted ‘next day delivery-to be signed for’. Medals are not to be collected from the Regimental office. Demand is expected to be high and will be based on a first come first served basis. Officers who were issued with the Medal prior to the change in uniform and successfully applied to retain it are excluded from applying for a further medal.  

Tuesday, 03 December 2019 15:38

1 Mar 20 Sunday Lunch

South Downs Branch members are invited to Sunday Lunch at HMS Nelson Wardroom.

Cost £5 per person, partners invited too.  Please book in with South Downs Branch

QARANC REUNION LUNCH FACT SHEET

QARANC Association Reunion Lunch 11:30 Saturday 25th April 2020

Venue – Leeds Royal Armouries, Leeds, LS10 1LT

The Board of Trustees and I are really excited to offer a new venue this year for the Reunion Lunch. The idea of moving it around the country was discussed and agreed at the 2019 Chairs and Secretaries meeting. We hope it will offer the chance for members to come along who have previously felt it was too far to travel. But we also hope that our regular attendees will welcome the opportunity to visit somewhere new. If we don’t experiment now and again we will never know, and we will gather feedback after the event.

  • Application forms for the Reunion Lunch will be in the Gazette, available from your Branch Secretary and to download via the attached document.
  • The cost this year remains at £30 per member and £35 per guest.
  • Cheaper advanced train tickets are released around 12 weeks prior to travel (late Jan/early Feb). You can sign up for notifications of the cheaper ticket releases via https://www.thetrainline.com/ticketalert.
  • Registration for the lunch will open at 11:30 and welcome hot drinks will be served. If you wish to arrive earlier the Royal Armouries Museum is open from 10am and they do have a coffee shop. Please be seated by 12:15. The event is expected to finish around 16:00. 
  • The nearest hotel to The Armouries is the Holiday Inn Express, Leeds City Centre Armouries LS10 1LE. It is a 2 minute walk across the plaza from the hotel to The Armouries. 
  • There is ample parking in multi-storey carparks for both the Armouries and the Holiday Inn. Parking in Leeds city centre is more costly and not all hotels have private car parks. 
  • If arriving by train then we recommend you take a taxi to the Armouries/Holiday Inn. For a more entertaining journey there is also a Water Taxi service from Granary Wharf (near the station) to Leeds Dock    https://www.leedsdock.com/whos-here/watertaxis/

If you have any queries Alison and I will be happy to assist

Kind Regards

 Sue

01276 412754

The 2020 QARANC Association Lunch will take plac on Saturday 25 April at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, LS10 1LT.

The change in venue is to support our friends in ther North.  Please apply on the attached proforma by 26 March 2020, to:

QARANC RHQ, Robertson House, Slim Road, Camberley, GU15 4NP.  If you need assistance please call us on 01276 412754.

Monday, 07 October 2019 20:47

Evaluation of the Veterans' Gateway

Evaluation of the

Veterans’ Gateway

 

 

Are you a Military Veteran / Service Leaver?

OR

Are you the partner of a Military Veteran / Service Leaver?


If you would like to help us, you can access the survey using the link below:

https://ulsterhealth.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1zgFL5NLzORBnKd

 

Alternatively, you can request a paper copy of the survey by getting in touch with the Research Team. Telephone: +44 28 9036 6255

Email: Dr Bethany Waterhouse-Bradley: b.waterhousebradley@ulster.ac.uk

 

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 23:03

Christmas Lunch Millbank Branch 7 Dec 19

Come and join us for Christmas Lunch in London on 7 Dec 19.

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 23:01

Christmas Lunch 7 Dec 19

Come and join us in Liverpool for the Chester Branch Christmas Lunch. 

Thursday, 12 September 2019 20:07

Coffee Catch Up Sat 1 Feb 20

Coffee Catch Up at Barbours Restaurant Dumfries Saturday 1 Feb 2020 

Coffee served from 11am

Sunday, 18 August 2019 21:32

Catterick Branch Christmas Event 4 Dec 19

Full detaiuls to be confirmed - save the date.

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A Career in Army Nursing

ABTB

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

www.armyjobs.mod.uk

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