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Friday, 21 June 2019 22:03

Veterans Breakfast Saturday 8 Feb 2020

Coma and join us for a Veterans Breakfast at Christ Church Portsdown, Portsmouth, PO6 3NB 1000hrs.  Pre-booking with the Branch essential on SouthDownsBranch, cost £4.50 per person. 

Monday, 17 June 2019 21:55

75th Anniversary Lunch Fri 16 May 2025


The Merchants House of Glasgow,

7 West George St,


G2 1BA. 

Chester Branch QARANC Association Reunion 2020 will be held at The Queens Hotel, Llandudno, LL30 2LE.

Options include 1,2 or 3 night packages, Half Board, en suite accommodation.

Saturday tour on the steam train from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog and on to Portmerion.

Gala night dinner on Saturday 5 Sep.

Sunday scenic tour through Llanberis pass & stopping at Bewts-y-Coed.

Gala dinner & entertainment (£40) 1 night package (£109) 2 night package (£199) 3 night package (£249).

Bookings details available via Chester Branch Secretary, contactable through RHQ 01276 412754.  


June 2020 - Gobbins and trip to Whitehead Railway Museum. Await further details on this event.

17th May 2020 - Service at St Georges Church, Belfast to commemorate the birth and life of Florence Nightingale.

12th May 2020 - Bicentenary service held by The Florence Nightingale Foundation at Westminster in 2020.

Saturday 09th May 2020 - In order to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of and life of Florence Nightingale the following is planned. 

A rose bed is being prepared within the Botanic Garden rose garden as a wonderful reminder of her contribution to nursing and the public health reform.

Thirty Florence Nightingale roses will be planted in November in preparation for a splendid show of blooms in May 2020! It is a cream rose with pink blush on tip of petal.

We plan to meet at 1230hrs at the Gardens for a viewing followed by afternoon tea from 1430hrs at The Grand Central, Belfast (top floor).

Guests welcome, cost will be £30 TBC paid prior to the event by BACS transfer and will be non refundable (TEA SURNAME). Payment not due yet.

14th or 21st March 2020 - Food Tour (Belfast) and St Patricks Celebrations, more details to follow...

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
Thursday Dec 8th - Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey
10 members attended The Field of Remembrance which was an honour.  His Royal Highness, Prince Harry of Wales was in attendance and as always charmed all those present, especially some cadets from Barbados who were at the next plot to the QAs. They were very excited. After the act of remembrance we headed off to The Red Lion on Whitehall for lunch. We were delighted to have 3 members from the Newcastle Branch join us also we were pleased to welcome Lesley Steer who has now transferred to the Millbank Branch. On our way we stopped in Trafalgar Square to pay our respects to suffragette Millicent Garrett Fawcett 
A grand time was had by all.


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