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A message from the Chairman; whether you are interested in playing, coaching, officiating or spectating, this website - will point you in the right direction.

Tennis is a great sport and tremendous fun. I encourage you to get involved and do please follow Army Tennis on Facebook and Twitter. For all those budding tennis stars out there interested in representing the QARANC, AMS or the Army there are lots of events coming up to enter.

Below are the forthcoming events for 2016 and 2017:

Fri 7 Oct 16 - Annual Lunch
Royal Scott Club 29-30 Abercrombie Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE.
Sat 5 Nov 16 - Coffee Morning – 1100am – 1300pm
Erskine Edinburgh Home 468 Gilmerton Rd Edinburgh EH17 7SA.
Awaiting confirmation from Erskine.
7 Nov 16 - Opening of Garden of Remembrance
Princess St Gardens at Scott Monument 1045am for 1100am
Remembrance Day at Cenotaph in Royal Mile Edinburgh.


Proposed dates to be confirmed
Sat 25 Mar 17 - Coffee Morning  -1100am-1300pm 

Edinburgh Erskine Home
Fri 19 May 17 - Annual Lunch - Royal Scott Club
Sat 7 Oct 17 - AGM - 1400-1600.

The 68th Annual General Meeting of the QARANC Association and the Annual Reunion was held at the Union Jack Club Sandell Street Waterloo, London SE1 8UJ on 7 May 2016. There were 90 attendees.

Minutes from the AGM will be published in the autumn edition of 'The Gazette'. A copy of the Chairman's Report is attached.

The reunion was an excellent chance for serving and retired members to catch up with old friends, colleagues and acquaintances and for newer members to witness the 'Friendship' and camaraderie that always prevails.

Don't forget to think about joining other Association Members at the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on 10 November 2016 or join the Centotaph Service and Parade at Whitehall on 13 November 2016. Both these events are ticket only so please book your space early through the General Secretary.

Visit to Exbury Gardens - Saturday 21 May 2016
Details for the above visit are as follows:
Meet for coffee at the Montague Arms Hotel SO42 7ZL at 1030am. Please allow plenty of time for your journey as the road is narrow with lots of vehicle and cycle traffic and with the hazard of New Forest ponies. Lyndhurst is a bottle neck and if you can find a route avoiding this village, it may be advisable. The hotel has a car park behind the hotel. Proceed down Fire Station Lane, past the Fire Station on your right, and the car park is on your right. If the hotel car park is full there is a public car park within easy walking distance. 
After coffee we can make our way to Exbury SO45 1AZ which is less than a 10 minute drive away. Admission cost is £12.00 per person and £11.00 person for groups of 10 or more. 
Lunch can be purchased at the gardens, and it is suggested that individuals decide when and where they have lunch.
A map can be downloaded from the website. Telephone 023 8089 1203 
Visit to Bombay Sapphire Gin Production Site
The date for this visit is Saturday 24 September 2016. The Chairman and Secretary will visit venue prior to information being disseminated.

We are a busy Branch with lots to do if you want to take part. Volunteers to parade and escort our Standard are most welcome. Anyone interested in joining our parades or any of the outings listed below please contact Branch Secretary through HQ.

This year marks the centenary of two battles of national significance during the First World War; the Battle of Jutland from 31 May to 1 June, and the Battle of the Somme, between 1 July and 18 November. As the national custodian of Remembrance, The Royal British Legion asks you to take part in an event this year to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice in these battles. You could take part in one of the following national or regional events or run something within your local community. See attached letter for further details.

CNO(A) SYMPOSIUM 2016 After much consideration the decision has been made to cancel the CNO(A) Symposium, due to take place 12/13 May 16. The decision has been influenced by multiple factors but essentially the long delay in identifying how professional leadership was to be provided to the Corps following the loss of the DANS appointment, ensured that valuable planning time was lost. This is particularly relevant when trying to attract high calibre speakers, whose diaries are booked well in advance.  Whilst it would have been possible to provide an event, the programme would have relied on availability of speakers rather than quality and content, running the risk of appearing somewhat random and would have lacked the impact of previous events. It is really important that when personnel are required to take time away from their primary duties to attend that it is a worthwhile use of their time and by delaying the symposium and setting up a dedicated planning team, we can set the conditions to provide a symposium which is professionally and militarily relevant to our audience. Please be assured that this decision has not been an easy one to make and is very much regretted.


Colonel KJ Irvine RRC QHN | Chief Nursing Officer (Army)/Revalidation/Head of QARANC

Major Lynda Ricketts QARANC has helped to rebuild remote Nepalese communities after the devastating earthquake that hit the country in April 2015. Major Ricketts based in Sennelager with British Forces Germany Health Services has been in Nepal with 70 Gurkha Field Squadron, 36 Engineer Regiment on Op MARMAT 2 - which means 'rebuild' in Nepali.

Colonel Karen Irvine RRC QHN has been appointed Chief Nursing Officer (Army) and Director QARANC to replace Colonel David Bates ARRC as Director Army Nursing Services (a post that has now been disestablished). She was appointed as Queens Honorary Nurse (QHN) in January 2016.

Last year we notified members that David Caddick, of Arena Travel, is organizing a bespoke tour to Mametz Wood on behalf of The Royal British Legion for the QARANC Association, Welsh Branch. The anniversary of the Battle is 7 -12 July 2016 and the tour has been arranged for 7 -11 July 2016. A new exciting and updated itinerary is attached and can be downloaded.


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A Career in Army Nursing


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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