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It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the sad news that Lt Col (Rtd) Margaret Nesbitt RRC known by her friends as Nellie passed away peacefully in a nursing home in Tilford on Saturday 5th August.

Her funeral will be held on 01 September at Aldershot Crematorium at 1415.  Flowers or donations to the Army Benevolence Fund.

Info from - Lt Col Pat Gibson Aldershot Branch Chairperson

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The Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) Association held a Garden Party to celebrate their 70th Anniversary on 14 June 2017. 

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO, Colonel-in-Chief of the QARANC and Patron of the QARANC Association graciously hosted the event at her private residence, Bagshot Park. 

The event was attended by nearly 200 Association members who also were offered the privilege of a tour of part of the gardens and afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings on a sunny and warm afternoon.  The Countess of Wessex met and spoke with many attendees and cut the anniversary cake using the Regimental Sword. 

The cake was donated by a former QARANC officer, Mrs Sheila Jones who now runs her own business.  An Army Nurse fuchsia plant was presented to her Royal Highness by 2Lt Nicole Wolfe who was the most junior serving officer and a posy by Miss Bettina Wood the most senior attendee!    

The QARANC Association wish to record their sincere thanks to Her Royal Highness for granting this honour and also to all the staff at Bagshot Park for their help and support in the planning and management of this wonderful and memorable occasion.  

Today I was fortunately given the opportunity to attend the Army Reserve Professionally Qualified Officers course 172 final parade.

It was a glorious day with a lovely breeze the sun shining and barely a cloud in the sky.

Brigadier David McArthur OBE TD QHN VR Head of Army Medical Services Reserves was the inspecting Officer

I was very excited to see that a QA was the recipient of the sword of honor

Lt Samantha Gardiner QARANC

How lovely it was that the inspecting Officer, late QARANC, was there to present the sword to a fellow QA.  Fellow QA’s who passed out on this course of 25 were Capt L Jones  and Lt AA Owusu

The MacRobert sword is awarded to the Officer Cadet considered by the directing staff to be the best on the course. It is donated by the MacRobert Trust and crafted by Poole Sword Limited the first sword was presented in April 2016. The MacRobert  Trust motto is “Not for Self but for Country”

Good luck and all the very best for their future with the Reserves and the Corps.

Lt Col Pat Gibson MBE QARANC

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