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Applications are invited for the part-time post of Association Secretary of the Women's Royal Army Corps Association. Please click on the links below for full details, the closing date for applications is Monday 3rd April 2017:

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On the 7th July 2017, The Royal British Legion intend to lead commemorations at the National Memorial Arboretum marking the centenary of the formation of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. The Legion’s intent is to work closely with the widest possible range of relevant partners to ensure that attendance at the ceremony most accurately reflects the breadth of contribution by women in war, whilst appropriately marking this important anniversary. Further details will be made available via Associations and on the Legion's website in due course. Image copyright IWM Q5734

To mark the centenary of the formation of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), later renamed the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps (QMACC) WRAC Association member Marg Davies is undertaking a 100 mile solo walk to raise funds for the WRAC Association and Cancer Research UK. The walk will start on 13th March 2017 at the WRAC Association Plot, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire. Using the canal towpaths of the Trent & Mersey, Birmingham & Fazeley, Coventry, Oxford, Grand Union and Stratford Canals, Marg will complete her 100 mile journey on 17th March at the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal Basin in time for the WRAC Association AGM and WAAC/QMAAC Centenary Dinner.

You can sponsor Marg via Virgin Money Giving.

The National Army Museum is currently working on a project regarding the service of colonial and Commonwealth soldiers in the British Army. They are looking to interview female veterans (so far we have only had male veterans come forward) who were born in ex-colonial or Commonwealth countries and served in the British Army. They want to document why they joined the British Army; their experiences, good and bad, and the contributions that colonial/Commonwealth soldiers make. If you would like to assist please email Kirsty Parsons, Community Curator, National Army Museum on kparsons@nam.ac.uk or phone 020 7881 2459

A reminder that applications are now being accepted to attend the WAAC/QMAAC Centenary Dinner on Saturday 18 March 2017 at the Crown Plaza Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon. The event is open to WRAC Association members only, if you meet the membership criteria it's not too late to join the WRAC Association in order to attend the Dinner. To apply for the Dinner online click here.

The 75th Anniversary of the opening of the ammunition depot at Marlborough Barracks, Kineton will be marked in July 2017. The Station Commander would like to invite those who previously served at Kineton to attend. 

The initial plan is to give an open invitation to all who previously served at Kineton to visit the site on Friday 21 July 2017. On Saturday 22 July 2017 the Station will be carrying out a Freedom Parade March through Warwick. If you would like to register your interest in attending please click here to complete the online form. Further details will be diseminated in early 2017. This form is for those who served in the WRAC, other cap badges should contact their own Regimental Association. 

The Royal British Legion, in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, will mark the centenary of the final day of the Battle of the Somme with a Drumhead service at Thiepval Memorial, at 13.30hrs on Friday 18 November 2016. The event will bring to a close our stewardship over the previous 139 days of the daily wreath laying ceremonies, whilst re-affirming the Legion’s commitment, through the Somme Branch, to its enduring annual role at Thiepval. Applications for tickets open at 5pm on Fri 07 Oct 16, click here to apply.

Today we wish a Happy Birthday to our oldest WRAC Association member, Anne Robson (nee MacWatt), who is celebrating her 105th birthday. Anne served in the ATS from 1942 to 1947. Initially she was a PTI and went on to complete her service in the rank of Senior Commander (Major) as Assistant Inspector ATS Physical Training.

WRAC Association members are reminded that Annual Subscriptions are due for renewal as at 01 October. The online payment system on the WRAC Association website has recently been upgraded to facilitate subscription renewals to be set up as an annual recurring payment by debit or credit card, think of it as 'fire and forget'. These recurring payments can be cancelled at anytime by the individual member or by contacting HQ.

You can pay online by using the Member Login at the top right of the website and completing the Membership Renewal Form. Full instructions are provided for anyone who has forgotten their Member Login details. Subscriptions can of course still be paid by cheque, cash, by telephone to HQ, or by Standing Order (details in Lioness).

Life Members who joined many years ago are reminded that their £50 joining fee will have long since been exhausted. Life Membership is no longer offered to new joiners, existing Life Members may wish to consider setting up an Annual Membership payment.

Please note that the Donate page of the website has also been updated in a similar manner to facilitate either a one off donation or a recurring monthly donation (from £5).

FAQClick here for more details.

 

WRAC Association 2017 Diaries are in stock now priced at £5 inc p&p. Order online or by phone 0300 400 1992 (mornings).

Thank you to all members of the WRAC Association and their supporters who ran the Great Newham London 10K on Sunday, ending in the Olympic stadium and crossing the famous finishing line. A magnificent effort organised by Wendy Hooton which has raised a fantastic amount for the WRAC Association. Thank you to all. The response has been overwhelming and really celebrates the spirit of the Association. See you all again next year!

The funeral of Major (Retired) Lynette A E Hopkin MBE will take place at 11:15 on Monday 18 July 2016 at Guildford Crematorium, New Pond Road, Goldalming, Surrey, GU7 3DB. A wake will be held afterwards at a local pub. The organisers of the wake would be grateful for an indication of numbers. To help facilitate this, if you are planning to attend, please contact the WRAC Association on officemanager@wracassociation or 0300 400 1992 by Thursday 14 July 2016 and we will pass on the numbers to the organiser. To avoid confusion, if you have already indicated your attendance by other means please do not provide duplicate numbers to us.

Tributes can be made via the Funeral Director's website

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