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Longest Ride on the Longest Day

Former Wren, the amazing Liz Brown retired last year and decided 2018 would be her challenge year. Her first event was to attempt her longest ever cycle ride in aid of the Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust. At 0430 on the Longest Day she set off to cycle 150 miles around the New Forest. Supporters cheered her on from various watering holes and by 1730 she returned (looking remarkably fresh) to Milford on Sea for the finish, with 154 miles successfully under her belt.

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Commander Jane Allen has now clocked over 2,000 miles

Commander Jane Allen set off from HMS Victory on 21 October last year, to walk anticlockwise round the coast of mainland UK to raise money for two naval charities, the WRNS BT and RNRMC charities. Here she provides an update on her most recent travels in Scotland where she has now clocked over 2,000 miles.

Having walked across the Scottish border at the end of April, it has taken me a further 664 miles to reach John o’ Groats, where the ‘bootometer’ clicked 2,031 miles. The magical 2,000 miles had been achieved earlier in the week on the approaches to Wick. Meanwhile, the Victory Van has already covered over double the mileage (4,696) in support.

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All change at the top for the Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust

At our Annual General Meeting we said farewell to Commander Andrea Crook RN, our Chairman of 7 years and welcomed our Vice Chairman Commander Heather Rimmer RN to the role of Chairman. We wish Andrea well with her forthcoming studies and thank her for her great contribution to the Trust and her additional support for the WRNS100 Project.

Heather will be joined by our new Vice Chairman, Commander Catherine Jordan RN who has been a Trustee for a year and we wish our new team good luck and every success.

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Walking the first 1000 miles

Cobseo members have been previously advised that to mark both her recent retirement from the Royal Naval Reserve and the 2017 Centenary year of women’s service in the Royal Navy, Commander Jane Allen is undertaking a solo 5,500-mile charity walk around the coast of mainland Britain.

Starting and finishing at HMS Victory in Portsmouth, Jane’s walk aims to raise funds and awareness for two important Naval Charities – WRNS BT and RNRMC.

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Victory Walk – First 500

Looking back on the first 500 miles (Portsmouth to Hullbridge, Essex) of the Victory Walk, the main difficulty is remembering where I’ve been! Being on the move almost every day means that the walk becomes a blizzard of place names, each to be reached, passed and left behind.

Perhaps the two most difficult things to leave behind were Navy Command HQ with the ongoing WRNS100 demands, and Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower. It took 60 miles and Selsey Bill before the Tower eventually disappeared behind me! WRNS100 did not conclude until mid-December, with a superb reception for 100 serving and veteran naval women in the Speaker’s House, Palace of Westminster. Shortly afterwards I broke for a Christmas break in a cosy rented cottage in Kent.

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HMS Collingwood spoilt for choice at WRNS festive sale

Personnel across HMS Collingwood were treated to cakes and other home-made goodies at the Base’s annual WRNS BT Festive Sale.

The Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) celebrated its centenary on 29th November 2017 and events have been going on all year to commemorate this Anniversary, the women who served throughout this time, and their remarkable achievements. Five volunteers from The Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust (WRNS BT) visited HMS Collingwood to tempt sailors and civilians alike with brownies, malt loaves, cakes, biscuits and even jars of marmalade, all home-made by ten talented members.

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