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Dear All,

I am writing to let you all know that, for personal reasons, I am resigning as Chairman of the Association, with effect from the end of this month. I am very conscious that this will cause difficulties as, according to the rules, a new chairman will probably not be able to be voted in before the next AGM. Our President, Mark Pemberton, is looking at the way in which/if an inter regnum arrangement can be put in place until that time, but as this is a unprecedented situation it is not easy. I particularly regret that this will, amongst other things, leave the Association without a representative on the Trust Board, although Mark is also chairman of that body and may be able to speak on our behalf.

If this is your first visit to our Association web-site, I hope that you have found it informative and useful. For those who have been here before, you will have noticed (I hope) that we have made some changes to it. These have been mostly in in response to the request we made for comments about it during last year. This includes the facility now to join the Association on-line. A lot of thought has gone into this and the system seems to be working well.

I addition, you will find that we now have a link to the “Blue Book” events and bookings can be made through this. Details are given for each event and I hope that you put them into your diaries and Branches will include them into your local programmes. Although in the Branches you all have your local ideas and functions, the national events are key times when we have the opportunity to come together as the Association and celebrate the pride that we have in our Corps.

2 May – The AGM of the RAMC Charity. The Association is a sub-committee of the Charity, which is a Company Limited by Guarantee and holds an AGM at the RHQ in Camberley at 1400hrs.  This meeting is open to all serving, retired and reserve members of the RAMC and RAMC Association. It gives us the opportunity to hear what about the various groups in the Charity and understand how the Association fits into its overall work. Having Association members there emphasises our part in the scheme of things.

9 May – The Annual Corps Service held at the National Arboretum at Alrewas, followed by the Association AGM and buffet lunch. The cost if the lunch is very reasonable, for what is on offer, but you can attend the service and AGM without having to have it.   

17 June – Corps Day. Another time to celebrate our Corps, not only with an inspiring act of worship but also the march past. This is followed by a very good lunch that is paid for by central funds, during which the Corps band plays and they are always worth hearing. Our participation in the march past is specially geared to cater for those of us who can’t step out as well or as far as we used to be able.      

It is very important that we have as good an attendance as possible at these events and Branches may think about organising car sharing or even a mini bus. The Board of Trustees of the RAMC Charity authorises the subsidy of costs from the use of some of the funds they allocate to the Association. Bids for this must be made through the Association Secretary and to make sure we can deal with them, please get them in as soon as possible.

I wish you all a very enjoyable time with the Association during 2018. I look forward to seeing you at the national events.

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1926, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 38 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.