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Welcome to the Artillery Clerks' Association website.

This year is the 20th Anniversary of the Artillery Clerks' Association, which was formed at Woolwich on Saturday 7th March 1998.

Providing a focal point, it is essentially an old comrades association of former Artillery Clerks, either serving or retired, promoting comradeship amongst its members.

The Artillery Clerks' Association is affiliated to and is a branch of the Royal Artillery Association (RAA). All members of the Artillery Clerks' Association are granted life membership of the RAA on acceptance.

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MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS REMINDER

Message from the Chairman – Increase in Annual Subscription

As we all know voluntary membership to any organisation carries with it individual obligations and responsibilities. These range from commitment of time and resources by active members to simply adhering to minimum membership guiding principles by all enrolled members.

It is my duty to inform you that a motion to increase the Association’s annual subscription from £10 to £15 with effect from 1st January 2019 was formally proposed, seconded and carried by Members at the AGM held on 9th June 2018.

The financial well-being of our Association relies on the payment of the annual subscriptions on time. The preferred route is by Direct Debit – once set up with your bank you can then enjoy peace of mind that your annual subscription will be paid on time, in one convenient payment. In addition, there is an opportunity to increase Association funds by committing to the Gift Aid scheme.

I know that following the AGM some Members have already adjusted their annual subscription - the onus is now on those Members already paying by Direct Debit to instruct their bank to adjust the fee payable to £15 with effect 1st January 2019.

Paul Corker, our Treasurer, joins me in encouraging those Members who have outstanding subscriptions due, to commit to the Gift Aid scheme and to the Direct Debit payment method.

I would ask all Members to give this their kind consideration and action soonest. All action taken by you would greatly benefit the Association.

I know I can rely on your continued support.

With every best wish.

Joe Falzon
Chairman

Replacement Medals or Veterans Badges

External link to the Government website relative to applying for replacement medals or veteran badges

Do you need a replacement Veterans Badge? Have your medals been lost or stolen? Well apply for them at the Government website associated with this very aspect.

"Serving to Lead" by Lt Gen Sir Freddie Viggers KCB CMG MBE DL

Image of the front cover of Sir Freddie Viggers book Serve To Lead

The book "Serving to Lead" was published by Troubador on the 28th October. The book, authored by Lt Gen Sir Freddie Viggers KCB CMG MBE DL, covers his 36 years military service in the British Army and his later Parliamentary duties as Black Rod. The book is available after the release date.

"Serving to Lead" charts the career of one of the most senior officers in modern British Army history. It is a must-read for anyone interested in gaining a considered but accessible `insider view' of the military and our Parliamentary traditions. Lt Gen Sir Freddie Viggers KCB CMG MBE DL completed 36 years' military service before joining Parliament as Black Rod in 2009.

Exploring themes of `lessons learned' through Service and leadership, this memoir covers important moments in our country's defence history and in which Sir Freddie played key roles, including the Northern Ireland Troubles, the civil war and rebuild of Bosnia, and the aftermath of the collapse of Saddam Hussein's Iraq, where he was the most senior British Army officer on the ground. The book also explores the Army's 21st century `people' challenges encountered in the role of Adjutant General, fighting to improve the lot of soldiers and their families. It includes his evidence to the Iraq Inquiry.

The author's experiences in Westminster give fascinating insight to the House of Lords and the role of Black Rod, a job from which he was forced to retire in 2010 following a devastating stroke. As with all anecdotes in this book, Sir Freddie's long road back to recovery is recounted with humour and candour, alongside his approach to living a fulfilling retirement - despite his significant health limitations - through enduring regimental connections and recent charitable work.