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Germany AC Reunion Dinner, Sgts' Mess Catterick Barracks, Bielefeld, 20th October 2018.

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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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Notices

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

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On the 28th October the book "Serving to Lead" will be published by Troubador. 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.

2018 Germany Reunion Dinner Calling Notice Letter

Germany Reunion - 20th October 2018

Sgts' Mess Catterick Barracks, Bielefeld

The Germany Reunion dinner (organised by Ron Holmes) will be held in Catterick Barracks, Bielefeld on the 20th October 2018. The dinner will be hosted by the RSM BFG WO1 (RSM) Si Nicholson RA and the guest of honour is the Commander BFG Brig Richard Clements, former CO 39 Regt RA.

This will be a historic occasion as the Sgts' Mess has become the collective of JHQ and Garrison Messes and is full of BFG History. The Barracks start to close down 2019, so you are encouraged to take the opportunity to get over to Germany for a last hoorah with a proper AC Germany dinner with all the trimmings.

The whole weekend would cost about 45 Euro. The Mess bar is the cheapest in what is left of NATO in Germany. See the calling letter attached which has all the details. Ten ACs have already booked to come so check your diaries and book your place at the table.

Please contact Ron at crossedquills@gmail.com or direct via our Facebook if you require further details.

Visit our dedicated Germany 2018 Reunion webpage for more up-to-date information, including lift offers, and other details as the event gets closer.

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The Royal British Legion 1st World War Centenary Commemorations

This year marks 100 years since the end of the 1st World War. The Royal British Legion are carrying out numerous activities to promote commemoration. Friday 3rd August saw the British Legion press launch of ‘Thank You’, our 2018 movement to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the 1st World War.

There has been lots of pick up across all channels and the Legion should see further momentum building support for the campaign over the coming weeks.

There is already significant support across Membership, Corporates, Fundraising, Armed Forces, Sports and Public in general.

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

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The 2018 Association Reunion Weekend and Dinner

The Artillery Clerks' Association Reunion was held at Larkhill over the weekend 8th - 10th June 2018 with the Reunion dinner taking place on Saturday 9th June 2018.

The weekend was a great success and this is down to the hard work and effort by the committee over the past year, especially the Reunion Secretary who has much to organise.

This weekend was made extra special as we were hosted by 34 (Seringerpatam) Battery of 14 Regiment RA who went to great lengths to assist the Association's weekend activities in various ways. One noteable surprise was an equipment display on the Saturday. Association members found this interesting and got a chance to see the latest Artillery equipment along with the old field guns and get a chance to talk to other members of the field battery. The Association is truly greatful for 34 Battery's help and assisstance over the weekend.

The Reunion Dinner this year had a very special guest-of-honour - The Master Gunner, St James's Park: Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB.

The Larkhill Reunion Weekend 2018 webpage is now setup and the images available so far are displayed.

The 21st Association Weekend and Dinner has provisionally been booked for the 7th - 9th June 2019. Get this date in your diary and get to the reunion. For those members that do not attend because they have transport problems please contact your Area Secretary. As the event is a year in advance the Area Secretary has plenty of time to assist. Likewise, anyone who will be attending and has spare seats and would like to help out with transport to-and-from the reunion please contact your Area Secretary who will try and coordinate lifts.