I joined the WRNS in 1965 as a Wren Writer (Pay) and left, on maternity leave, as a Leading Wren Writer (Pay) in February 1969 becoming a Life member of the AOW. After my training at HMS DAUNTLESS and HMS PEMBROKE I was drafted to HMS DOLPHIN, this followed with a draft to HMS NEPTUNE, becoming the first Wren at what was then more mud than a Naval Base, HMS VERNON followed and it was from there I married and subsequently left.
I joined the Civil Service in 1972 working in a variety of establishments including Devonport Dockyard, HMS THUNDERER (The Royal Naval Engineering College), HMS RALEIGH and HMS DRAKE and a tri-service posting to the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre first at Bagshot Park then Upavon/Netheravon/Amport House before returning to HMS DRAKE.
I joined Plymouth Branch in the late 1990s and on closure of the branch helped form Plymouth IG. I am also, currently, Chairman of Exeter Branch.
My husband, David, & I have 6 children between us, 13 grand-children and 7 great-grand-children – Birthdays and Christmas’s are busy times. My spare time involves volunteering with SSAFA, a member of St.Nicholas Church in HMS Drake, the RNA and I have previously been a mentor at HMS Raleigh.