In 1982 St Mary Le Strand was chosen to become the official church of the Women’s Royal Naval Service, the Women’s Royal Naval Reserve and the Association of Wrens. The dedication took place on 28 October 1984 when the WRNS Book of Remembrance was moved to the church from the Royal Naval College, Greenwich. The book was carried by Director WRNS, Commandant P Swallow – a very poignant moment for her as her mother’s name is in the book. The WRNS Book of Remembrance which can be found in a glass topped display cabinet at the rear of the church on the right hand side. The Verger is always willing to open the book at a specific page for visitors; otherwise the pages are turned regularly.
If you give members of the Association of Wrens a project you can usually guarantee that it will be carried out with gusto, and the making of kneelers for ‘our church’ was no exception! All the kneelers were made by former wrens and many are dedicated to the memory of past friends.