Sarah Clewes the Project Semaphore Manager has just taken over the role of Chair main of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Widows’ Association and has written a letter advertising her appointment, which can be seen below;
I am delighted to have taken on the role of Chairman of the Royal Navy Royal Marines Widows’ Association (RNRMWA). I have been involved with the Association since 2010, most of this time spent as a committee member. My husband died of cancer, aged 31, and I have enjoyed the invaluable support of a fellow Widow (and Widower) who understands the nuances of naval life, has endured loss and is happy to give their time over a cup of tea (or glass of wine!) to help me through challenges and dark days. Friendship and support is fundamental to this group, that we never asked to join.
My role is to ensure that we are represented alongside the Army and RAF Widows, to engage with the RN Welfare team who invite us to relevant meetings and events and to provide the Visiting Officers with credible, real life experiences to enhance their professional training.
The Association has been dormant for some time, however together with the support of the committee, we will provide our Members with a Newsletter, refresh the website and share information, inspirational stories, offers and events both on the RNRMWA Facebook page (and secret group) and by post for our Members not online.
Please add my contact details to any meetings or events you hold, where our views and experiences add value to the work you do. The old RNRMWA email account and phone number, you may hold on record, have been deleted. Please amend your records using our new contact details:
Postal address – Sarah Clewes, Conference of Naval Associations (CONA), Room 209, Semaphore Tower (PP70), HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3LT
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org Phone – 07462 376850. I look forward to meeting you.