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Brig MacMillan

FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Since I last reported, nothing has changed and yet a lot has changed. We remain in the grip of the Covid-19 Pandemic, restrictions on our freedom of movement and socialising persist in order to contain the impact of the virus. However, we have learned a number of clinical lessons and there is scope of improved containment through testing and tracing. The prospect of an effective vaccine is close to hand. Life remains difficult as isolation demands limitations on economic activity. So there is some way to go yet before a semblance of being back to a modified normal may present itself next spring. We need to gird ourselves to coping with the winter, see through Christmas and the New Year, and look forward to the spring.

Thus the impact on the Association and its Branches goes on. I congratulate all the effort Branches have put into helping out the vulnerable and keeping their morale going. The older and more infirmed we are, the more anxious we become and keeping up social contact, of a more distant and non-touching form, will help us through.

For my part, I remain focused on improving our welfare capabilities and also wish to develop our ability to assist in the resettlement process for those leaving the service. It will, though, take some time before we have all the tools and training in place to make this happen effectively and evenly across all Branches. But this is our direction of travel. It will make us more attractive to those leaving the service and thus sustain our membership.

This shouldn’t stop us planning for expansion and reawakening once the way is safe for us to socialise again. We have the funds to make this possible once the opportunities return. I am also keen to capture your stories of coping and assisting through this crisis.

Our new Facebook page is blossoming and I congratulate the energies of WO1 Julie Lane and Ian Razzell in building it up and keeping it relevant.

It is the time of remembrance and whilst we may not be able to remember together in large groups, we can still do so within families, on door stops, on-line and on our own if necessary. We will remember them.

Alistair Macmillan
6 November 2020

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1925, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 28 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.