AS FAR as is known, the Revd
Heather Aston (fourth from left) is the first WRNS officer
to have been ordained. She was made deacon in
Truro Cathedral by the Bishop of Truro, the Rt
Revd Tim Thornton, and will serve in the Cornish benefice of
Meneage, on the Lizard Peninsular.
She was also one of the last
Wren officers to be trained and pass out from the Royal Naval
College at Greenwich, in 1976, before such training was moved to
Dartmouth. When, a year ago, she was at a reunion at the British
Museum of 11 of the 16 Wrens who were on her officers' training
course, she told them that she was to be ordained this year.
They all put the date into
their diaries, and between them arranged for a green stole to be
embroidered with the WRNS crest, to be given to her at her
ordination. No than eight of her former colleagues came to the
ordination service in Truro, including one from France, while those
in Australia and Canada sent their congratulations by post.
Bishop Thornton was very ready to be photographed with all nine
ex-Wrens after the service, who tried to replicate their passing
out photograph; and the new deacon was delighted when she realised
that she could wear her new stole at the eucharist on the following