• Supporting Reserve Forces and Cadets in the South East

    Reserves & Cadets
  1. Major General Benjamin Bathurst visits Army Cadets in Windsor

    Major General Benjamin Bathurst visits Army Cadets in Windsor

    Major General Benjamin Bathurst has paid a special visit to Army Cadets at 18 Troop, Household Cavalry Regiment at Combermere Barracks in Windsor. The General Officer Commanding London District and Major General Commanding the Household Division, took time to engage with Cadets after inspecting the unit. Having spent five years as a cadet himself with the Combined Cadet Force, Major General Bathurst took a keen interest in the Cadets aspirations for the future. The assignment of the new 40 ton A...
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    Major General Benjamin Bathurst visits Army Cadets in Windsor

    Major General Benjamin Bathurst visits Army Cadets in Windsor

    Major General Benjamin Bathurst has paid a special visit to Army Cadets at 18 Troop, Household Cavalry Regiment at Combermere Barracks in Windsor. The General Officer Commanding London District and Major General Commanding the Household Division, took time to engage with Cadets after inspecting the unit. Having spent five years as a cadet himself with the Combined Cadet Force, Major General Bathurst took a keen interest in the Cadets aspirations for the future. The assignment of the new 40 ton AJAX Armoured Vehicle to the Household Calvary, will see the majority of the unit relocate to Salisbury Plain and will be replaced by the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. The Major General wanted to reassure the Cadets, that the unit would remain within the Household Calvary Regiment and that they will continue to be supported by the Regular Army. Within the London district they are 2,500 Regular Soldiers, 4,500 Reserves and 9,800 Cadets. Regular Soldiers are currently assisting Cadet Adult Volunteers within the London units and the Major General hopes that this incentive will also be adopted by the Welsh Guards, when they relocate to Combermere Barracks.

    For more information about Berkshire Cadet Force: 0118 957 5126 or email: caoberks-se@RFCA.ORG.UK Parades every Tuesday between 19:30 - 21:30 Combermere Barracks, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3DN

  2. District Drill Competition at Sir John Moore Barracks Folkestone

    District Drill Competition at Sir John Moore Barracks Folkestone

    Well done to all the Cadets and Adults who braved the very cold weather and at times downfalls of snow yesterday to produce and put on such a good Drill and Piping competition. The entry was very high with 8 out of 10 units taking part; the standard was very good and really encouraging to see so many young cadets entering and taking part with such enthusiasm for the first time. The best part of the day , I hope you all agree, was seeing smiles on everyone’s faces and also watching units interac...
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    District Drill Competition at Sir John Moore Barracks Folkestone

    District Drill Competition at Sir John Moore Barracks Folkestone

    Well done to all the Cadets and Adults who braved the very cold weather and at times downfalls of snow yesterday to produce and put on such a good Drill and Piping competition. The entry was very high with 8 out of 10 units taking part; the standard was very good and really encouraging to see so many young cadets entering and taking part with such enthusiasm for the first time. The best part of the day , I hope you all agree, was seeing smiles on everyone’s faces and also watching units interacting and supporting, encouraging and cheering each other on. To see cadets and staff assisting cadets preparing no matter which unit if not their own these competitors were from was extremely nice, good teamwork.

    Thank you to all the spectators that turned out in the cold and all the Judges, Admin Staff and those that assisted the DDO in running such a full and successful day. A huge thank you from us all to the DDO for all his hard work putting the day together and providing the forum for such a good days Cadet Experience. It’s good to be able to include photos of cadets with arms on this post as this is in context as the event was a Drill and Piping competition taking place inside an MOD base.

  3. East & West Sussex Lord-Lieutenant's Awards 2017

    East & West Sussex Lord-Lieutenant's Awards 2017

    Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Annual Award Ceremony for East Sussex and West Sussex, has taken place at the Long Furlong Barn in Worthing.The annual Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards are for Reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, Cadets and employees of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadet Organisations of the Armed Forces’ and recognised as laudatory honours throughout the Ministry of Defence.Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s are the representatives of the C...
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    East & West Sussex Lord-Lieutenant's Awards 2017

    East & West Sussex Lord-Lieutenant's Awards 2017

    Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Annual Award Ceremony for East Sussex and West Sussex, has taken place at the Long Furlong Barn in Worthing.

    The annual Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards are for Reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, Cadets and employees of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadet Organisations of the Armed Forces’ and recognised as laudatory honours throughout the Ministry of Defence.

    Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s are the representatives of the Crown for each county in the United Kingdom.  Men or women of all backgrounds, they are appointed directly by Her Majesty The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister. 

    Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Mr Peter Field for East Sussex and Colonel (Retired) Richard Putnam CBE, TD, DL for West Sussex presented a number of awards including Meritorious Service Certificates, The Fuller Smith and Turner Best Reservist Award, Cadet Forces Medal, Army Cadet Force Certificate of Good Service, SSAFA IRLAM Trophy, The Prince of Wales Award for the Ulysses Trust Best Expedition and Cadet of the Year Awards .

    The Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificates for Meritorious Service were instituted in order to afford public recognition to those members of the Reserve and Cadet Forces whose efforts are not recognised by the twice-yearly Honours Lists. The Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate thus ranks second to The Queen’s Honours Lists. The Cadet of the Year Award marks the achievement of outstanding service by an individual to their Cadet movement. A certificate is awarded, together with a Lord Lieutenant’s Badge which the individual is entitled to wear when in uniform.  The best Reservist Award is awarded to the Reservist considered by the selection board to have achieved the most or to have made the greatest contribution to the Reserve Service in the Royal County of Berkshire.

    Cadet Staff Sergeant Ted Lewry, with the Royal Engineers, has been nominated for HM Lord-Lieutenant Award.  Upon receiving his award, he said: “I am very proud to have been nominated for the award.  It is a great honour and encourages me to keep working hard and progressing.”

  4. Silver Employer Recognition Awards Ceremony 2017

    Silver Employer Recognition Awards Ceremony 2017

    The 2017 Silver Employer Recognition Awards Ceremony took place on the 6th of September 2017 on the historic ship HMS Victory in Portsmouth. 20 businesses were presented awards by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson Esq, at the prestigious event to recognise their support to the Armed Forces’ Community. Mark Smith from Mainstream Group Ltd said:  “The Employer Recognition Scheme is important to our group as a demonstration to both veterans and reservists of the...
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    Silver Employer Recognition Awards Ceremony 2017

    Silver Employer Recognition Awards Ceremony 2017

    The 2017 Silver Employer Recognition Awards Ceremony took place on the 6th of September 2017 on the historic ship HMS Victory in Portsmouth.

    20 businesses were presented awards by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson Esq, at the prestigious event to recognise their support to the Armed Forces’ Community.

    Mark Smith from Mainstream Group Ltd said:  “The Employer Recognition Scheme is important to our group as a demonstration to both veterans and reservists of the high value we place on their transferable skills, which directly benefit our business.  I am absolutely delighted that we have received the Silver Award today.”

    The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the Armed Forces Community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

    Colonel (Retired) Patrick Crowley South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association Chief Executive said: “These companies have gone the extra mile to support the Armed Forces and particularly the Reserves and service leavers.  We are very fortunate to have HM Lord-Lieutenant Nigel Atkinson to present the awards, but the most important people here this evening are the employers receiving their awards, highlighting their commitment to supporting both their employees and our Armed Forces.”

    The Army Medical Services Quartet played upon the quarterdeck of the ship, whilst Brigadier Bill O’Leary welcomed guests and VIP’S. 

    The Naval Secretary, Rear Admiral Simon Williams, began the proceedings and speeches were given by Reservist Petty Officer Denise Wright from HMS King Alfred and Reservist employer Jim Weeden from Arqiva.

    The evening culminated with The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas performing the Beating of the Retreat and the Salute was taken by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and the Naval Secretary.

  5. Kent County Cricket Club are the Latest Organisation to Sign the Armed Forces Covenant

    Kent County Cricket Club are the Latest Organisation to Sign the Armed Forces Covenant

    The Armed Forces Covenant was signed between PWRR and Kent County Cricket Club / Shepherd Neame. The Club and Medway Commercial also received a bronze award from the South East Reserves Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SERFCA). The Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire other organisations to do the same.   The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support...
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    Kent County Cricket Club are the Latest Organisation to Sign the Armed Forces Covenant

    Kent County Cricket Club are the Latest Organisation to Sign the Armed Forces Covenant

    The Armed Forces Covenant was signed between PWRR and Kent County Cricket Club / Shepherd Neame. The Club and Medway Commercial also received a bronze award from the South East Reserves Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SERFCA). The Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire other organisations to do the same.  

    The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the armed forces covenant. 

    Kent Cricket CEO, Jamie Clifford, signed on behalf of the Club, and said:  

    “It is a honour for the Club to have been awarded the Bronze Award on signing the covenant and the Club is delighted to be able to show commitment to this excellent initiative.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Armed Forces in the coming years.”  

    Colonel Andrew Wood TD VR, Deputy Commander. HQ 11th Infantry Brigade said: 

    "It was a great privilege to be here today to cosign the Armed Forces Covenant, it's important that the Armed Forces and the local community are engaged on a wider scale and today marked that in style. 

    We are delighted to add the Kent County Cricket Club to our list of growing supporters and were pleased that we had representatives from the local council, University of Kent and Canterbury College here today along with the Lady Mayor, the Armed Forces Champion of Canterbury." 

    The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment freefall parachute display team (the Flying Tigers) also made a star appearance and landed on the pitch shortly before the awards were made. 

    The South East Regional Employer Engagement Director for the Ministry of Defence, Captain Jonathan Darrington-Slegg, said: 

     “Signing the Armed Forces Covenant has provided an opportunity to establish a solid relationship between Kent County Cricket Club and the Armed Forces Community, we look forward to many years of continued support." 

    The signing took place on the opening day of Kent’s match against West Indies during the 166th Canterbury Cricket Week.  

     
    http://www.serfca.org/Civil-Employer-Engagement/Armed-Forces-Covenant  

  6. Centerprise International signs the Armed Forces Covenant

    Centerprise International signs the Armed Forces Covenant

    Army military intelligence Reservists gathered on the deck of the SS Great Britain in Bristol to witness the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant by leading information technology provider Centerprise International. The Covenant commits the company to upholding its principles by supporting the Armed Forces community. In particular, it recognises the value that serving Regular and Reserve personnel, cadets, veterans and military families bring to Centerprise and the nation. Centerprise chie...
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    Centerprise International signs the Armed Forces Covenant

    enterprise International signs the Armed Forces Covenant

    Army military intelligence Reservists gathered on the deck of the SS Great Britain in Bristol to witness the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant by leading information technology provider Centerprise International.

    The Covenant commits the company to upholding its principles by supporting the Armed Forces community. In particular, it recognises the value that serving Regular and Reserve personnel, cadets, veterans and military families bring to Centerprise and the nation.

    Centerprise chief executive officer Jeremy Nash signed the Covenant on behalf of the company, witnessed by Major General James Hockenhull OBE, Colonel Commandant of the Intelligence Corps.

    Jeremy is himself a former RAF officer, having reached the rank of Wing Commander.

    It was also an occasion of celebration for the Intelligence Corps Reserve, marking 50 years since its founding with a series of presentations followed by a jubilee dinner on board Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s historic ship.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Mel Green, commanding officer of 7th Military Intelligence Battalion, a newly-formed Army Reserve unit which has its headquarters in Bristol, hosted the dinner. The event included presentations by key figures within the IT and cyber security industry.

    He said: “The Battalion is indebted to the insight provided by industry, especially from Dr Andrew Monaghan (Director of Research on Russia and Northern Europe Defence and Security at the Changing Character of War research programme, Oxford University) and Conrad Prince (UK Cyber Security Ambassador).

    “The dinner was a superb affair expertly hosted by the staff of the SS Great Britain. I would like to thank all our Reservists’ employers who attended as they are vital to the continuing relationship with 7 MI Battalion.”

    “They include BAE Systems, Fastnet Estates Ltd, Lockheed Martin, Bovis Homes, GWS, Lionhead Consulting and the Military Preparation College. A special thank you goes to Centerprise International, without whose help and support this event would not have been possible.”

    7th Military Intelligence Battalion covers a large area of the South and West of England, with sub-units stretching from Newbury to Exeter and from Southampton to South Wales.

    Centerprise has its headquarters in Basingstoke with other business operations in London and South Wales. It has built its reputation over 30 years delivering large-scale IT projects for business, defence, education, government and healthcare clients.

  7. Sea Cadets Compete for District Glory

    Sea Cadets Compete for District Glory

    Sea Cadets from the whole of Sussex recently competed in the annual ceremonial District Drill and Piping Competition at TS Hastings.
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    Sea Cadets Compete for District Glory

    Sea Cadets Compete for District Glory

    This is the pre-cursor competition to select the team that will go onto represent Sussex District at the Area competition which takes place in four weeks at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth, all the teams have been practicing hard in the lead up to this event.

    Here’s the results:

    • Winners of the Unarmed Squad was TS Defiance, Newhaven and Seaford Unit
    • Best Squad Commander (Unarmed) was TS Brighton 
    • Winners of the Colour Party was TS Hastings
    • Winners of the Team Piping was TS Defiance, Newhaven and Seaford Unit
    • Winner Individual Piping was TS Brighton
    • Winner of Junior Sea Cadet Piping Team was TS Hastings.

    Ordinary Cadet Catherine Boorman from Newhaven said:

    “I’ve been a Sea Cadet for over four years and my proudest moment by far has been being chosen to lead the squad today and I am delighted that we won.

    This is just one of the many opportunities the Sea Cadets offers for young people I’d encourage anyone who wants a new hobby to find out more”.

    The District Staff of Ceremonial Duties and Chief Judge on the day Lt Ali Kennedy said:

    “We have seen a big improvement in the quality of entries this year, well done to all of the teams involved we know what a big effort everyone made – we’re all very proud”.

    To find out more please visit: http://www.sea-cadets.org/

  8. Lord Mayor Of Portsmouth Honours Reserve Service And Commitment

    Lord Mayor Of Portsmouth Honours Reserve Service And Commitment

    Army Reservists from Portsmouth’s 128 Field Company, based in Peronne Road were honoured yesterday evening by the Lord Mayor of the City of Portsmouth, Mr David Fuller. In a special ceremony at the Hilsea Army Reserve Centre, hosted by the Commanding Officer of 103 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), Lieutenant Colonel John Hanson MBE, the ten reservists who have amassed more than two hundred years’ voluntary reserve service between them, were presented with m...
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    Lord Mayor Of Portsmouth Honours Reserve Service And Commitment

    Lord Mayor Of Portsmouth Honours Reserve Service And Commitment

    Army Reservists from Portsmouth’s 128 Field Company, based in Peronne Road were honoured yesterday evening by the Lord Mayor of the City of Portsmouth, Mr David Fuller. In a special ceremony at the Hilsea Army Reserve Centre, hosted by the Commanding Officer of 103 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), Lieutenant Colonel John Hanson MBE, the ten reservists who have amassed more than two hundred years’ voluntary reserve service between them, were presented with medals and clasps symbolising their remarkable commitment. Accompanied by the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Leza Tremorin and Councillor Frank Jonas, Portsmouth City Council’s Armed Forces Champion, the Lord Mayor, in the presence of family and reserve colleagues made a presentation to each of the medial recipients. He said “Thank you for a wonderful evening. I didn’t know much about the Army Reserve before tonight or what you as a unit do but I’d like to thank you on behalf of the City and the Community for all that you have done and continue to do for us and for the commitment that you make”. The Lady Mayoress went on to present the partner of each reservist with a bouquet of flowers to thank them for their invaluable support and encouragement over the years.

  9. Kent Air Cadets To Take Part In Torch Relay To Mark 75th Anniversary Of Air Training Corps

    Kent Air Cadets To Take Part In Torch Relay To Mark 75th Anniversary Of Air Training Corps

    Celebrating their 75th Anniversary, RAF Air Cadets from across Kent have taken part in a torch relay that is crossing every county in the UK. The Torch toured Kent on Monday 15 August, In preparation for its day in Kent the Torch was picked up by RNLI Lifeboat on Sunday 14th from Essex. Thanks goes to the Gravesend Lifeboat Crew, who took a Gravesend Cadet to Tilbury on their Rib to collect the Torch from the cadets of Essex. Monday started with a trip to Ebbsfleet Station where the Torch ...
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    Kent Air Cadets To Take Part In Torch Relay To Mark 75th Anniversary Of Air Training Corps

    Kent Air Cadets To Take Part In Torch Relay To Mark 75th Anniversary Of Air Training Corps

    Celebrating their 75th Anniversary, RAF Air Cadets from across Kent have taken part in a torch relay that is crossing every county in the UK. The Torch toured Kent on Monday 15 August,

    In preparation for its day in Kent the Torch was picked up by RNLI Lifeboat on Sunday 14th from Essex. Thanks goes to the Gravesend Lifeboat Crew, who took a Gravesend Cadet to Tilbury on their Rib to collect the Torch from the cadets of Essex.

    Monday started with a trip to Ebbsfleet Station where the Torch was escorted by Sergeant (ATC) Darren Doggett, and his Daughter Natalie, a Cadet Flight Sergeant with 1242 (Faversham) Squadron on the Javelin High Speed train to Ashford. From Ashford it visited the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-Le-Ferne and then onto Dover Castle and the Louis Bleriot Memorial by 1938 Hillman Staff Car.

    Picked up by a Defence Fire School Saxon Fire Engine it then travelled to Deal, visiting the Burma Star memorial and then onto the Manston Aviation Museum. Next stop Herne Bay with a photo op next to the Barnes Wallis memorial (bouncing bombs). By inflatable rib it took to the water along the Swale from Herne Bay to Faversham, and then was taken via one of the successful cross-channel swimming cadets from Faversham to Harty Ferry.  On reaching land the torch was met by the local constabulary for a quick tour of the old RAF Eastchurch site on the Isle of Sheppey before dashing off to the Kent Air Cadets Headquarters in Maidstone. It flew from Rochester to Headcorn by Tigermoth, and arrived at Biggin Hill by Dragon Rapide and Cherokee Warrior from EFG Flying School.

    At Biggin Hill the torch visited the Heritage Hanger and the RAF Chapel, then on to Crayford for a photo op next to Captain Crayford and Propella, two sculptures celebrating Crayford’s aviation past.  To finish off the day the Torch arrived at Woolwich Barracks where the Torch was handed over to a London Wing Squadron, 56 (Woolwich) Sqn. All in one day!

    The Air Training Corps was formed on 5 February 1941 by a Royal Warrant Issued by King George VI and currently consists of over 42,000 cadets across the United Kingdom. In Kent, there are 1,206 cadets who attend meetings twice a week at one of the county’s 34 squadrons, assisted by 302 adult volunteers.

    The torch relay started in John O’Groats on 12 July and will finish at Land’s End, having travelled across the country, visiting many landmarks and events cadets and staff have laid on and are taking part in to celebrate the Air Cadets 75th Anniversary.  The journey of the torch can be followed on Twitter @Kentaircadets and @aircadetslaser.

    Wing Commander Russell Goodayle, Kent Wing’s Officer Commanding, said, “For Kent cadets and staff, the torch relay is the latest of many events we have taken part in celebrating the 75th Anniversary.  I am extremely proud of my cadets and staff and the work they do”.

    For more information on the Air Training Corps in Kent or if you are interested in joining such a great organisation, visit www.kentaircadets.org.

  10. Surrey Army Cadet wins National Competition

    Surrey Army Cadet wins National Competition

    Surrey Army Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Shauna Lawless from Caterham has won the coveted Claire Shore Trophy and is officially the Army Cadet Force’s Champion Cadet 2016. At a special ceremony at the Cadet Training Centre in Frimley on Thursday 1st September, RSM Lawless, who currently parades with Redhill Detachment part of Surrey Army Cadet Force, was presented with the prestigious award. Each year ACF County Commandants are asked to nominate their best Master Cadet to compete in ...
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    Surrey Army Cadet wins National Competition

    Surrey Army Cadet wins National Competition

    Surrey Army Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Shauna Lawless from Caterham has won the coveted Claire Shore Trophy and is officially the Army Cadet Force’s Champion Cadet 2016. At a special ceremony at the Cadet Training Centre in Frimley on Thursday 1st September, RSM Lawless, who currently parades with Redhill Detachment part of Surrey Army Cadet Force, was presented with the prestigious award. Each year ACF County Commandants are asked to nominate their best Master Cadet to compete in the Champion Cadet Competition which this year took place on the 30th August – 1st of September. Following a series of events and challenges, the best three cadets are interviewed, one of the cadets is announced Champion Cadet for that year. The competition, which lasts just under 48 hours, tests both physical and mental aptitude, and requires the cadets to compete against each other both individually and as members of a team in a range of activities. These include command tasks, weapon handling, map and compass skills (including night navigation), foot drill, first aid, logical problem solving and a comprehensive test of the entire ACF Army Proficiency Certificate syllabus. There is also a panel interview if you make it to the top three. Throughout the competition the assessors are looking for signs of leadership, teamwork, self-discipline and unselfishness. The winner of the competition is the cadet deemed by the selection committee to be the year's most inspiring example of the ACF Master Cadet. Cadet RSM Lawless said “Winning Champion Cadet has been the biggest achievement in my life and I am extremely proud of myself for winning the trophy. I couldn't have done it without the amazing support and belief from all of the adults from Surrey ACF.” She continued “The ACF has made me a more confident and well developed person, which has helped me to increase my job opportunities. It has given me life skills, qualifications and friends I never would have met if it wasn't for the ACF. Of all the experiences I’ve had at Surrey ACF, including going to Australia on a three week exchange, being awarded the trophy and becoming Champion Cadet is fantastic, I’m at the very top.” The Claire Shore Trophy will be kept for a year at Surrey ACF’s headquarters in Godalming and Cadet RSM Lawless will keep a solid silver engraved medal and a cheque for £300 which is presented to the winner by The Cadet Kit Shop. Lieutenant Colonel John White, Commandant of Surrey ACF was justifiably proud of his cadet. He said “I had great faith in Cadet RSM Lawless. She is a remarkable cadet. Comes from a very ordinary background. Has been in one of our poorest supported detachments at ‎Caterham. She has great determination and is a marvellous example of how people can have life enhancing development opportunities in the ACF.”

  11. High Adrenaline Summer Adventure For Southern Area Sea Cadets

    High Adrenaline Summer Adventure For Southern Area Sea Cadets

    SOUTHERN AREA SEA CADETS are having the time of their lives on a fun-filled and action packed multi-activity adventure training week in Snowdonia.  Twenty four cadets and eleven adult instructors, all unpaid volunteers, from across the eight districts in the Area, are spending seven days (12-21 August) in the picturesque Welsh National Park taking part in a wide variety of exhilarating adventure training activities. Ranging in age from 12 to 17, the Sea Cadets who attended come from unit...
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    High Adrenaline Summer Adventure For Southern Area Sea Cadets

    High Adrenaline Summer Adventure For Southern Area Sea Cadets

    SOUTHERN AREA SEA CADETS are having the time of their lives on a fun-filled and action packed multi-activity adventure training week in Snowdonia.  Twenty four cadets and eleven adult instructors, all unpaid volunteers, from across the eight districts in the Area, are spending seven days (12-21 August) in the picturesque Welsh National Park taking part in a wide variety of exhilarating adventure training activities.

    Ranging in age from 12 to 17, the Sea Cadets who attended come from units based in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Kent and the Isle of Wight have been rock climbing in the mountainous region, abseiling in a disused slate quarry, undertaken a mountain expedition and ridden the world famous mountain bike trails on Coed y Brenin.  In addition, the cadets have tackled underground Zip wires and Via Ferrata course, experienced the thrill of a freefall from a 100ft Powerfan, and conquered the high ropes and Tree Top Adventure, all part of North Wales’s Zip World wide-range of high adrenaline activities, whose founder, Sean Taylor is a keen supporter of the Sea Cadets.   

    The team of Adult Instructors who have accompanied the cadets are all specially qualified adventure training specialists many of whom have earnt their qualifications through the Sea Cadets.  Lieutenant Commander (SCC) Alex Anderson RNR, Area Adventure Training Officer who has put the week’s programme together said “This week is all about the cadets having fun in the outdoors and building on their basic climbing, abseiling and mountain biking skills.  It’s a tremendous opportunity for them to be able to take their skills, mostly honed in an indoor environment and to put them into practice in a natural setting.   It’s great to see the cadets’ confidence growing as the week progresses especially as they conquer some of their fears and push themselves outside of their comfort zone.  At the end of the week I’m hoping to be able to present at least 72 qualifications on camp craft, rock climbing and mountain biking so not only will they have had an amazing adventure but they’ll be going home with usable qualifications too”.

  12. Commandant commemorates the centenary of the Great War.

    Commandant commemorates the centenary of the Great War.

    Over the Christmas period of 2015, having just turned 50, I decided to set myself a challenge.  The idea was to walk to all of the 48 units within Hampshire and Isle Of Wight ACF, of which I am Commandant.  After discussing the concept with the CEO Major Tom Meggison, he suggested enhancing the walk by visiting the memorials or the forming up point for going to WW1, within the Unit locations.  This would then fit the Armed Forces initiative for commemorating the centenary of the G...
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    Commandant commemorates the centenary of the Great War.

    Commandant commemorates the centenary of the Great War.

    Over the Christmas period of 2015, having just turned 50, I decided to set myself a challenge.  The idea was to walk to all of the 48 units within Hampshire and Isle Of Wight ACF, of which I am Commandant.  After discussing the concept with the CEO Major Tom Meggison, he suggested enhancing the walk by visiting the memorials or the forming up point for going to WW1, within the Unit locations.  This would then fit the Armed Forces initiative for commemorating the centenary of the Great War.

    With the plan hatched and route plotted, the distance being estimated at around 320 miles, it was time to start to train.  On January 18th, at 6am, I left my house and walked for 1 hr.  In this time, I managed 3.65 miles.  A good start.  Thereafter, I repeated this exercise until I got up to 5 miles in just under 1hr and 10 minutes.  On return home, I would shower and change and go to work.  At weekends, I increased the mileage steadily, until I was doing 12 -16 miles regularly.  As my dad was going to walk with me when I visited the Isle of Wight, we started walking together at the weekends, all around the Basingstoke area, where we both live.  The final preparation was the early May Bank holiday weekend, where I did 60 miles over the 3 days, to see how my recovery rate would be.  All fine, I was ready to go the next Saturday.

    On Saturday 21st May, at 9:15am, I set off from the War Memorial Park in Basingstoke and head anti clockwise around the County, visiting Overton, Andover and the Army Aviation Centre at Middle Wallop on the 1st day, a total of 26 miles in 6hrs 7 mins.  Over the following 12 days I continues the walk, doing approx. 26 miles per day.  Dad joined me on day 3, when we landed at Yarmouth and for the next few days walked 45 miles in under 14 hrs.

    Over this period, I laid 33 crosses at Memorials.  On completing the walk on Thursday the 2nd June, having completed 334 miles, I was met by the Mayor of Basingstoke, friends and Family and was fan-fared back into the War Memorial Park by Capt Steve Croney, the Director of Music for the County band.  During the 13 days I lost over a half of stone in weight, ascended 66,977 feet (over twice the height of Mt. Everest) and burnt off 51,000 calories. 

    To date, people have been kind enough to donate either on-line or by conventional means a total of £2,200.  I am still hopeful of more to come now I have finished.  This money will be shared between Walking with the wounded and Simon Says, which is a Child Bereavement charity near Romsey.

    If anyone feels they could donate please do so by going to the Just Giving website, searching for “andy dawes” and I will be found in the Crowd Funding section.  Everything donated will be gratefully appreciated by these charities.