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MARCH 14TH 2018

VIPs formally open cadet centre in Hinckley

Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE and Brigadier Matthew Lowe MBE unveiled the centre’s official plaque at the event. Hinckley Joint Cadet Centre, based on Brunel Road, is home to both cadets from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF) and 198 (Hinckley) Squadron, Air Training Corps (a part of the RAF Air Cadets). The […]

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HMS Sherwood previous Rededication Parade

MARCH 9TH 2018

HMS Sherwood to be granted Freedom of the City

The official scroll presentation to mark the occasion will take place at Nottingham City Council’s Full Council on 14 May, which will then be followed by a Freedom Parade in Nottingham in summer this year. The Freedom of the City is an honour reserved for military units and gives the unit being awarded the opportunity to […]

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Air cadets in Hinckey Cadet Erin Hoult Cadet Adam Purcell Cadet MorganCoulton Cadet Fenton Sweenie Cadet Ben Draper

MARCH 9TH 2018

Officially opening a cadet centre in Hinckley

Although cadets from both Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF) and 198 (Hinckley) Squadron, Air Training Corps (ATC – a part of the RAF Air Cadets), moved in to the new building in October last year – an official opening event has not previously been organised. The centre, that includes modern classrooms, a […]

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Cadet Shelley Clements at annual camp

MARCH 9TH 2018

Working towards a BTEC qualification

Cadet Lance Corporal Shelley Clements, aged 15, is based at Nottinghamshire ACF’s Chilwell Detachment and hopes to achieve a BTEC in Music. Currently learning to play the glockenspiel, Shelley has previous experience of playing both the piano and the drum and is studying music GCSE at school. She explained: “The notes on the glockenspiel are […]

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Armed Forces Covenant Signing


Knights of Old sign Armed Forces Covenant in Kettering

An event was held on 1 February at Knights of Old’s Head Office in Kettering. On behalf of the company, the Covenant was signed by Nick Bithell, the Human Resources director, and on behalf of Defence by Lt Col John Hanson the Commanding Officer of the Army’s 103 Bn REME. Knights of Old currently employs […]

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Adult volunteers play charity football match

The ACF Team took on AC Wollaton at the Regatta Way Sports Ground in what prove to be a very successful fundraising venture raising £1,600 for Hayward House in Nottingham. Although the ACF team did not win the game everyone involved was delighted with the amount of money raised. Senior Adult Volunteer, Regimental Sergeant Major […]

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Derbyshire NHS Trust appoint Reserves Champion

Christine Ongoma, who works at Whitemoor Medical Centre in Belper, is employed by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (DCHS) and spends her spare time serving as a reservist with the Army Reserve’s 212 Field Hospital in Beeston. Explaining why it was an honour to except her new title, Christine explained: “I am really […]

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A focus on: 101 Military Working Dog Squadron

The unit based in North Luffenham, has 112 reservists on its books who are each training to play an important role in supporting operational tasks such as the detection of improvised explosive devices, counter insurgency operations and providing assistance in searching buildings, vehicles and key routes. Military working dogs and dog handlers have been an […]

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Building lifetime bonds in the Army Reserve

East Midlands RFCA had the chance to learn more about a bond formed in the Army Reserve that is stronger than friendship.   Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Nathan Buckell and Staff Sergeant Becky Buckell are a couple who not only met in the reserves they continue to serve together in 281 Movement Control Squadron. […]

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Meet the new CO of 158 Regiment (RLC)

His name is Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Gifford and like the vast majority of soldiers in 158 Regiment (RLC) he is a reservist, so only fulfils his duties as Commanding Officer on a part time basis. Speaking about why he took on the role, Andrew said: “Command is a privilege, it is seen as the most […]

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