East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) supports both Reserve Forces and Cadet organisations throughout the region. The RFCA also facilitates the management of both the Reserve and Cadet estate.

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AUGUST 15TH 2018

Chesterfield Hospital signs Armed Forces Covenant
Colonel Adam Fraser Hitchen and Trust Chief Executive Simon Morritt

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has signed the Armed Forces Covenant pledging support for current and future employees who are members of the military community.

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A number of presentations were made at the start of the day


Awarded for supporting the Armed Forces community in the workplace

33 public and private sector organisations across the East Midlands have been formally recognised for supporting the Armed Forces community in the workplace by the receipt of a Ministry of Defence (MOD) Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award.

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LCpl Hughie Levenie Nijmegan Marches


Supporting the Nijmegen Marches

An Army reservist from Leicester supported the recent Nijmegen Marches by manning a fabricated temporary hospital designed to provide care to cadets and military personnel walking 100 miles over four days.

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HMS Sherwood reservists taking part in the Freedom of the City event


Naval reservists ready for Riverside Festival

Royal Naval reservists have been busy preparing for one of Nottingham’s biggest events of the year, the Riverside Festival.

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Achieving Gold Awards in the East Midlands

Three East Midlands’ organisations have achieved a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award for proactively demonstrating their advocacy for the Armed Forces community.

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Bruce Luckman LL Cert
A large crowd watched the cadets compete
The Lord Lieutenant for Northamptonshire attended the ceremony
The RLC Parachute Team with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant
Cadets also got to use the climbing wall on the same tower
The range had electronic targets that would pop up and measure the cadet's accuracy
As part of the exercise cadets needed to navigate around the area using a map
The RLC's Parachute Display Team dropped in to the event
Working together to carry a paddle board
Cadets were taught by adult volunteers and regulars from the Army.
The boats were launched from a jetty
Cadets demonstrating drill with weapons
Vintage refreshments were served at the event
The cadets spent the night in the field under bashas on this two day exercise.
Abseiling during the adventure training at Kielder Water.
Derbyshire Commandant, Lt Col Chris Doyle gave a presentation to the visitors.
Negotiating one of the obstacles during the Gun Run
A Cadet pushing the raft along
Cadets practicing their target shooting skills on the range
The Adult Volunteers climbed
The ACF gave a demonstration of the kinds of activities they do at the centre
Being shown how to put on and adjust the strap on a gun
The Mayor of Belper speaking with an adult volunteer on visitor's day.
Cadets showed visitors all of the different things they learn and told them why they enjoyed cadets
Sea Cadets from Chesterfield meeting the Deputy Lord Lieutenant
The event was run by members of 162 Regiment RLC
Putting away the paddles
The volunteers climbing the ladder
A Potential Instructor showing the cadets how it is done
A Potential Instructor giving a fieldcraft lesson in the woods
Cadets were put into groups based on their experience

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