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Combat Cadet Tournament

March 28th 2024

Resilience and teamwork showcased at Combat Cadet Tournament

The most prestigious fieldcraft competition for Army Cadet Forces (ACF) and Combined Cadet Forces (CCF) in 7 Brigade, the tournament builds on the core syllabus to test Cadets’ resolve and leadership skills. Physical and mental challenges such as casualty evacuations, house assaults, paintballing, wood clearances, navigation and camouflage and concealment are all part of the […]

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British Army Soldiers take on Exercise Cambrian Patrol in 2022. Photo: British Army.

February 16th 2024

Exercise Cambrian Patrol: Reservist on ‘the best and worst days of my life’

For Second Lieutenant (2Lt) Christian Saunders that punishing scenario was his reality as a cohort from East Midlands University Officer Training Corps (EMUOTC) tackled Exercise Cambrian Patrol, the ultimate challenge in navigation, fieldcraft, tactics and soldiering. “It was the best and worst three days of my life,” said the 20-year-old, describing the exercise in October […]

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Jim Wright

February 16th 2024

‘Gold’ employer orchestrates mass Covenant signing in Northampton

Jim Wright, of Wright Logistics Services, welcomed five new organisations into the Armed Forces Covenant club at a mass signing organised at Northampton International Academy in February. Machinery firm County Lifting Services, recruitment agency More Driver Solutions, and the hosts Northampton International Academy, which is home to a Royal Navy Combined Cadet Force (CCF) contingent, […]

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November 3rd 2023

Inspirational Cadets, Volunteers and Reserves celebrated at Lord-Lieutenants’ Awards

Long-serving volunteers with almost 60 years’ experience and outgoing and newly appointed Lord-Lieutenants’ Cadets have also been given their moment in the spotlight for extraordinary achievements. Services for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and Rutland all took place in October, each led by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant. All of the ceremonies were supported or facilitated by […]

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E Company, LNR ACF parading.

June 29th 2022

Over 1000 took part in Northampton Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Parade

Some 1150 Cadets and Adult Volunteers representing the Services from across the area joined the parade through Northampton town centre, with a Guard formed by Reservists from 118 Recovery Company, 103 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. All 12 Combined Cadet Forces (CCF) from Northamptonshire were involved, together with the local See Cadet Corps training […]

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November 26th 2021

Combined Cadet Force from The King’s School, Grantham, on field exercise

The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at the all-boys The King’s School, Grantham, is like many others in having both an Army section and an RAF section. At King’s, they make the most of the talents of both teams of instructors, and work together to ensure the Cadets get the best experience of both. In total, […]

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November 12th 2021

East Midlands Cadets in Armistice Day Parade at the Cenotaph

Armistice Day is held on the 11th November itself, the date the fighting stopped in World War One. A two-minute silence is held at 11am, the time the ceasefire started in 1918. Last year’s Armistice Day ceremonies were scaled back due to the Covid-19 pandemic – but this year, commemorations returned to normal. The two […]

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Four Lord Lieutenants Cadets for 2021 with Lord Lieutenant Northamptonshire

October 26th 2021

Northamptonshire Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets appointed at County Hall

The Northamptonshire Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for the year are:  Staff Cadet Sergeant Major Simeon Raines, Lincolnshire, Rutland & Northants Army Cadets; Flight Sergeant William Thomas, 858 (Rushden) Squadron RAF Air Cadets:  Sergeant Kenney Thomas, Wellingborough School Combined Cadet Force and Able Cadet Amelia Harrison, Kettering Sea Cadets. The Cadets are drawn from the Sea Cadets, Army Cadets,  […]

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Ex-Cadet Richard Gibbs

July 1st 2021

Ex-Cadet attends Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Richard Gibbs became one of three CCF Cadets in the UK to be selected for the Sir William Knight’s Flying Scholarship courtesy of the RAF Charitable Trust in 2018, in which he successfully gained his Private Pilot’s Licence. In 2019, Richard left school and took a gap year, where he went on to become a […]

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Taking a break from the Archery

May 27th 2021

Independent report from University of Northampton celebrates positive impact of Cadet forces

Social impact Cadet Forces UK 2020 report The UK currently has 130,000 Cadets and almost 30,000 adult volunteers supporting them. This follows the Cadet Expansion Programme launched by the UK Government in 2012 which saw the number of school Cadet units double to over 500 by last year. During a visit to a Cadet unit […]

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