January 21st 2016

Corby cadets welcome Lord-Lieutenant

50 cadets from Brooke Weston Trust Combined Cadet Force (CCF) have welcomed Mr David Laing, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire to inspect their contingent.

The cadets, who paraded at Corby Technical School took part in an event in which they were presented with their cadet rank slides by the Lord-Lieutenant.

The parade marked the first visit from the Lord-Lieutenant who was also greeted by the CCF’s Contingent Commander and senior Trust staff.

Brooke Weston Trust CCF currently has five schools taking part in the contingent across Corby, Kettering, and Wisbech. The Trust originally set up its CCF in September 2014 in partnership with Oundle School, who have supported Brooke Weston Trust in launching the cadet programme.

The Trust later achieved independent status in July 2015 after establishing a successful cadet contingent across their five schools.

Captain Matt Isherwood, Director of Estates and Projects and Contingent Commander at the Brooke Weston Trust CCF, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant to meet our cadets and to allow him to see the great work that we have been able to do thanks to our initial partnership with Oundle School, who we gained independent status from in July 2015.”

“The support we received from Oundle was invaluable and without this we would not have been able to establish a CCF across the schools and academies of the Brooke Weston. At the end of this academic year, our inaugural cohort will be entering sixth form which will bring a dynamic change to the contingent.”

The unit currently has 50 cadets who regularly parade together with the beret and cap badge of their affiliated regiment, The Royal Anglian Regiment.

With high demand for places, those hoping to join the CCF at the Brooke Weston Trust are subject to an application, shortlisting, and interview process, before receiving a letter from the Chief Executive of the Trust offering an award of cadetship.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Blomfield, East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) Northamptonshire Chairman, attended the parade. He said: “Both the Lord-Lieutenant and I were very pleased to see for ourselves the progress which has been made at the Brooke Weston Trust so far since gaining independent status. The cadets on parade at Corby Technical School were very well commanded by a cadet corporal and the unit as a whole are a credit to the hard work which has gone into establishing the very first CCF unit at the Brooke Weston Trust.”

The Brooke Weston Trust CCF is part of the Cadet Expansion Programme which was launched in 2012 aiming to set up a number of cadet units in state-funded schools.

The event took place on Friday 15 January 2015.

“We were delighted to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant to meet our cadets."