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February 26th 2016

A year of achievements in West Bridgford

Cadet Lance Corporal Jamie Bramley, Adult Volunteer Richard Etherington and Cadet Lewis Dodney

Building and using a flight simulator, being honoured by the local Mayor and learning about First-Aid are just some of the activities and achievements cadets and adult volunteers in West Bridgford have had the chance to experience since moving into their new home.

The centre, which is based on Wilford Lane, was constructed for West Bridgford Detachment of Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) and 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC), was completed in March 2015.

Army Cadets use the centre every Tuesday and Thursday evening and have over the past year used the space to carry out all manner of military themed training, including working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

Air Cadets from 209 Squadron have since been able to use their new home to learn about flying, after a series of donations led to adult volunteer Flight Sergeant Shane Grice being able to build the squadron their very own flight simulator.

Second Lieutenant Richard Etherington, who works as a solicitor in his civilian career, is Detachment Commander of West Bridgford ACF. He said: “It has been fantastic to watch the cadets enjoy the new space and we are always growing in numbers thanks to the centre generating a lot of interest in the community. 40 cadets regularly attend, and we’ve got no plans to stop there. I’m particularly pleased that our centre comes with a full IT suite, which is allowing the cadets to progress through the Duke of Edinburgh’s award.”

Cadets from West Bridgford have also had the chance to meet several local dignitaries since moving to their new home, including HM Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace and Mayor of West Bridgford Councillor Francis Purdue-Horan, who appointed a cadet from each unit as his Mayoral Cadets for the forthcoming year from September 2015.

Pilot Officer Jade Brock, Acting Officer in Command of 209 Squadron told of how cadets have been able to benefit from a wealth of opportunities since moving into the centre. She explained: “In our old building we could not offer cadets the chance to use the latest technologies, but now thanks to our interactive classrooms we are able to provide a high quality of teaching in aviation studies through the use of our flight simulator. The expanded classroom space allows us to utilise better visual aids, such as a glider cockpit to enhance the cadets learning experience. Joint activities with West Bridgford ACF Detachment also provide a variety of activities and a healthy competitive edge.”

The centre, which was built adjacent to the former headquarters can be used by up to 80 young people and adult volunteers at any one time and took almost one year to construct.

Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA), said: “We are delighted to have received great feedback about the building from both the air cadets and army cadets.

“The building includes fully interactive classrooms, a training hall, office spaces and storage facilities. The building was officially opened by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace almost a year ago, meaning the cadets and adult volunteers using the centre for training have been able to enjoy a variety of new activities that were not possible in their previous training huts.”

To find out more about joining Nottinghamshire ACF, visit: www.armycadets.com or call 0115 983 7642.

To find out more about joining 209 Squadron visit: www.209atc.com or call 0115 969 6434 on Monday or Thursday evenings between 6:45pm and 9:30pm.

“It has been fantastic to watch the cadets enjoy the new space