August 7th 2017

A bumper weekend round-up – 7/8/17

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Cadets on LNR ACF's Annual Camp

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force’s (LNR ACF) Annual Camp came to an end at the weekend, but the fun is just beginning for those from Derbyshire and Lincolnshire ACF.

A total of 487 cadets attended LNR’s camp at Pirbright in Surrey. A whole host of excellent pictures from their PR team can be viewed on their Facebook page and you can read the newsletter they produced here.

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LNR ACF cadets on a field exercise

Derbyshire ACF are at Nesscliffe Training Area near Shrewsbury. Among the adventure activities they’re scheduled to take part in are canoeing, paddle boarding, abseiling and climbing.

Like with LNR ACF, the older cadets from each company will take it in turns to take part in a fieldcraft exercise over two nights and two days as well as other training including drill and shooting.

There will also be specialist training as, for example, Derbyshire’s band are able to meet up and practice together for the week as the cadets from across the county converge as one.

Notts Cadets in Peak District

Notts ACF cadets in the Peak District

It’s a similar story for Lincolnshire AFC at Wathgill Camp up in Northumbria where they will also be taking part in a host of exciting activities.

Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force are not on Annual Camp until the following week, but they too had a busy weekend with a group enjoying a three-day expedition in the Peak District as part of their silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.

West Bridgford Detachment meanwhile assisted at Rushcliffe Golf Club’s first ever Battle Back Golf Day. Battle Back aims to introduce injured service personnel to sports and adventurous training which is particularly relevant to Rushcliffe with the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre completing the move to Stanford Hall in 2018.

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Air Cadets on camp at RAF Scampton

A group of 30 Air Cadets from Trent Wing attended a summer camp alongside the Red Arrows at RAF Scampton. They were able to train for their badges in gliding, communication, First Aid and leadership as well as enjoying trips to RAF Holmpton Cold War bunker, ice skating, swimming and to the seaside.

The Eastern Area Sea Cadets region as they boarded HMS Bristol for their summer camp while a number of others from the Notts and Derby District Sea Cadets tested their boating skills at Thrapston in Northamptonshire.

The region’s Air Cadets were also busy with 17 (Coningsby) Squadron assisting at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations while 1082 (Brimington) Squadron enjoyed a day of clay pigeon shooting.

A number of Skegness Air Cadets took part in a Heartstart course to learn or refresh their First Aid skills on Saturday while on Sunday the cadets planned the wine and water and tombola stalls that they are running at the Family Fun Day stall at the Tower Gardens in the town on 27 August.

Nottingham Sea Cadets could also be seen out boating on the River Trent this weekend and a group helped out at Nottingham’s Riverside Festival by being on the water for the duck race.

As ever, members of Army Reserve’s 158 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps were out in force. They attended the Lincoln Veterans Breakfast Club on Saturday and 160 (Lincoln) Squadron were in attendance at the Louth Family Fun Day.

118 Recovery Company of 104 Battalion Royal, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers were at Bradlaugh Fields Community Show in Northampton speaking to members of the community about life in the Army Reserves.

167 Regiment with employers in Cornwall

167 Regiment with employers in Cornwall

A group from 162 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) joined by 165 Regiment began the 600 mile Fastnet race which got underway at the weekend as part of Cowes week on the Isle of White.

And finally also down south, members of 167 Regiment RLC held an employer engagement event down in Cornwall where employers enjoyed a literal and figurative taste of what the Catering Support Regiment do.

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A round-up of a particularly busy weekend.