April 18th 2017

Cracking Easter experiences for cadets


Lincolnshire ACF cadets taking part in their Duke of Edinburgh Award over the Easter weekend

There’s been plenty of egg-citing action for cadets across the Easter break.

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Air Cadets on HMS Bristol

For many Air Cadet detachments there was the unusual experience of a week with the Royal Navy.

Members of Swadlincote, West Bridgford and Melton Mowbray Air Cadets were among the units that enjoyed a week to remember joining the Royal Navy on HMS Bristol in Portsmouth.

With visits to the Naval Dockyard including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and Henry VIII’s Mary Rose, the cadets also enjoyed water sports, climbing walls and leadership exercises, Navy style.

Camp Commandant, Charlie Adams said: “We wanted to give the cadets a chance to take part in activities that don’t often come their way and a visit to HMS Bristol seemed to fit the bill.”

Swadlincote Squadron Adjutant Ruth Morgan added: “Maybe some of them may see the Royal Navy as a future career as Swadlincote cadets gain training which is incredibly useful, not only if they join the military, but also in civilian life.”

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Air Cadets swapped their wings for the water

Also making waves were the region’s Sea Cadets and 29 of them from Northampton took part in the annual Easter visit to the Sea Cadet Training Centre in Thrapston.

A fantastic total of 30 Royal Yachting Association qualifications in sailing, power boating and wind-surfing were gained through a combined 960 hours of training on the water.

Meanwhile Northampton’s Royal Marines Cadets spent their Easter weekend at Bodney Camp learning field-craft and under-taking teamwork training with cadets from around the area

Both detachments joined forces the previous week for the annual HMS Laforey Parade. The event through the centre of Northampton is in memory of Northampton’s adopted warship which was lost with 158 of those on board on 30 March 1944.

It’s also been a busy time for Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force (ACF).

Firstly from April 7 to 11 The Spring Camp saw a number of new Army Cadets visit Beckingham Training Camp.

That culminated in a special ceremony where official badges to mark the forces 100th birthday were handed out. For more information on that click here.

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Cadets enjoy the Peak District Bank Holiday weather

A further 90 cadets and volunteers from Lincolnshire spent the Easter weekend around Monsal Head in the Peak District as part of working towards their silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Commandant of Lincolnshire ACF, Colonel Jeremy Field, said: “In all they camped out for three nights and walked around 34 kilometres. The cadets were required to cook for themselves, carry their kit and equipment in a rucksack and navigate the route within a given time frame.

“In addition, five cadet force adult volunteers were being assessed for Commandant’s Authority so that they can supervise expeditions back in Lincolnshire.

“Despite the poor weather morale was high and there was a great camaraderie between the cadets who had an excellent experience.”

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ACF Adult Volunteers on the march

The West Bridgford detachment of Nottinghamshire ACF stayed closer to home but put in a brilliant effort to raise £1,020 for charity.

On Easter Saturday 20 cadets packed bags at Morrison’s in Gamston to raise funds for the Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood (CLIC) Sargent charity.

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Rock climbing on HMS Bristol


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Air Cadets meet royalty

"We wanted to give the cadets a chance to take part in activities that don’t often come their way."