December 9th 2015

A Focus on: Estates projects through 2015

Throughout 2015, East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) have completed a number of estates projects across the region.

Clare Street Army Reserve Centre

Clare Street Army Reserve CentreThe renovation of a Grade II listed Army Reserve in Northampton was completed in October this year to modernise the internal facilities.

Clare Street Army Reserve Centre is home to HQ 104 Battalion and 118 Recovery Company who are part of the British Army’s Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

The renovation works, which included opening up the drill hall ceiling, installing new male and female bathroom facilities, as well as updating classroom and recruiting facilities, will enable those training at the centre to benefit from similar modern training facilities top those seen in other Army Reserve Centres across the region.

Speaking at the handover of the building, Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at East Midlands RFCA said: “I am pleased to announce that the renovation works at Clare Street are now complete, and the project has been delivered both on time and on budget.”

To view our Clare Street gallery, click here. To view our video of the refurbishment, click here.

West Bridgford Joint Cadet Centre

West Bridgford Joint Cadet Training CentreIn March this year, Cadets and adult volunteers from both West Bridgford detachment of Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) and 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) moved into their new joint headquarters.

Both units previously trained in huts adjacent to the new site on Wilford Lane, which was officially opened by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace on 19 March 2015.

The new building, which includes a training hall, fully interactive classrooms, and room to store equipment, can be used by up to 80 young people and adult volunteers at one time.

Speaking after the opening event, Cadet Sergeant Grace McDonald from 209 Squadron, said: “I am really enjoying our new building so far as it has been tailored to us and we now have so many new opportunities such as being able to train in the hall when it is raining outside.

“The experience of sharing a building with the ACF has helped us to broaden our knowledge of the military environment and has allowed us to share skills through joint exercises.”

Sir John Peace officially opened West Bridgford Joint Cadet CentreSecond Lieutenant Richard Etherington, Detachment Commander at West Bridgford detachment of Nottinghamshire ACF, said: “My role as detachment Commander for West Bridgford detachment of Nottinghamshire ACF has allowed me to lead fellow volunteers and cadets through their syllabus and I have been lucky enough to lead our detachment through the transition period of moving into new headquarters, which opened in early 2015.

“For me, volunteering is all about working with new people and using everyone’s different skills to their best ability in a team. As a solicitor I get to meet a lot of new people and this is something which I am fortunate enough to enjoy as an adult volunteer also as we share our headquarters with a  local air cadet Squadron. I enjoy being able to work with the ATC volunteers and share the knowledge and experiences of adult instructors who I wouldn’t normally get to work with.”

Nick Sharpe, Chief Executive of East Midlands RFCA, said: “We are delighted that the new centre has been officially opened and we are extremely grateful to Sir John for his continued interest in all that the cadet forces get up to.

“We have received lots of positive feedback about the new building from members of the ACF and ATC, and many people have commented about looking forward to sharing best practice between the two youth organisations.”

To view our gallery of the West Bridgford opening event, click here. To view our estates YouTube playlist, click here.


Dronfield ATC Centre

Dronfield ATC Centre September 20152015 also saw Cadets in north Derbyshire move into a new headquarters in Dronfield.

The new centre on Hartington Road, was officially opened on 30 September by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty RAFR, Commandant of the Air Cadet Organisation, and replaced the old training hut on the same site.

During the build, cadets and adult volunteers trained at Coal Aston Village Hall and at the 331 (Chesterfield) Squadron headquarters, with all their equipment being stored in a container in Chesterfield.

New Dronfield ATC CentreFlight Lieutenant Steve Broomhead RAFVR (T), Officer Commanding at 1890 (Dronfield) Squadron, said: “It is our hope that this new building will attract more young people from Dronfield to join our squadron. We now have a wider range of modern facilities to offer both our Cadets and new young people who would like to join us. As an Air Cadet there are lots of opportunities to experience flying, gliding, and being able to gain new qualifications.”

To view our image gallery of the opening event, click here. To view our video from the opening event, click here.