June 12th 2017

Reserves and Cadets weekend-round up.

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Eastern region competitors among the medals

It’s great and uplifting reading through all the brilliant things you’ve been doing over the weekend thanks to social media – and that’s why we’ve decided to provide a weekly update of all your activities.

From your Facebook and Twitter updates, this weekend has been as busy as ever for both reservists, cadets and volunteers across the East Midlands.

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Action from the National Army Cadet Force National Championships

Grantham hosted the National Army Cadet Force (ACF) Athletics competition this weekend, and it was a hugely successful one for the Eastern region who won four of the six categories on their way to lifting the overall crown.

Lincolnshire ACF had 11 cadets take part, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland ACF 10 cadets and Nottinghamshire ACF had seven cadets, all of whom picked up an individual medal.

Many thanks to Lincolnshire ACF volunteer Bill Thompson for the excellent pictures he has supplied us with from the day.

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Competing at the high jump

It was also a weekend for athletics for the Air Cadets with South and East Midlands Wing being crowned the Central and East Region Athletics champions in Sunday’s final in Bedford.

Elsewhere, 1875 (Towcester) Squadron Air Training Corps were on their very own shooting range taking part in sessions using air rifles. Another group from the unit also went out trekking for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice exhibition.

29 cadets from 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron visited the RAF Cosford Air Show and a handful of the cadets event managed to persuade one of the pilots to provide them with a free helicopter trip.

Swadlincote Air Cadets at RAF Cosford Air Show

Swadlincote Air Cadets at RAF Cosford Air Show

Brackley Sea Cadets were among the attractions at Brackley Community Carnival on Sunday where they helped out and put on displays in the main arena.

A total of 20 Sea Cadets from Chesterfield meanwhile took to the water and spent the weekend at Thrapston Boat Station.

Several Royal Marine Cadets from the region were on hand at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Sunday for the unveiling of a Memorial Stone to Royal Marines. They took part in a parade and met the Deputy Commandant General Royal Marines, Brigadier Richard Spencer OBE and WO1 (Corps) Regimental Sergeant Major Phillip Gilby.

It was a busy weekend for the Army reservists of 4 Mercian who took part in Exercise Storm Eagle in the Peak District. Leek Training Area held the competition over the weekend that saw units compete a 16 kilometre trek which included stands to test various military skills including mine clearing. C Company based in Bulwell completed the test in a respectable 16 hours.

C Company at Exercise Storm Eagle

C Company at Exercise Storm Eagle

Members of the 158 Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps have had a busy weekend recruiting. Members of 160 Squadron visited the Marshall Sports Ground in Gainsborough. Other members of the Regiment were at Silverstone race track, lining up their army vehicles alongside the supercars at the British GT Championship.

There were slightly different surroundings for HMS Sherwood who had a recruitment stall in the Nottingham branch of IKEA on Saturday.

Finally, members of the Derbyshire Army Cadet Force and East Midlands RFCA were in attendance at Peak FM’s Local Heroes awards in Chesterfield.

The Army Cadets sponsored the Young Achiever of the Year award. For more on the inspirational winner George Marriott visit

This round-up is something we would like to do every week. We try and monitor all of your social media outputs, but to make sure we don’t miss something, please tag us in posts and we will look to include you.

From your Facebook and Twitter updates, this weekend has been as busy as ever for both reservists, cadets and volunteers across the East Midlands.