June 19th 2017

A sample of what you’ve been up to over the weekend

Sea Cadets at Thrapston

Sea Cadets at Thrapston

Armed Forces Week is in full swing and it began at the weekend with a number of events.

Armed Forces Day itself is next Saturday (June 24) but last weekend saw some towns host their celebrations including Rushden, Swadlincote, Retford, and Wisbech.

Representatives from 158 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps were among those at Retford’s Armed Forces Day on Kings Park on Saturday.

Army and Air Cadets were also there on the day which started with the raising of the Armed Forces Day standard at Retford Town Hall.

Local cadet and reserve units were on hand at Rusdhen and Swadlincote on Saturday while Wisbech’s celebrations on Sunday included a parade, a service of thanksgiving and a Sunset Ceremony.

Continue to check the events section of this website for all the events taking place over the next seven days.

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A Market Harborough Sea Cadet explains the parts of a boat to the dignitaries.

Junior Cadets from the Notts and Derby District Sea Cadet and Northamptonshire District Sea Cadet areas enjoyed their weekend in the sunshine by taking part in the District Junior Boating 2017 event in Skegby.

The Junior Cadets had a great time out on the water learning a host of new skills.

Some of the older Sea Cadets from the area took part in the senior cadet weekend held in Nottingham while some Nottingham Sea Cadets attended Swynnerton Camp and others joined colleagues from Chesterfield, Brackley, Kettering, Peterborough and Newark at Thrapston Boat Station.

Loughborough Sea Cadets were at Sileby Gala and raised a fantastic £183,40 towards the unit, while Long Eaton Sea Cadets were out in force at Long Eaton Carnival receiving the applause from the crowds for their marching skills.

The weekend started on Friday with Market Harborough Sea and Royal Marine Cadets as well as Wellingborough Sea Cadets welcoming dignitaries including Area Officer Charles Bagot-Jewitt for their annual inspection. The cadets were then able to give a flavour of the activities they get up to through the Corps to the dignitaries and visiting families.

Cadets from 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron and 1359 (Beeston) Squadron took and passed their Youth First Aid Course assisted by 209’s Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) Rebekah Oldknow and Sergeant Kiernan Walker. It was a busy weekend for Flt Sgt Oldknow who also completed 18 miles walking as part of her training after being selected for the South and East Midlands Wing team that will take on the Nijmegen Marches. Members of 2248 (Rutland) Squadron were among those walking in the rehearsal.

This was after 209 Squadron’s successful charity fundraiser at Nottingham Greyhound Stadium on Saturday.

It was a busy weekend too for 1461 (Wigston) ATC Squadron with five cadets visiting RAF Cranwell for a day of flying while 11 cadets helping school children with special education needs at a local school fete.

Many many Reserve Forces are gearing up for a busy Armed Forces Week, but some members of C Company, 4 Mercian have flown out for a six-week exchange with the US Army in Virginia. They will be working with 56th Stryker Brigade on a number of exercises.

Dinner at the RAF Club

Dinner at the RAF Club

Finally the East Midlands RFCA’s Employer Engagement team were delighted to be able to take a group of employers to the Trooping of the Colour event in London on Saturday that marks The Queen’s official birthday.

The 19 employers were chosen as a thank you for their support of the Armed Forces Community.

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