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April 8th 2016

Volunteers rewarded for local service

Colonel Geoffrey Newmarch, Honorary Colonel of Lincolnshire-ACF, presents certificate to Sandra Vardy

Three volunteers with Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) have been awarded for their services to the organisation.

Civilian Assistants Sandra Vardy, Norman Vardy and William Clark have jointly served more than 90 years volunteering with their local cadet force and have each been awarded a commendation from 7th Infantry Brigade’s Commander.

Commendations are presented to individuals who have devoted themselves to the organisation over a number of years and who have gone above and beyond what is expected to ‘get the job done’.

On being presented her certificate at Lincolnshire ACF’s Easter Camp, Sandra Vardy, who lives in Langworth, said: “It was an honour to receive the award as well as being completely unexpected. I originally joined Lincolnshire ACF in 1993 and currently volunteer as the Head of the County Welfare Team. It’s a varied role that includes administration as well as working with both the cadets and adult volunteers to ensure everyone’s welfare needs are met.”

Sandra Vardy voluntarily attends all Lincolnshire ACF’s training camps, spring and annual camps, as well as attending the County Headquarters one day per week as part of her welfare role. This all adds up to more than 70 days of unpaid support each year, which she does with enthusiasm and passion.

Colonel Geoffrey Newmarch, Honorary Colonel of Lincolnshire ACF, presents certificate to William Clark_1

Colonel Geoffrey Newmarch, Honorary Colonel of Lincolnshire ACF, presents certificate to William Clark

William Clark joined the ACF in 1980 and retired from uniformed service after almost 34 years’ service in 2014. However, he immediately volunteered to become a Civilian Assistant, a role he has successfully undertaken for the last two years using his considerable ACF experience and training to complete driving tasks and First Aid duties.

Norman Vardy joined the ACF in 1978 and completed 36 years as a uniformed adult volunteer retiring in summer 2014. He then subsequently became a Civilian Assistant and continues to assist with Clay Pigeon Shooting.

Norman Vardy and Colonel Geoffrey Newmarch, Honorary Colonel of Lincolnshire ACF_1

Norman Vardy and Colonel Geoffrey Newmarch, Honorary Colonel of Lincolnshire ACF

Each of the commendations was presented at Beckingham Training Camp in Lincolnshire on 5 April 2016, as part of Lincolnshire ACF’s Easter Camp.

“It was an honour to receive the award as well as being completely unexpected."