August 29th 2017

Weekend round-up Bank Holiday bonanza – 29/8/17

Enjoying the good weather during summer camp

Fun on the water at Nottinghamshire ACF Annual Camp

The summer edged towards a close on a Bank Holiday weekend of beautiful weather and it also marked the end of annual camp season as a host of tired but delighted cadets arrived home from a week of fun activities.

Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) were the last of the ACFs on camp and they returned from Longmoor Military Camp in Hampshire.

Kayaking in summer 2017

Notts ACF cadets kayaking.

Highlights included night exercises, raft races around the lake, making use of Longmoor’s Urban Training base and paintballing.

The Music Cadre also had the opportunity to visit The Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth as it docked at nearby Portsmouth.

Arriving home from camp as well were the Air Cadets with both Trent Wing and South and East Midlands Wing returning from their excursions.

At the South and East Midlands Wing Adventure Training camp at RAF Spadeadam activities including trampolining, bowling and hose reel races from fire engines were among the more unusual tasks cadets experienced.

Trent Wing Camp took place at Beckingham and saw cadets involved in a host of activities throughout the week including cycle trekking in the local forest.

The brilliant Bank Holiday weekend weather also provided the perfect opportunity for excursions that could count towards cadets’ Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Members of 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron and 1F (City of Leicester) Squadron were among those who spent three days in the Peak District for their Silver Award.

A number of West Bridgford Air Cadets came straight off camp and to the Stapleford Steam Rally where they helped out car marshalling at the event.

A couple of local Air Cadets were among The Royal Air Force Air Cadet National Choir which performed alongside The Coningsby Military Wives Choir at St Botolph’s Church in Boston in a thrilling concert on Saturday night.

Air Cadets in the Peak District

Air Cadets in the Peak District

Nottingham Sea Cadets were blessed with beautiful weather for their Summer Fun Day on Sunday as members of the public came along to get a taste of what the unit does.

As well as number of stalls that included a host of home produced goodies were examples of boating, a display from the Royal Marines Cadets and a chance to have a go at falconry.

Next week provides another big day for the unit as they hold their annual Charity River Cruise on Saturday (2 September) along the River Trent. Tickets are available from the unit priced £10 for adults and £5 for children.

A few thousand miles away in Czech Republic, Nottingham Sea Cadets adult volunteer Afton Fitzhenry along with her partner Beth Gill was competing at the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.

Despite being among the youngest in the field, the pair battled through to the C2 B Final in the 500m doubles on Saturday in which they finished a respectable fifth.

When all the scores were added up it amounted to a 15th place in the world. Afton tweeted: “What a cracking way to end our season, super proud!”

Closer to home, Skegness Air Cadets enjoyed a wonderful day on Sunday where they were the beneficiaries of an event run by Skegness Live and Learn in the town’s Tower Gardens. At the end of the day they were presented with a £100 cheque to go towards the unit’s activities.

Members of Market Harborough Sea Cadets were on hand to speak to the community about what they do as they attended the Leicestershire County Show which took place on the Airfield Business Park just outside the town on both Saturday and Sunday.

It was also a busy weekend recruiting for reservists. 104 Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers were in the fast line as they visited Silverstone for the British round of the Moto GP championship.

160 (Lincoln) Squadron, 158 Royal Logistic Corps took part in a moving ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele in Brigg on Bank Holiday Monday.

Hundreds came out to commemorate the campaign which lasted from 31 July to 10 November 1917.

The day before, members from the unit were also at North Thoresby’s 1940s day.

Plenty more reservists and cadets will be at the Chatsworth Show this weekend which runs from Friday to Sunday.

One other thing to look out for next weekend will be Northampton Sea Cadets taking part in the Merchant Navy Day celebrations in the town on Saturday.

A taste of what our Reserve Forces and cadets have been up to thanks to social media.