19 Company, Middlesex & NW London Army Cadet Force
The Master, Capt. Davis-Marks, together with the Clerk David Barrett, attended this year’s Summer Camp with our affiliate 19 Company, Middlesex & NW London Army Cadet Force. The host was Col. Mark Hodson TD, Commandant and the venue was the Army Camp at Wretham, Thetford Forest, Norfolk; famed for the filming location of ‘Dad’s Army’.
The Master and Clerk were invited to an Officers’ Mess reception on the evening of Tuesday 4th August and as a result stayed overnight at nearby Mundford with other ACF guests. Wednesday 5th August was Visitors’ Day at Wretham for the entire Middlesex & NW London sector consisting of 4 Companies and 35 Detachments (locations).
The Camp accommodated close to 400 cadets and 130 Adult Instructors and the visitors included 4 Masters, 4 Clerks, 2 DLs, several military Captains and a Commodore from the MOD. The day’s events for visitors were firstly a ride to nearby RAF Honiton to witness (and participate in if willing) light aircraft flying and gliding. The ACF sets out to send the cadets home with a memorable experience and this was the highlight. The visitors also attended field combat training, lunch with 19 Co. which was rather tasty ‘range food’ served on metal plates, lastly shotgun and archery. The Cadets are made up of about 2/3rds boys, and 1/3rd girls all in the age range 13-18 year olds.
The Master, in his RN Fatigues dress, presented the 2015 Cadet Endeavour Award in the field attended by the whole of 19 Company, the Award was won by L/Cpl. Bradley Lyle who suffers from a mobility impediment but nevertheless shows real determination to fight his physical problems. A well deserving winner, who received a framed certificate, a cheque from the CT for £100, the Endeavour silver cup and a pack of the 2014 WWI playing cards. Bradley is a member of the Kneller Hall Corps of Army Music 199 Detachment, well done Bradley.
The Master and Clerk chauffeured Cdre. Jonathan Fry RN back to London where we had an interesting chat about the growth of the ACF and the Government’s determination to promote this activity which produces first class young citizens with worthy values.
HMS Diamond Golf days
This year the Company has played two games of golf against HMS Diamond at Southwick Park Golf club. The “warm up” game, rained off last October, was played on 30th April with 5 aside. It was a lovely sunny day with a light 15 minute shower to remind us how lucky we were. Lt Amy Bolland – i/c Ship’s engineering team – kindly organised a tour of the Ship beforehand. Amy had highest Stapleford score before flying off to Aberdeen. There she walked 100 miles in aid of the Friends of Aberdeen Hospital Nursery, which team Cardmaker and the Master’s annual grant scheme supported.
On 10th June we held the ‘main event’ – a thrilling first “Affiliation Challenge Match” with 7 aside, which was won by the Ship. In beautiful sunshine we met in Southwick Park House’s car park and were treated to a fascinating pre-match lecture in the room where the D-Day landings were co-ordinated. The match was greatly enjoyed by all. Commodore Marcus Hember joined us for the post-match festivities and said how much he particularly appreciated our Affiliation event, because it involved all ranks in a very convivial atmosphere. He was delighted to accept the Affiliation Challenge Cup and looked forward to playing a re-match. The Cardmakers will have to sharpen their clubs to win next time.
The cup is one from the WCMPC collection and is only ‘on loan’ to the Ship. It stands 10 inches high on an ebony plinth, on which a plaque will be attached engraved with the year and each winner. Originally the cup was given to the Company by P/M Alfred Neate to commemorate Sir Christopher Walford’s year as Lord Mayor. Sir Christopher is delighted that the cup is being put to such good use.
The Ship will resume activities in September or early October and will probably be deployed in 2016. Meanwhile the captain hopes to be able to invite members of the Company to visit the Ship before she is sent on active service again.
P/M P D Crabbe – WCMPC Naval affiliation liaison
82 (Wandsworth) Sqd – Air Training Cadets
Four of the cadets at our affiliate – 82 (Wandsworth) Sqd – ATC recently joined other members of the London Wing at St James’s Palace for the presentation of Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Awards.
82 Squadron cadets are -
Front row far left - Flight Sergeant Derry Ross
Front Row second from right - Sergeant Kez Kearns
Second row fourth from left - Corporal Jessica Leary
Back row second from left - Corporal Daniel Foley
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The Wandsworth Sqd were one of the two squadrons who had most winners so a big well done to the Fab 4.
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