MEMBERS of the Henley detachment were among those at the Oxfordshire (The Rifles) Battalion Army Cadet
MEMBERS of the Henley detachment were among those at the Oxfordshire (The Rifles) Battalion Army Cadet Force’s annual camp at Penally in Pembrokeshire.
They included 15-year-old LCpl Matthew Case, who is the Mayor of Henley’s cadet for the next year.
Matthew, a pupil at Gillotts School, lives in Gainsborough Crescent with his father Graham, a window cleaner, mother Carole, a secretary, and 14-year-old sister Laura, who also goes to Gillotts. He joined the cadets, who are based in Friday Street, in April 2013.
He was formally presented with his Mayor’s cadet badge and certificate of appointment by the Mayor Lorraine Hillier when she visited the camp with her escort and sister Susan George.
As the Mayor’s cadet, Matthew will accompany her at ceremonial events and on official duties such as the Henley Show tomorrow (Saturday). Matthew said: “This is a great and important opportunity for me. I will be representing Oxfordshire Army Cadet Force, meeting new people and experiencing new challenges.
“I have been a cadet for almost three years. I was persuaded to give it a go by friends. My first evening included an introduction to military vehicles and a barbecue and it was great. I just kept coming back. Every week is a different activity.
“Annual camp is always a great experience, giving us a chance to practise our field craft skills and to take part in adventure training. Receiving my badge and certificate from the Mayor has made camp even more special than usual.”
Other ceremonial roles to which cadets can aspire include the Lord Lieutanant’s cadet and the High Sheriff’s cadet.