Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Henley Army Cadets

FOUR cadets have been presented with their Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze awards.

FOUR cadets have been presented with their Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze awards.

Cadet Lance Corporals Matthew Strong, 14, and Emma Dodd, 15, and cadets James Rechner and Patrick Goodrich, both 15, completed a series of tasks over a six-month period.

The youngsters, who attend Gillotts School, had to carry out regular volunteer work, learn a new skill and take up a sport or other physical activity. They also undertook an unsupervised 20-mile trek in the Oxfordshire countryside over two days.

They have now set their sights on achieving a silver award.

Their commanding officer 2nd Lt Thomas Fearn said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to learn new life skills and improve their CVs, which will be good for their job prospects. It does wonders for their confidence and initiative and we’re very proud of what they achieved.”

Another 12 cadets have enrolled on the scheme. In shooting, two cadets have been selected to represent Oxfordshire Army Cadets at regional level.

The Army Cadet Force is a national youth organisation sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Defence for 12- to 18-year-olds. It provides a challenging and varied syllabus based on military themes.

Henley army cadets parade every Wednesday from 7pm to 9.30pm at the Henley Detachment in Friday Street and are currently looking for new cadets and adult volunteers. Feel free to come along and experience something new.

Unfortunately, the building has been earmarked by the MoD for re-development, meaning that the resident Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and St John Ambulance will be relocated.

However, no alternative sites have been proposed by the MoD. If the townsfolk of Henley have any suggestions for a possible new location, please call 2nd Lt Fearn on 07500 504397.

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