More than 100 Peterborough based Army Cadets and Instructors have just returned from a challenging annual camp at St Martins Plain Camp, Folkestone.
The Cadets, aged 13 years to 18 years, from No 1 (Hereward) Company which has its Headquarters in the Army Reserve Centre, Peterborough, with Detachments spread across the City at Westwood, Fletton, Yaxley and others at Whittlesey, Wisbech and March.
Annual camp is the highlight of the cadet year when all training learnt at local Detachments is put into practice. In addition it gives them the opportunity to experience new activities and adventures.
Highlight of this year was cadets being airlifted to the training areas by two chinook helicopters. The experience was one they will remember for the rest of their lives.
The training package includes navigation across the Kent countryside, living in the field for up to 3 days under a self-built “basha” and cooking rations from a 24 army ration pack, target shooting, clay pigeon shooting, First Aid and signals training.
The camp is only possible with the leadership of dedicated adults who give up their time.
On a sad note this was the last camp for the Company Commander, Major Les Pilling who retires later this year. Les, a retired teacher from Farcet, has spent the last 4 years commanding No 1 Company although with a total of almost 30 years service to the Cadet Forces.
He said: “I am honoured to have had the opportunity of working with such dedicated adults and to lead these cadets and offer them the Cadet Experience.”
The HM Lord lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and Hon Colonel, Sir Hugh Duberly, KCVO,CBE visited the cadets at Folkestone. He spent a day with the Cadets. Later on that week the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire Capt (Retired) Victor Lucas DL along with members of the Cadet Supporters League along visited.