J Taylor

Members of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers unit celebrate St. Eligius weekend

On 30th November 2018, 101 Theatre Support Battalion REME congregated at South Cerney celebrating its first St Eligius weekend as a new battalion amalgamated under Army 2020 Reserve.  Formerly 105 Battalion REME and 101 Battalion REME, the new 101 Theatre Support Battalion REME has personnel located in Bovington, Bridgend, Cwmbran, Gloucester, Liverpool, Manchester, Plymouth, Swindon, Telford, Walsall, Yeovil, with Battalion HQ at Keynsham,…

A few words from our Chief Executive

As I write these notes we are fast approaching Christmas and I reflect that I have now been in post for exactly a year – and it seems to have flown past.  The West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association has been as busy as ever in 2018 in delivering support to the tri-service Reserves and cadets across the region, through maintaining and…

Army Cadets embark on Spanish adventure

Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force deployed a 21 strong expedition to Altea in Spain to take part in mountain biking and rock-climbing activities. The daily diary below was written by the expedition leader, Major Lester.   Saturday Cadets arrived at MOD Stafford at a blurry eyed 01:30, after checking documentation, equipment and luggage weights we departed for Manchester airport….

West Midlands Combined Authority sign up to support the region’s Armed Forces

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has become of the latest signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant. The Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, co-signed the covenant alongside the Commander of 11th Signal and West Midlands Brigade, Brigadier Richard Carter. The signing was held at the West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (WMRFCA) Headquarters and was attended by representatives from the…

Commemorating 100 years with Armed Forces Covenant pledges

The British Organisation for People of Asian Origin (BOPA), hosted a fabulous commemorative event at the National Memorial Arboretum on 16 October. The event celebrated the contribution made by Asian members of the Commonwealth to the British Armed Forces during the First World War, and conflicts since, commemorating the sacrifices that were made during those conflicts. An audience drawn from all walks of…

Employers put their shooting skills to the test

Employers from Shropshire spent the day with West Midland RFCA and members of 123 (Telford) Supply Squadron Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) on Thursday 15th November. Everyone spent the morning clay pigeon shooting at Parson’s Barracks in Telford, Shropshire. For some people it was a chance to hone their shooting skills on the expert clay range, for others it was a chance to try…

HMS FORWARD Reservists take part in the Festival of Remembrance

This weekend three Reservists from HMS FORWARD represented the Royal Naval Reserve at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. SLt Charlotte Kertrestel, WO1 Steve Bland and LH Anton ‘Aggie’ Christie, were all selected to take part in the prestigious event, which involved parading amongst members of the regular services of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, with…