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Cadet hut receives makeover

Refurbishment works at an Army Cadet Force (ACF) building in Staffordshire will bring a fresh start for their cadets once they are able to return to face-to-face activities. The centre, which is based at Pinnox Street in Stoke-on-Trent, is home to the Tunstall ACF Detachment, part of the Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) ACF. As a 1970s ‘Spooner’ type hut, the timber-clad…

Employer Recognition Scheme 2021 Expression of Interest window now open

The expression of interest window opened today for employers looking to receive Silver and Gold Award status in 2021 through the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). The Employer Recognition Scheme, now in its eighth year, recognises those companies that support the Armed Forces community by proactively demonstrating a forces-friendly approach as part of their recruitment process. Silver and Gold employers are…

Army Cadets enjoy festive virtual event

Despite Covid-19 restrictions and the continuing national tier structure, the Commandant of Hereford & Worcester Army Cadet Force (ACF), Colonel Hopkins, along with his Staff Officers, successfully planned and executed a virtual county-wide Christmas exercise in December. In previous years the cadets from across their county would usually come together for a festive weekend camp of activities to share the joy and happiness…

Warwickshire cadets appointed to prestigious roles

Five young people from Warwickshire were honoured by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Timothy Cox CStJ, for their outstanding service in the cadet forces and youth organisations. With the suspension of face-to-face activities for our cadet forces and lockdown measures over this year, Warwickshire and West Midlands (South Sector) Army Cadet Force took the opportunity to move their usual Warwickshire Lord-Lieutenants’ Cadets investiture ceremony…

Move over Master Chef!

Leading Aircraftman Keith Herman from No. 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron RAF Reserves recently completed the Deployed Skills Course element of his chef training.  Run by 504 Squadron at RAF Wittering, the course is designed to prepare personnel, Regular and Reserve alike, to deploy into any environment and establish a functioning field kitchen within two hours. One of the challenges of the course…

Tile Cross Academy wins Social Mobility Award

Tile Cross Academy has won the school/college category of the prestigious Social Mobility Awards 2020.  The award was announced on Thursday 8th October 2020 during a special online awards ceremony. On making the award to Tile Cross Academy, the organisers commented that the Academy was: “Committed to providing equal access to education and opportunities to all.” Tile Cross Academy serves one of the…

ERS Gold Award winners celebrated

From today, we are joining a national celebration of those employers in our region who have achieved the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold award, the Ministry of Defence’s highest level of recognition for employers who support and advocate for the Armed Forces Community. There will unfortunately not be an awards ceremony this year due to the Covid-19 restrictions, but we still want to…

A spotlight on inspirational women in the Navy

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of women being deployed at sea in the Royal Navy, we’re shining a spotlight on inspirational women in the Navy and their fantastic achievements. One of these inspirational servicewomen is Commodore Mel Robinson (ADC MSc FCIPD), the current Commander of the Maritime Reserves. Commissioned in 1993 as a warfare officer, she served in a number of frigates and…

Shropshire ACF welcomes new cadet for county’s first virtual enrolment

This year due to the lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions, many Army Cadet Force (ACF) face-to-face activities have been unable to take place as usual. However, during this time our cadet forces have been finding innovative ways to take training and activities to a safe online environment.  Working in the background they have been looking for ways they can successfully continue to run as…