SMI Debbie Callaghan, County PRO
No 5 (Anzio) Company arrived at Holcombe Moor Training Camp, to take part in their 1st day of Annual Camp.
Following breakfast, the Company was welcomed by the Company Sergeant Major, CSM Jose Townson and the Company Commander, Major Rob Macdonald. After the welcome the cadets were put into different groups of which they remained for the rest of the day.
The cadet activities for each company have been planned by our County Training Major (Cadets), Major Glen Yarr. Major Yarr and the Deputy Commandant, Lt Col Paul Smillie went out to see the training being delivered and chat with the cadets and staff. They received positive feedback and today is only day one for the company.
The activities the cadets took part in were using the STEM kits, Values and Standards with Padre Gerard Fieldhouse-Byrne and the third group took part in the command tasks.
Our Honorary Colonel & Vice Lord Lieutenant, Sharman Birtles JP DL, joined the cadets and staff for lunch after returning from visiting No 4 (Korea) Company who are out of camp on Adventure Training. Today everyone had the privilege of being served lunch by our CEO, Major Keith Noble. Major Noble assisted the wonderful cooking staff with serving lunch, and of course I had to get a picture for the record.
After lunch the Hon Col who was accompanied by her husband Graham, firstly enjoyed an ice cream which all the staff and cadets had, and then went to chat with the cadets at the STEM activity and the Padre’s values and standards discussion.
The afternoon was taken up with the activities of the morning to ensure every cadet had the opportunity to take part in each activity. Once these were completed other activities involved, practicing distance measuring for the navigation that is taking place tomorrow, basha building and practicing communication on the radios.
The day was full of so many different activities which the cadets got involved in. I am sure they must all be very tired tonight.
It is great to see so many adult volunteers who have remained dedicated to Greater Manchester ACF. Returning after almost 18 months away and continuing to be as committed to giving young people a positive cadet experience is truly amazing to see. This is the same for all adult volunteers across Greater Manchester ACF. I thank them all for this.
Tomorrow the company is out and about on the hills around the local area practicing and learning new navigation skills.
Thank you to SSI Michelle Maunders and SI AK Crockett for taking some of the photos of their groups today.
All pictures from Day 1 can be found on our County Facebook page.
Please note: All activities are conducted under Army Cadet Covid-19 Guidance.