5 June 2018
The 2018 Soham Carnival, on Monday 28th May, was fortuneate to have glorious Bank Holiday Sunshine. Our Corps of Drums marched and played as part of the Carnival Parade and then also provided a very well received display in the arena. Despite high temperatures the Corps of Drums look and sounded very good indeed. Once again, Soham Detachment cadets extended their reach into the local community and provided support to the Soham Carnival Committee for the 65th running of the event. In bright sunshine, the cadets arrived early to help with the set up and to create an eye-catching showcase for the ACF to try to attract new recruits to the detachment.
Having wrestled with the gazebo under the watchful eye of Soham Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Simon Winters, the cadets put together a display of some of the equipment and supplies that a cadet would take into the field - a bergen, an assault vest, a 24-hour ration pack and camo cream.
“The cadets really did a fantastic job of promoting the many positive aspects of cadet life and spoke confidently with visitors to the Carnival and our stand,” explains Staff Sergeant Winters. “We also assisted the committee of the Carnival in manning the entrance gates throughout the day, which in itself helps to provide excellent visibility for the ACF in our community.
“We have been fortunate enough to have received a grant from the Soham Carnival Committee in the past to help purchase detachment supplies, so we were more than happy to support the Carnival again in its 65th year.”
The cadets provided demonstrations of camouflage and concealment throughout the day, including how to apply (as well as how not to apply) camo cream.
This was another excellent example of how the Soham Detachment has continued to build and develop much stronger relationships in the local community over the past couple of years - not just to aid recruitment, but to be visible as contributing to life in the town. So all in all, a great day.