15 October 2017
During the cold month of October, two teams of cadets from Cheshire Army Cadet Force travelled to Warcop Training Camp to take part in Cumbria ACF’s Annual Military Skills Competition.
The competition organised by Cumbria ACF pits teams of cadets from across the county against each other over a series of stands which include Section Attacks, Drill, Shooting and Fieldcraft. 2017 marked the first year any external teams have been invited to take part. So as the first, Cheshire’s came ready to impress.
Cheshire’s invitation to take part came as a result of a partnership formed by 2Lt. Ben Gleave, an officer in Cheshire’s Somme Company and 2Lt. Damian Mottram, the Training Officer for Burma Company, Cumbria Army Cadet Force. During the previous month, Cadets from Abbots Park and Ellesmere Port Detachments travelled north to Cumbria to join one of Burma’s Company Weekend in preparation for the competition, and to both counties to enjoy what the other had to offer.
For the competition, 18 Cadets from Somme and Normandy Companies organised into two teams battled against others from throughout Cumbria over two gruelling days. Despite arriving as newcomers to the competition, the two Cheshire teams performed beyond expectation winning three events; Skill At Arms, Basha Construction and Drill.
The Cadets and Adults who travelled up from Cheshire all commented on their significant enjoyment of the competition and their eagerness to take part again. Prior to leaving Warcop, Commandant of Cumbria ACF Colonel Anthony Steven made sure extend an invitation for Cheshire to return in 2018 and expressed his gratitude saying, “It was a pleasure to have your cadets join our and thank you to your adult volunteers who made it happen.”
It is hoped for this partnership to continue well into the future, with hopes for a group of Cumbrian cadets to join a Somme Company weekend in the near future.