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Derbyshire Army Cadets

Home to over 650 cadets and 170 adult volunteers in 32 detachments, including a band and corps of drums.

Derbyshire Army Cadet Force has 32 detachments, covering the whole of Derbyshire. The county is divided into 4 Company's along with a Band and Corp of Drums.

A Company is made up of 8 detachments, held in the north of the county, with its headquarters being held at Buxton Detachment.

B Company is made up of 8 detachments, extending from Alfreton to Eckington, with its headquarters being held at Chesterfield Detachment.

C Company is made up of 8 detachments, spanning from Belper to Long Eaton, with its headquarters being held at Ilkeston Detachment.

D Company is made up of 8 detachments, ranging from Spondon to Swadlincote, with its headquarters being held at Phoenix St Detachment.

The Band parade at Sinfin Detachment and The Corp of Drums parade at Chesterfield Detachment.

Wherever you live in Derbyshire, there will always be a detachment found close by.


Derbyshire ACF are always recruiting for cadets and adult instructors.

Cadets must be between the ages of 12-18 years. Come and join us for adventure, fun, friendships and many skills for life.

Adult Instructors from the age of 18 are needed to help develop the skills of our cadets. As well as this, adult instructors can also learn new skills, gain qualifications and develop their own personal skills.

If you're up for a challenge, you'll go further with Derbyshire Army Cadet Force.

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Our County HQ Staff

Our County HQ staff are all volunteers with many years of experience within the Army Cadet Force.

Col M Honeybell

Col M Honeybell Commandant

Lt Col Dobb

Lt Col A Dobb Deputy Commandant

Rob Palfreyman

Maj R Palfreyman Assistant Commandant


RSMI A Macpherson Regimental Sergeant Major

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Derbyshire's County Band

Derbyshire ACF Band is based in Derby and welcomes cadets from all over the Derbyshire area. We parade on a Wednesday evening from 7pm – 9pm at Sinfin County HQ.

Cadets are welcome whether they have previous musical experience or are beginners, the only essential thing is the enthusiasm to learn and play music. Lessons and instruments can be provided for a wide variety of instruments and the Band has the capacity for Brass, Woodwind, Percussion and Contemporary style such as guitars and keyboards and much more: Everyone is welcome.

Cadets of all levels and musical experience are welcome to join and take part in events all over the country and beyond. Recently the Band has performed in Gibraltar, at Edinburgh Castle, in Wales, in London and at events all over the Derbyshire area. We regularly have opportunities to take part in events with local Reserve Army Bands and with Regular Army Musicians.

Twice a year musical cadet from all over the UK get together for week-long camps, in which over 500 cadets at all levels spend a week doing intensive music, learning and performances with the opportunity to study for BTEC’s in Music and learn skills such as Drum Majoring, composition, conducting and much more. This leads to many friendships forming all over the country: Cadet Music is a very friendly group!

Music is available for cadets to specialise in either on its own or alongside the green APC syllabus, meaning cadets can parade at both Band and another detachment if they choose to do so.

For more details contact the Director of Music Capt Pete Ward on 07870 279639 or email

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Derbyshire ACF
Army Reserve Centre
Sinfin Lane
DE24 9GL