15 November 2017

The evening of 11th of November found cadets from Aylsham, North Walsham and Aylsham Road once again taking part in this annual, local event. For the past 13 years local couple Charlie and Loretta Chaplin have been organising and catering a dinner, held at the Aylsham Friendship Club, to raise funds for the military charity Combat Stress, which helps serving and retired serviceman suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Held on the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday it has been part of the local detachment calendar for 10 years.

The cadets served 4 courses to over 80 guests. I am pleased to say they did a superb job with no drips, spillages or breakages! It is not an easy task to navigate between diners and tables with plates of food, let alone bowls of soup. For six of them this was the first time they had taken part but they all rose to the challenge. They were extremely ‘professional’ acting as perfect ambassadors for the Norfolk Army Cadet Force.

Waiting on tables at this extremely worthwhile event were Sgt Georgina Samuels, LCpl Liam Hord, Cdt Megan Brown, Cdt Charlotte Brown, Cdt Mimi Griffith-Thompson and Cdt Charlotte Thompson, assisted by SI Watson. CSSgt Rob Wright did a superb job of leading the team ensuring the diners were served in an organised and timely manner. I rolled my sleeves up and assisted in tackling the continuous task of washing up.

All the guests were extremely complimentary of the cadets, going out of their way to offer their thanks and chat to them about the ACF. We are extremely proud of the cadets who were present and the part they played in this community event.

This year over £1500 was raised for the Combat Stress charity which will be used to support serving and retired serviceman suffering from PTSD and help them to be able to live free from the harmful effects of psychological injuries.

Capt R Medler