“A” Company Exercise Hang Tough Christmas Camp

11 December 2017

“A” Company’s Christmas Camp 2017

“Exercise Hang Tough”


Wow another Christmas Camp? No ways! Not this one!

We had a record turn out 130 Cadets attended this year’s Christmas Camp and what a great weekend we had indeed.

The weekend started out at Bury St Edmunds ARC, the air was crisp as the frost lay around, we boarded our carriages and off we were to Thetford CTC. On arrival excited Cadets grabbed their kit and found their billets for the weekend.

Saturday morning we all moved out to Thorpe Woodland Adventure Park, there were lots of different activities, form high ropes to zip wire to tree climbing, the Cadets had a great day out.

In the evening we had our traditional formal Mess dinner. We were graced with a seasonal dinner; the adult staff served all the Cadets a three course meal finely prepared by the Chef’s.

After the meal Major Rob Simpkin addressed everyone and highlighted all the great achievements the Company had made thru out the year, this followed with the annual awards and achievements also some promotions:

Best Female Shot: Shannon Elsden, Haverhill

Best Male Shot: Jack Cumming

Best Cadet’s: Shannon Elsden, Haverhill and Jack Larder, Ixworth

Best NCO: Jasmin Brooks, Sudbury

Outstanding Sports contribution: Jasmin Brooks, Sudbury

Best Sports Detachment: Haverhill

Best Detachment: Ixworth

Best Instructor of the year awards: Mike Nolan, Sudbury


To L/Cpl: K Robinson, Wattisham

O Greene, Sudbury

H Kendell, Sudbury

To Cpl: N Rattle, Mildenhall

To Sgt: J Cumming, Ixworth

CVQO Level One:

Leon Wilson, Sudbury

J Lawson, Sudbury

D of E Bronze:

K Robinson, Wattisham

M Branley, Haverhill

J Worth, Bury St Edmunds

T Guinavan, Haverhill

JCIC Badges: Cpl Branley, L/Cpl Broadhurst, L/Cpl Collins, L/Cpl Cook, L/Cpl Davy-Medleycott, L/Cpl Green, L/Cpl Halliday, L/Cpl Hayward, L/Cpl Kendell, L/Cpl Mc Credie, Cpl Rattle, L/Cpl Sinnett, Cpl Stiff, L/Cpl Surti


The evening concluded with photographs and a Disco.


Sunday Morning, well what can I say Mother Nature lets us know who is in charge; the planned Cross Country was abandoned until a later date, because of the arctic conditions that blasted through, despite the weather we did some admin and cleared up the CTC and returned back to Bury St Edmunds.


Many Thanks to all the Staff and Cadets that made this event a great success.

On a personal note thousands of pictures taken this year, I have not counted thou, but I wish you all a joyful Christmas and Peaceful New year.


Sgt John Tillotson