18 December 2018

Sussex ACF is nearing the end, of what has been an incredibly busy year, with a high level of training commitment from all ranks, which has resulted in some amazing achievements, from both Individuals / Detachment’s and Company’s. From obtaining the next APC Star Grade to attending an Adult Course, quite often resulting in promotion for the individual, to Detachments actively and positively increasing their strengths, two examples being No.11 (Horsham) Detachment and No.13 (Shoreham) Detachment, very well done!! All of these achievements, both personal and as a team are amazing.

Detachments have also been operating at a considerable number of Community Events, with D Coy Detachments being at ‘Paddle Round the Pier’ and supporting Armed Forces Day at Blind Veterans UK, No.26 (Thorney Island) Detachment at the Emsworth Fayre and CFAV’s attending four days at Goodwood. These are but just a few events that have been supported across the County, however, in particular I wish to thank everyone for their fantastic efforts in supporting the RBL and local communities during the WWI Centenary commemorations. I am very aware of the high amount of monies collected during poppy collections across the County this year, but would like to personally highlight a couple of examples, namely No.10 (Eastbourne) Detachment who collected £4,801.03, and also a Cadet from No.9 (Worthing) Detachment who personally collected £1,022.00 by selling her knitted poppies!!!!

Cadets and CFAV’s have attended Competitions and National

Events, such as the STEM Camp at the end of October, and overseas Exercises in Northern Italy and Singapore. In line with the WWI 100 Year Centenary, around 250 Cadets and CFAV’s attended Battlefield Tours either at Ypres during Annual Camp and the Somme at the end of October. I know these events were both moving, informative and thoughtful for all of those who attended.

The Company’s have all carried out a high pace of Training during the year, with Cadet and CFAV numbers increasing, to the extent that sadly C Company has recently had to turn away Cadets due to lack of accommodation availability, well done C Company! Annual Camp was fast and furious, and organised superbly by the CTO, her team (E Company) and the Company HQ’s, a great time was had at St Martin’s Plain by all.

On behalf of the Cadets and CFAV’s, I would like thank all of the Professional Support Staff, as none of the training and activities would be possible without the amazing behind the scenes support of the Professional Support Staff who work tirelessly to ensure everything is in place for us to train safely.

Looking to the New Year, I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during 2019, and in particular at Annual Camp which next year is being held at Westdown Camp on Salisbury Plain, during the first two weeks of August.

Enjoy the festive season, and once again my very best wishes for the New Year to you and your families.