9 May 2018
Lavington Detachment invited parents and guests to attend their official opening on the evening of Wednesday 9th May. Although the detachment has been parading weekly at Lavington School since the autumn, the official opening parade gave guests the chance to see some of the activities available in the Army Cadets, as well as to thank those who had supported the detachment.
The evening started with a formal inspection parade in front of the honorary colonel of Wiltshire ACF General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO, the deputy Mayor of Devizes Cllr Andy Geddes and head teacher of Lavington School Mrs Sarah Lowkis. During the parade, each of the inspecting guests spend time talking with the cadets about their experiences in the detachment.
Sir John praised the work of all those involved in setting up the new detachment in Lavington, saying that such a strong detachment in such a short time showed how Wiltshire ACF continued to grow. He also thanked the many individuals involved in supporting the detachment, making special mention of the support from the staff of Lavington School and 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, as well as the many adult volunteers who give their time to deliver the many fun activities for the cadets.
During the evening, Sir John presented awards to cadets from Lavington Detachment. Receiving a certificate for Most Advanced Musician in the Wiltshire ACF band, Cadet Thalia Reader who regularly travels to Swindon where the band practices. Cadet Josh Little received the Potterne Parish Council Alan Mead Memorial Award, an award that recognises the positive contribution made by a young person in the parish over the year. A special presentation was also made to the head teacher of Lavington School in thanks of the support her team had given. Sir John said: “that without the support of the school team, opening this detachment would not be possible.”
After the parade, the cadets were able to demonstrate some of the skills they had learnt during the past few months. Parents and guests were invited to test their navigation skills as cadets showed visitors how to read maps and find grid references. Guests were also able to speak to the many cadets there about what they enjoyed the most about being in the ACF.
If you would like to know more about becoming a cadet or volunteer in Lavington please contact our county HQ on 01380 724114 or e-mail email@example.com. You can also see more photos from Lavington Detachment's official opening night, as well as other Wiltshire ACF events, on our Facebook page.
Photos: General Sir John McColl talks with cadets during the inspection parade; Cadet Thalia Reader, awarded a certificate for Most Advanced Musician in the Wiltshire ACF band; Cadet Josh Little receives the Potterne Parish Council Alan Mead Memorial Award from General Sir John McColl; A special presentation is made to Lavington School head teacher, Mrs Sarah Lowkis to thank the school for their support in setting up the new detachment; Cadets from Lavington Detachment challenge guests to identify grid references on a local map; Deputy Mayor of Devizes, Cllr Andy Geddes talks to cadets about being in the Wiltshire ACF band; Two cadets from Lavington Detachment demonstrating fieldcraft skills on one of the stands.