Cadets in the Community
Cullybackey Detachment, C Company, 1st Battalion Army Cadets & Ballymena Air Cadets take part in National Community Week Challenge
To celebrate the very first Army Cadets ‘Community Week’ (18-24 April) cadets from Cullybackey Detachment, 1st Battalion organised a special Spring Clean and jumped straight into action along with Ballymena Air Cadets to help clean up and plant greenery along the Riverside Path, Cullybackey.
The Cullybackey Army Cadet Force (ACF) have worked before with Bertie McNeilly from the Cullybackey Development Association (CDA) by helping around the village which raises awareness of the many different ways cadets both army & air help their local Communities.
It was the first time 13 year old Cdt Jessica Beverland got involved with Cadet in the Community “I really enjoyed helping to improve my local area and we all had a great evening working alongside Ballymena Air Cadets”.
“The Army Cadet Force (ACF) is all about action, adventure, fun and friendship,” explained SI Amanda Roxborough, C Coy Duke of Edinburgh Officer “but we also enjoy doing our bit for the community, and I would like to thank the CDA for their invitation & to Ballymena Air Cadets for coming along to help support Cullybackey ACF. All our cadets get involved in community activities as part of their training and their ‘Cadet and the Community’ activities which also help them in working towards a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
To help give more young people the chance to take part in cadet activities 1st Battalion ACF is looking for more adults to join us as instructors. No previous military experience or high levels of fitness are needed. What’s important is common sense, drive and determination and the ability to communicate with young people.
Irish Guards Inspect Cullybackey Detachment
Cullybackey Detachment Army Cadet Force (ACF) held their biannual inspection were Captain Jimmy Parke from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards was the inspecting officer and on conclusion of the inspection will write a report about the detachment. Cullybackey Detachment are proud to wear the cap star of the Irish Guards so they also invited parents, family and friends along to see what the cadets get up to at detachment evenings and at weekends away and to help us celebrate their achievements.
The inspecting officer and guests where treated to a drill display, field craft and Duke of Edinburgh displays which is all offered to any young person joining cadets. There was particular interest at the Duke of Edinburgh Expedition stand as adults were treated to freshly boiled “cuppa” as part of the cadets menu planning exercise.
Lance Corporal Wilson who is a member of the Irish Guards Pipe Band entertained the guests along with our own Cadet Pipe Major Karen McAleese who has just been appointed as the Senior Pipe Major of the National Pipe Band entertained the audience with some great pipe music from traditional Irish Guards tunes to chart music.
At the end of the evening Captain Jimmy Parke presented some promotions, certificates and prizes, with 6 promotions and 2 British Canoe Union (BCU) paddle sport start certificates for kayaking, 4 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards which Captain Parke had assessed one of the sections for Cullybackey and a Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Was also presented.
It was an enjoyable night for all and Captain Parke thanked the parents for their continued support and remarked on the hard work and achievements of the Cullybackey Detachment.
The detachment will now look forward to the 7 day Easter Camp in Magilligan for the more junior cadets and a 12 day Summer Camp in Longmoor, Hampshire for the 13.6 years old cadets up to 18 years old.