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Annual Clay Pigeon Shoot – 11th Sept 2021

Posted on 6th June, 2021

The Trustees are delighted to confirm that a shooting team from the British Army will be joining us again this year. This annual clay pigeon shoot will be held, subject to any changes to the planned roadmap out of the Covid related restrictions, on Saturday, 11th September 2021. We will return once again to the fabulous facilities at the Doveridge Clay Sports Centre located at Doveridge, Derbyshire. The highest-scoring team on the day will be able to test their skills against the Army shooting team. More details to follow, but in the meantime, save the date for this great day out for the expert and novice alike and help us raise badly needed funds that help us support our Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force. See the events page on this website, or click here, for more details.

Electronic Notebook Roll-Out Continues At Our Old Hill Detachment

Posted on 6th June, 2021

The initiative to bring much-needed IT equipment to our cadets continues at the Old Hill Detachment. This initiative is aimed at providing electronic notebooks to cadets who do not have access to such equipment and is funded by the ongoing donations of our supports and friends. Click here to see a brief report for more details

 

Annual Clay Pigeon Shoot 2021 – Save the Date!

Posted on 28th April, 2021

The Trustees are delighted to announce that, subject to any changes to the planned roadmap out of the Covid related restrictions, we will be holding our annual clay pigeon shoot on Saturday, 11th September 2021. We will return once again to the fabulous facilities at the Doveridge Clay Sports Centre located at Doveridge, Derbyshire. Although not yet confirmed, we are hoping to be joined, as in past years, by the Army shooting team to enable the highest-scoring team to test their skills against the very best. More details to follow, but in the meantime, save the date for this great day out for the expert and novice alike and help us raise badly needed funds that help us support our Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force. See the events page on this website, or click here, for more details.

Nicky Titcumb – Update to Previous News Item

Posted on 21st April, 2021

It is with great sadness that the Trustees learned of the sad death of Nicky Titcumb on Monday 12th April. Nicky served as a Trustee between 2011 and 2012 and remained a supporter of the Friends of the Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) ACF. The Trustees offer our sincere condolences to all her family and those close to her at this sad time.

To celebrate Nicky’s life, a memorial website has been launched which includes information for the live-stream funeral on Thursday 29th at 4.30pm GMT along with images and a personal message from Jess, her daughter. You are invited to share any messages or images on the site which can be found at:-

www.nickytitcumbmemorial.com
Password: butterflies

An Overview of the Friends of Staffordshire & West Midlands (North Sector) ACF Trust

Posted on 5th April, 2021

The trustees have produced a short video to provide the viewer with an overview of the Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force Trust. The presentation includes a little of the history of the Trust, what it aims to achieve and how you could become involved in supporting our Charity, established in 2009. The presentation can be accessed via the link on our homepage or by clicking on this link.

If you have any questions when you have watched this presentation, please email or Chairperson, Mr Jonathan Dale, at chair@staffsacffriends.co.uk.

Re-Launch of the Access to Education and Employment Bursary

Posted on 25th March, 2021

The Trustees are acutely aware of the specific difficulties some of our cadets are facing as a result of the pandemic, especially in relation to furthering their education and gaining permanent employment. To help alleviate some of these issues and to support our cadets, the Trustees have re-launched its Access to Education and Employment Bursary.

The primary aim of this bursary, which has been in place for a number of years, is to help remove barriers for serving Army Cadets of the Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force wishing to engage with education and/or employment but are precluded from doing so through personal financial circumstances. The bursary is designed to be as flexible as possible and can provide support with any costs associated with education or access to employment.

A short presentation has been produced that will be shown to all of our cadets over the coming weeks. This presentation has been placed on the Bursary section of our website, to ensure ease of access for our cadets, but if you would like to view this presentation yourself you can also access it by clicking on this link:

Access to Education and Employment Bursary

A big thank-you goes to all of our supporters without whose generous help we would not be able to provide this financial support.

Events Re-Established Post-Covid

Posted on 24th March, 2021

The Trustees, now the easing of restrictions appear to be in sight, have agreed that the Annual Regimental Dinner will be held again on 26th March 2022 at the Potters Club in Stoke-on-Trent. This event is one of the main fund-raising events in our annual calendar that many attendees return to year after year to enjoy a great meal in great company. One of the key parts of the evening that attendees always enjoy is listening to the moving stories from our own cadets about how being in the Staffordshire and West Midland (North Sector)Army Cadet Force has changed their lives for the better. Why not out the date in your diary and join us next year for a truly memorable evening. More details and booking details can be found in the events section of this website or you can email admin@staffsacffriends.co.uk to let us know you’d like to join us.

The Trustees are also in the final stages of arranging the Annual Clay Pigeon Shoot that will take place, subject to the continued easing of the Covid related restrictions, in Doveridge in September 2021. You will be able to find out more about this in the Events section of this website as soon as the final date and arrangements are finalised.

S&WM(NS)ACF Facebook Page

Posted on 23rd March, 2021

Friends may be interested in accessing the FaceBook page of the Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force which can be found by following clicking here.

In the latest post, the Commandant, Colonel Simon Donegan, provides a news update within which he details the current plans for the cadets as we exit from the lockdown.

Cadets Receive Notebook Computers

Posted on 7th February, 2021

Thanks to the continued financial support of our Friends, we have now purchased 60 refurbished electronic notebooks, complete with cases, that are being distributed to our cadets who have limited or no access to IT. Each of the four companies has received 12 notebooks with the remaining 12 notebooks being utilised at the Cannock Cadet Training Centre, where the cadets will use them during indoor and outdoor activities. This initiative allows the cadets to continue to access their current training syllabus, enhance their learning and access the same opportunities available to others during lockdown.

Ongoing plans are in place to purchase additional a small number of notebooks to supplement the original stock and form a lasting legacy from the charity.

Pictures show Cadets Marsh and Harper receiving their notebooks from SSI Swider. Both cadets, along with their parents, expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the assistance, stating this will assist their school and social interaction as well as providing the means to participate in virtual cadet activities. Both are now able to access and interact with Cadet online activities and training.

Annual Regimental Dinner 2021 – Unfortunately Cancelled due to Covid

Posted on 27th January, 2021

It is with great sadness and disappointment that the Trustees have taken the decision to cancel the annual regimental dinner again in 2021. Our priority is to help keep our cadets, supporters and friends safe during these unprecedented times, as we’re sure you will understand.

The work of the Trust in the support of our cadets has continued and we look forward to a full programme of events at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime, we thank all of our friends and sponsors for their continued support.

Those who have already made a reservation for the 2021 event will be contacted via post with further information.

Work is already underway to organise this event in again 2022 when we hope to see as many of you as possible. Please watch this space for more details.