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CONGRATULATIONS!

Posted on 28th May, 2022

The Trustees extend their congratulations to Clare Villar, an accomplished and talented artist, and the Commandant of the Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force, Colonel Simon Donegan, who are getting married today (28th May 2022) before jetting off to their honeymoon in Mauritius. We wish the happy couple every happiness for the future.

 

New Chair meets New Instructor Recruits

Posted on 3rd April, 2022

The newly appointed Chair, Graham Morley DL, met with the latest recruits to the role of Instructor within the Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force. Graham joined the recruits and officers for lunch prior to delivering a short presentation about the Friends Charity, what the Charity does and how they can help the Charity achieve its aims. This session formed part of  ACF familiarisation camp for the recruits based at the ACF Training Base on Cannock Chase.

Trustees Appoint a New Chairperson

Posted on 1st April, 2022

As of 1st April 2022, Jonathan Dale steps down from the position of Chair after six years of exceptional service to the Friends of Staffordshire & West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force. Jonathan has been a Trustee for a total of twelve years to date and has agreed to stay on for another year as Vice-Chair to support the incoming Chair, Graham Morley.

In recognition of his contribution to the Charity and the local Army Cadets, Jonathan was presented with a decanter of whisky along with six glasses by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson, at the recent Regimental Dinner held in March 2022.

The incoming Chair, Graham Morley, thanked Jonathan for his outstanding commitment to the Friends Charity that has flourished under his Chairmanship and very much welcomes the expertise and guidance that Jonathan will continue to provide to him as he takes on the role.

Both incoming and outgoing Chairs are pictured here with Watchman VI, and his handler, already a regular popular attendee at the annual Regiment Dinner each March.

 

 

Annual Regimental Dinner 2022

Posted on 27th March, 2022

The Trustees were pleased to host the Annual Regimental Dinner 2022 at the Potters Club on 26th March 2022. The evening was a great success, after an absence of two years as a result of the Covid pandemic. Guests enjoyed the first public performance of the Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force Drum Corps plus moving accounts from three local Cadets who described the positive impact that being in the Army Cadets has had on their lives.

Guests were able to taste the delights of a Trio of Smoked Fish, Lemon Sorbet, Slow Cooked Rib of Beef followed by a selection of delicious sweets, all accompanied by specially chosen wines. The meal concluded with cheese, biscuits and port. The food and drink was expertly prepared and served by the professional team at the Potters Club under the control of the Head Chef.

This annual event truly is a night not to be missed by those who enjoy something a little bit special that has the added benefit of making a positive contribution to the lives of our local Army Cadet Force.

CSgt Watchman V

Posted on 22nd January, 2022

Trustees are saddened to hear the news that the former Staffordshire Regimental Mascot CSgt Watchman V passed away on the 13th January 2022. He was a regular attendee at our annual Regimental Dinner with his handler WO2 Greg Hedges.

Watchman V retired a few years ago and has been succeeded by Cpl Watchman VI. Both can be seen here and we look forward to seeing Cpl Watchman VI at our Regimental Dinner 26th March this year.

John W Phillips DL

Posted on 11th January, 2022

It is with great sadness that the Trustees received the sad news of the death of John W. Phillips DL. John was a longstanding supporter of the work of the Friends and the Trustees extend their sincere condolences to his family and friends.

A Very Happy New Year to All Our Friends

Posted on 1st January, 2022

The Trustees of the Friends of the Staffordshire and West Midlands (Northern Sector) Army Cadet Force would like to wish all of our Friends, Sponsors and Supporters a very peaceful, happy, safe and successful 2022. We look forward to meeting up with you all again this coming year.

Major Rob Bradburn ACF

Posted on 8th December, 2021

Major Rob Bradburn ACF

It is with great sadness that the Trustees note the death of Major Rob Bradburn. Rob was an Army Cadet Force (ACF) officer who dedicated a huge proportion of his life to the Army Cadet Force.

Rob was also a great supporter of the Friends of Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) ACF, recognising the help we are able to provide to the cadets in our area thanks to the contributions of our sponsors.

Our thoughts are with his close family and those in the ACF with whom he worked closely and we offer to each of them our sincere condolences.

RIP Rob, you were an inspiration to us all.

Wade Ceramics Limited Edition ‘Vernalis Vase’ to be Auctioned at Regimental Dinner 26th March 2022

Posted on 12th October, 2021

Trustee Presentation to New Instructors

Posted on 5th October, 2021

On 2nd October 2021, two of our trustees, Mr Malcolm Sperring-Toy and Mr Graham Morley, had the pleasure of meeting new ACF instructors at the training centre in Staffordshire. The Trustees delivered a short presentation on the history and purpose of the Friends Trust and the Bursary that the Trustees have established to support our Cadets who need financial assistance in order to further their education or get a job etc.

Following the presentation, the Trustees responded to the very sensible questions raised by the instructors. All present agreed on the importance of making sure that those in direct contact with our Cadets on a regular basis are best placed to pass on information to the Cadets on what is available to them via the Bursary. The Officers and Instructors recognised the significant contribution that those who donate to our Charity, the Friends of the Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force, has on our local ACF.

Before they left, the Trustees thanked the volunteer Officers and Instructors for the valuable work that they do and for the positive impact they have on the lives of our local Cadets.