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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on 12th October, 2021
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.
Posted on 13th August, 2021
It is with great regret that the Trustees have decided to cancel this year’s clay pigeon shoot that was to be held on the 11th September 2021. Whilst this decision has been difficult for the Trustees, covid-related logistical issues related to the cadet guns that we use for those who do not have their own gun proved too difficult to overcome in the timeframe available. We apologise sincerely for the inconvenience caused to those who intended to attend this event and we trust that we will see you again at next year’s shoot.
Posted on 6th July, 2021
Trustees are pleased to release full details of the annual charity shoot that will take place on the 11th September 2021. Click here for full details.
Our Annual Clay Shoot is held at Doveridge Shooting Ground on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border each September. This is an informal occasion for both experts and complete beginners and guns are provided for those who do not have one of their own. Teams of four compete for a range of prizes with the highest-scoring team given the opportunity to challenge the army team to take the Clarke Family Perpetual Cup,
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.
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