South West Reservist and Cadet News - August 2015
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Rugby World Cup escorted into Exeter by Devon and Somerset Air Cadets

Air Cadets from Devon and Somerset Wing ATC had the honor of escorting the Webb Ellis trophy into Exeter on the fifth day of the Cup’s tour around the United Kingdom. 

The Cup was escorted into Exeter City Centre by Cadets from the Devon and Somerset Wing Music Flight. The Cadets preceded the Cup on the march from Exeter Civic Centre to the Guildhall.  Read more.

D-Day veteran Ken hands out certificates

Normandy veteran spanned the generations when he presented certificates to young sea cadets.

Former Royal Navy signalman Ken Sturdy, 95, of Torquay, who is one of South Devon's last surviving veterans of the Second World War D- Day landings in Normandy, France, presented four 

Teign Valley sea cadets with Royal Yachting Association certificates in power boating and rowing.  Story and photo from Torquay Herald Express.  Read more.

Gurkha band to perform at Bristol Cathedral in fund-raising concert

The celebrated Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas is coming to Bristol on 25 July for a special concert – to mark 200 years’ unbroken service to the British Crown and to raise money for the Gurkha Welfare Trust’s Nepal Earthquake Disaster Appeal.
Read more.

100 Plymouth employers attend Reserves engagement event

Over 100 local employers from Devon and Cornwall gathered at the spectacular Royal Citadel, Plymouth on Tuesday evening (7th July) to hear about the benefits of employing Reservists.
Representatives from Plymouth Citybus Princess Yachts, The Cornwall College Group and Plymouth High School for Girls were among the 100 employers who attended the event, which was hosted by the Army Engagement team and 1 Artillery Brigade.
Read more.

Exeter accountants Simpkins Edwards recognised for supporting Armed Forces

Exeter-based accountancy firm Simpkins Edwards has received the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award for its support of the defence community.

The firm’s partner Jean-Paul Quertier is currently second in command with 6th Battalion the Rifles.  Read more.

Sea Cadets Newsletter

The Sea Cadets July newsletter is now available.  For news about the Sea Cadets throughout the country click here.

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About Wessex RFCA

The Wessex Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association is an independent, non-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting the 3000 tri-service Reservists and 14,000 Cadets across the South West of England.

The RFCA is also required to assist the Defence Council and all three services at any level. To find out more about the RFCA
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Reservists come from all backgrounds, regions and jobs and get paid to train in their spare time. The Reserves cover all three services - The Royal Naval Reserve, Army Reserve, The Royal Marines Reserve and the Royal Air Force Reserve. Find out more.


The aim of the UK cadet forces are to contribute to the development of young people. Cadets have the chance develop new skills and qualities needed to ensure they become the next generation of responsible citizens. Find out more.

Alternative Venues

Alternative Venues Wessex has a range of interesting buildings available to rent across the South West - from fully equipped Cadet and Territorial Army Centres to beautiful listed buildings dating back hundreds of years. Find out more.

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