South West Reservist and Cadet News - May 2015
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Veteran Exeter School pupils return to take Ten Tors challenge again after more than 40 years

A veteran team of former Exeter School pupils took on the Ten Tors challenge again last month, more than 40 years after first doing so.

All members of Team 55 are over 55-years-old, and took on the 55-mile route for the first time in what will be the 55th Ten Tors.  Story and photos from the Exeter Express and Echo.  Read more.

Exeter Sea Cadets enjoy awards evening

Story from Exeter Express and Echo.

EXETER Sea Cadets enjoyed an evening of awards The Guildhall earlier this month.

The event welcomed a number of guests including The Lord Mayer of Exeter, Councillor Percy Prowse, who presented the cadets with the awards. Read more.

Afghan war veteran seeks new members after being appointed leader of Penryn Army Cadets

An Afghan war veteran who has become the new leader of Penryn's Army Cadet Force has been drumming up support as he looks to entice new members.

Jamie Streets, whose 15 year career in the Household Cavalry included two tours in Kosovo and one in Afghanistan and then a training regiment before he was medically discharged, has taken over the Penryn unit read more.

Dorset cadets win first aid competition

Cadets from across the South West took part in the 1 Artillery and South West Brigade Cadets First Aid competition.

The competition assessed their skills in managing an emergency situation, making the area safe and dealing with any casualties, with simulated injuries from broken bones to burns and sprains.  Read more.

RAF reservist from Calne wins military competition

Faye Pursglove, a leisure centre manager from Calne, was part of the best performing all-female team in a military competition earlier this month.

The RAF reserve corporal was competing in the Altcar Challenge, a competition testing the military skills of 192 reservists, and her team came away with the Brig Sneyd Trophy.  Story and photo from Gazette & Herald.  Read more

Lympstone's Royal Marine Cadets come out on top in tough competition against arch rivals

Lymstone’s Royal Marine Cadets have won a fierce competition against their rivals in Plymouth to become the best unit in the country last week.

Colour Sergeant Volunteer Instructor Kevin Ousley of the Royal marine base in the East Devon community said: “On May 23rd the Royal Marines Volunteer Cadet Corps (RMVCC) Lympstone division based at the commando training centre 

were crowned the best Royal Marines cadet unit in the UK. At the start of the month RMVCC Lympstone won the Cautley Cup, a competition held over a weekend that tested the cadets military and physical abilities.  Story and photograph from the Express and Echo.  Read more.

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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.

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