South West Reservist and Cadet News - January 2017
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Army Cadet Major awarded at BAE Recognising Excellence Awards 2016

Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force, Cadet Executive Officer, Major Alec Masson has won the BAE Recognising Excellence Award 2016 for Sports.

Major Masson’s dedication to sports with the Army Cadet Force has seen him take over 1200 Cadets skiing. It has also resulted in over 85 Cadet receiving their England Sports Colours for representing England at Tug of War at county, regional, national and international level.

Under the dedication and hard work of Alec, the England youth Tug of War team (all Army Cadet Force) attend, five world championships, 11 European championships, winning nine League (Boys) and four Leagues (Girls).  Read more.

Somerset nursey first in the UK to sign Armed Forces Covenant

Northover House Day Nursery became the first nursery school in the United Kingdom to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant last month.
An official ceremony was held in the Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Armed Forces Covenant was signed by Emma Wilmore

on behalf of Northover House Day Nursery and co-signed by Commander Henry Merewether from Royal Navy Air Base Yeovilton on behalf of the Armed Forces.

The family run nursery based in Ilchester, Somerset, was naturally delivering against the Armed Forces Covenant ethos of treating those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces and their families fairly, Rachael Brannagan, Regional Employer Engagement Director at Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association explained why the Covenant pledge was ideal for the nursery.  Read more.


The RAF will reach its centenary on 1 April 2018.  As part of the activities that will surround this, a new website is to be launched later this year.  The site can be found here and you can also sign up to receive the RAF100 newsletter to keep up to date with what will be happening. 

Dan relishes being 'part of a team' as an RAF Reservist

Dan Mugglestone is proud to be one of a select band of people – the first recruits in training with the South West’s new RAF Reserves Squadron.

The father of one from St Just, who runs his own business as a mobile car valeter, spent his 41st birthday in the vast gym at RAF St Mawgan and then being yelled at in a parade ground drill session.But he’s enjoying every minute of his training with 505 (Wessex) Squadron, glad to be learning new skills, enjoying the challenges and being part of a team.

Over a quick lunch in the NAAFI, Dan said: “The amount we cram into these training weekends is more than I expected. You do come home pretty shattered at times. And there’s a limited amount of time to take everything in but we are being tested for a purpose.”  Read more.

Sea Cadets Newsletter

The Sea Cadets January 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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