South West Reservist and Cadet News - May 2015
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Wessex RFCA Annual General Meeting 2015

Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was once again a success, with over 100 guests attending the event held at King’s College, Taunton. The guests had the opportunity to hear the latest Cadet and Reservist developments from across the region.

The event, which took place on 16
th April 2015, included speeches from Wessex RFCA Chairman Colonel Oliver Chamberlain QVRM TD* DL, as well as 1 (Artillery) Brigade Commander, Brigadier Jez Bennett OBE.  Read more.

Somerset schoolboy uses cadet training to save friend who arrived at his house covered in blood

Owen Phillips, 14, calmed his friend Fin Zech down, stemmed the bleeding, administered painkillers and phoned his dad.

Fin, 15, who panics at the sight of blood, said he doesn't know what would have happened if his friend hadn't been there.

Owen was upstairs at his family's home in Curry Rivel when he heard a knock on the door and Fin screaming.

Story and photos from The Western Gazette.  Read more.    

Sherborne Combined Cadet Force wins Dorset Cadet Challenge 2015

Cadets from Sherborne have won the Dorset Cadet Challenge for the second year in a row.  Sherborne CCF was among 20 teams from the Army Cadet Force, Air Cadets and Combined Cadet Force competing for the annual trophy. Photo gallery and story from the Western Gazette.  Read more.

New recognition for Reserve and Regular military service

Reserve forces will be rewarded for their commitment with a new post nominal award, while regulars may receive a new Long Service medal.

Volunteer Reserves will be able to use the letters VR after their names after 10 years of service.  Read more

Financial boost for Reserves and their employers

New rules have come into effect will provide greater financial assistance to employers and self-employed Reservists. The rules also limit the maximum assistance available to individual, non-specialist members of the Reserve Forces who are mobilised.  Read more.

Wessex Military History Society

The Wessex Military History Society meets monthly at the Castle Hotel in Taunton to listen to distinguished military historians give presentations on military subjects.  The presentations usually start at 6:30pm and afterwards members can stay on for dinner.
Upcoming presenations include 'The Fall of France 1940' given by Professor Lloyd Clark from RMAS on 18 May and 'Gallipoli' given by General Julian Thompson on 22 June.

The Society is run by Dr Paul Winter, email address is 
Find out more.

Plymouth soldier part of team studying earthquake response in Philippines

A Plymouth solider is part of a team of experts studying earthquake response in the Philippines.  Captain Glynne Dunn is an Army reservist trained as an expert in reconstruction after disasters.

He is currently involved in exercise Civil Bridge – part of a series of British military missions around the world studying best practice in disaster relief.

Story and picture from The Plymouth Herald.  Read more.

Penzance Sea Cadets retain national drill title

National champions once again – Penzance Sea Cadets retained the Sea Cadet National Drill and Piping national title that they won last year.

Held over the weekend at HMS Raleigh, Torpoint, the nine Penzance cadets entered the unarmed discipline competing against teams from London, Lincoln, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Picture and story from The Cornishman.  Read more.

Sea Cadets Newsletter

The Sea Cadets April 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
click here.


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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