South West Reservist and Cadet News - March 2017
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Gloucestershire volunteer shows outstanding dedication

An adult volunteer from Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force has shown outstanding commitment and dedication, juggling a full time job, studying for a Masters degree and volunteering as a Platoon Commander at Podsmead Platoon, Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force, in her spare time.

Estelle Bishop, who works as Head of Orthoptics at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has just gained her Masters in Medical Science (Orthoptics) through Sheffield University.

And if all this wasn’t enough, Estelle has managed to achieve all of this whilst supporting and enhancing the futures of young people in her local community, by volunteering with the Army Cadet Force.  Read more.

Renovated Reserve Centre will offer local people in Yeovil greater opportunities

Yeovil’s 103 year old Territorial Army drill hall has been transformed into a modern Army Reserve and Cadet centre, in a project overseen by Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA).

The centre, which was officially opened by Brigadier Andy Cash, the Deputy Commander and Head of Operations Joint Helicopter Command, will be shared by Reserves from a Flight (detachment) of 675 (RIFLES) Squadron, 6th Regiment, Army Air Corps, 105 Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) and a detachment of Army Cadets.

Members of the local business community were invited to the evening, and were given the opportunity to speak to Reserves and Cadets to find out more about what they do and the equipment they use.  Read more.

Top national award for Bristol ACF Cadet who brought baby sister back from brink of death

Chloe a Cadet from Bristol Army Cadet Force is being given a national award for saving the life of her baby sister.

Chloe brought her four-week-old baby sister back from the brink of death using life-saving techniques she had only just learnt.

Chloe Nash, 17, rushed to help after her baby sister, Millie, began to choke and then stopped breathing while her mother was feeding her at their home on the evening of 11 April last year.  Read more.

Sea Cadets Newsletter

The Sea Cadets March 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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