Community rallies at Norfolk Lord Lieutenant Awards

The Norfolk Lord Lieutenant Awards, hosted by East Anglia RFCA County Chairman Col Jamie Athill, recognised the achievement and commitment demonstrated by select cadets and CFAV.

Col Jamie Athill hosted the Awards
Col Jamie Athill hosted the Norfolk Lord Lieutenant Awards.


The community rallied to celebrate the achievements and commitment of three Cadet Instructors and the appointment of the new Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets for Norfolk. Among the guests were Members of the East Anglia RFCA, members of the Armed Forces, County and District Council members, family members and local employers. The event took place on 24th March at the Norwich Army Reserve Centre.

Guests at the Norfolk Lord Lieutenant Awards in Norwich Army Reserve Centre
Guests at the Norfolk Lord Lieutenant Awards in Norwich Army Reserve Centre

During the course of the evening, the new Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets were appointed. Leading Cadet Sophie Ralph, Cadet Warrant Officer Daniel Middleton and Cadet Sergeant Abigail Butcher gain the enviable opportunity to accompany the Lord Lieutenant on some of his duties throughout their year in office. This provides the cadets with a rather extraordinary insight into county life. The appointment is recognised as one of the highest honours a cadet can achieve.

HM Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk Richard Jewson with the newly appointed Lord Lieutenant's Cadets.
HM Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk Richard Jewson with the newly appointed Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets, Cadet Sergeant Abigail Butcher, Cadet Warrant Officer Daniel Middleton and Leading Cadet Sophie Ralph.

Richard Jewson said: “The Lord-Lieutenant Cadets have accompanied me at various events, such as Royal visits and Remembrance Sunday. These young people do the organisations they represent proud every year. I wish the outgoing cadets every success for their future and congratulate the new Cadets on their appointment.”

 

Three Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAV) received the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate for Meritorious Volunteer Service. The award is intended to recognise the individuals’ exceptional service as Cadet Instructors, their dedication and their unique contributions. They are nominated based on recommendations, which form the citations that they received when presented with their certificates. Excerpts from those citations were included in the event programme. HM Lord Lieutenant presented certificates to Maj Kenneth Pickering, Officer Commanding of Cadet Norfolk Engineer Squadron, Norfolk Army Cadet Force (ACF), to Dean Welch, Norfolk ACF County Shooting Officer, and to Flt Lt Robert Gardner of Norfolk and Suffolk Wing Air Training Corps (ATC).

HM Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk with Cadet Instructors Lt  Welch, Maj Pickering and Flt Lt Gardner
HM Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk with Cadet Instructors Lt Welch, Maj Pickering and Flt Lt Gardner

In addition, CSgt Karl Chambers from 1 Company, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment charmed the audience with an impassioned account of his experience as a reservist.

CSgt Karl Chambers recounts his experience as a Reservist
CSgt Karl Chambers recounts his experience as a Reservist.

 

The awards ceremony was organised by the Norfolk County Forum of East Anglia RFCA. The evening’s proceedings were presided over by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk, Mr. Richard Jewson JP MA DCL.

The Awards are held annually in each county, and each county can nominate reservists, cadets and adult volunteers. To submit nominations for cadets, reservists or adult cadet volunteers, email ea-info@rfca.mod.uk requesting a nomination form. The latter comes with a useful guide to help with determining eligibility and completing the nomination.

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