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Army visit to Matravers School

This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 at 10:50 am.

MEMBERS of Matravers School Combined Cadet Force (CCF) have had an exciting start to the academic year.

The cadet force welcomed Lt Col Gavin Rundle, the regiment’s colonel, who arrived in style on the Wildcat helicopter.  He was greeted by the contingent commander Captain Edward Fairnington, along with his project officer Major Mark Aslett.

He was guided to the contingent, who formed up ready on parade for inspection by the colonel. During this inspection the colonel presented their beret badges and asked the cadets about their experiences.

The cadets then provided demonstrations of the activities they have undertaken during their time with the contingent. The colonel received a recovery position and CPR demonstration and explanation, followed by a visit to the school copse where a bushcraft activity displayed fire lighting methods and survival shelters. The colonel then received instruction from one of the cadets during the final display of archery alongside his regimental sergeant major.

With the demonstrations completed, Colonel Rundle then invited the contingent to explore the Wildcat helicopter. The cadets were enthralled and received a talk from the pilots, aircrew and ground crew, which provided a diverse insight into the role of the army air corps.

Concluding the formalities, Matravers CCF were presented an eagle trophy to reward the most improved cadet of the year. Colonel Rundle provided a closing address, inviting the contingent to visit the headquarters at RNAS Yeovilton, providing access to the regiment’s operations. The cadets say, “We cannot wait to visit and we thank the 1 Regiment Army Air Corps for all the support they have shown the contingent.”

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