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February 2014


The Frimley & Camberley Cadet Corps is seeking to appoint a new Commandant following the retirement of Colonel Dick Shepherd after 30 years (20 years as Commandant) of dedicated leadership and service to the Corps. This year marks the 110th anniversary of the Corps which is affiliated to the Queen's Regimental Association and is a Registered Charity 305044. The Commandant and instructor staff work together as a dedicated team of volunteers to provide a range of active pursuits for young people from ages 6½ to 18 years. The role of Commandant is vital to the leadership and continued success of the Corps and is open to applicants who have served with HM forces.

Corps activities take place on three evenings per week at Caird Hall in Camberley during school term time. Special events throughout the year include Mother's Day and Remembrance Day parades, RMA Sandhurst Heritage Day, weekend and summer camps, sponsored walks at home and abroad together with the annual Prize Giving at Caird Hall and Christmas Carol Service at St Barabara's Church in Deepcut. The Corps also embarks on a biennial educational visit to the First World War battlefields, memorials and cemetries including the Menin Gate, Ypres in Belgium where the cadets take their part in the Last Post Ceremony.

The Corps was awarded the Freedom of the Borough by Surrey Heath in 2004 and is affiliated with the Royal British Legion assisting with the annual Poppy Appeal. The Corps shares in exercise and training with Wellington College, Berkshire and a London Detachment of the Corps has been formed by the staff of St Aubyn's School in Essex.

Although Col Shepherd has retired, he continues to fulfil the role of Commandant until the appointment of his successor. More information on the role of Commandant together with application arrangements can be obtained by contacting Col Dick Shepherd at commandant@cadetcorps.org.uk.



Sainsbury's in Camberley for donating sports equipment, stationery and kit cleaning items to the Corps.

Wilkinson's for donating £90 as part of their Helping Hands towards new uniforms and maintenance of the hall.

The Corps was founded by Miss Grace Reynolds in the early 1900s and is a Registered Charity offering activities for boys and girls from 6½ to 18 years of age based at Caird Hall - map - near St Paul's Church at the top of Crawley Hill in Camberley. Weekly activities are supplemented by special events including weekend & summer camps, Mothers Day parade, Remembrance Day Parade, annual Prize Giving and Christmas Carol service together with the biennial trip to the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium where the cadets take part in the Last Post Ceremony. The Corps is run by a dedicated group of volunteers and was granted Freedom of the Borough of Surrey Heath in 2004.

The Freedom of the Borough was granted by Surrey Heath Borough Council in 2004 to mark the contribution of the Corps to the young people of the community over 100 years and to open the newly refurbished headquarters at Caird Hall. The Frimley and Camberley Cadet Corps marched through Camberley along the High Street, St George’s Road and along Knoll Road to take the salute from the then Surrey Heath Mayor Cllr Paul Ilnicki and Col David Sime, President of the Corps. Royal Marine Brig Nick Pounds — a former member of the Corps — cut the ribbon to declare the building open. Mr Franklin said he had received greetings and support from other Cadet Corps around the country and was pleased with the display from the Frimley and Camberley Cadets Corps. “They have done themselves very proud today in showing the Borough what the Cadet Corps is about and how we can build young people up.”

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