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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

Former Commandant Colonel Mike Glover, accompanied by his wife Elizabeth was recently welcomed back to the Holcombe Moor Cadet Training Centre by current Commandant, Colonel Paul Irvine and members of the Officers’ and Senior Ranks Messes, their aim being to unveil an oak tree and bench outside “the White House”, a building with which many current and former members of the Reserve and Cadet Forces will be thoroughly conversant, having been put to many uses over the years.

Blessed by unusually fine weather, Colonel Glover made a short addressed, followed by a short test flight of the new bench, before everyone retired to the Mess for a slap-up lunch provided by the Camp staff.

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

At a ceremony held recently at Gorton Monastery in Manchester, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Colonel Warren J. Smith presented awards to cadets and Adult staff of the County. They were:

  • Cadet Colour Sergeant (now Cadet CSM) Emily Hoyle
  • Cadet CSM James Burns
  • Cadet Corporal Jonathan Spencer
  • Colonel Mike Glover (formerly Commandant GMACF)
  • Major Rob MacDonald
  • CSM Dougie Craddock

CSgt Hoyle’s citation recorded her achievements as follows:

“Cadet Colour Sergeant Hoyle has been a member of the Army Cadet Force since the spring

of 2014 … she has represented her Company and County on several military and non-military events, including advanced First Aid, swimming, football and cross country. Her commitment to the ACF is exemplary. Her experience is put to good use on training weekends where she is a member of assisting the adult staff … In 2016, she successfully applied for the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Exchange programme and spent six weeks in Whitehorse. Since returning she has inspired other cadets to apply for the RCAC in 2017”

Cadet CSM Burns joined the ACF in the autumn of 2011. After progressing steadily through the APC syllabus, he successfully completed the prestigious Master Cadet Course in spring 2016 … he has represented his Company and County on several events including Shooting the Cambrian Patrol Competition at Sennybridge in 2016 and the Champion Cadet Competition at CTC Frimley Park. In addition to assisting adult staff on Company training and Annual Camps he is also the Cadet CSM for the Senior Cadet Training Company (Waterloo Company). A pleasant young man whose manner and hardworking ethos are an example to his peers and the junior cadets, he exemplifies all the Values and Standards of the ACF.

Cadet Corporal Jonathan Spencer Cpl Spencer, while serving with the Cheadle Hulme Detachment, has been heavily involved with the annual RBL Poppy Fund. His help has enabled Cheadle Hulme to become RBL Cheshire’s top achieving youth organisation in terms of fundraising –  in 2016 Cheadle Hulme collected £14,000 and in 2015 £18,000. As part of the 2015 collection presentation Cpl Spencer received the top collectors award. His progression through the ACF APC syllabus has not been as he would due largely to his other commitment to sailing – recently he was part of 12-strong crew of a 74-foot which sailed from Plymouth to Roscoff in France. His sailing has provided the opportunity to achieve his Yacht Master Competent Crew qualification and Level 2 Power Boat licence and First Aid on Water qualification.

 

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

On Saturday, 14th January, GMACF launched into a new training year, with a Commandant’s Development Day for the Adult Staff of the County.

Hosted at the Cadet Training Centre at Holcombe Moor, the day kicked off with an introduction by our new Commandant, Colonel Paul Irvine, who briefed the County on his Training Directive.

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As the day developed, there were further presentations on:

  • Child Protection
  • “The Manchester Way” – presented by County 2IC, Lt Col Glynn Potts
  • A briefing on the BTEC education programme
  • A briefing on “Project Libra”, a national project intended to streamline detachment administration

In all, a highly successful day, with a heavy dose of humour, laying down new challenges and opportunities for adults and cadets alike.

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

Greater Manchester Army Force’s Training Centre at Holcombe Moor hosted its final training weekend of the year when Waterloo Company turned up for weekend training. The majority of the company focussed on First Aid Training, whilst a smaller, elite, group began their preparation for 2017’s ACF Cambrian Patrol exercise.

While this was going on, the County also held its annual Carol Service at the Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist in Salford, presided over by the County’s Chaplaincy Team of Father Gerard Fieldhouse-Byrne, and the Reverends Paul Sumsion and Hugh Bearn.

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

 

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

Remembrance Day 2016 has just passed. Across Greater Manchester, Cadets from GMACF were out and about in their communities, not just in parades alongside public services, the Reserve Forces and other youth training groups, but also in the days leading up that weekend, helping to raise money for the Royal British Legion, by assisting the volunteer poppy sellers – and our thanks go out to those store managers who took in the Cadets, and even, in some cases, opened up their staff canteens so that the Cadets and their instructors could refresh themselves during the day.

Remembrance was also observed at County HQ at Holcombe Moor where the County was pleased to play host to representatives from the French community of Valenciennes, which was the site of a Canadian Casualty Clearing Station in the last days of the Great War, and where over 800 Commonwealth dead are buried – over 500 German dead are also buried close by.

Valenciennes has, over many years, hosted a party of GMACF Cadets on Battlefield Tour at this time of year, but sadly, this year, the security situation in France ruled this out – and hence the welcome extended to Patrice Bisiaux and his comrades who came to share our Remembrance Service. In a joint statement with the Commandant, he described how his party “wanted to be together in this yearly Act of Remembrance – as our forebears were present together in the battles which were fought 94 years ago and led to the shared victory” and he went on to pledge “never to stop the ongoing remembrance of the blood shed for France by the British Army”.

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

A platoon of Cadets from the Gibraltar Army Cadet Force is conducting training at  Holcombe Moor Cadet Training Centre, home to GMACF. Led by Major Dominic Collado and ably assisted by his CSM, WO2 David Porro (by now as much a veteran of Holcombe Moor as the rest of us), the Cadets have a full and varied training schedule, aimed at extracting the best value from this unique experience.

The week-long exercise, dubbed Exercise JEBEL TILMIDH ESKRY involves a range of activities intended both to develop the Cadets in their ACF careers and to give them a taste of Manchester, so there’s:

  • Map Reading and navigation – in terrain that’s entirely different to their normal experience of Gibraltar
  • Fieldcraft and Section Battle Drills
  • The Obstacle Course
  • The platoon’s main Field Training Exercise, bringing together the skills learned or revised earlier in the week
  • … and visits, including the Imperial War Museum (North) and (inevitably) the Trafford Centre for some shopping and eating

In response, to the inevitable question, “Why would you want to exchange the warmth of Gibraltar for the late Autumn mud of Holcombe Moor?”, one of the adult staff responded without a second’s thought “Because it’s a different kind of challenge – the Cadets love it because it’s green”.

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

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By Major Peter Hilton, HQ Company, GMACF

Additional Pictures by SMI Dougie Craddock, 1 (Minden) Company and SMI Chris Townson, 5 (Anzio) Company

As a training venue, the Cadet Training Centre at Holcombe Moor has come a long way in the last few years. At the start of the twenty-first century, despite its ideal location in the hills above Bury, the Camp itself was looking decidedly frayed around the edges with a collection of older buildings, erected at various stages in the Camp’s history ranging from wooden accommodation blocks for Other Ranks, through “The Bungalow”, which was officers’ accommodation and looked like it had been imported from some film-set from Agatha Christie’s era, to a new-build training wing. All that changed in 2005, when most of the site was flattened and the shiny new buildings put up which are now home to Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force. This formally opened in 2011 and investment has continued since with a new Indoor Range and an IT Suite being added.

A key feature of the Cadet Training Centre is the surrounding training area, which includes live-firing ranges, a shot gun range, an Obstacle Course and great expanses of dry training area (though “dry” is not always an appropriate description for this area), in which to prove – or disprove – navigation skills.

With all these facilities, the Camp is almost in continual use, not only at weekends when Cadets are its usual tenants, but also during the week. And it’s used by Regulars, Reservists, Cadets, emergency services and school groups for a wide variety of training and educational purposes too numerous to describe here.

May has been a typical month for the Centre and has witnessed different types of training in a single week-long period:

  • The County Shooting Team used the ranges for their preparation for the North-West Cadet Target Rifle Competition which will be held at Altcar at the end of May, though the Brigade Competition is not the team’s ultimate goal; instead, they hope to qualify for the Nationals to be held at Bisley later in the year and have been hard at work since January, braving all kinds of weather. They also conducted a Fun Shoot on the shot gun range
  • The rifle range was shared with the Shooting Team from 4 LANCS who were conducting final preparations for their own inter-unit competition
  • Meanwhile, 1 (Minden) Company was conducting expedition training for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award. They had moved into the tented accommodation area and spent the weekend navigating the hills around the Training Centre
  • And, as these activities were taking place, County HQ was conducting an Induction weekend for prospective new Adult Volunteers
  • Finally, as all the above activities began to draw down on Sunday, instructors from Frimley Park, the ACF’s national training centre, began to move in, to conduct a week’s Small Arms Skills course for Adult Volunteers drawn from ACF counties across the UK.

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 881270.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on You Tube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

 

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