Army Cadet detachment reformed in record time

Potential members of the new Army Cadet Force detachment in Lyme Regis met for a briefing with adult helpers and Dorset ACF personnel

A NEW Army Cadet Force detachment has been reformed in Lyme Regis – in record time.

Parents of pupils at the Woodroffe School were shocked to learn in July that the Combined Cadet Force, embracing the three main Armed Services, was being disbanded due mainly to the lack of adult helpers.

A ‘Save Our CCF’ campaign was launched by pupils and parents but efforts to get the school to change its mind proved fruitless.

Since then a group of parents and others, led by town councillor Cheryl Reynolds, have been working with the Dorset Army Cadet Force to form a local detachment.

And before Christmas potential members and adult helpers gathered at the Woodmead Halls for a briefing and they meet for the first time at their new headquarters, the Charmouth Tunnel, on Monday evening.

Around 25/30 youngsters have shown an interest in registering. Five potential instructors are currently under training, including Daniel Buckley, formerly of the Royal Engineers, parents Ellen Austin and Liane Costin, and Kelsey Ellis and Julian Dixon.

Cllr Reynolds will act as the detachment civilian assistant, looking after administration. RSM Owen Wells from the Dorset ACF will command the unit.

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