A 49-year-old Cheltenham man has been honoured for his dedicated work on behalf of the Army Cadet Force.
Colour Sergeant Tim Smiles received a Certificate for Meritorious Service from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter DBE.
The presentation took place during ceremonies at the Officers Mess, Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, Gloucester.
Tim joined Gloucestershire ACF as an adult instructor in 2004 following service in the Territorial Army (now Army Reserve) and a stint as a Warrant Officer in the Air Training Corps.
After a successful period as ACF Platoon Commander at Tewkesbury from 2008 to 2013, he took on the challenge of reviving the Arle Road Platoon in Cheltenham.
“There were eight cadets at the start and already we have managed to increase that to 28,” he said. “It’s been a matter of getting out on the high street with leaflets and really working at it, although perhaps the best recruiters of all are the cadets themselves and the contact they make with friends.
“Young people will respond positively if you keep them active and introduce them to the large variety of activities available in the ACF. This includes raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and more recently for underprivileged children.”
Tim is married to Emma and works as a teaching assistant and house husband –two of their children, 14-year-old Tia and Skie(correct), aged 12, are members of the Arle Platoon.
The Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate for Meritorious Service was also awarded to:
– Flight Lieutenant Richard Jennings, an IT technician from Mitcheldean, whose many years’ service to the Air Training Corps include reviving Bishops Cleeve-based 2328 Squadron to a current strength of 40
– Captain Phillip Mitchell, a Cheltenham tax advisor and long-serving member of Cirencester-based C (Royal Gloucestershire Hussars) Squadron, Royal Wessex Yeomanry.
The ceremonies included the appointment of ten young people as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for the next year, a role which includes attendance at a number of official engagements. They were chosen on their merits within their respective Cadet forces, but also for their dedication and work within the local community. Representatives from Cheltenham are:
– Lydia Badge, aged 16, and 17-year-old Claire Laming, both Cadet Sergeants at Pate’s Grammar School’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
– Jana Bourhill, aged 17, Cadet Sergeant at Cheltenham College CCF.
– Anastasia O’Brien, aged 17, Flight Sergeant, St Edward’s School CCF.