Gloucestershire hosted as many as 40 royal visits in the last year, making Dame Janet Trotter DBE one of the busiest Lord-Lieutenants in the region – if not the country.
She needs a full complement of resourceful, smartly turned out Cadets to assist her, so ten young people from the Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and schools’ Combined Cadet Forces have been appointed as Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for 2014.
At a ceremony to honour the cream of the Cadet corps, Dame Janet thanked her ‘class of 2013, saying: ‘”I am most grateful for all the dedication and hard work. You’re a great credit to me and to Her Majesty the Queen, who I represent.”
As well as hosting royal visits, the Lord Lieutenant acts as the Queen’s representative in making a variety of awards, from British Empire Medals to recognition of exceptional voluntary service and industrial and export performance. Citizenship ceremonies are increasingly popular too.
Dame Janet attends Remembrance parades and services as well as awarding the Elizabeth Cross to next of kin of armed forces personnel killed on active service. From next August her diary will be even fuller, with the start of Great War commemoration events.
The ten Cadets received special certificates at a ceremony held in the officers’ mess at Allied Rapid Reaction Corps headquarters in Gloucester where Certificates of Meritorious Service were also presented to long-serving, dedicated members of the Reserves and Cadet forces.
The Cadets, chosen on their merits within the cadet force and also for their dedication and work within the local community, are:
• Leading Cadet Callum McMahon, 17, of Grange Road, Tuffley, Gloucester, a member of Gloucester Sea Cadets and Senior Cadet to the Staff. Callum is an active member of TS Gloucester’s Band, which is regularly requested to perform at county functions.
• Leading Cadet Thea Griffiths, 16, of Knights Way, Newtown, Tewkesbury, a member of Tewkesbury Sea Cadets who took part part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Thea is a keen participant in the Rose Theatre Youth Group.
• Cadet Serjeant Billy Dawson, 17, of Station Road, Andoversford, Cheltenham, a member of A Company, Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force. Billy, who studies at Hartpury College, has achieved his 3-star Level training and is a confident radio operator.
• Cadet Sergeant Kirsty Rosie, 16, of Milton Road, Podsmead, Gloucester, a member of Gloucestershire ACF, who is hoping to qualify for the Cadet Senior Instructor Cadre. Kirsty studies at St Peter’s High School and hopes to work in the travel industry.
• Cadet Flight Sergeant Alice Foxen, 17, of South Woodchester, Stroud, a member of 1329 (Stroud) Squadron, the Air Training Corps. Alice, who plays in the Squadron band and is a keen netball player, wants to be a paramedic.
• Cadet Sergeant Charlotte Jones, 18, of St Stephen’s Road, Cheltenham, a member of 2322 (Dowty) Squadron, the Air Training Corps. Charlotte was awarded a week’s camp in Cyprus for her efforts on the Poppy Appeal; she wants to join the RAF Police.
• Cadet Sergeant Emma Charlesworth, 17, of Marle Hill Road, Cheltenham, a member of Pate’s Grammar School Combined Cadet Force. Emma has completed the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and is a talented goalkeeper with the school hockey team.
• Cadet Sergeant Robert Noble, 16, from Broadway, Worcestershire, a member of Pate’s Grammar School Combined Cadet Force. Robert, winner of the Junior NCO Shield and who is embarking on his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, wants to be a vet.
• Cadet Company Serjeant Major Jon Day, 17, of Hall Lane, Horton, nr Bristol, a member of Wycliffe College Combined Cadet Force. Jon took part in the Ten Tors Challenge and has been white water canoeing in Norway. He wants to join the Army or Royal Marines.
• Cadet Serjeant Kyran Young, 17, of Rosedale Crescent, Stroud, a member of Wycliffe College Combined Cadet Force. Kyran led a team of Cadets on the Ten Tors Challenge and excelled on a cross-country skiing expedition in Norway. He wants to join the RAF.