Somerset’s elite cadets prepare to serve the Lord-Lieutenant


Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Annie Maw, has selected a new group of cadets to assist her on royal visits and other ceremonial duties over the next 12 months.

The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets are carefully chosen for their commitment and outstanding service, not just to their respective cadet organisations but also to their local communities.

It will be an unforgettable year for the cadets, drawn each year from the Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force, RAF Air Cadets and Combined Cadet Forces of schools across the county.

The Lord-Lieutenant is the Queen’s representative in the county and is responsible for arranging visits to Bristol by members of the royal family and escorting royal visitors.

As well as liaising with local units of the Regular and Reserve Forces and their associated cadet forces, Mrs Maw chairs the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace and participates in civic and voluntary activities.

The three cadets, who attended an investiture ceremony at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, are:

Cadet Colour Sergeant Beatrice Renyard, of Wellington School CCF, who completed her Instructors course in 2018.  She is a member of the Corps of Drums, and outside of CCF sings with the Chapel Choir and in a girls quartet. Bea plays netball for the South West and has completed the Ten Tors 35 and 45-mile routes as well as a winter mountaineering exercise. She is considering an engineering career in the Army.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Jack Roberts, of 2494 (Portishead) Squadron, Air Training Corps, at the age of 13. He now teaches younger cadets and has regularly represented both his Squadron and Wing at national aircraft recognition competitions. Jack has completed the Nijmegen road march and attended camps at RAF stations. He is a keen musician and plays at a national level with the Air Cadets.

Flight Sergeant Sophie Bond, of 41F (Taunton) Squadron, Air Training Corps. She was named South West Sports Cadet of the Year 2019 after representing the ATC at hockey at national level and also excelling at athletics, netball and cross-country. She gained her Master Cadet qualification in 2017 and was promoted to Flight Sergeant last year. Sophie was a very proud flag bearer for the ATC and RAF at the official opening of the Lord Trenchard Way in Taunton last summer. 

Bugle Major Victoria (Tori) Irons, of Uphill Platoon and the ‘Silver Bugles’ of Somerset Army Cadet Force. As a keen musician and sports woman, excelling at cross-country, football, athletics and hockey, she has gained both regional and national Colours. Tori, who has also completed her Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards, studies at Churchill Academy, hoping to be an Army veterinary technician.

Leading Cadet Sam Williams, of Bridgwater Sea Cadets. He scored highly on his promotion board and was recommended for the National Drill Instructors course. Sam has also twice represented the South West Area in the National Paddle regatta and as a qualified coach, instructs other cadets in the sport. He performed superbly as the Bridgwater Mayor’s Cadet and is studying at Bridgwater &Taunton College with a view to a career in the armed forces or public services.

Cadet Serjeant Reece Hollingsworth, of Minehead Platoon, Somerset ACF. He particularly excels rugby and has played at national level for the ACF while also being ranked second nationally in the shotput. As a role model for younger cadets, Reece runs additional training sessions in fieldcraft, navigation, drill and military knowledge. Currently studying at West Somerset College, he hopes to have a career in the Army.

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