Taunton Army Cadets form strong bonds with Royal British Legion


A group of Army Cadets from Taunton came together this February to declare their support to the Royal British Legion (RBL).

Cadets from Bishop Fox’s, Bishops Hull and Priorswood Platoons gathered at Bishops Hull Army Reserve Centre on Saturday February 1 for a special ceremony that saw them officially affiliated with the RBL.

The RBL Affiliation ceremony at Bishops Hull Army Reserve Centre

From left: Serjeant Mark Rhodes of Priorswood Platoon ACF, Roger Duddridge RBL Chairman for Somerset and Bristol and Des Wilson Chairman of Taunton branch RBL with their certificates of affiliation.

The date was an important one for many of the Cadets as it marks 7th anniversary of the formation of the British Army’s ‘The Rifles’ which is the regiment to which Somerset Cadets are proudly badged.

This new link between the Cadets and the charity enables the two organisations to work together on fundraising projects and promotes mutual community support.

The Royal British Legion will now support the Cadets in a number of ways. These include new opportunities with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme, educational resources and Army Cadet Force (ACF) fundraising.

In turn the Cadets will assist with official RBL activities such as Poppy Appeal collecting, RBL flag-bearing and general support at Remembrance services and parades.

Those who attended the ceremony included Mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Libby Lisgo, County Colonel The Rifles & President RBL Somerset County & Bristol, Brigadier David Godsal and Colonel Paul Richardson, Commandant The Somerset Cadet Battalion (The Rifles) ACF.

Following an inspection at the beginning of the ceremony the Brigadier addressed the parade explaining the mutual benefits of the newly formed link between the platoons and the RBL.

This was followed by a number of talks that gave the guests insight into Cadet life and a brief history of the three Taunton Platoons.

Finally the certificates of affiliation were signed by The Platoon Commanders and the Taunton Branch Chairman, Mr Des Wilson, who were then presented with official ‘Bonds of Friendship’ certificates.

John Headford, RBL Somerset County & Bristol’s Youth co-ordinator who oversaw arrangements for the day, said “The Platoon Commanders and the Cadets are to be congratulated.  The pen pictures they gave were inspired, and the curry lunch was appreciated by all.”

Before the Mayor departed she was pleased to make a presentation of a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award to Cadet Corporal Danny Elliott.

Danny, who attends Taunton Academy and Priorswood Platoon, said “I didn’t know I was going to be presented by Bronze DofE today, it was great, the Cadets have really helped me.”

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