A Taunton woman has celebrated 25 years’ service with the Army Cadet Force by receiving the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset’s Certificate for Meritorious Service.
Ann’s ACF involvement began when she spotted a newspaper advertisement asking for volunteer help in the Battalion Headquarters Office, Taunton. “I enjoyed it and have been there ever since,” she says.
Over the years, Ann gradually increased her involvement until she was appointed permanent administrative officer and also took on a uniformed role as Staff Sergeant Instructor, helping in particular with organisation of the cadets’ involvement in the famous Nijmegen long distance march in the Netherlands.
The Wells ceremonies included the appointment of 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. Representing the Taunton area are:
- Joshua Stickland, aged 17, of the Combined Cadet Force, King’s College, Taunton,
- Anthony James, also 17, of Wellington School CCF.