Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Sarah Troughton StJ, has chosen a new group of outstanding uniformed 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 six cadets, drawn 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, she chairs the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace and participates in civic and voluntary activities.
The six cadets, who attended an investiture ceremony at Cumberwell Park, near Bradford-on-Avon, are:
Cadet Colour Sergeant Shyan Barber-McLean, the senior female cadet at Tidworth Detachment, Wiltshire Army Cadets. Shyan has moved between ACF counties and detachments several times as a result of her father’s military postings, taking it all in her stride. She was a member of the Gold Certificate-winning 2019 Cambrian Patrol team and recently completed the 4-star syllabus.
Cadet Sergeant Ashley Nuccio, of Old Sarum Detachment, Wiltshire Army Cadets. Ashley balances her ACF commitments with volunteering, part-time work and A Level studies. She has completed the 3 Star Cadet Syllabus and is working towards 4-Star. Ashley represented Wiltshire ACF in the arduous RIFLES Cup last year and in the successful Cambrian Patrol team and has aspirations to be an Army officer.
Cadet Sergeant Alex Indge, of 1304 (Chippenham) Squadron, Air Training Corps, where her attitude and leadership skills have led to her rapid promotion. Alex has won a Wing Blue for netball and helped her Squadron to win the overall Wing Sports shield three years in a row. She has gained her Senior level classification syllabus and is about to achieve Master level.
Cadet Sergeant Molly Ashby, of 878 (Highworth) Squadron, Air Training Corps. Molly has reached Master Cadet classification and earned a BTEC in Aviation Studies. She has a keen interest in radio and cyber communications, and holds the St John Ambulance Youth First Aid Award. She is studying to be a nurse and has set her sights on a career in the RAF Medical branch.
Leading Cadet Charlotte Macdonald, of Salisbury Sea Cadets. Having joined the unit aged 10, she achieved all she could as a Junior Sea Cadet. On moving across to the main Unit, Charlotte trained two extra nights a week to make the boat handling team and is currently the SCC national rowing champion coxswain, as well as her unit’s ceremonial cadet parade commander. She also has many sailing qualifications to her name
Able Cadet Tobin Hewitt, who joined of Chippenham Sea Cadets as a Junior, aged 10, and has been a key member ever since. He has worked hard to achieve both promotions and qualifications including Intermediate First Aid, British Canoeing Union 1-star syllabus, RYA Level 2 and elements of adventure training. He has achieved the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and is aiming for Gold.