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Currently the largest all-female, state girls’ Cadet Contingent in the country, now with both an Army and a Naval section, we continue to grow in numbers each year.
2008 - Saw 6 Cadets and 1 member of staff, walk across the road and join boys from Skinners school for training - and the seed of an idea was planted. Those early days and adventures drove the desire to form our own contingent
2012 - 33 girls and 3 members of staff form up on the ‘parade ground’ (tennis courts!) at TWGGS under the leadership of Captain Aimee Reynolds –
2018 - 167 cadets and 23 staff (both commissioned and civilian instructors) form up on a Monday evening after school - an Army and newly formed Royal Navy section on parade - winners of the annual Military Skills competition, winners of the annual camp ‘Gun run’ competition, winners of a prestigious ‘Gold’ medal at the annual Cambrian Patrol competition and winners of the best CCF team at the same event
2019 – Squeezed in amongst the contingents range of activities cadets are now actively encouraged to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, this year will see a large number using their Cadet skills working towards achieving their ‘Bronze’ award. Gold and National Champions of the Cambrian Patrol for 2nd year running.
RSM Preston and CQMS Gardiner become Lord Lieutenant Cadets of the Year
Our First Aid team win the Brigade competition and come 3rd in the National competition at Swynnerton Camp near Stoke
In the relatively short time we have been operating independently, our girls have travelled to South Africa, Kenya, Canada, Iceland, Bavaria, the Amazon and the Himalayas. They have debated in the House of Lords, visited 10 Downing Street, met many different politicians at various events, attended military dinners, sailing school (including powerboats gaining RYA sailing qualifications), passed various courses in Adventurous Training and Leadership, successfully competed in a range of competitions and parachuted out of planes.
Activities in 2018 included visiting the “Ice Maidens” (unsupported all female expedition across the Antarctica) at the National Army Museum, an outdoor “Survival” camp, a visit to the battlefields of the Somme and lots of camps for those interested in first aid, shooting, engineering etc.
In the local community we participated in the town’s Remembrance Day parade and poppy collection. We remembered Walter Tull a professional footballer and the first British officer of Afro-Caribbean descent, who gave his life in the battlefields of Northern France in the first world war by holding a memorial football match with the local Air Cadets.
Of course we have got soaked in deluges of rain, frozen in the snow, lost ourselves using maps up-side down, ran until our lungs burst, shouted until we were hoarse, felt we could no longer go-on- but dug deep, pushed ourselves, supported our team-mates and ‘achieved the impossible’.
Contingent Commander Major Aimee Reynolds
Head of Army Section Captain Ian Patterson
Head of Royal Navy section Lieutenant Keith Fuller