2 February 2017
In the 20th year as the Queen’s representative for the area, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Powys The Hon. Dame Shân Legge-Bourke DCVO held her annual awards ceremony on Sunday. The achievements of the group were recognised by nearly 100 people, including MP for Brecon and Radnorshire Chris Davies, who attended the event at Cwrt-y-Gollen in Crickhowell.
The Hon. Dame Shân Legge-Bourke DCVO said: “This particular occasion is always very special for the Cadets of Powys. I’m delighted to see so many rather senior figures of Powys here to recognise the work being done in local communities, which makes such a difference to many people.
“To the parents of Cadets, thank you for your support to your children. I know it’s hugely appreciated, not only by them but by me as well. I hope the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets I’m about to take on enjoy the year, they deserve it.”
Brecon teenagers Cadet Sergeant Erin Bishop, who attends Brecon High School, and Cadet Bombardier Toby Millington, a pupil at Gwernyfed High School, were appointed to the role of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for 2017. The 15-year-old duo are members of Gwent and Powys Army Cadet Force (ACF) and received a distinctive sash with a badge of their appointment. They will spend one year in the role and accompany the Lord-Lieutenant at official engagements such as Remembrance events, Royal visits and parades.
Cdt Sgt Erin Bishop attends Brecon Detachment. She is a highly valued, competent and conscientious SNCO – always exceptionally smart and a fine example to the more junior cadets whom she instructs and mentors. Cadet Sergeant Bishop has been a member of Gwent and Powys Army Cadet Force for over three years. She said, "It's such an honour to have been appointed as Lord Lieutenant's Cadet. The past year has been great!" During her cadet career she has consistently achieved high standards in her progress through the APC syllabus, and has reached her 3 Star APC qualification quickly and efficiently. A regular attender at all company and county events, she has represented the county in both the Cadet Cambrian Patrol Competition, and the 160th Brigade Cadet Skill at Arms Match, and recently attended the cadet movements first “STEM” – science, technology engineering, and maths camp at Rollestone Camp on Salisbury Plain.
Cadet Bombardier Millington, a cadet in Builth Wells Detachment, said, "It's a really proud day for me and my family.". Highly motivated, and physically fit, He is a likeable individual who is not only a key player in his detachment but is also a committed member of the Cadet Cambrian Patrol Competition team, and a clear contender for a leadership role in 2017. His big passion outside of the ACF is rugby, both watching and taking part: he now plays for Brecon RFC but has also previously played in the ACF. He stands head and shoulders above his peers always taking up the opportunity to lead and instruct. He was recently commended on the way he represented the County at the Royal Artillery Competition at RSA Larkhill. Outside of the cadet force, he is a capable mathematician – recently attending and Advanced Maths Course at the University of S Wales, and taking part in the Aberystwyth University Maths Challenge.
They will follow in the footsteps of Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Aaron McHugh from Llanfylin and Cadet Sergeant Ashley Pearce from Crickhowell, who were presented with the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate and a Badge for being the 2016 representatives. Their advice to the oncoming Lord Lieutenants Cadets is, "Don't fall over, and make sure you resole your shoes!"
To find out more about becoming a Cadet, why not get in touch with your nearest detachment? https://armycadets.com/become-a-cadet/