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Cadet Sunday


Sunday 21st September 2008 was a special day for Derbyshire Army Cadets. Over two hundred of them and nearly fifty Adults paraded in the centre of Derby to commemorate Cadet Sunday. The parade left Derby Market Place at 1430 hours and marched to the Cathedral where the Service was performed by Canon Nicholas


Henshall, Padre David Truby and Padre Peter Swales. During the Service, the readings and some of the prayers were given by The Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet and a number of Mayor’s Cadets. The Sermon, which was both interesting and not too long, was delivered by Padre Swales. After the Service, the parade formed up and, led by the East Midlands


ACF Band, marched back to the Market Place. The salute was taken by Colonel Paulucci in front of the War Memorial where he was joined by the guests. The parade dismissed at 1600 hours in the shadow of the 33 metre high Ferris Wheel which was operating in the market square.


Colours in Derby Cathedral


Colours outside Derby Cathedral


Derbyshire ACF follows the Band


Glossop Detachment Discover Gold on Skye


Between 21st July and 25th July 2008, one Adult and three Cadets from Glossop Det (A Coy) attempted their Gold expedition award around the Isle of Skye. The team consisted of the Det Comd, SI Leanne Urquhart, Cdt Sgt Nathan Garlick, Cdt Cpl Jonathan Lee, Cdt LCpl Daniel Beresford. The following presentation of their adventure was given to a number of guests by the four members of the team at Glossop detachment on the evening of Monday 22nd September 2008. Their presentation is summarised here:


Day 1


Having made our way up to Carbost, the planned start point for the expedition, we set off at 1000 hrs on the first leg of the expedition route to Glenbrittle. The weather was constantly changing during the first day with mist, fog and heavy rain. During the trek we had to pass through Glenbrittle forest where due to the overgrown fauna etc across the path we lost our way temporarily. We finally arrived at Glenbrittle campsite at 1900 hrs. After pitching our tents and eating our main meal for the day we retired early feeling really tired from the experience of the first day and regain some energy for the next day.


Day 2


On day two our plan was to walk from Glenbrittle to Slurgacken, the weather was a big improvement from the previous day which boosted our morale immensely, the walk didn’t seem too hard on the second day, still very hilly, the views were fantastic scenery and loads of waterfalls en route, we arrived at Slurgacken campsite at 1600 hrs, this gave us a bit of time to relax in the


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glorious sunshine while we pitched our tents, cooked our main meal, also checking our equipment for the next day, all tucked up by 2100 hrs for an early start for day three.


Day 3


We were up and breaking camp at 0600 hrs for a nice early start, we were packed and ready to go by 0700 hrs donning our midges nets, the route we had revised on the previous night didn’t look too difficult but we hadn’t considered the amount of midges we encountered during this leg of the expedition, we were unable to stop for a break due to these insects swarming in larger numbers. Our concern over the route we had planned was crossing the water courses at Fording points if the water was too deep and could become dangerous, but the weather being gorgeous this was not a problem, we reached our planned camp site at 1400 hrs (this would be our wild camp for the night) next to a bothy at Camasunary. Once we had set up camp there was plenty of time to relax. At the bothy an elderly man was there, he had been there a few months writing a book. The evening was very hot; we were unable to enter our tents till the sun had gone down.


Day 4


The last day, we were all eager to finish the expedition, we were all up at 0400 hrs, had breakfast, kit packed and on our way before 0500 hrs, the first part of the route was a very steep climb, we had to move around the side of a massive hill, crossing over rivers, it was heavy going and seemed to take forever, once at the peak we had to have a rest. The way off the top of the hill was very steep


so had to watch our footing, we eventually reached a road, onto another path which was cut off by the river being high so we had to contour up and down the hill reaching a place to cross, this part we had to jump over because the path had disappeared, we jogged the final part of the leg and reached the end of the expedition in a town called Luib at 1200 hrs. We were relieved to think we had completed the expedition, we all felt so good at completing the task set, the experience of seeing the beautiful countryside we crossed was well worth the effort, what a wonderful island to explore, we would recommend it to any others who are participating achieving a gold expedition. Special thanks must go out to Lt Col Eyers and Capt Lang for their assistance in completing the task and to Maj Wharmby and Councillor Wharmby who donated £350 towards the expenditure of the expedition and for the assistance from the ACF with our transport arrangements.


The Commandant inspects the team’s kit The Mercian Eagle


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