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Wiltshire Army Cadets honour Lavington School head
Wiltshire Army Cadets made a special presentation to Sarah Lowkis, at the official opening of the county’s newest detachment.
More than 40 cadets, many of them pupils, use the school’s facilities for their Wednesday night training since the detachment was established last autumn.
Major General Sir John McCall KCB CBE DSO, Honorary Colonel of Wiltshire ACF, first congratulated the cadets on “a remarkable set of Army proficiency results” before acknowledging the support of ACF adult volunteers, parents and the local community, especially the school.
He said: “I’d like to thank the head teacher, Mrs Sarah Lowkis, and all the staff, who could not have been more helpful and generous.”
Mrs Lowkis said afterwards: “I have been surprised at how quickly it’s taken off and how well our students have engaged with it – that’s been the most striking thing.
“The Wiltshire Army Cadets team has been brilliant. All we’ve done really is to open up the school. I’m so proud of them all for what they have achieved in just a few months.”
The Wiltshire ACF band provided a musical backdrop as Major General McCall inspected the cadets on parade along with Councillor Andy Geddes, deputy major of Devizes Town Council, and Lieutenant Colonel Tony Neyland, commanding officer of 47 Regiment, Royal Artillery.
On parade nights, the cadets have use of the main hall and classrooms for instruction, including several with smart TV presentation boards.
Under Staff Sergeant Instructor Shawn Scott, they receive instruction from as many as five adult volunteers across the full Army Cadets syllabus – fieldcraft, first aid, shooting, drill, skill-at-arms, ‘cadet and the community’ and physical education.