For the third consecutive year, All Saints’ Academy took part in the annual CCF competition at Dean Close School. However, this year it was more poignant as it would be the last time All Saints’ came under the Dean Close banner. From September All Saints’ Academy, led by Pilot Officer E Wellington, will be parading at their own school as a brand new RAF contingent.
The competition was hard fought as usual with all teams showing a competitive spirit and willing to join in with all the tasks required.
At the end of the day the awards were handed out. The All Saints’ Academy contingent gained their first ever silverware coming runner up in the Drill competition. Praise went to the whole group of cadets for their excellent team work with special mention going to L.Cpl Alex Regan who only joined the group this term, Cpl Shannon Large for her previous experience and all the senior NCO’s for their leadership skills.
At the end of the presentations an official hand over took place in the form of a flag Parade. This was a very moving ceremony where the senior cadets from Dean Close handed over the Standard and the Union flag to All Saints’ senior cadets Cpl Megan Roberts and Cpl Carmella Ratcliffe-Smith, led by Sgt Poppy Slack.
Pilot Officer Wellington said “It has been an incredible learning experience working with the staff and cadets at Dean Close. It is due to their on-going help that I feel confident that I can lead All Saints’ to the next stage. I would like to particularly thank Major Dom Evans, Mr Stuart Robbie and WO2 Brian Lloyd for their support over the last 2 years. I am exceptional proud of my cadets and hope that we can continue to grow in experience and numbers.”