Over the weekend cadets from 126 Derby Squadron were up bright and early to take part in the Clean for The Queen campaign at the local Country Park, Elvaston Castle. Cadets walked from the Squadron headquarters to the Park before they even started to pick up the litter.
Clean for The Queen is a campaign to clear up Britain in time for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, which will be officially celebrated in June 2016.
More than 60 cadets and 10 staff took part and even Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, William Tucker, officially started the event.
Wing Commander (Retired) Phil Giles, East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association’s Derbyshire County Chairman, who is also part of the Youth United Derbyshire organising committee, said: “This was a very successful event in Derbyshire with many of the cadets and adult volunteers commenting how much they enjoyed taking part. Clean for The Queen has been organised to encourage groups of people, businesses and individuals to do their bit in cleaning up litter in the area they live, ahead of Her Majesty’s birthday that will be officially celebrated in June this year.”
The Squadron are currently piloting a nutrition course whereby 8 of the cadets will get a qualification from the British Nutrition Foundation. This initiative is being led by Stephanie Marshall.
Steph, with the help of a few of the cadets in the nutrition group, put on a fantastic lunch for the cadets to show off the groups new found appreciation for cooking healthy food. Even the Mayor of Derby came along to visit the cadets and sampled some of the food.
The Mayor of Derby came to see the cadets and thank them, not just for their commitment on the day, but for being outstanding role models for the City of Derby.
A prestigious Lord Lieutenant’s certificate for meritorious service was also presented at Elvaston Castle Country Park to Adult Flight Sergeant Richard Timmins for his service with the ATC over past years. To put it into perspective how prestigious the awards are only 12 have been awarded since the current Lord Lieutenant has been in post. Flight Sergeant Richard Timmins explained: “The award was a complete surprise. There are so many staff who give their time to the organisation so to be recognised in this way is an outstanding achievement.”
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