By 2018 Nathaniel Hone
This lunch, whose Patrons are Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenants, of Herefordshire, the Dowager Countess of Darnley, and of Worcestershire, Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Holcroft, was to raise funds to support the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Army Cadet Force Charitable Trust.
The Trust was formed in 2005 to raise funds to enable cadets to experience expeditions at home or abroad that are not covered by MOD budgets.
The Army Cadet Force is a youth organisation sponsored by the MOD and is open to all girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 19 years. The combined Hereford and Worcester force has some 500 girls and boys. They hold parades at 23 different locations around the two counties. It is not a recruitment arm of the Army or TA. For more information click here.
Before lunch, we were shown various displays. A military cadet band gave a most impressive performance of drums with trumpet and xylophones, delivered flawlessly. An excellent lunch was followed by a presentation, first by the chairman of the Trust on their activities and then by a cadet who has spent ten days on a tall sailing ship in the Channel before ending up passing through Tower Bridge into the Pool of London Dock. Her enthusiasm was palpable and all will benefit from her experience in the future.