James Saunders Watson – HM Lord-Lieutenant
I’m Cadet Warrant Officer James May of 5F Northampton Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets. I’ve been in the Air cadets almost six years now and I’ve been able to achieve many things thanks to the organisation including at the start of this year the completion of the aerospace instructors course.
I would like to express how grateful I am to be reappointed as Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the upcoming year. This time last year we were all looking forward to upcoming events and I was fortunate enough to attend a small number of events with the previous Lord Lieutenant Mr David Liang prior to the Lockdown.
During this down period myself and the rest of the cadets at 5F Northampton Squadron have been getting to grips with the technology that allows us to carry out Virtual Parade nights, although as you can imagine it isn’t always straight forward.
Whilst the near future of events remains unclear I look forward to representing the organisation and the county of Northamptonshire as well as working and sharing experiences with my colleagues from other cadet services who I’m sure I can learn a great deal from.
Cadet Warrant Officer James May
My name is Philippa Tubridy I am a Cpl in Wellingborough detachment in Leicestershire Northamptonshire and Rutland army cadet force I have always tried my best to achieve the highest standards in camps and detachment as I want to be in the army as a combat medic cadets helps me understand things I would not of got the experience of I love a completion and new challenges that face me .
I am 15 years old and I go to bishop Stopford School. I am currently in year 11 and looking to go to college in September. I am a massive fan of sports and here are some of the sports I currently take part in football, hockey, rounder,and rugby.
I have represented the army cadet force in regional and national level in football, running swimming and navigation. Furthermore I am working towards my 3 star army proficiency certificate this is in tales a syllabus of subjects that get more difficult as you go up the star level as you learn more skills my favourite topics are pt, navigation and first aid I have done first aid since the early age of 5 from scouting all the way through to explorers and cadets I have done scouting for almost 10 years and working on my army proficiency award it takes at a minimum of 18 months completion for three star and I have been 3 star for 10 months now it’s been a long ten months out side of cadets I am a trained referee in football however to get me to have the confidence to do this I have also become a sports leader you probably are asking yourselves what is a sports leader? So I plan sports lessons and I go to event like school games this is leading in other sports.
I have qualifications such as duke of Edinburgh bronze and silver for my sliver I am doing football and cycling for my physical skill I am doing idea this is another qualification which I have done bronze and silver also first aid St Johns I helped out at a local bingo to set chairs and tables for the elderly and put the chairs and tables away I also help out as a young leader I help out with beavers on a Monday this is a group ages 5-8 this makes it a little challenging when you have little kids running around. As I come to the end of my talk I just want to say how honoured I am to represent D company as Northamptonshire lord lieutenant cadet I am so
thankful that I have got to this position thankyou to my Officer Commanding Major Walding and my detachment staff Britain also another thankyou to my mum and my stepdad for getting me here and believing in me.
Cadet Cpl Tubridy
My name is cadet sergeant Jessica Davies and I have been a member of Northampton Sea Cadets for 6 years, three of these years I have spend in the Royal Marine Cadet detachment. At the time of the investiture, I was a cadet corporal. As of the current date, I am now a Sergeant, the first female in Northampton unit’s history. My time in cadets has been nothing short of extraordinary, and I am excited to see what may happen in my final year. This will be my second year as the Lord-Lieutenants cadet as I was re-appointed due to the national restrictions set in place last year, making it difficult to carry out duties. My cadet experience has been far from anything I expected when I walked through the doors age 10. From the summertime, going out on powerboats whilst the sun is beginning to set, to attending area level camps and national competitions. Cadets has enabled me to make friends through the whole of the country, who I keep in contact with to this day. Being part of cadets is like having an extended family.
I was a sea cadet for 1 year when I realised, I wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone and join the Royal Marine Cadet Detachment. It has been the best decision I have ever made. I have questions at school, ‘that looks amazing what you did this week!’ ‘how can my siblings join?’ One of my proudest moments is where myself and others stood and guarded the tomb of the unknown warrior, situated in Westminster Abbey. All these activities and successes I have experienced, could not have been possible without the support from all of the staff members.
I am now at the age where I am starting the application process for university and the qualifications I have gained on my cadet experience allows me to stand out. Not only do I have recognised qualifications outside of the education system, but cadets have allowed me to build on my personal values. The youth organisation has taught me self-discipline, courage, determination, and to pursue cheerfulness when situations become hard – these values are all part of the commando ethos.
To be told that I had been selected to be one of the Lord-lieutenant cadets made my family and I feel proud, and I look forward to representing my unit, in my upcoming duties.
Cadet Sergeant Davies