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Invitation to Forres Drill Hall to see how Army Cadets can help young people get a head start in life


By Garry McCartney

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The Forres Cadet headquarters have been refurbished.
The Forres Cadet headquarters have been refurbished.

YOUNG people and their families are being invited to find out about an organisation that is offering a head start in life.

The cadets from 1st Battalion the Highlanders are holding an open evening at Forres Drill Hall, High Street on Tuesday May 10 at 7pm for anyone who would like to know more about one of the UK’s biggest and oldest voluntary youth organisations, which offers fun, friendship, action and adventure to people aged between 12-18 as well as adult volunteers.

Battalion instructor Graeme Wells (29) said: "The Army Cadets were started to help young people develop independence, confidence and the ability to step up to any challenge.

"We would like to give people who have never heard of us, or others who are maybe not sure about what we do, to find out!”

At a company training weekend at Fort George.
At a company training weekend at Fort George.

The open evening will give local people: a chance to discover what cadets and adult volunteers do; to have a go at a range of cadet activities; and to find out how the organisation is helping young people, parents and the local community.

The detachment will be running various stands throughout the evening, providing an insight of what the cadets do on weekly training nights, from learning fieldcraft skills to first aid.

There will also be a short talk about the extra activities on offer on top of the cadet syllabus, such as adventurous training, music and nationally recognised qualifications, as well as overseas trips and competitions.

Sergeant Major Wells said: "Unlike other detachments, Forres did not reopen right away when Covid restrictions eased due to the hall being closed for refurbishment.

"This has had an impact on local people wishing to join as the closest unit was in Elgin or Nairn.

"It's nice to open our doors again to allow the public to see what the Army Cadets do as well as the new look drill hall."

Forres Detachment currently numbers 10 cadets and four adults who meet every Tuesday evening at the drill hall from 7-9.15pm.

For more information email pro1hldrsacf@armymail.mod.uk or visit armycadets.com



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