Army Cadets and their instructors have enjoyed a Christmas dinner and presentations evening held recently at Holsworthy Golf Club.

The detachment was joined by guests including the Mayor of Holsworthy Cllr Helen Parker, serving and former members of the armed forces, representatives from Holsworthy RBL and former senior cadets.

Cllr Parker presented the Holsworthy Town Council sponsored “Best NCO” Shield to Cadet Serjeant Lydia Girdler (age 17).

Cadet Paige Chidley (13) received the “Best Cadet” trophy from Detachment Commander Lt Jim Harvey.

Cadet Corporal Caitlin Braund (17) received her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award from Detachment Second in Command Staff Serjeant Instructor Summer Ashbury herself a former cadet at Holsworthy.

Former Detachment Commander Lt Charlotte Hicks, a top table guest, presented Cadet Serjeant Major Alisha Squirrell (18) with the “Outstanding Achievement” trophy.

There were also four promotions to lance Corporal made to Cadets Aaron Squirrell, Myles Barragan, William Girdler, and Tisha Bloor. The recipients will now begin leadership training at detachment.

Lt Harvey added: “The detachment has had a great year thanks to the determination and commitment shown by all our members.

“We started 2022 with 18 cadets and are now parading 33. I would like to thank the cadets for their continued enthusiasm. “

Holsworthy ACF is open to young people from 12 years of age and will be open to new recruits from March 2023. To put a child on the waiting list go to Devon ACF and follow the “join as a cadet” links.

To see more photographs of the cadets search Holsworthy ACF on Instagram.