The Mayor’s Annual Cadet ceremony was held last Wednesday evening at the Army Cadet Drill Hall on Friday Street.
For the first time this year, three exceptional cadets from each of the cadet programmes were chosen to be one of the Mayor’s Cadets. Those chosen were Royal Marine Cadet, Sgt Angus Timblick-Statham, Cpl Angliika Gwiazda and Cpl Alex Clutch from the Air Cadets. Henley Mayor, Councillor Kellie Hinton presented each cadet with a badge to be worn on their uniform during their year of office and a certificate. They will not only represent their units within the town but will also support the Mayor with her formal duties.
All cadets were chosen, following a thorough internal selection and interview process within each cadet group, which took into account their commitment and participation and that each cadet exemplifies the core values of their units.
The Mayor’s Cadets will also bring a closer visible association with local cadets of the various armed forces, a positive public perception, and a role which is considered to be an honour and reward for those cadets selected. The role runs alongside any normal duties and the Mayor’s Cadets will take an active role in supporting the town, with their first role to assist the Mayor in the launch of the Royal British Legions’s Poppy Appeal on 28 October.
Captain Melissa Fearn, said, “This is the first time, within Oxfordshire, that there is now one cadet from each force, which is important for all units to get exposure.”
Henley Mayor Councillor Kellie Hinton said she was “looking forward to learning about the different cadet forces and looking at how to support the various cadet programmes moving forward.”
Mark Timblik-Statham, a father of one of the cadets, said that Angus who started as a Sea Cadet and then transferred to the Royal Marine Cadets, said his son’s “Level of schoolwork has improved, together with his confidence, leadership abilities and managerial skills have all increased and he is now looking to join the police force. We are all very proud of him.”
Cadet Alex Clutch said “It was a long journey to work to a point that I could receive such an award, so I am very grateful for this and very proud of myself. I am also very excited about working with the Mayor and understand that it is a big opportunity that I would otherwise not have been able to experience.”
Sgt Clive Cini the detachment Commander for the Royal Marine Cadets said “We selected Angus because very few cadets get to the rank of Sergeant and he is dependable and taking parts in many of the events and is one of the senior cadets. This award is very well deserved.”
Henley on Thames has a thriving cadet programme, with the Henley Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadets, 447 Squadron RAF Cadets and the Henley Army Cadet Force, providing young people with the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities. While the different cadet programmes primarily focus on various military-themed activities, the cadet activity programmes also promote the importance of broader activities in developing essential life skills such as self-confidence, self-discipline, teamwork, and resilience, while developing crucial skills and making a positive impact in their communities.