The Royal Navy section of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at Ellesmere has welcomed a new team member: a cadet field gun. This new addition to the section is part of an initiative to encourage more students to get involved in the CCF.
The gun will be used in activities based on the Royal Navy's Brickwood's Field Gun Competition, in which teams compete to transport a field gun and its equipment over and through a series of obstacles in the shortest time.
The competition is fast and furious - with displays of strength, stamina, and team work - the origin of which is linked to episodes in the Boer War, in particular the epic 119 day siege of Ladysmith, where the gallant defenders were helped enormously by the arrival at the last minute of Captain the Hon Hedworth Lambton of the Naval Brigade with his 280 Blue-jackets, four 12 Pounders and two 4.7 inch guns.
The CCF is part of the enrichment activities at the school that offer a variety of activities to the cadets who wish to join any of the three sections: Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. Officer in Charge, Chris Collins, said "The new field gun is a great addition to the team and it will provide a new experience for our students, especially those in the Royal Navy section. The CCF provides a great environment where students can develop powers of leadership by means of training, to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance".
4th February 2014 Back to News