CCF on Parade for Biennial
On Tuesday 17 March, all members of the CCF were out in force for their Biennial Review by the inspecting officer, the Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL. It was a busy day with cadets spending the morning and afternoon in Epping Forest, where they demonstrated some of the practical skills which they have learnt during their time in the CCF. Resourcefulness, teamwork, observation were all under scrutiny as they progressed around a course of stations organised by senior cadets, such as first aid, command tasks, orienteering and laser tag. Lord Boyce was joined by the Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Ashley Kissin, representatives from the School governing body and the President of the Old Bancroftians' Association, as well as several Old Bancroftians.
Upon returning to School, Senior members of the CCF, drawn from both the Army and RAF sections, formed a Guard of Honour which had been well drilled by the CCF’s SSI Damian Pascal. The Guard of Honour was commanded by CSM (Company Sergeant Major) Max LLewellyn while RSM (Regimental Sergeant Major) Annabel Smith commanded the parade as a whole.
Following the final parade, Lord Boyce awarded annual awards to the cadets. In his address he spoke about the work of the CCF and how impressed he was with the Bancroftian cadets he had met during the day. He also commented on how it was clear that cadets thoroughly enjoyed their time and were ready to take full advantage of all the opportunities the CCF offers them.