Successful Review for the CCF

<p style=”text-align: justify;”> <img alt=”” height=”194″ src=”images/ccf_review_web1.jpg” width=”271″ /><img alt=”” height=”194″ src=”images/ccf_review_web3.jpg” width=”272″ /></p> <p style=”text-align: justify;”> Boots were polished and uniforms were pressed with the sharpest of creases for the Biennial Review of Bancroft’s School’s Combined Cadet Force which took place on Tuesday 19 March.  This year the Reviewing Officer was an Old Bancroftian, Brigadier David Greenwood (1970-77), who had himself been a keen member of the CCF during his time at the School.  Firstly, the Brigadier inspected the Guard of Honour which had been vigourously drilled by Cadet RSM Fred Thomas-Bowman.  The formal inspection, together with the march past by all cadets at the end of the day, was accompanied by the School’s concert band conducted by Musical Director Roger Bluff. </p> <p style=”text-align: justify;”> Brigadier Greenwood spent time talking to pupils about their experiences of the CCF before joining with the Mayor of Redbridge, School Governors and parents in visiting various stands which gave a flavour of the various activities enjoyed by the our 220 cadets.  These included (very muddy) sniper drill, weapons handling and command tasks.  A vertigo inducing climbing wall proved a particular favourite with the L4 cadets.   Brigadier Greenwood spoke about how impressed he was at everything the School’s contingent continues to achieve.  He was also amused at having to present Fred Thomas-Bowman with The Greenwood Cup for Leadership which he himself had given to the School in 1977.</p> <p style=”text-align: justify;”> Warrant Officer Damian Pascal said, “I was very proud of the Guard of Honour, they had been rehearsing hard and they put on a fantastic display.”  While Major Rob Hitching thanked the members of the School’s U6 who had put in a great deal of effort in co-ordinating the various displays and stands.</p> <p style=”text-align: justify;”> <img alt=”” height=”171″ src=”images/ccf_review_web4.jpg” width=”253″ /><img alt=”” height=”170″ src=”images/ccf_review_web2.jpg” width=”254″ /></p> <p style=”text-align: justify;”>  </p>

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