In the summer of 2014 cadets from Jersey were given the chance to apply, for the first time, a position as Lieutenant Governors Cadet. The position would require cadets to help His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey with Royal Visits, special military parades and other important events. This would be awarded to the six of the Islands best cadets, applications were invited from the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force, Combined Cadet Force and of course the Air Training Corps.
Three cadets from 7 Overseas (Jersey) Squadron made it through to the interview stage. After an anxious few weeks, news came through that all three of the cadets had been successful in their interview and were now officially Lieutenant Governors Cadet’s alongside three other cadets from the CCF.
A special reception was held at Government House and Sgt Nanneke Boxall, Sgt Jean-Luc Heath and Sgt James Van Neste were presented their awards by His Excellency General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO surrounded by their families. Sgt. Van Neste said “it will be a fantastic opportunity to represent my squadron as one of these few Lieutenant Governors Cadet’s”. Sgt. Heath said “it will be a huge honour to help the Lieutenant Governors Cadet in this prestigious position.”
On the 12th of August, band members from the 7 Overseas (Jersey) Sqn Air Training Corps were introduced to the visiting unit 948 Haverfordwest and City of St David’s Squadron. They were privileged enough to be able to train with their Band, where they were taught several of the Band’s drum solos, stick techniques, songs and eventually how to march and play with the entire Band. After several days of training, the Band from the Air Training Corps was invited to join Haverfordwest in performing in the Battle of Flowers Moonlight Parade.
For many 7 Overseas Band members this was the first time they had performed with a band in public, at the end of the experience several band members wanted to share their opinions of the experience. Cadet Chalmers-Hunt, 7 Overseas Band member said ‘For me in particular it was my first time performing in public, let alone with a Band the size of Haverfordwest. On the night of the performance the sound created was incredible and atmosphere was ecstatic, I had a lot of fun and hope the Haverfordwest Squadron come back next year!’.
Corporal Van Neste, said ‘It was nice to meet all the cadets from Wales and to be given an opportunity to play at the Battle of flowers – something we had never done before’. As a result of taking part in this major parade, two members of the band received their Drummers badge. Cadet Ribeiro, one of the members who received their badge, said ‘Each cadet was extremely welcoming and patient when teaching us their routine, which was long and complex. I am very grateful that we had this opportunity, as without this amazing experience I would not have been able to receive my Drummers badge’.