Last night, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Gwynedd, Mrs Victoria Gruffudd Jones, held an awards ceremony in her role as the Queen’s representative for the area.
Over 50 people attended the event at the Caernarfon Army Reserve Centre to celebrate the high achievers from the Reserve and Cadet communities at the event.
Reserves from all services are vital and valued members of the UK’s Defence family. They enhance their everyday civilian lives through exciting adventurous training opportunities, also gaining transferable skills to boost their civilian careers.
The Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit records the Lord-Lieutenant’s gratitude and recognition for outstanding Service and Devotion to Duty. This year there were six certificates awarded to: Lt Colonel Mark Knights (203 (Welsh) Field Hospital); Second Lieutenant Elinor Eames (Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force); Honorary Civilian Instructor Warren Shephard (No 2 WW RAF Air Cadets); Padre Janet Waddington (Holyhead Sea Cadet Corps); Sergeant Instructor Huw Jones (Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force); and Civilian Instructor Simon Dawson (No 2 WW RAF Air Cadets).
The Lord-Lieutenant Cadets for 2019 were appointed to their new role and they received a distinctive badge to mark the occasion. The role includes accompanying the Lord-Lieutenant at official engagements, such as Royal visits and Remembrance services, and representing Cadets throughout the county.
The line-up of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for 2019 in Gwynedd include; Cadet Sergeant Dylan Rowlands, from Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF, and Staff Cadet Warrant Officer William Jones, from No 2 WW RAF Air Cadets.
The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet Certificate and Badge are awarded to members of the Cadet Forces in recognition of those individual Cadet’s performance during the previous year in support of the Lord-Lieutenant. For carrying out the role in 2018, the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate and Badge was presented to Cadet Corporal Rhian Tyne, From Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF. She was also awarded the prestigious ‘Jim Hewitt’ Award, for exceptional performance and achievement.
There are over 4,400 active Cadets at 210 locations across Wales. They are helped by more than 1,200 volunteers, who provide opportunities and inspiration for future generations to gain life changing experiences, skills and qualifications.
The event was organised by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales – an organisation that has supported the Armed Forces for over 100 years. To learn more about opportunities available, visit: www.Wales-RFCA.org or contact @RFCAforWales on Twitter. Follow our new Instagram page! @rfcawales