Two teenagers from Powys have been appointed as the Lord-Lieutenant Cadets for 2021 at a virtual awards ceremony.

Cadet Sergeant Lucy Vermeire from Crickhowell and Cadet Flight Sergeant Cerys Ball from Rhayader (pictured below) were presented with the badge of their appointment, which will last for one year, by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Powys, Mrs Tia Jones.

The two were selected for the prestigious Lord-Lieutenant’s cadet role after being put forward for nomination by cadet group leaders and the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Wales.

The role includes attendance with Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Powys, Mrs Tia Jones, who acts as the Queen’s representative, at a number of official engagements, including Remembrance events, Royal visits and parades.

Mrs Tia Jones said, “So much has had to change because of this pandemic but it is testimony to man’s ingenuity that the awards can be given tonight despite not having been allowed to hold a physical event.

“Tonight, presents that opportunity to reward a few who have found the time to give something back to society and serve their community. Equally, the occasion demonstrates to us the very best dedication and commitment by those who serve in our Reserve Forces and Cadet Force family.”

Lucy of Gwent and Powys Army Cadet Force, who is studying at Crickhowell High School and working towards her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, aspires to work in an outdoor activity centre.

During the pandemic she delivered an excellent training video to other cadets based on a walk outdoors which covered navigation skills, cooking and basic camp craft. Outside of cadets, Lucy is a keen motorcyclist.

Cerys of No 2 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets, who is studying at Llanidloes High School, has been a member of 579 Squadron Llandrindod RAF Air Cadets for five years.

With road marching being something of a passion for Cerys, and with the Nijmegen March in 2020 being delayed, undeterred she undertook a virtual solo march by completing an hour a day to total the distance of the event.

Cerys said, “I feel privileged to have been selected for this role as I look forward to supporting the Lord Lieutenant with all of her functions. As a cadet, I have always leaned towards the blue side with drill, leadership and formal parades, so I am looking forward to fulfilling this role this coming year.”

The two will follow in the footsteps of  Cadet Sergeant Major Sally Murton-Davies of Gwent & Powys Army Cadet Force (ACF), Cadet Sergeant Major Holly Vincentelli also of  Gwent & Powys ACF and Cadet Flight Sergeant Benjamin Gilmore of  No 2 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets. (pictured below)

One adult volunteer – Staff Sergeant Instructor James Davie of Gwent and Powys ACF – was also recognised for his outstanding service and devotion to duty and awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit.

James from Ystragynlais who started out as a cadet before becoming an adult volunteer is the Detachment Instructor within Gurnos Detachment and has been praised for organising virtual training during the pandemic for cadets.

There are over 4,400 Cadets in Wales who gain skills and qualifications through working with local communities, charities and taking part in a variety of practical activities. The cadet syllabus is delivered by hundreds of volunteering adult Instructors and civilian assistants, who give up their spare time on weeknights and weekends.

The virtual awards event was organised and broadcast by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales – an organisation that has supported the Armed Forces for over 100 years.

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