Very special car parking attendants were on hand at the 2016 Berkshire Lord-Lieutenant Awards Ceremony held this year at Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, Berkshire. Army Cadets on hand to help the visitors as they arrived at the award ceremony, were from 13 Platoon in Burghfield, Reading.
This year’s 2016 Berkshire Lord-Lieutenant Awards Ceremony held this year at Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, Berkshire. The event was hosted by Berkshire Army Cadet Force, Major Eammon Coogan MBE, Cadet Executive Officer, carried out the role of master of ceremonies during the evening.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Dylan Gemmell who lives in Tilehurst in Reading is a member of 7th Battalion the RIFLES, based at Brock Barracks in Reading.
He has served in the Royal Marines, and the Parachute Regiment. Mr Gemmell who is a veteran of Kosovo, and Afghanistan, works as a business planner for Virgin Media.
He received his award for his dedicated service to 7Rifles and the Army Reserve.
Mr Gemmell said, “The award came as a complete surprise, but great to have been recognised especially in the County I grew up in.”
Serjeant Snowling who lives in Tadley, Hampshire is a member of the 7th Battalion The RIFLES, and enlisted into the Army Reserve in 2010.
He said, “It is a great honour that I hope is shared with my unit, and all the people I work with, at Reading and Pirbright training camp.
David the Unit’s Physical Training Instructor is responsible for the physical development and education within the Battalion, through PT, Sport and adventure training . David works for the AA as a data architect responsible for storage of information. He said, “Being a member of 7RIFLES gives me the opportunity to do something different from my civilian career.” He added, “It’s a great way and reason to stay fit and healthy, learning to juggle priorities and dealing efficiently with surprises.”
David received his award for his contribution to 7RIFLES, for his commitment hard work and professionalism.
Major Alan Patrick, who lives in Newbury, is a Combined Cadet Force Adult Instructor Volunteer at St Bartholomew’s School, in Newbury. He received his Lord-Lieutenant Certificate for over 40 years service to the Combined Cadet Force.
He said, “I am humbled and very proud.” Major Patrick was a school teacher until he retired in 2008 but continued to remain an active member of the St Bartholomew’s CCF. “Being an Adult Volunteer added variety to my working life with lots of very different challenges, and my motivation to continue to be involved is seeing the value that I can give to young people.” Major Patrick was awarded for his commitment and service as an Adult Instructor with the CCF.
Captain Gill (Gilly) as he is known within the Berkshire Army Cadet Force, lives in Reading and has served a total of 47 years in the military. As a member of 7th Battalion the RIFLES based at Brock Barracks in Reading, Gilly served in Iraq as the training and operations officer in 2006, he also joined the Berkshire Army Cadet Force in 1992 and has just retired. As Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Assessor, during his tenure 73 Cadets were awarded the Gold, 149 the Silver and 198 the Bronze, he also trained 63 DOE Assessors throughout the County of Berkshire. Gilly said, “I am honoured at being given this award by the Lord Lieutenant, and to be recognised in this way by the County of Berkshire.”
Captain Holmes who lives in Woodley in Reading is the second in command of C Company Berkshire Army Cadet Force, responsible for 6 Cadet Detachments within Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell and Arborfield.
Carl said, “I have been with the Cadets for 17 years, 10 of which were spent helping and instructing whilst I was still a serving soldier.”
Carl is an Avionics Lecturer and teaches at MOD Lynham in Wiltshire. On receiving his award from the Lord Lieutenant he said, “I am surprised and humbled, the award should not be just for me but the whole of the Cadet team.”