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Berkshire Cadet helps after serious car collision


On Sunday 6 November Cadet Matthew Walter and his mother Gina Walter were returning home from Army Cadet Camp and found themselves to be the second car on the scene of a car accident on the Bray Bridge.

Mrs Walter said:

“The first car there was calling the police, so I said to Matthew “We have to help.” The last thing we needed was more cars coming round the bend and into the back of us, so I sent him to direct the traffic away from the accident. He stood in the road for 45 minutes, stopping cars and advising them they had to turn round as there was no way through.

We were on the scene for almost an hour, during which time Matthew was extremely responsible and did as he was asked, even though he said that not all drivers would listen to him.

We left once the paramedic arrived, but have since learned that one of the drivers in the crash was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries – her parents were twice told that they might lose her due to internal bleeding.

I was very proud of Matthew that day. He looked very smart in his Army uniform and conducted himself superbly.”

When Mrs Walter and Matthew arrived on the scene, Matthew asked his mum if they had to do a DR ABC, which he’d learnt at cadets. The immediate danger was twofold: the cars involved in the incident as they were still running, and the traffic which could have impacted the situation further – which is why Mrs Walter then put her son in charge of redirecting vehicles to avoid any further collisions.





Experience the Magic!

Longridge Activity Centre

I was very privileged to have recently been invited to visit Longridge Activity Centre in Marlow, which is set in a unique riverside location on the borders of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. Longridge is a premier, year round river –side water sports and activity Centre for young people, individuals and families. Its prime function is to provide fully inclusive, affordable outdoor activities for all. It is truly a remarkable Centre!!

As well as 12 acres of beautiful water meadows it has its own island, “Taylor Island”, for the ultimate Swallows and Amazons experience. Taylor Island also gives you a sheltered backwater in which young people and families can experience the river with confidence.

See the Longridge Video.


The longridge Centre nestles in a bend on the River Thames, a little downstream from the town of Marlow, leading to a strong tradition in water sports, and has produced many excellent oarsman and women, including Sir Steven Redgrave, who is arguably the finest Olympian of all time, winning Gold medals at 5 successive Olympic Games.

Longridge was established as a canoeing, rowing and sailing centre 50 years ago by the Scout Association and, following on from this sound ethical background, the Centre is now a registered charity, dedicated to helping young people from all walks of life and abilities to develop water skills as well as leadership, self-discipline, confidence and respect.

What does it offer

The Centre has that much to offer it is so difficult to know where to start. There are Field and Environmental Studies, Activity Courses, Leadership Training, Outdoor Experiences, Summer Camps, Family Activity Days and even Corporate Programmes. There is also a Youth Club for young people to make new friends and socialise. To see the Course programmes and activities please visit.

Boating fun at Longridge


The accommodation options include 350 camping spaces, 20 bunk house beds and 9 rooms with ensuite facilities. The accommodation is complemented with flexible catering options, allowing groups to self-cater or meals can be provided from the on-site café. There is also a range of well-equipped training and conference rooms.

The karting track at Longridge


With an excellent safety record, Longridge is recognised as being a leading training centre for young people and their leaders. They are LOTC (Learning Outside The Classroom) and AALA (Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority) accredited and in addition are approved by BCU (British Canoe Union), RYA (Royal Yachting Association), British Rowing and are a 2012 pre-games training centre as well as being recognised by Buckinghamshire County Council as an outdoor activity centre and the Duke of Edinburgh Award as an Operating Authority. All our instructors are fully trained to BCU, BR, RYA and AALA standards and all staff have undergone the statutory enhanced CRB checks to confirm their suitability of work with young people.

Longridge is full of fun, learning and character, a fatastic Centre well worth a visit!!!

For more information visit www.longridge-uk.org

Longridge, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1RE.
Registered Charity No. 1121239 Phone: 01628 483252 Email: bookings@longridge.org.uk

Shooting Success (Cadet LCpl Caitlin Green)

Shooting Successes

Cdt LCpl Caitlin Green enrolled as a cadet in January 2008.  Prior to this, she had never fired a rifle but was very soon spotted as a talented shot.

So far she has been awarded the 2010 Cadet 100 Smallbore Badge (top 100 nationally), has scored a possible 100 ex 100 in our County Cadet Force Inter-Company Smallbore Match and achieved Overall Champion shot at the 4 Division Target Rifle Competition 2011.

The following is an article written by LCpl Caitlin Green about her recent trip to South Africa:

“For two weeks at the end of September/ beginning of October, I travelled to South Africa along with 8 other shooters and 3 coaches from the Great Britain Junior Shooting Squad to compete against the South African schools.  There were several different competitions in the Schools Championship.

I competed in three categories: 10m Precision Air Rifle (Standing), 10m Precision Air Rifle 3P (3 position) and 50m .22 Rimfire (Prone).

Precision air rifle involves you getting into lots of restrictive clothing in order to reduce your movement which sounds a bit overboard but, as the nine ring is only as large as the pellets we were shooting, every little movement makes a huge difference!

The standing match was 40 shots in 1 hour and 15 minutes with time to change the targets.  I shot 377 out of a possible 400 which placed me in 8th position and earned me a place in the finals (where I stayed in 8th place).  1st Place was won with 381 out of 400, so between the 8 finals places there was just a single shot difference.

In the Precision 3P Air Rifle, you shoot in 3 Positions; 20 shots prone, 20 shots standing and 20 shots kneeling.  It’s a good thing you do the kneeling last because you end up with a dead leg afterwards!  It wasn’t uncommon for people to shoot perfect 200’s in the prone – the South Africans were really good.

The 50m Prone .22 Rimfire is completely different to shooting in the cadets!  The basic principles are the same but the rifles are in modern stocks (all different colours) that have been adjusted specifically to fit each person – really different to the wooden stocked .22s.  The 50m competition is also shot on an outdoor range so you also need to concentrate on what the wind is doing.  On the day however, the wind was flailing around everywhere, which made shooting easier said than done!

Each person shot a 60 shot match, had a half hour break, and then came back to the range for another 60 shot match.  The GB Junior Prone Team consisted of 3 people, including myself; we succeeded in coming 1st after narrowly beating the South African Team by 6 points out of 360.

Other events shot in the competition included the Sporter Air Rifle, which doesn’t have the same tight clothing as the Precision, making it a completely different challenge and there was the 10m Air Pistol.

It was a really great experience, both the shooting and meeting all the great people of South Africa.”

Cadet LCpl Caitlin Green, 8 Platoon Reading (REME), Royal County of Berkshire Army Cadet Force