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Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland

Duchess of Northumberland stands down as Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland and Vice President North of England Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association. Find out more

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Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkishire

On Tuesday, 27 Feb 24, Mrs Jo Ropner, Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and Vice-President North of England RFCA, presented her Lord Lieutenant's Certificates for Meritorious Service. Find out more

Military vs Cancer's Armed Forces Rugby Event

Esh Construction - one of our DRS Gold Award companies is supporting the Militaary vs Cancer's armed forces Rugby Event. Find out more


RFCA Conference emphasises defence stability and societal support

The Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Associations' (RFCA) annual conference on 8 November attracted a diverse audience from the RFCA networks. Find out more

New Arrangements for Hard Facilities Management Services

Hard Facilities Management Services for the Volunteer Estate to be delivered by the MOD Built Estate Contracts Find out more

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Festival of Remembrance Service at Durham Cathedral

“A credit to the County and the cadet movements they represent”. Lt Col Barney Barnbrook, Regional Director North East and Yorkshire Army Benevolent Fund, said of the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets who took part in the Festival of Remembrance Service at Durham Cathedral on Saturday,
11 November 2023. Find out more


A Boost into Space for Air Cadets

After a year of 'studying space', 9 Cadets and Staff from 2505 (Bishop Auckland) Sqn RAF AC go on the trip of a lifetime to Florida with help from the Viscount Ridley's Cadet Forces' Trust. Find out more


DCC Debbie Ford named Commando of the Week on Royal Marines Reserve winter training exercise.

As one of our supportive employers and a Silver Award winner of the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme, Northumbria Police Force was invited to send a representative to observe members of the Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) on their cold-climate training programme in Bardufoss, Norway in March this year. That ‘lucky volunteer’ was Deputy Chief Constable Debbie Ford, who joined 14 other organisations from London, Highland RFCA and Lowland RFCA on a different sort of exercise……. Find out more

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Gold Awards for 7 North East Employers

Seven North East employers awarded Gold for their support to the Armed Forces. Find out more

Step into Health - Career in the NHS?

The Step into Health programme connects ex-service candidates from across the Armed Forces community with employers and new opportunities in the NHS. This event will take place on Wednesday 19th July and is specifically aimed at the Armed Forces Community. Find out more


Air Cadets receive Prince of Wales's Award

Longbenton Air Cadets are flying on cloud nine after receiving the 2021 Prince of Wales’s Expeditionary Award. Find out more

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19 North of England Employers gain MOD ERS Silver Awards

We are pleased to announce that 19 North of England organisations, in demonstrating their support to the Armed Forces, have been recognised by the award of the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award. In addition, twelve organisations, having shown their continued support over the previous 5 years, have had their Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award revalidated. Find out more

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Army Reserve Transformation Newsletter Update

The Integrated Review set the British Army on a course for radical transformation. Under ‘Future Soldier’, we will become a modern Army; more agile, more integrated and more expeditionary. Our nation’s Reservists are central to this. Find out more


CCFs' Annual Camp goes ahead after all!

Polam Hall School and Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College CCFs were devastated when they did not get a CTT Central Camp slot this year and it looked as though their annual camps would not take place. Find out more

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MOD ERS Gold Awards for nine North East employers

GOLD AWARDS FOR NORTH EAST EMPLOYERS. Nine NE Employers have been awarded Gold for their support to the Armed Forces and a tenth has had their Gold Award Revalidated. Gold is the highest award available under the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme. Find out more

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A "brilliant performance" from Daniel

Redcar Cadet, LCpl Daniel Loader, a member of Cleveland ACF, had gone over to France with his Dad, for the memorial events early in June, and had even taken his cadet uniform to wear when paying his respects. He was swiftly spotted by The Yorkshire Regiment and included in their group, and was ‘roped’ in to help with events. Find out more

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Opening Ceremony of Boldon School Combined Cadet Force Royal Navy

Boldon School welcomed Commodore Phil Waterhouse ADC RN, Deputy Mayor Cllr Joe Amar, and Ms Lyn Blair, Deputy Mayoress, to the official opening ceremony of Boldon School Royal Navy Combined Cadet Force Section. Find out more

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Duchess of Northumberland presents her Lord Lieutenant's Certificates for Meritorious Service

The Duchess of Northumberland presented her Lord Lieutenant’s Certificates for Meritorious Service to Reservists and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers from all three Services on Tuesday 5 April 2022. In congratulating recipients on their awards the Duchess said she was “greatly impressed by the outstanding work carried out over many years by Volunteers who had achieved great things and given unconditionally of their spare time”. The Duchess also presented Cadet Proficiency Awards to members of the Army Cadet Force and appointed her Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets for 2022. Find out more

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Employers Enjoy Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Eight Defence ERS Gold winning organisations were hosted by the NE RFCA Chairman and the Engagement Team in London over the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. Find out more

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Mrs Sue Winfield CVO OBE steps down as Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear and President of North of England RFCA

In presenting her Lord Lieutenant’s Certificates for Meritorious Service to members of the Reserve Forces, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, and Proficiency Awards to members of the Cadet Forces, on Tuesday 22 March 2022, Mrs Sue Winfield, Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear and President of the NE RFCA, said the evening was “tinged with sadness” as this would be her last LL Certificate Presentation ceremony before she stepped down as Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear on 18 May 2022. Find out more

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"Best of the Best"

Tuesday 8 March 2022, saw the first of our Lord Lieutenants’ Awards Ceremonies for 2022. Mrs Sue Snowdon, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of County Durham and Vice-President of the NE RFCA, presented Certificates of Meritorious Service to members of the Reserve Forces, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and those personnel supporting the adults in the Cadet Forces within Co Durham. Mrs Snowdon also presented Cadets from the region with various awards, and appointed her new Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets for 2022. Find out more


Lord Lieutenant of County Durham's Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen

Mrs Sue Snowdon, Lord Lieutenant of County Durham and Vice President of the North of England RFCA pays tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years’ reign. Find out more


Congratulations to Mrs Sue Winfield OBE, CStJ, President NE RFCA

NE RFCA Members and staff congratulate their President Mrs Sue Winfield. Find out more

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North East Employers presented with ERS Gold Awards

In recognition of their amazing support to the Armed Forces, 4 north east employers received ERS Gold Awards and one other had their Gold Award - originally presented in 2016 - revalidated. A grand occasion, set in the spectacular location of Edinburgh Castle, everyone involved agreed it was an evening to remember. Find out more

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Call to Help Uncover Identity of Fallen St Valery Hero

As the anniversary to mark the battle of St Valery-en-Caux approaches, an international search has been launched to uncover the identity of a fallen hero. The 51st Highland Division soldier evaded capture during the infamous Second World War battle but would later be betrayed in the French fishing port and now rests in an unnamed grave. Find out more

Reserve Forces Review 2030

Reserve Forces Review 2030
"Unlocking the reserves' potential to strengthen a resilient and global Britain". Find out more


An Amazing Surprise!

NE RFCA Board’s presentation to Mrs Sue Snowdon. On Wednesday 2 December 2020, NE RFCA Chairman, Col Gordon Straughan, presented Mrs Sue Snowdon, our outgoing President and Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, with a memento of her time in office. Find out more

Lord Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear Presentation.

Mrs Sue Winfield OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear held a virtual ceremony for the presentation of her Lord Lieutenant's Certificates for Meritorious Service. Find out more

NE RFCA Employer Engagement Team joins 800 business leaders

Eight hundred North East business leaders celebrated the region’s many achievements in Durham Cathedral last week, and raised over £154,000 for the building’s restoration. Find out more

Cadet Apprenticeship Pathway (CAP)

Cadet Apprenticeship Pathway (CAP) Apprenticeship opportunities and advice are available with the Cadet Apprenticeship Pathway scheme. Engage in some fantastic E-Learning on Skills, CVs and Interviews, and be better prepared for your next step – whatever that might be! Support is available across all three Cadet Services. For more information go to Find out more