Reserve Forces and Cadets Association
for North of England

Gp Capt Tim Willbond receives OBE

18 Jun 2021

Congratulations to Group Captain Tim Willbond, OBE DL

Vera meets Vera

07 Jun 2021

Sgt Lee Dunville, 251 Med Sqn, was delighted when not only the crew of the crime drama Vera dropped into Dykeland's Road ARC ......

Independent Report Celebrates Positive Impact of Cadet Forces.

02 Jun 2021

• Four-year university study provides extensive assessment of cadets • Huge well-being and career benefits • Defence Command Paper outlines commitment to invest in the Cadet Forces Exciting new research into UK Cadet Forces highlights the positive impacts on young peoples’ development, adult volunteers and wider society.

Cadet Health Check Report 2020

21 May 2021

CADET HEALTH CHECK REPORT 2020 – MOD SUMMARY 1. The Annual Health Check of Cadet Forces is conducted by a small team appointed by the Council of Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations. It delivered its fifth report to Chief of Defence People in February 2021. 2. As in previous years, this report has been considered by the Youth and Cadet Steering Groups and a summary of the report produced by MOD Head Youth and Cadets for wider distribution. This summary is at the enclosure and you are requested to give it an appropriate distribution within your organisations.

Call to Help Uncover Identity of Fallen St Valery Hero

12 May 2021

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.

Reserve Forces Review 2030

11 May 2021

Reserve Forces Review 2030 - "Unlocking the Reserves' potential to strengthen a resilient and global Britain".

"An Amazing Surprise..."

26 Apr 2021

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 with a memento of her time in office. A gift from current and former Board Members, the framed, calligraphic artwork on vellum, displayed the names of Vice-Presidents and Board Members, including Brigade Commanders, who had served during her tenure as President. A delighted Mrs Snowdon said she was “absolutely thrilled to receive such a gift”, and thanked everyone who contributed to it. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as President, and have learned so much; a wonderful five years, and now this amazing surprise. Thank you all so very much.”

North East Employers Win Gold

30 Jul 2020

10 NORTH EAST EMPLOYERS have been awarded Gold for their support to the Armed Forces - the highest badge of honour available under the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.

President Pays Tribute to the Armed Forces

01 Jul 2020

Mrs Sue Snowdon, Lord Lieutenant of County Durham and President NE RFCA paid tribute to the Armed Forces in the attached video. Follow the link to hear her message.

Overcoming Obstacles - Follow the link

15 Jun 2020

The Band of The Rifles was due to perform a concert in Wharton Park, Durham, on Saturday 13th June marking the occasion they were granted the Freedom of the City of Durham in 2008. Unfortunately the events planned for this weekend to reinforce the links between The Rifles and communities in the North East had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However the band have put together a virtual mini-concert (6 mins 39 secs) to mark the occasion and which you can view via this link: A great effort by the Band and Bugles of the Durham Army Cadet Force for marking ‘The Rifles North East 2020’ in this way.