W Company will be attending Ponteland Ranges for the day on 10th March 2012.
This will be the first opportunity of the year to fire the GP from 100/200 m, with any good shots having the chance to be selected for the County's residential Spring Sniper course at the end of March.
Transport to the ranges will be as follows:
Minibus 1 (SI N. Watson driving):
- Berwick 0730 hrs
- Belford 0750 hrs
- Alnwick 0820 hrs
- Ponteland 0900 hrs
Minibus 2 (SMI Guthrie driving):
- Rothbury 0740 hrs
- Amble 0810 hrs
- Broomhill 0820 hrs
- Ponteland 0900 hrs
Minibus 3 (SMI Dilger driving):
- Bellingham 0800 hrs
- Ponteland 0900 hrs
We are likely to leave the range at about 1630 hrs for the reverse journeys home.
Only those cadets that have previously expressed an interest to their DC or Coy 2IC are to attend. These should have all completed their APC 1-Star Skill at Arms and recent Weapon Handling Test. A list of attending cadets was sent to DCs last week, so if you're not sure please ask.
Dress for the day will be full combats, with extra additional warm clothing (e.g. gloves, waterproof jacket). Those attending should also bring a packed lunch with something warm to drink as it's likely to be cold on the day.
Transport details for the County Shooting on 19 Feb 2011 is as follows:
Minibus: Driver = SMI Guthrie
0800 hrs: Alnwick
0815 hrs: Amble
0825 hrs: Broomhill
Combi-van: Driver = SSI Dilger
0800 hrs: Bellingham
Any arrangements for transport on Sun 20 Feb will be discussed directly with the cadets on Saturday.
Dress for those attending is full combats, with something warm underneath. They will also need a packed lunch.
Almost 40 cadets from W Company have been involved in a variety of different training activities this weekend.
Some of the Company's crackshots from Belford, Alnwick and Broomhill Detachments took part in selection training for the annual Surtees Shield small bore shooting competition. The training, held at Cramlington under the watchful eyes of the County Shooting Team, gave the cadets some rare hands on experience with the .22 target rifle in addition to the standard number 8 rifle.
The remaining cadets stopped at Alnwick and took part in either JNCO training, the St John Ambulance Youth First Aid course or Poppy selling.
The JNCO training, led by the Company Sergeant Major, developed the new/potential NCOs skills in delivering practical lessons, problem solving and foot drill.
The first aid training, delivered by SIs John Rollo and Sue Watson, equipped the cadets to deal with a range of common minor medical emergencies as well as honing their resuscitation skills.
Cadets from Alnwick Detachment proudly lined the streets of the town selling Poppies in aid of the Royal British Legion's annual fundraiser.
The Company Commander, Major Mark Ewart, extends his congratulations to the following cadets:
Promoted, Cdt to LCpl:
LCpl Kevin Straughan (Alnwick)
SJA Youth First Aid:
LCpl Ruth Rose (Broomhill)
Cdt Christopher Arundel (Alnwick)
Cdt Shane Clark (Belford)
Cdt Andrew Connor (Alnwick)
Cdt Caitlin Craik (Amble)
Cdt Elliott Lewis-Douglas (Belford)
Cdt Jonathan Price (Rothbury)
APC 3-Star Complete:
LCpl Mark Newson (Broomhill)
Cdt Jordan Harnett (Broomhill)
Six lucky cadets from W Company have just returned from a full day shooting the General Purpose Machine Gun with the local TA Pioneers.
SSgt Michael Sargent, Sgt Andi Allan, Cpl Jack Hale, LCpl Robert Potts and Cdts Jamie Daley and Jordan Harnett spent the morning being put through their paces on the "jimpy" by the NCOs of 100 Pioneer Squadron, Royal Logistics Corps.
After a couple of hours honing their skills on the weapon, the lads were deemed safe and proficient enough to take to the firing point at Ponteland Ranges. Under the watchful eye of their TA mentors and Company Sergeant Major, SMI Peter Lawrence, team W Company were rapidly knocking chunks out of a cowering double Figure 11 target.
With ammunition expended and paste pots running dry it was back to the Detachments with wide smiles and eager anticipation of the next shoot.
A great day for all the cadets and our thanks again to all at 100 Pioneer Squadron.
Twelve cadets from W Company recently took part in Northumbria ACF's new cadet competition.
The competition, Northumbria Warrior, involved cadets from across the county battling it out during a timed route march, practical navigation, first aid and weapon handling on Otterburn Training Area.
Despite their valiant efforts the W Company team came in 4th place. Particular mention goes to Cdt L. Scott of Amble Detachment, who was the top individual on the shooting phase - a great achievement considering the experienced opposition.
Northumbria Warrior was in preparation for 15 Brigade's annual Colts Canter competition in early October. The W Company team will also be put through their paces at Annual Camp next month.
Three W Company cadets have swept to victory in the regional shooting competition.
Corporals Craig Holman, Guy Renner-Thompson and Ross Holman came second overall against stiff competition from fellow army cadets, air cadets and sea cadets from across the north of England. The lads, all from Belford Detachment, proudly display their medals in the photo above.
It was double success for Cpl Guy Renner-Thompson, who was also the best individual shot in the competition.