Welcome to the Pawlett Branch of The Royal British Legion
Pawlett Branch of the Royal British Legion is proud to be affiliated with the Bridgwater Platoon of the Somerset Cadet Battalion (The Rifles) Army Cadet Force, and the 65 (Bridgwater & District) Squadron of the Air Training Corps.
Affiliation with the Cadets extends the aims of the Royal British Legion in involving the youth of the County with the work of the Royal British Legion and supporting the local community. The affiliation endeavours to provide mutual support and encouragement for each other's aims and objectives.
The affiliation was completed on 14th March 2013 in a ceremony at the Cadet Centre in Bridgwater.
Pawlett Branch was represented by (amongst others) the Branch Chairman, Mr Dennis Herniman, the Branch Vice-Chairman Mr Ken Walker, and the County Chariman, Mr Roger Duddridge. The Pawlett Standard was also at the ceremony, presented by the Standard Bearer Mr Ken Binstead.
The Cadets were represented by;
- Colonel Paul Richardson, Commandant of Somerset Cadet Battalion ACF
- Squadron Leader John Parsons, Deputy Commander of Devon & Somerset Wing ATC
- Major Andy Trunks, Commanding Officer of Salamanca Company ACF
- Squadron Leader Chris White, Squadron Leader Sector 3 of Devon & Somerset Wing
- Flight Lt Chris Garrett, CO of 65 Squadron ATC
- Captain Klaus Galeitze, CO of Bridgwater Platoon
- Mr Frank Crane, Chairman of 65 Squadron
Mr Duddridge presented the Certificates of Affiliation to the Army Cadets, Air Training Corps and the Pawlett Branch.
Bridgwater Platoon ACF was formed shortly after the end of World War Two, and currently has 18 Cadets. It is part of Jellalabad Company, which also covers the Taunton Deane and West Somerset areas. In addition to training for military skills, the Cadets are encouraged to participate in the local community, are involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, and can reach Level 2 BTEC qualifications in Public Services.
The 65 Squadron ATC was formed in 1941 and currently has 11 Cadets. It is involved in local events to support the town and strives to maintain links to its military cousins. In 2011 Cadets and staff went to Borneo to take part in adventure training.