It’s all change for Beverley’s cadets!
When they return to training over the next few weeks, they’ll not only be based in a new joint cadet centre at Wolfe Armoury – there’ll also be a new officer commanding for the army cadets.
New cadet centre
Major Richard Lenton is pictured helping to give the final touches to the centre – which has undergone a £250,000 redevelopment ready for the cadets’ arrival.
He was appointed to command Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force’s A Company in July and oversees eight units stretching from Withernsea, Hornsea and Bridlington on the coast to Hull and Driffield.
He takes command as Wolfe Armoury becomes the company’s headquarters, moving from Mona House in Hull and the recently consolidated Beverley detachment moves from the town’s grammar school into the renovated facility – sharing the centre with 399 (Beverley) Squadron.
“It’s a challenging but exciting time to be taking up the role,” said Richard, who is the regional employer engagement director for the RFCA and, until recently, served in the reserves.
“I’ve wanted to be a cadet force adult volunteer for some time now and couldn’t be happier to be taking on the company where both my sons once served as cadets.
“There’s an amazing team of volunteers here and we can’t wait to welcome the cadets to a full line-up of activities and camps.”
Under the renovation scheme, Wolfe Armoury had its roof overhauled and has undergone major internal works to create new classrooms, storage and recreation spaces as well as a drill hall to be shared by both cadet forces.
“I’m already based here much of the time,” said Richard
“And it’s going to a brilliant facility for both army and air cadets in the town.”