Plans for active recruiting of Marine Cadet Force in Hawkinge says Commanding Officer - Photos

Contributed by editor on Oct 27, 2014 - 09:14 PM

By Susan Carey

The Kent (Marine) Cadet Force is unusual for a cadet group as it is not affiliated or recognised by the MOD but it has been in existence since 1972 and continues to thrive as its most recent annual awards evening (24 October at Pent Valley Leisure Centre) proved.



KMCF is open to young people from the ages of 10 to 18


Watched by their families, local councillors and retired service personnel the cadets were presented with awards for achievement over the past year and a banner was presented to them by the Withey family.

The cadets with guests

The cadets showed films of their summer camp held in Reinden Wood at Hawkinge and their visits to the World War I battlegrounds and memorials.

William Kempson presents a cheque to James Churchill of KMCF  Photo: Susan Carey

In presenting one of the evening’s awards, Cllr Susan Carey remarked that Folkestone too had a memorial to World War I that stood comparison with those seen in the film. (The KMCF are among those who take part in the Last Post ceremony held just before 7pm every Sunday evening until Armistice Day at the Folkestone memorial arch on the Leas).


District Councillors John Collier and Peter Gane were among those attending  Photo: Susan Carey


Others presenting awards included Harold Stenning of the Royal Society of St George, Colonel Ray Ashman and William Kempson of the Royal Naval Association which also presented the cadets with a cheque.

Ciaran Hughes receiving his green beret for Best Cadet on Camp   Photo: Susan Carey


Andrew Dorrell, the Commanding Officer of the KMCF says that the group already has some membership from Hawkinge (notably Owen Philips who won two awards this year) and they will be actively recruiting in Hawkinge soon.


The cake surrounded by black and green berets  Photo: Susan Carey


The KMCF is open to young people from the ages of 10 to 18. There’s more information on their website  and their facebook page.

The Withey family  Photo: Susan Carey

List of awards for 2014

Best Green Beret - Finleigh Porter
Best Potential - Davina Edwards
Best Black Beret - Owen Phillips
Best Cadet on Camp - Ciaran Hughes
Cadets Cadet of the Year - Charlie Miller
Commanding Officers Award - Owen Phillips


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