On Saturday 19 March we celebrated 100 years of cadets at Calday Grange Grammar School.
There was a parade at the school during which a new Contingent Banner was dedicated. The parade inspection was carried out by Colonel Martin Amlôt, Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside, accompanied by the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Les Rowlands. This was followed by a buffet lunch and demonstrations of cadet activities in the afternoon.
The cadets also received a special message of goodwill from Her Majesty the Queen. Her Majesty, who is Captain General of the CCF, had been informed of the special ocassion and sent this message:
"As your Captain General, I much appreciate your thoughtfulness in writing as you did.
"I am grateful for your kind words in advance of my ninetieth birthday and in return send my best wishes to all concerned for a most memorable and enjoyable event."
2016 is the centenary of the formation of the First Cadet Unit at Calday Grange Grammar School. In the spring term of 1916 a unit of the Officers’ Training Corps (OTC) was established to help train young men to take their place in the ranks of the Army embroiled in the First World War. The successor to this OTC unit is today’s Combined Cadet Force Contingent which has both a Royal Navy Section and a Royal Air Force Section.
The CCF has clear objectives; to develop leadership qualities amongst its cadets, to foster a team spirit, to develop personal qualities of self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance in cadets and to instill a commitment to service.