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New home for thriving cadet force

Batley Cadets. From the left, Lt Col Graham Dawson, Col Stephen Padgett, Cadet Jonathan Halscroft, Cadet Lance Cpl Emma Stretton and Col Carron Snagge.

Batley Cadets. From the left, Lt Col Graham Dawson, Col Stephen Padgett, Cadet Jonathan Halscroft, Cadet Lance Cpl Emma Stretton and Col Carron Snagge.

A new cadet building has been officially opened in time for the coldest winter months.

The improved facilities have come as a relief to the 150 members of Batley’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) as they now have a properly heated base for the first time in the unit’s 50 year history.

Cadet Corporal Sophie Costello, 17, said: “It’s been a long time coming.

“All the new facilities, the space and, of course, having proper heating makes such a difference. We’ve always had good attendance as a unit, but with this brilliant new building I think we’re going to get even more joining!”

The purpose-designed building at Batley Grammar School was built by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Yorkshire and the Humber, which matched the funding with the Education Funding Agency.

RFCA head of estates Keith Edwards said “We’re delighted to have worked on this project with Martin Walsh Associates and the school. The buildings are multi-purpose, future-proof and should suit the cadets and school for many years to come.”

The unit’s facilities at Batley Grammar School are now split between two buildings, one containing the contingent’s store, office and armoury and the other a classroom.

The new building, which was officially opened by Colonel Stephen Padgett OBE, will also be available for the school to use as a music room.

Detachment Commander, Colonel Graham Dawson, said: “We have a strong CCF contingent and a remarkable uptake from those wishing to undertake Duke of Edinburgh awards this year.

“These facilities now give us an ideal space for the cadets to prepare their skills before practising them in an outdoor environment.”

 

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