Cadets spring into action

Cullybackey Army Cadets are joined by Ballymena Air Cadets for the litterpick and tidy up of the Riverside Path. Included is Dusty the dog. (Submitted Picture).

Cullybackey Army Cadets are joined by Ballymena Air Cadets for the litterpick and tidy up of the Riverside Path. Included is Dusty the dog. (Submitted Picture).

Cullybackey Detachment, C Company, 1st Battalion Army Cadets & Ballymena Air Cadets have joined forces for a National Community Week Challenge.

To celebrate the very first Army Cadets ‘Community Week’ (April 18-24) cadets from Cullybackey Detachment, 1st Battalion organised a spring clean and jumped straight into action with Ballymena Air Cadets to help tidy and plant greenery along the Riverside Path in the village.

Taking part in the spring clean at Cullybackey Riverside Path were (back row) Cadets Carolyn Morrow, Cdt Ellen Rea  & Cadet Katie Crawford and(front left) Cadet Lance Corporal Joel Roxborough and Cadet Daniel Foster (right). (Submitted Picture).

Taking part in the spring clean at Cullybackey Riverside Path were (back row) Cadets Carolyn Morrow, Cdt Ellen Rea & Cadet Katie Crawford and(front left) Cadet Lance Corporal Joel Roxborough and Cadet Daniel Foster (right). (Submitted Picture).

The Cullybackey Army Cadet Force (ACF) have worked before with Bertie McNeilly of Cullybackey Development Association (CDA) by helping around the village and in doing so have also raised awareness of the many different ways cadets, both army and air, help their local Communities.

The spring clean was the first time 13-year-old Cdt Jessica Beverland became involved with ‘Cadet in the Community’.

She said: “I really enjoyed helping to improve my local area and we all had a great evening working alongside Ballymena Air Cadets”.

SI Amanda Roxborough, C Coy Duke of Edinburgh Officer, added: “The Army Cadet Force (ACF) is all about action, adventure, fun and friendship but we also enjoy doing our bit for the community and I would like to thank the CDA for their invitation and to Ballymena Air Cadets for coming along to help support Cullybackey ACF.

Cadets (from front to back) Cadet Robyn Cupples, Cadet Corporal Nena Rean & Cadet Jessica Beverland, brushing and tidying along the Riverside Path, Cullybackey. (Submitted Picture).

Cadets (from front to back) Cadet Robyn Cupples, Cadet Corporal Nena Rean & Cadet Jessica Beverland, brushing and tidying along the Riverside Path, Cullybackey. (Submitted Picture).

“All our cadets get involved in community activities as part of their training and their ‘Cadet and the Community’ activities which also help them in working towards a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.”

To help give more young people the chance to take part in cadet activities, 1st Battalion ACF is looking for more adults to join us as instructors.

No previous military experience or high levels of fitness are needed. What is important is common sense, drive and determination and the ability to communicate with young people.

For more information about the Army Cadets and to find out how to join as a cadet or an adult instructor visit www.armycadets.com or Air Cadets visit www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets

Taking a break during the cadets' spring clean at the Riverside Walk in Cullybackey are Cadet Carolyn Morrow, Cadet Robyn Cupples,Cadet Jessica Beverland, Cadet Katie Crawford, Cadet Ellen McCaw, & Cadet Corporal Nena Rea. (Submitted Picture).

Taking a break during the cadets' spring clean at the Riverside Walk in Cullybackey are Cadet Carolyn Morrow, Cadet Robyn Cupples,Cadet Jessica Beverland, Cadet Katie Crawford, Cadet Ellen McCaw, & Cadet Corporal Nena Rea. (Submitted Picture).

Carrying bags of litter up to the collection point during the Cullybackey Riverside Path spring clean are Air Cadets James Crilly, KayleighWillighan and Brandon McRae, along with Army Cadet Lance Corporal Katy McQuillan. (Submitted Picture).

Carrying bags of litter up to the collection point during the Cullybackey Riverside Path spring clean are Air Cadets James Crilly, KayleighWillighan and Brandon McRae, along with Army Cadet Lance Corporal Katy McQuillan. (Submitted Picture).

Pictured during the spring clean of the Riverside Path in Cullybackey are litters pickers L-R Air Cadets Cadet Warrant Officer Lochlann Allison, Cadets Curtis McIlhagga, James Crilly, Deanna Johnston, Kayleigh Willighan, Lisa Lamberton, and Brandon McRae.Plus.  Army Cadets Cadet Corporal Travis Mitchell and Cadet Clio McCormick. (Submitted Picture).

Pictured during the spring clean of the Riverside Path in Cullybackey are litters pickers L-R Air Cadets Cadet Warrant Officer Lochlann Allison, Cadets Curtis McIlhagga, James Crilly, Deanna Johnston, Kayleigh Willighan, Lisa Lamberton, and Brandon McRae.Plus. Army Cadets Cadet Corporal Travis Mitchell and Cadet Clio McCormick. (Submitted Picture).

Cadets who took part in the Cullybackey Riverside Path spring clean at the collection point are L-R Cadet Lance Corporal Katy McQuillan,Air Cadets  Deanna Johnston, James Crilly and Curtis McIlhagga.(Submitted Picture).

Cadets who took part in the Cullybackey Riverside Path spring clean at the collection point are L-R Cadet Lance Corporal Katy McQuillan,Air Cadets Deanna Johnston, James Crilly and Curtis McIlhagga.(Submitted Picture).