CCF 150th Anniversary at Brentwood School
17 October 2011

"Pictured above (from left to right): Member of the 7 (Para) RHA, Brentwood School pupils Ben Drury and Alex Drury and their father Nigel Drury taking part in the army activities."

Brentwood School's Combined Cadet Force (CCF) celebrated its 150th Anniversary by holding an Open Afternoon at the school on 8th October. A large number of parents, relatives, cadets and younger pupils as well as a number of Old Brentwoods returned for the special occasion that included an array of impressive events and stands.

The first event of the afternoon featured the Inspection of a Guard of Honour by Lt General Brown CBE which took place on the Library Square, accompanied by the Royal British Legion Youth Band of Brentwood who played at the start and end of the afternoon.

Inspection of a Guard of Honour by Lt General Brown CBE at Brentwood School

Brentwood School was delighted to welcome back former pupil General Brown who was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1974. In 1994 General Brown was appointed Commanding Officer of 7th Parachute Regiment, RHA and in 2002 he became Director, Royal Artillery. He was the last General Officer commanding Northern Ireland in 2008 and in 2009 he became Senior British Military Representative in Iraq.

Following the Guard of Honour, guests watched a number of displays and visited stands provided by cadets and serving members of the armed forces and Territorial Army. Visitors included The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, 7 (Para) RHR who provided a field gun and fire support team, 151 Transport Regiment, The Army Careers Service, a glider and a Royal Navy Merlin Helicopter from 820 Naval Air Squadron, commanded by an Old Brentwood. Displays by cadets included The Boat Run by the Royal Navy, ‘A' Section Attack by the Army and a Drill Display by the Royal Air Force.

The Friends of Brentwood School (FOBS) provided refreshments throughout the afternoon and all proceeds from the sale of programmes and commemorative mugs were donated to Help for Heroes which the CCF has supported during its anniversary year. In total, a sum of approximately £1000 was raised on the day.

Brentwood School cadets march on the 150th Anniversary 

The Combined Cadet Force at Brentwood School was established 150 years ago and is thriving today. It is currently the largest in the country and provides excellent opportunities for pupils to learn the valuable skills of team work and leadership. CCF activities also enable pupils to develop interests and aptitudes outside the classroom and to develop into responsible and thoughtful adults, considerate of the needs of others.

Mr Ian Davies, Headmaster commented, "I was delighted with all the cadets who took part in the celebrations and thrilled to welcome back so many Old Brentwoods to the school. The Open Afternoon was an excellent opportunity for guests to engage with our cadets and talk to them about their involvement in the Combined Cadet Force. Brentwood is a vibrant school which offers a wide breadth of opportunities including joining the CCF, which aims to develop qualities of leadership and self-reliance."

To view more photos from the Open Afternoon please click here.