CCF Centre’s archive area reveals rich school tradition
January 13, 2021

Rydal Penrhos’ CCF Centre now has a special archives section.

The Combined Cadet Force at Rydal Penrhos has gone from strength-to-strength since its reformation. It has quickly become a hugely popular addition to the enrichment programme and continues the rich history of tradition regarding the Armed Forces and the school.

Captain Alun Brown, Sergeant Phil Hilton and other dedicated staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that the CCF scheme not only got off on the right foot, but also provided each pupil with some valuable skills, a sense of belonging and additional responsibility that is sure to serve their overall development well throughout the remainder of their education and in later life.

The group has its very own CCF Centre located on-site, which is their base for weekly sessions and for special events.

It also has a new archives area, where visitors can delve a little deeper into the CCF over the decades at Rydal Penrhos, offering an insight into the history of the Cadet Corps and reminding us of its important role in offering current pupils more amazing opportunities to extend their learning.

This area includes a recent gift donated by Professor Robert Atenstaedt, a current Prep School parent, who came across an old Rydal Penrhos Officer Training Corps badge from years gone by, which now takes pride of place within the centre.

The CCF Centre, although yet to be officially opened because of current COVID-19 regulations, offers pupils at the school one of the best training facilities in Wales and indeed the UK.

It has its own drill hall, cadet mess, training classrooms and specialist equipment stores, with hoards of new recruits signing up to the provision during the autumn term before the lockdown measures imposed by the Welsh Government.

The CCF is a voluntary activity for all pupils from Year 8 to Year 13 at the school, with the initiative forming a close association with the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards in recent months.

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