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HM Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis

A new President for RFCA East Anglia

On Tuesday 21st March HM Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Mrs Helen Nellis BA(Hons), MA Barrister was appointed President of East Anglia RFCA at the 54th Association AGM. 

At the event held in Coldhams Lane Army Reserve Centre, Cambridge, the well-being of the Reserve Forces and Cadets was the key theme, with presentations by Major General Simon Brooks-Ward CVO OBE TD VR, Deputy Commander Field Army, the Royal Navy Presentation Team and the British Army’s 6 Regiment Army Air Corps. Read more about the day here and the Annual Chairman's Report 2016-2017.

Merville Barracks Employer Breakfast

A lively programme of Employer Engagement Breakfasts

We hosted three Employer Engagement breakfasts in March to champion the Armed Forces Covenant.  These events give employers the opportunity to hear from military personnel about their personal experiences and discover how, as a business, they can support Defence people through the Armed Forces Covenant.

March began with RAF Marham opening its doors on Thursday 2nd March to Norfolk employers. Station Commander, Group Captain Rich Davies ADC MA RAF welcomed them all to the base and guests were fortunate enough to have a tour around the site after breakfast. 

16 Air Assault Brigade welcomed 85 employers to Merville Barracks in Colchester on Thursday 9th March. In addition to meeting the soldiers who live and work in the county, employers had the opportunity to handle some of the equipment. A highlight for the group was posing for a photo in front of the iconic WW2 Dakota aircraft, used in parachute operations such as D-Day and the Battle of Arnhem (pictured).

On Thursday 23rd March, twenty Cambridgeshire employers took part in a networking breakfast at The Army Reserve Centre in Cherry Hinton hosted by 254 Medical Regiment. Again employers had the opportunity to meet reservists and see live demonstrations. Read more about 254 Medical Regiment's display of a POW treatment drill and 33 Engineer Regiment's robotic capabilities with their remote control dragon system here.

Appointment of Norfolk's Lore-Lieutenant's cadets

Annual appointment of Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant's cadets in Norfolk

Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Mr Richard Jewson appointed three new Lord-Lieutenant Cadets on Monday 20th March at the RFCA Forum.

Those being appointed included Cadet Corporal Caitlin Kelly from Norfolk ACF, Cadet Warrant Officer Kristian Crittenden from ATC and Cadet Warrant Officer Amy Ann Mollan from Wymondham College CCF (pictured); a first for the CCF in Norfolk.

158 Regiment Ski Team

Time to get your skis on!

Some great photos of the 158 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps​ ski team competing earlier this year.  We gave them a grant towards their entry fees and team costs.
Pte Brookman was best female overall in the Alpine Ski section and their team came 3rd of 11 entries.  The Nordic ski team also achieved a first in the reservist, veterans and novice categories.

Armed Forces Day 2017

Did you know there's still time to apply for Armed Forces Day event funding?

If you can’t find an event near you, why not hold your own? From creating an event for your local community to a get-together with family and friends no event is too big or too small for Armed Forces Day. Firstly you will need to register your event and then apply for funding. Applications close on Sunday 30th April.

Reserves Day will be held on Wednesday 21st June and a toolkit will be made available soon to help you kick start your celebrations.

The seaside resort of Felixstowe has been chosen to host this year’s Suffolk Armed Forces event and will welcome service personnel, their families, the local community and visitors alike to celebrate the contribution made by our Armed Forces past and present.

Col Ray Wilkinson

Congratulations to our Chief Executive! 

Colonel R. K. WILKINSON QVRM TD VR is appointed Honorary Colonel 71 Signal Regiment Army Reserve, in succession to Colonel S. P. FOAKES TD DL (tenure expired).

Association meeting dates and key events are listed on our events calendar. 

If you have an event you'd like to promote on our site, please email us at

Would you like to join our team? 

We're currently recruiting for a full-time Administrative Officer (Employer Engagement) at RFCA East Anglia HQ in Chelmsford and two voluntary roles; Commandant for Suffolk Army Cadet Force and Deputy Commandant for Norfolk Army Cadet Force.

Deadline for all applications is 1200hrs on Monday 3rd April 2017 and more information can be found here.

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