The Army Cadet Force (ACF)

The Army Cadet Force (ACF) is one of the UK's oldest, largest and most successful youth organisations. It has a long and proud history since 1860 of preparing youngsters for all walks of life and encouraging an active involvement in local communities.

The ACF has 45,000 cadets in over 1700 Cadet Centres spread across the UK. The ACF is administered by a small team of permanent staff based in each county whilst the training and running of its extensive programme of activities is run by 8000 cadet force adult volunteers.

Chelmsford and an additional, Melbourne Detachment cover the whole of the Chelmsford area taking in new recruits from the age of 12 and in Year 8 at School. Both recruit throughout the year with Chelmsford detachment meeting on a Thursday evening at the local Army Reserve Centre and Melbourne on Tuesday evenings at the cadet centre situated off Rainsford Road. If you are interested in joining visit the ACF website or give our County HQ a call for more information on 01245 462302.

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This Christmas Bond Street Chelmsford is hosting an array of events and activities to appeal to families.

The FROST Christmas Grotto will be popping up in an empty unit next door to John Lewis on selected dates and times between the 1st December and Christmas Eve.
The marine lake was originally opened in 1905 after being given to the Maldon people. Following a tragic accident it was shut and reopened in 2006 as a Wildlife and fountain pond.
More than 200 students at The Boswells Schools were involved with this year's whole school production, a modern twist on the traditional pantomime ‘Cinderella’.
On Saturday 16th December a group of young singers, aged 16 – 27, will be performing their own Christmas Concert for the Friends of St James Church. The singers comprise Chorus Sirenum, and the Southend Young Men’s Chorus.
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s Christmas Gift and Food Fair is back on Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 November, and it’s bigger and better than before.
The creative and imaginative team at Elite known for staging a spellbinding series of Chelsea shows including the magnificently popular Enchanting Wedding Fair and the exclusive and clandestine Secret Wedding Show will be bringing our magical fairy dust to the brides of Essex.
A city play area has been awarded special status as it has been adapted for disabled children and wheelchair users.
The Adventure Castle play area in Hylands Park is now officially accredited by PiPA, also known as Planning Inclusive Play Areas.
Work is now officially underway on the county’s first ever all-through school at Beaulieu in Chelmsford.

Construction on the new £34million school started following a ground-breaking ceremony at the site yesterday.