Year 13 student Matthew Brewer has been appointed as one of the seven Bedfordshire Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for 2021/22 in a commissioning ceremony which took place at BMS on Monday 01 November.
The role of a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet is to support the Lord-Lieutenant in carrying out her duties as HM The Queen’s representative for Bedfordshire. They assist the Lord-Lieutenant at high profile engagements including Royal visits. Their selection and appointment acknowledges their outstanding contribution to their cadet service and to the community, and they act as ambassadors for their organisations.
The BMS Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Contingent Commander explained why Matthew was such a deserving recipient of this honour in his citation, stating that: “Sgt Brewer is an ardent supporter of the CCF and has taken part in all types of training, from adventure training in the Lake District to military skills training and annual camps. He is working towards his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and has been active in his local community during the pandemic.”
OBM and former Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet Rachel Radley also attended the ceremony, in which she gave a speech about her year of service. She added: “I met people from all over the country and learnt excellent communication and public speaking skills. I think it is crucial as a cadet to try anything that pushes you outside of your comfort zone.”
HM Lord-Lieutenant Helen Nellis said: “My Lord-Lieutenant Cadets continue to impress me year on year with their professionalism, dedication to the county and confidence in meeting a wide range of people. They represent some of the finest young people of Bedfordshire and I am excited for the year ahead. I wish my new Lord-Lieutenant Cadets a fulfilling and rewarding year.”