Spring! Season of new life, lambs and… lurgy!


The first blog of 2020 as January and February shot by before we had time to blink and we are already careering towards Easter!

Lots of things happening here at HRFCA to tell you about, not least some new members of staff. We were delighted to welcome Admin Officer Shab Ahktar-Dobson to the team in January, swiftly followed in February by our new Comms Officer Annushka Bholai. The ladies are already working hard on our engagement and communications tasks, and have endeared themselves to the rest of the staff mainly by bringing in home-made curries and cakes. An excellent initiation test, we feel, which they have passed with flying colours.

Royal Dornoch Golf Club were ‘fore’ the Armed Forces Covenant signing. Club Captain Rob Murray, Major Alec Rose of the 7SCOTS and Royal Dornoch General Manager Neil Hampton pictured above in Sutherland.
Gleaneagles Joint Managing Director Conor O’Leary and Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Mackinnon of 7SCOTS at the AFC signing.

It has been a busy start to the year for Jim and Roy, our Roving REEDs, who have been out and about attending Armed Forces Covenant Signings across the patch. These have included Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Gleneagles Hotel, Horizon Security Group and John Clark Motors. As always, our thanks to employers who continue to pledge their support for our Reservists, CFAVs and Cadets by signing the Covenant. If you haven’t already signed it and would like to find out more, click here.

It is also time for Employer Recognition Scheme Gold and Silver Award expressions of interest to be submitted, and these are coming in thick and fast. We hope to build on last year’s totals of 6 Gold and 7 Silver Awards, and the REEDS are on hand to assist with applications. Silver Award winners will be invited to attend an awards dinner at the amazing venue of Scone Palace on October 1st – certainly a date for your diaries! Gold Award winners have an equally exciting venue… but our lips are sealed for now. Watch this space!

We are looking forward to the ERS Gold and Silver Awards.

Sgt Major George has finally come out of hibernation and has started his round of engagements. Last month he was in Perth supporting the Air Cadets of 1731 (Isle of Lewis) Squadron who had travelled down from Stornoway to compete as area finalists in the FIRST LEGO League Challenge, and in January he visited two Highlanders cadets in Boddam as they showcased their skills to local employers. His efforts at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington last year with 7SCOTS resulted in a donation of over £300 to the Highland Cadet Force Trust, presented by Capt Brian Baxter.

George supporting the cadets in the FIRST LEGO League national finals in Perth.

Sgt Major George with his medals from the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington.

We would normally close the blog by informing you about our forthcoming events. However, Corona Virus is playing havoc with plans so please do keep checking the website, Facebook and Twitter for updates on all of our events. We can advise that, regretfully, EX HAIRSPRING and EX JOINT WARRIOR visits have been cancelled already. Keep washing those hands!!!

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