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Julie Smith 'delighted' to run Scilly's Cadets

Julie Smith has said she is "delighted" to be the new commander of the Isles of Scilly's Army Cadets.

Julie recently stepped in to run the islands' detachment of the Cornwall Army Cadet Force, saving it from closure following the departure of Colour Sergeant Matt Honeychurch.

Julie was Staff Sergeant Instructor on St Mary’s, working with her husband, Captain Tony Smith, until his death in 2015.

She told This is Scilly: "I’m delighted to be back and with help from other adults the Cadets will flourish. I would like to thank Matt Honeychurch for the time he ran the Cadets and kept it all going. It’s by no means an easy task, so thank you.

"We are planning ahead with the Cadets and hopefully numbers will rise again. We will also be having assistance from the mainland so that the Isles of Scilly has the same opportunities, so there's lots to look forward to."

Major David Holman, who oversees training for Cornwall ACF, approached Julie following Matt's departure to see if she would be interested in taking over as detachment commander.

Scilly's Cadets in 2015

“I had no hesitation in taking on the role,” she said when her appointment was announced. “My husband would have been very proud. I did need some time to sort out my life after his death but I’m very happy to become involved again.

Other adults have already volunteered their time to ensure the 20-strong detachment can continue to train youngsters in fieldcraft, first aid, air-rifle shooting, drill, skill-at-arms, ‘cadet and the community’ activities and physical education.

For more information about volunteering with Cornwall Army Cadets - on the Isles of Scilly or anywhere else in the county - call 0120873183 or email

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