from HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, at a ceremony at St.James Palace in London. The former Barnstaple cadet Staff Serjeant gained his award through participation in activities run by Devon Army Cadet Force. Matt completed the required sections through participation in athletics, cadet service and by undertaking an expedition in Spain, as well as attending a leadership course and being a member of the ACF Corps of Drums. He has now enrolled as an adult instructor and is parading as a member of both the South Molton and Corps of Drums detachments. The ACF offers many opportunities for personal development to young people aged 12 to 18 years. For more information, Google North Devon Army Cadet Force.