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CCF Celebrates 100 Years by Remembering Old Stamfordians

 CCF tree plantingIn 2016, the Stamford Endowed Schools’ Combined Cadet Force will be 100 years old. Leading up to this anniversary, and as a way of commemorating Old Stamfordians that were part of the Armed forces during WWI, the Cadets have planted 52 trees in their memory.

The Stamford School Cadet Corps, B Co., III Cadet Batt. Lincs Rgt, as it was previously named, was formed at the beginning of the Spring Term in 1916 and had 54 army cadet members. The CCF has grown significantly since then and now consists of 300 cadets, in the three different sections of: Royal Navy, RAF and Army.

The cadets are also currently commemorating the 100 year Anniversary of The Great War; 52 Old Stamfordians lost their lives during this time.

To commemorate the Old Stamfordians and to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the SES CCF, they have decided to plant a group of trees, one to represent every Stamfordian who fell. Poppies will also be planted surrounding the trees. We hope that in years to come these trees and poppies will form a fitting memorial to those Old Stamfordians who gave their lives in conflict and also be a fitting reminder of 100 years of the Combined Cadet Force at Stamford Endowed Schools.

The trees were delivered last week and Year 12 CCF cadet representatives from each section, scattered the poppy seeds on the bank and planted some of the silver birch trees on the north side of the main rugby pitch at Stamford School.