The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers Affiliations

Support for Her Majesty’s Armed Forces

Like many Livery Companies, the Spectacle Makers’ Company has affiliations with serving, reserve and cadet services. We are proud to be associated with:

16 Close Support Medical Regiment, based in Colchester

At the camp in Colchester

16 Medical Regiment was formed in 1999 from the amalgamation of 19 Airmobile Field Ambulance and 23 Parachute Field Ambulance. Between them, they have been involved in every major operation since World War II.

The Regiment provides dedicated medical support to 16 Air Assault Brigade who may be engaged in airmobile and parachute deployments. The majority of the professionals and skills of the Army Medical Services can be found within the Regiment and training for soldiers includes periods spent within the Accident and Emergency departments of local NHS hospitals as well as specialist military skills and clinical training. Equipment developed and used by 16 Medical Regiment in Afghanistan and Iraq is now finding its way through to civilian life within the health service.

The Regiment’s clinical duties make it a strong match with the values of the Spectacle Makers’ Company. Recently, a grant from the Spectacle Makers’ Charity has helped in the conversion of a disused container into a replica Chinook helicopter to allow members of the Regiment to practise their skills in authentic conditions of cold, heat, cramped space and noise.

31st (Middlesex Yeomanry and Princess Louise’s Kensington) Signal Squadron, based in Uxbridge

A Royal Signals communication squadron, the role of 31st is to provide Information Communication Systems to the emergency services and to local government in the event of an emergency. This has included in recent years providing communications during floods and strikes as well as supporting military operations in the Middle East.

31st (Middlesex Yeomanry and Princess Louise's Kensington) Signal Squadron is a very busy unit and is constantly training to keep skills up to date and relevant to the squadron’s role within the Signals Regiment, as well as training soldiers to be able to pass their annual Military Tests. Various types of communications skills sit alongside military, physical and adventure training.

These Reservists are part of a team of people from all walks of life and develop new skills as they work and train together to serve their community and the country. Combining aspects of Army life with a civilian career, they are expected to commit to a minimum of 27 days service per year including drill nights, training weekends and a 16 day annual deployment exercise, which could be overseas.

Master greets the CO, Oct 2016

358 (Welling) Squadron Air Training Corps, based in Bexley

Master with the ATC cadets 2015

The aims of the ATC as set out in its Royal Warrant are;

  • To promote and encourage among young men and women a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force.
  • To provide training which will be useful both in the Services and civilian life.
  • To foster the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.

Liveryman Flt Lt Kristen Cottier took command of the squadron on 1st April 2004. Since then, the squadron has grown significantly in numbers and the Company has given financial support to fund vocational BTEC qualifications, first aid courses and junior management training for young cadets, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The ATC, 358 Welling Squadron included, has a proven track record of providing young people with life skills not found elsewhere. Even a short membership will give a young person friendships that will last a lifetime, a worthwhile hobby to keep them off the streets, and a constructive diversion from the demands of school, homework and family issues. Employers find that cadets have leadership skills, self discipline, diligence and dedication; they are able to work by themselves and in groups, on projects that take months and years to complete.

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