Second screenshot of attendees at LL Meritorious Service to Adult Volunteers in Bedfordshire Image Central Bedfordshire Council

At a ceremony held online, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, presented five Lord-Lieutenant Certificates for Meritorious Service for exceptional service by non-commissioned members of the Reserve Forces, Adult Instructors of the Cadet Forces, and Civilians employed with units or holding recognised unpaid posts.

Dignitaries present included the Vice Lord-Lieutenant Chris Sharwood-Smith MBE, Chief Executive of East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, Colonel Ray Wilkinson QVRM TD DL VR, Honorary Colonel of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force, Andrew Wallis MBE DL and Deputy Lieutenant Major Simon Sadler TD DL.

They were joined by recipients and family members to hear details about the achievements of each person, read by Unit Officers: Lt Commander Ruth Bell MBE JP DL RNR – Bedfordshire Sea Cadets, Major Paul Ziemelis – Beds and Herts Army Cadets, Wing Commander Tony Kelly RAF Air Cadets and Lt Colonel Robert Futter – Royal Logistic Corps.

The recipients honoured were:

  1. S/Lt Jake Blackstaffe (Bedfordshire Sea Cadets)
  2. Flt Sgt Emily Sekaran-Blofield (RAF Air Cadets)
  3. Lisa Chalkley (Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force)
  4. Andrew Hunt (Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force)
  5. Pte Joseph Lionetti (Royal Logistic Corps)

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis said after the ceremony:

“It is always a great pleasure to honour those people who give so much of their time to encourage and support the development of our young people and reserve forces. In these difficult times it was important that we should still recognise them, so an online ceremony was the best way to ensure their good works were rewarded.”