Rev Alan says goodbye after more than 20 years volunteering with cadets

Rev Alan Jesson, right.

Rev Alan Jesson, right. - Credit: Archant

A Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force volunteer from Sutton has retired after 23 years.

Revd Alan Jesson joined the cadet force in 1991 as a civilian specialist instructor before his ordination as a priest in July 1992 in Ely Cathedral.

He was commissioned as a chaplain in 1992 and has served with Cambridgeshire cadets since then, not only as a chaplain but also as a St John’s qualified first aider. He was appointed senior chaplain in 1996, but stepped down from the role last year.

Away from the cadets, Alan was a chartered librarian and formerly worked at Cambridge University Library until 2000, when he became the full-time rector of Upwell St Peter and St Clement’s, in Outwell.

He retired from the full-time ministry in 2012 and moved to Sutton.


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Before ordination he served in the Royal Corps of Transport TA where he gained the Territorial Decoration and rose to the rank of major.

He said: “It has been a very rewarding ministry, and I have met some superb people. “The cadet motto is ‘To inspire to achieve’, and to see so many of our youngsters achieve something through the cadets, whether it be a Duke of Edinburgh award, a first aid certificate, a BTEC, sporting achievement, or simply how to be a better citizen is a wonderful thing.”

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Anyone interested in joining the cadets should visit www.cambs acf.com or call 01223 862949.

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