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Dr Tim Chambers and Joanna Coppock

Dr Tim Chambers and Joanna Coppock

1 September 2008

Two Bristol medics – a member of staff and a student – were among the 13 Bristol University Officers’ Training Corps (UOTC) members at the Somerset Army Cadets annual camp last month, where manoeuvres were not the only thing on the menu.

More than five hundred Somerset Army Cadets and their instructors attended their annual camp last month, which this year was held at Fremington in North Devon. The Cadet Battalion relies on help from members of the UOTC each year, and 2008 was no exception. Among the ranks of were fourth-year Medical Student Officer Cadet Joanna Coppock, and Lieutenant Colonel Tim Chambers, Medical Officer for the Somerset Cadet Battalion and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Child Health at the University.

As well as military training, there were plenty of informal activities for the trainee cadets, while instructors had the opportunity to attend training courses to gain extra qualifications. Joanna Coppock an expert cymbalist, joined the cadet band for several of its displays, which included playing for the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Lady Gass, and the Commander of 43 (Wessex) Brigade, Jolyon Jackson. She also joined the cadets at archery and surfing. ‘Camp has been really good fun,’ she said. ‘I was able to join in whichever activities I wanted to, as well as meeting and helping the Army cadets with their training. I shall definitely be back next year.’

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