Goodbye from Somerset! A final word from the CVQO Westminster Award selection event 2018

And so ends another CVQO Westminster Award selection event. This week truly had it all: rain, sun, thrills, spills, bonfires, outdoor fun, indoor fun and dogs, plenty of dogs.

Day 3 brought with it beautiful weather and generally fantastic conditions for enjoying the great outdoors of the Quantock Hills – a bit of a contrast to Tuesday and Wednesday, though we like to think they were character building!

Our finalists were up early for the last two rotations of the week and, of course, their final interviews with our CVQO / Outposts panel.

We finished off the day with a very different kind of gun run to the one the cadets experienced on day 1. The teams were mixed up totally and only the group leader was allowed to speak – quite a contrast to Tuesday afternoon’s kick off activity but fascinating to see how they handled the challenge.

On Friday morning the last few ILM Level 3 bits and pieces were tidied up before the candidates departed home for a well-deserved weekend break.

We expect the big question on everyone’s lips is: “When will the South Africa finalists be announced?” Put simply, that very much depends on us receiving everyone’s ILM Level 3 submissions! If we have your work by the end of April, your name is well and truly in the hat. If you have any problems meeting that deadline, please let us know sooner rather than later.

Our staff and mentors would like to say a big thank you to this year’s cadets for being so enthusiastic and engaged throughout the week. We really enjoyed meeting you all.

Ten lucky finalists will of course be off to the House of Lords in June and South Africa in July, but if you’re not on that list, please remember your cadet unit chose to nominate you from all the potential candidates on offer and you should be very proud of that.

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