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Leader Magazine
SUMMER 1963.
FOREWORD by Colonel T. Lash, OBE.
It is always a sad occasion when an enterprise or activity has to be restricted but due to rising costs the decision has been taken to reduce the number of issues of "The Leader". It will now be produced only once annually as a larger and, we hope, better quality edition. It is my pleasant task to write the foreword to "The Leader" and as always it poses the problem of introducing the magazine to its readers without "stealing the thunder" of the other articles. This first edition of the new "Leader" takes over from the winter edition of the old termly magazine and its factual subject matter and my foreword does in fact therefore cover a six months' period.
The Regiment, in spite of the winter and water supply difficulties, has lost little or no training time and the Spring term results were very good. The only disappointment was the cancellation of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme expedition at Gold Level but to balance this two Junior Leaders, J/CSM Morton and J/Sgt McGurk, were selected so go on an expedition to Greece led by Sir John Hunt. (An account of the expedition by J/CSM Morton is included in this edition). Three officers of the Regiment will also a instructing on National Expeditions to Finland and Norway later this year.
Reports on our various sporting activities appear in detail later in the magazine but I would like to single out the fencers who in the first year of Army Junior Fencing Championships became Western Command Champions and Runners-Up at Aldershot in the Army finals.
The hobby clubs continue to thrive and this term three new ones, Judo, Trampoline and Mechanical Engineering have started. The first two named were proposed by the Junior Leaders and will I am sure be over-subscribed.
Last year we won the Army Arts and Crafts Junior Challenge Shield and forty-three well wrapped exhibits have been sent down to Earl's Court in the regimental minibus in an effort to retain the trophy.
The education results at GCE 'O' level last year were 50 subject passes out of 106 sat which compares very favourably with the national average. This term approximately 150 subjects will be taken and we are hoping for even better results. I have quoted these figures to show that the policy of dividing the training time available equally between education and military training is paying off handsomely and more and more boys are leaving the Regiment for man's service fully qualified educationally for promotion to senior NCO and Warrant Officer.
I know that as you read through this magazine you will not only enjoy it but will appreciate the effort and enthusiasm, of both Junior Leaders and their instructors, which make the numerous activities of the Regiment successful. It only remains for me to wish the Editor and his helpers every success in the production of our new magazine.





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