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:: The Coopers' Cask Competition

Surrey ACF has recently had the honour of being affiliated to one of London’s Livery Companies, The Worshipful Company of Coopers. Many TA regiments and battalions are affiliated to the old Livery Companies but Surrey ACF is understood to be the first ACF County (outside London) ever to have been so honoured.

The co-incidental restructuring of the County into five Companies has provided the basis for a new inter-Company competition sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Coopers.

The Worshipful Master of the Company has presented Surrey ACF with a special presentation cask that will be the prize for the competition – with a smaller cask being given to the winning Company each year to keep. In addition, the sum of £1,000 will be awarded annually to the winning Company (to be distributed amongst its detachments) and the Company Commander and his/her partner will be invited to represent their Company at the Coopers' Annual Banquet, held at The Mansion House in the City of London.

The Coopers' Cask Competition will be run annually from Annual Camp to Annual Camp in conjunction with the Mullens and Maydwell Trophy Competitions, which are for individual Detachments. The combined scores for the Detachments will be added together to give the overall Company Score. A Competition scoreboard will be displayed at County HQ, Farncombe with scores being regularly up dated.

To find out more about the Worshipful Company of Coopers follow the link: http://www.coopers-hall.co.uk



     
 

:: The Coopers' Cask - Scores

The status of the 20010/11 competition is given below 

The new rules require the scores to be calculated quarterly from August to October, November to January, February to April and May to July - concluding at Annual Camp.

Position for August 2010 to April 2011 is:

A Company

B Company

C Company

D Company

E Company

175

180

155

75

100

The final results up to July 2010 will be announced at Annual Camp.

 
     

:: The Coopers' Cask - Winner 2010

Following the runaway success of “A” Company over the last four years, the 2009/10 competition  has been fiercely competitive with all five  Surrey Companies vying for supremacy. In a closely run finish, the winner of the fifth award of the Coopers’ Cask was “B” Company. They were very closely pursued by “C” Company who had challenged all the way. 

"B" Company comprises Detachments from Walton, Leatherhead, Horley, Reigate and Redhill commanded by Major Jamie Rayner.

Major Rayner received a miniature of the Coopers’ Cask from Mr Paul Godfrey, the Master of the Worshipful Company of Coopers, at the Annual 'Dining-in Night' of the Officers of Surrey Army Cadet Force at Swynnerton Camp in Staffordshire on Saturday 21st August 2010.

The winning Company Commander and his spouse were the guests of the Worshipful Company of Coopers at their annual dinner at The Mansion House in London. The Company also received a miniature copy of the Cask and a prize of £1,000 to be distributed between its constituent Detachments.

Since its inception, the Coopers’ Cask Competition has been fiercely contested by all five of Surrey ACF’s Companies that are assessed on all aspects of their training successes, attendance on camps and courses, contribution to the community, public relations successes and much more. The winning Company is truly an all-round success.

The changes to the scoring system initiated in 2009/10 now emphasise achievement over participation and include a number of new categories which have intensified the competition. The rivalry continues.

:: The Coopers' Cask - Winner 2009

The Winner of the Fourth Award of the Coopers' Cask for the year 2008/9 was once again "A" Company comprising Caterham, Felbridge, Horley, Lingfield, and Reigate Detachments commanded by Major David Shipton.

Lieutenant Sue Young-Hotz received a miniature of the Coopers’ Cask from Mr George Prescott the Master of the Worshipful Company of Coopers, at the Annual 'Dining-in Night' of the Officers of Surrey Army Cadets at Okehampton Camp on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon.

The winning Company Commander and his spouse will be the guests of the Worshipful Company of Coopers at their annual dinner at The Mansion House in London. The Company also receives a miniature copy of the Cask and a prize of £1,000 which is distributed between its constituent Detachments.

Since its inception, the Coopers’ Cask Competition has been fiercely contested by all five of Surrey ACF’s Companies who are assessed on all aspects of their training successes, attendance on camps and courses, contribution to the community, public relations successes and much more. The winning Company is truly an all-round success.

The rivalry for 2009/10 has already started and the competition will be hotly contested in an attempt to knock “A” Company off its perch. In 2010 there will be some changes to the scoring system to make the competition more challenging.

 

:: The Coopers' Cask - Winner 2008

The Winner of the Third Award of the Coopers' Cask for the year 2007/8 was again "A" Company comprising Caterham, Felbridge, Horley, Lingfield, and Reigate Detachments commanded by Major David Shipton.

The cask was presented to the winning Company Commander by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Coopers, His Honour Judge Brian Barker QC, at the Annual 'Dining-in Night' of the Officers of Surrey ACF at Westdown Camp on Salisbury Plain.  Judge Barker spent a great part of the Friday watching the cadets on the training area and in his address to the Officers over dinner he commented on the enthusiasm of the cadets he had seen during training and the dedication of the adult staff. 

The winning Company Commander and his spouse will be the guests of the Worshipful Company of Coopers at their Annual Dinner at The Mansion House in London. The Company also receives a prize of £1,000 which will be distributed between the constituent Detachments.

 
     
 

:: The Coopers' Cask - Score Board

Companies can follow their progress on the Coopers' Cask scoreboard, which is located in the foyer at County Headquarters at Farncombe.

If you are not aware of the rules for the competition, which are fairly complex, you should acquaint yourselves with the documents below. The winning Company will be the one in which there is a co-ordinated effort by all detachments. The higher each detachment ranking the more points the Company will accrue. Work it out for yourselves, click on the icons below to see the rules.

The rules have been recently revised and are in the process of being compiled into one document. The competition is loosley based on the Mullens and Maydwell Competition but scores are calculated by Company rather than by Detachment and are published Quarterly rather than at the year end. Some of the input for the competition is calculated on an annual basis and is scored in the final Quarter at Annual Camp. All scores are consolidated at camp and the final winner emerges.

Mullens & Maydwell Competition Rules

Coopers' Cask Competition Rules 2009
 

:: Honour Board

 
YEAR WINNING COMPANY
2005/6 A COMPANY
2006/7 A COMPANY
2007/8 A COMPANY
2008/9 A COMPANY
2009/10 B COMPANY
2010/11 B COMPANY
2011/12 B COMPANY

 

:: The Master's Apprentice 2010

In September 2010 Cadet Under Officer Rachel Tresman of Cranleigh Detachment was selected by the Worshipful Company of Coopers to be a Coopers’ Apprentice. This is a singular honour and Rachel was selected on the basis of her outstanding contribution to Surrey Army Cadet Force and the wider cadet movement.

The Worshipful Company of Coopers has elected to appoint a Coopers’ Apprenticeship each year to a worthy Surrey Army Cadet.

On selection, the candidate appears at Coopers’ Hall and indentures are exchanged with the Master at a dinner. The candidate is then taken to the Guildhall by the Master to register the paperwork with the Court of Alderman.  Thereafter, the Master is responsible for keeping in touch with the Apprentice, inviting them to various functions throughout the four years of their Apprenticeship. There is no cost to the Apprentice and when he or she decides they wish to become a Freeman of the Company they will be able to join fee waived.

The creation of a Coopers’ Apprentice selected from among Surrey’s Army Cadets further cements the relationship between the Coopers and Surrey ACF that has blossomed in the four years that it has existed. 

One former Surrey ACF cadet who was appointed a Coopers’ Apprentice was CA Robert Sobey of the Corps of Drums Detachment, who was chosen through his school, Strode’s College at Egham.

The Worshipful Company of Coopers is one of over 100 livery companies in the City of London and ranks 36th in order of seniority. Their royal charter was granted by King Henry VII in 1501 although the first mention as an ancient craft guild was in 1298. The craft governed the standard of workmanship in the making of wooden casks and looked after the welfare of its members and their families.

As the craft of cooperage has waned over the centuries in England, so more emphasis and activity has been directed to charitable work and educational support. The Coopers administer six charitable trusts, make appointments to the management committee of the Coopers’ Livery Housing Fund and contribute to 120 good causes especially in the East End of London where their roots developed serving London Docks. Coopers Company and Coborn School at Upminster and Strodes College in Egham benefit from the Coopers’ interest and financial help.

:: The Master's Apprentice 2007

Cadet Drum Major Robert Sobey of the Corps of Drums Detachment was The Master's Apprentice for the academic year 2007/08.

The Worshipful Company of Coopers has been associated with Strode's College at Egham since its founding in 1704 by Henry Strode.  Each year a student of Strode's College is chosen by interview from the best students at the college to be the Master's Apprentice. The selected candidate is indentured as an apprentice and receives articles and a small grant towards his or her studies. The Apprentice accompanies the Master at various functions throughout the year and may become a Cooper, in the fullness of time.

Cadet Drum Major Robert Sobey was a key member of the Corps of Drums Detachment at Deepcut where he played side drum, bell lyre and flute. He has also been a key member of the Surrey ACF Band.