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Wedding cascade for prize-winning couple
A COUPLE who run a chocolate fountain has been put up by suppliers to guarantee a to provide the fruit and chocolate respectively
business are heading a competition which will spectacular day for the chosen couple. for the fountain. Sainsbury’s will chip in with
provide a member of the Forces with a first- Among the elements of the prize are a doughnuts for the fountain and flowers.
class wedding. 44in chocolate fountain (worth £500), a cake There are conditions – the wedding must be
The Aimes family trade as Chocorococo, from Passion4cakes (£500), the services of within a 40-mile radius of the DY8 postcode
and in conjunction with the Support Our a toastmaster, Richard Jackson (£400), suit (Stourbridge), and the wedding must be of
Soldiers (SOS) charity decided to provide a hire from Slater’s in Birmingham (£500 plus), a serving member of the Royal Navy, Royal
chocolate fountain package to a member of the Queen’s piper M Halliday (£400), wedding Marines, Army or RAF.
Armed Forces who is getting married in the rings by Kenneth Cooke of Birmingham To enter, email
Midlands this year or next. (£500) and a wedding dress from Gate saying who you are and why you think you
Lesley Aimes said the idea then started to House Brides of Worcester (£700 plus), while should win the prize.
snowball, and now a range of wedding services Somerfield and Giles and Posner have agreed The closing date is October 11 2009.
● Capt Peter Lambourn now...
Full circle
as captain
5,000 hours up for
● Rt Revd Dr Stephen Venner
Bishop to
takes salute
A ROYAL Navy captain took a
trip down Memory Lane when
he inspected the Navy’s newest veteran observers
the Forces
recruits as guest of honour during
a parade to mark the completion TWO observers, one serving career of the young Nige, who aloft in a variety of aircraft, by colleagues on landing after
of their basic training.
and one ex-RN, have each
started life in the RN as a Junior including Wasp, Wessex, Sea King, passing 5,000 hours.
THE Archbishop of Canterbury
For Capt Peter Lambourn had
clocked up 5,000 flying hours
Assistant Cook (Second Class) 33 Jetstream and Lynx.
John, now a civilian with
has announced the appointment
stood on the same parade ground
at HMS Raleigh 34 years before
in careers totalling 77 years.
years ago. The occasion was marked by
SERCO, joined the Navy in 1965
of a new Bishop to the Forces.
having just completed his own
Lt Cdr Nige Cunningham
But he soon had his eyes firmly the Commanding Officer of 702
as an officer and started flying
The Rt Revd Dr Stephen
training in 1971.
Venner will act on behalf of the
passed the milestone in a Lynx of
fixed on aviation, and transferred NAS, Cdr Chris Mahony, who
He completed the Basic
Archbishop, Dr Rowan Williams,
Capt Lambourn joined up as a
702 Naval Air Squadron, based at
to aircrewman before receiving his handed over a bottle of bubbly.
Observer Course at 750 Squadron,
and carry out Episcopal duties
16-year-old in 1975 and went on
RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset. commission as an observer. Down at Culdrose, John Carter
then based at RNAS Lossiemouth,
within the UK’s Armed Forces.
to join the officer cadre in 1979.
It is a far cry from the early The following years saw him of 750 NAS was also congratulated
flying in Sea Prince aircraft, and
Dr Venner, who succeeds the
He saw service in the Falklands went on to fly in Wessex, Lynx and
Dean of Windsor, the Rt Revd
in 1982 and in the Gulf in the Wasp helicopters.
David Conner, will have pastoral
1989 ‘tanker wars’, and as an ‘JJ’ has served as Senior Observer
oversight of Anglican chaplains.
observer has flown in Sea Kings on 750 NAS, as Commanding
Dr Venner has been Bishop of
from a variety of ships. Officer of 819 NAS flying Sea
Dover and Bishop in Canterbury
“I still vividly recall my time King Mk5s and as part of the
since 1999, and served as Rural
at Raleigh, and the pride I felt at Naval Flying Standards Flight.
Dean of Weymouth – which
passing out, with my classmates, Having left the RN in 1997
covered Portland Naval Base and
in front of my family,” said Capt he joined SERCO at 750 NAS
its community – at the time of the
Lambourn. and is now on his fourth tour as
“The training undoubtedly a Qualified Observer Instructor,
As Bishop of the Falklands he
transformed me and my life – for teaching the next generation of also presided over ceremonies in
the better, without question. students on the Basic Observer the South Atlantic marking the
“It was an honour and a real Course. 25th anniversary of the conflict.
privilege to be able to come back
and be part of this occasion.
“This was a special day for
me, but more importantly, it was
a special day for those passing
out, who now move on to their
specialist professional training.”
Capt Lambourn is currently in
charge of all mine warfare, fishery
protection, patrol vessels and mine
clearance diving. ● The HMS Raleigh dental department contributes to National Smile Month Picture: Dave Sherfield
Drilling home the health message
THE dental department at HMS health and overall wellbeing. quick to advise patients that they
Raleigh celebrated National Smile Scientific research links gum are allowed the odd sugary snack
Month with a coffee morning to disease to heart disease, strokes, as long as they clean their teeth
remind staff and trainees of the diabetes, premature births and afterwards and clean regularly
importance of good oral hygiene. low birth-weight babies. between meals.
Organised as part of the British Raleigh’s Dental Therapist, “Most people were surprised
Dental Health Foundation’s PO Lynn McCartin, said: “Our to learn about the correlation
annual campaign, this year’s open morning was a great success between oral bacteria and systemic
push took the slogan ‘Look after and the support from within the diseases.
yourself – brush for health’. establishment was outstanding. “Hopefully the information we
One of the main objectives is “The ‘sugar-free’ sticky buns provided will encourage better
to highlight the links between oral went down a treat, but we were oral hygiene.”
A taste of
EMPLOYEES of catering firm Sodexo at RNAS
Culdrose have been presented with professional
certificates and an award.
● Flag Offi cer Sea Training Rear Admiral Chris Snow has presented
Base Warrant Officer Julie Wilde made the Long Service and Good Conduct awards to fi ve members of
presentations, which included a nomination the Devonport Sea Training staff who have clocked up 135 years
for Sodexo Regional Employee of the Month, between them. Pictured above with Rear Admiral Snow (centre) are
● ...and Peter Lambourn then
awarded to Barry Adkins, who has worked in the (from left) WO1s Dino Lawson, Dave Minnhinnett, Mike Parker and
Award for
WO and SR Mess for 12 years. Pete Footitt, who each received a clasp to their awards for 30 years’
WO Wilde said: “Barry is a font of all knowledge unblemished service, while CPO Jim Rawling (behind Admiral Snow)
in the mess and thanks to him we have the was rewarded for 15 years’ service. Rear Admiral Snow said: “The
Chatham boss
cleanest and smartest mess in the Fleet.” knowledge and experience of these individuals is incredibly valuable
Presentations to mark the successful completion both to my Sea Training organisation and to the Royal Navy.”
RICHARD Holdsworth, Museum of the Level 3 Supervision of Food Hygiene
and Heritage Director at Chatham in Catering course were made to Mike Cross
Historic Dockyard Trust (CHDT), (wardroom head chef), Gemma Turner (Ocean
Amy makes her
has been awarded an MBE for Food Court supervisor), Roger Kay (Ocean Food
“services to heritage in Kent”. Court chef), Angie Watkin-Salt (chef supervisor)
Bill Ferris, chief executive of and Sarah Barrow (wardroom supervisor).
the Trust, said: “Trustees and
mark with new prize
staff at CHDT are delighted that
Richard’s work, both here and in
● Cdr Chris Goodsell bids farewell to his old
AN INITIATIVE to raise the Derek Anthony attended an end-
the wider museum and heritage
command HMS Torbay from atop a missile.
profile of the Association of Royal of-course dinner and presented
community, has been recognised.
But rather than some Dr Strangelove-type
Navy Officers (ARNO) has resulted a Montblanc pen to the top
“He has worked for the Trust
scenario, this missile is a dummy, provided
in a new prize being presented to student, logistics officer Lt Amy
for 24 years, during which time
by his former shipmates to wave him off
top students at Shrivenham. Tomlinson.
his input has been instrumental
in style. Cdr Goodsell spent three years in
in turning the site from unused
charge of the Devonport-based T-boat, and
ARNO now sponsors the Amy has now returned to the
decaying heritage into a thriving
now fi nds himself on the Advanced Staff
first prize at the Intermediate staff at PJHQ, Northwood.
mixed-use community and cultural
Course at Shrivenham. During his time in
Command and Staff Course Formed in 1925, ARNO is the
centre where the significance
command, Cdr Goodsell took the boat west
(Maritime), held five times a year principal organisation that unites
of the heritage has never been
to the United States and east into the Indian
at the Joint Services Command the officer corps of all arms of the
compromised in creating 21st
Ocean. She was also the fi rst submarine to
and Staff College. Naval Service.
century uses.”
be certifi ed with WECDIS electronic charts
To mark the inaugural occasion, See for
ARNO chairman Rear Admiral details.
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