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22 NAVY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 2009
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■ BRAVE sailors from HMS
Collingwood put themselves
in the firing line when they
volunteered for the Soak a
Sailor stall at the Lee-on-the-
Solent Infant School’s summer
fair.
The Phase 2 sailors helped
set up tables, chairs and tents
and manned the stalls and
bouncy castle before getting
very wet when children (not to
mention parents and colleagues)
enthusiastically threw wet
sponges at them.
PO Simon Hall, who organised
the fair and is also the chairman
of the school’s Parent Teacher
Association, said: “My daughter
goes to the school, so it gave
me great pleasure to raise £500,
which will be spent on enhancing
the lives of the children when
they are at school.”
■ AND at St John’s School in
Gosport more Collingwood
Phase 2 trainees helped with
the preparations for the school’s
100th birthday party.
● The Blue Knights, mostly of the Leicestershire Constabulary, visit HMS Quorn
Children and staff dressed up
for the event in costumes from
the different decades from the
May the Force
school’s history.
The team moved a piano
from inside the school to the
playground, in order to hold the
school blessing in the sunshine.
They also helped with lifting and
shifting the tables for the street
● ‘Challenging’ July weather for the Chara Challenge
Picture: PO(Phot) Gaz Faulkner, Peregrine Trophy winner
Black Knights
be with Quorn
party and preparations for the
visit of the Mayor of Gosport, Cllr
Diane Searle.
Former Master-at-Arms
Malcolm Smith, the finance
governor of the school, said: “We
were thrilled that the Collingwood
DESPITE the distinct lack of coast in the member of the ship’s company) – and a bottle of
team was able to lend a hand.”
triumphant
midlands region of Leicestershire and
rum!
■ TOTS at a new nursery were
Rutland, it remains proud of its links to the
“The medallions were presented to Stew for
given a special treat when two
Royal Navy and the affiliation between its
making the trip happen,” said Gunner, “and riding
Royal Marines visited them for
with us most of the way. The others went to Lt Cdr
a day.
town of Quorn and the minehunter.
Brett Dawe RAN and to a Leicestershire lad serving
The Marines from 42
PC Alan ‘Gunner’ Morris of the Leicestershire
on board, Phil Bowden. It’s great to have someone on
Commando, based at Bickleigh
PERHAPS it should be no surprise that the Royal Marines of K Company
Constabulary said: “It’s not easy for the crew to
board with connections to the county.”
Camp, joined the children,
42 Commando romped home triumphant ahead of their 46 rivals in this
bring the ship to us, so I decided to ride down to
And in response the policemen bore back to their
aged up to three, at the new
year’s Chara Challenge. After all, the fundraising race does replicate the
meet them!
Leicestershire HQ a framed picture and HMS Quorn
Little Tugs Radford crèche, at
fi nal Commando Challenge.
“The aim of the ride was to forge links and build a
plaque for the office walls.
Plymstock.
The 30-mile race over Dartmoor brought together 208 men and
strong friendship with the ship and its crew.”
A tour of the ship led Gunner to comment: “My
The crèche is part of the
women, service and civilian, in 47 teams to set out at dawn with the July
And so, with the agreement of ship’s CO and
first impressions were how cramped conditions were
Radford Royal Navy childcare
weather promising unseasonal ‘challenges’ ahead.
Chief Constable, plans are being put in place for an
on board. The tour was excellent and very interesting
organisation which put on
Sgt Jonathan Williams of the winning team said: “This was a superb
exchange between the two forces.
indeed.
a week of visits looking at
event – well organised and very competitive. The money we raise will
First up, the Blue Knights – a law enforcement
“Stew also arranged for us to ride around to HMS
uniformed services, including
really be appreciated and will make a difference to the people who need
motorcycle club for police, prison, custom and
Victory for a guided tour of the ship, which was the
the Plymstock Fire Brigade and
it. Hopefully it will carry on next year.”
Service police officers – arranged to journey down
icing on the cake.”
the Ministry of Defence Police.
The Exploiters of UK Landing Force Command Support Group
to Portsmouth to see the Naval warship in her home
From Portsmouth Naval Base the bikers headed
The Royals arrived at Little
base, with a spot of fundraising along the way.
were only eight minutes behind their K Company compatriots, and four
Gunner said: “The response from the Chief
north to Southwick Park where they were hosted by
Tugs with kitbags for the
minutes behind them arrived the Royal Marines Reserves of London – a
Constable down to the staff working shifts on the
the Royal Military Police overnight, and enjoyed a
children to look at, and helped
particularly satisfying third place as they were ahead of 29 other ‘regular’
streets was quite amazing. The support shown to our
tour of Southwick House itself.
them try on hard hats and put on
military teams.
own warship was very heartwarming.
The riders all made donations to the Royal Naval
camouflage face paint.
One of the organisers is former Operations Officer of 3 Commando
“The ride from Leicestershire Constabulary HQ
Benevolent Trust as a fundraising effort.
They also bought a vehicle
Brigade, Lt Col Harry Thomsett, who returned from Afghanistan in
was planned with ship’s crew, PO(D) Jon ‘Stew’
And Gunner has one last message to the men of
for the children to sit in and set
April. He said: “The Chara Challenge has demonstrated that it is pos-
Stewart, the ship’s coxswain, who happens to live in
Quorn: “Sorry it took us 21 years to make contact
up an assault course to them
sible to run an event that both challenges the participants and provides
the Midlands near us.”
with you, but now that we have found you, we won’t
to tackle.
them with an opportunity to raise money for a cause that they feel
The 24 Blue Knight bikers set off from the HQ
let you go. ■ STUDENTS from No 122
strongly about.
in the morning, gathering more allied bikers and
“And remember this, a very warm welcome awaits Course of the Defence Helicopter
“In this instance, through the fundraising efforts of our participants,
minehunter crew members along the way, until a
you all within the Leicestershire Constabulary and Flying School at RAF Shawbury
the Chara Challenge has raised over £70,000 for BLESMA, Combat
formation of 32 bikes arrived at Unicorn Gate.
our county.” headed over to the Hazles Farm
Stress and the Service Benevolent Charities. After a welcome on board – the oh so traditional Gunner adds: “As Rutland is the smallest county in Day Nursery to build a new day
“This money will directly support our injured and the dependants of Naval cup of tea and biscuits – an exchange of gifts the UK, it has the motto ‘mutum in parvo’, meaning area, sunshade for the toddlers’
our fallen comrades. Could there be a better cause?” took place, with the policemen handing over a limited much from little. play area and to plant several large
Organisers are already planning for next year’s event, and a full list of edition print, limited edition Leicestershire police “HMS Quorn is not the biggest ship in the Fleet tree areas.
results can be found at www.charachallenge.com. Donations can still force medallions, a police helmet and a plaque, in but it packs a powerful punch and has an important
■ AND the Commando gunners
be made through www.justgiving.com/charachallengehome. addition to 45 crested alarm clocks (one for each role to play.”
of 29 Commando Regiment at
the Royal Citadel headed over
to Alexandra House Day Nursery
ROYAL NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
to present a cheque for £300
raised by chapel congregation
Replica model hand cast in white metal, painted and mounted on a wooden
collections. The donations
will help Alexandra House
plinth with brass nameplate and hand made gift box.
offer childcare to Service and
ex-Service families at reduced
Light Fleet Carrier 1944 : HMS Colossus, Glory, Venerable and Vengeance ~ £50.00
cost.
Light Fleet Carriers 1952 : HMS Ocean, Theseus, Triumph and Warrior ~ £50.00
■ FINALLY the Marine Engineers
HMS Bulwark 1960 ~ £50.00 HMS Albion 1962 ~ £50.00
from HMS Ark Royal headed over
HMS Victorious Aircraft Carrier 1966 ~ £60.00 : HMS Eagle Aircraft Carrier 1964 ~ £60.00 (Pictured)
to the Rainbow Centre in Fareham
HMS Ark Royal Aircraft Carrier 1977 ~ £60.00 : HMS Hermes Aircraft Carrier 1982 ~ £60.00
to brighten up the building.
All models plus post and packing £8.00 (UK Only) Ten volunteers, led by LMEA
Mark Husband, set to work
painting interior walls, cleaning
£60.00 the outside of the building, and
other work around the site.+ £8.00 P&P
The centre helps children with
(UK Only)
cerebral palsy, adults with multiple
sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease,
and recovering stroke victims.
■ AND, while not actually
schools, the Yellow Ribbon
Moonlit steps
Foundation has launched its
Christmas Prize Draw fundraiser
in aid of the Forces Children’s
Trust.
To order your model send your name, address and daytime telephone number,
MEDICS from the HMS Nelson Medical Centre raised some £1,200 For more details or tickets
along with your cheque or credit card details to: when they completed a 12-mile ‘moonlight memories walk’ through (50p each) visit www.shop.
Skytrex Ltd, Unit 1 Charnwood Business Park, North Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 1LE
the night-time streets of Portsmouth, in aid of the local Rowan’s yellowribbon.org.uk.
Hospice. The walkers are (pictured left to right) MA Richard Ssunna,
Tel: 01509 213789 Fax: 01509 230874
CPOMA Mike Bosworth, MA Lianne Spiby, MA Leanne Sandford,
email: sales@skytrex.com www.skytrex.com WO Carol Murray-Jones, Mrs Nia Brewster, Dr Lisa Randall, LMA
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Clare Williams, and MA Al Zasada (although we have no idea who
the man on stilts is...).
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