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Grant will
Gosport get their hands on trophy
Six out
help with
ALWAYS the bridesmaid, never the bride – competitions over the past year, was not the
until now. only cause for pride that evening.
seven for
After coming runners-up on more than Principal guest Cdre Alan Rymer, of
one occasion, Gosport unit has finally HMS Sultan, also handed over a burgee
bagged the coveted Lewington Trophy. to S/Lt Gilbert-Jones, demonstrating that
The cadets of TS Hornet took the cup for TS Hornet, as a result of its annual Naval
maximum overall sports participation in the inspection, is among the top 25 per cent of
NORWICH cadets almost swept
Sea Cadet Central District. the 400 or so units across the country.
the board at the annual East
Pictured left is Southern Area District Other VIP guests at the evening included
Anglia District drill and piping
Officer for the Corps, Lt Cdr Karen the Mayor of Gosport, Cllr Derek Kimber,
competition, held at TS St
LOCHABER unit has been Kristiansen, presenting the trophy to unit patron Lady Fieldhouse, unit president
Edmund, Bury St Edmunds.
awarded a major grant which will Gosport’s Commanding Officer, S/Lt Hilary Rear Admiral Tony Whetstone, Sea Cadet
The team won six of the seven
help its team of volunteers.
Gilbert-Jones, at a special awards evening at Southern Area Officer Cdr Andy Giles,
trophies available – best squad,
Attracting such volunteers in
the unit’s headquarters in Cooperage Green, president of the Gosport Rotary Club Clive
best guard, best colour party,
a remote rural area, where long
Royal Clarence Yard. Evans, chairman of Gorport RNA branch
best team piping, best squad
distances have to be covered, can
But the Lewington Trophy, which reflected S/M Chris Smith and chairman of the
commander (LC Madie Frary)
be problem.
Gosport’s success in a whole raft of sporting Consord Association S/M Peter Lee-Hale.
and best guard commander (LC
In order to attend unit
Tom Hunt).
business, some staff and
committee members have to make
a round trip of up to 50 miles,
including two ferry crossings.
Others do not have to contend
with ferry timetables, but must Dive on Iveston
LC Tom Hunt and AC Martin
Westgate were runners-up in the
individual pipe competition.
The results were recognition for
all the hard work and effort that
the cadets and S/Lt (SCC) Spinks
still negotiate up to 25 miles each
RNR and CPO (SCC) Massen
way on the busy A82 trunk road
which snakes through the Great
A SEA Cadet Corps diving
long-held ambition by both serving
have put into their training in the
Glen, linking Fort William with
team has inspected the hull of
sailors, former Hornchurch unit
past few months.
Inverness and Glasgow.
TS Iveston, and all seems well
cadets, to take part in a dive to
The drill and pipe team
Although they can cope with with the old minesweeper.
inspect the ship’s hull.
members were LC Tom Hunt, LC
As for the verdict, all appeared
Georgie Frary, LC Madie Frary,
the weather, drivers have been The Ton-class vessel was moored
to be in order.
AC Martin Westgate, AC Alex
badly hit by fuel costs. at Tilbury Docks in 1993, and six
The dive showed that the hull
O’Connor, AC Amiee Harvey, AC
Bearing this in mind, the years later formally became part of
appeared to be generally in good
Alan Middleton, OC Sebastian
unit management committee the Thurrock unit.
order, with nothing out of the
Harvey, OC Guy Beavan, Cadet
successfully applied for a Lloyds The diving team, led by PO
ordinary to report.
Richard Lansdell, Cadet Leanne
TSB Foundation for Scotland (SCC) Rob Waterfield, consisted
The one proviso was that on
Parker, Cadet Ryan Yerrell and
award to help support volunteers’ of three Corps divers – Lt (SCC)
the day of the dive, the Port of
Cadet Mary Connely.
expenses, for unit insurance and June Sigley RNR (Perth), PO
London Authority needed to
Special thanks to Cdt Josh
electricity costs – the result was a (SCC) Stuart McLaughlin
pump water from the Thames into Hunt, who helped tremendously
cheque for £5,530. (Tooting and Balham) and LC
the dock, which gave problems on the day and who stepped in
Unit chairman John Frank O’Driscoll (Greenwich,
with visibility. at short notice as reserve during
Fotheringham said: “It is difficult Deptford and Rotherhithe) –
Lt (SCC) George Wilson RNR, training sessions.
to obtain adult volunteers, so and two sports divers from the
Executive Officer and Marine
this grant from the Lloyds TSB Royal Navy who have close links
Engineer Officer of TS Iveston,
Foundation is extremely welcome. with the ship, ETME(1)s Bill
said: “We hope to welcome the Double
“It is not an extraordinary Gibson (HMS Nelson) and Luke
diving team back onboard Iveston
amount of money, but it is Bailey (HMS Exeter).
in 2009 and hopefully make
certainly a welcome boost and Knowledge, skills and
Iveston a permanent feature in the victory for
should allow us to budget right techniques gathered from various
diving specialisation’s diary.”
through until next June. diving courses were put to the test
Coastal minesweeper HMS
“It will allow us to reimburse during the exercise, with the all-
Iveston (M1151) was built by the Walton
those who give up their time to important dose of reality giving
Philip and Son yard at Dartmouth
help us. Yes, they are volunteers, some food for thought.
and launched in the summer of WALTON-on-the-Naze unit has
but they shouldn’t be out of As PO Waterfield noted: “Doing
celebrated a double victory at the
pocket because of it. searches and inspection in a She was one of a numerous
guard and piping competition held
“Many travel in from outside training pool is all well and good, class of ship – more than 100
at the Martello Holiday Camp in
Fort William, including the but actually attempting to inspect Tons were produced – built
Ardnamurchan peninsula, so it’s a ship’s hull and seabed around with a double mahogany hull
After many months of extra
hard for them.” the ship with visibility no more on aluminium alloy frames to
training and against strong
One welcome consequence of than 0.5m brings a completely reduce the magnetic signature in
opposition from Hornchurch unit,
the grant is that it releases reserve new dimension to diving.” their prime role as minesweepers,
Walton’s guard team lifted the
funds which can now be spent The Iveston dive was the though they also served as patrol
trophy for the third consecutive
on providing the cadets with culmination of a course of ships (particularly effectively in
year after an impressive display
additional training opportunities. instruction, and also fulfilled a Hong Kong), and a variety of
other roles.
POC Jay Wacham was also
rewarded for his outstanding
efforts by winning the best guard
● LC Frank O’Driscoll and
ETME(1) Bill Gibson at TS
commander trophy.
Iveston’s bow
This year’s individual pipers
also made their mark, with OC
Tom Horton taking second place,
Full diary for TS Laforey
just one point behind the winner,
while fellow cadet Casey Brown
finished fourth.
Team pipers AC Linda Richards
THE calendar has been of particular significance for minutes silence in their new home Rushden.
and OCs Grace Roper and Tom
cadets of Northampton and Wellingborough unit The cadets of the Wellingborough satellite unit
Horton finished second overall.
of late. then turned their minds to preparations for the visit
CO S/Lt Gary Dodd said: “This
Around £200 was raised at the unit’s annual by the Eastern Area Officer, Cdr Clive Smith, who
has really been our year.
bonfire and fireworks party (which will be used for (as Navy News went to press) was due to tour the
“We are all very proud of the
the replacement of training equipment), which fell in unit and meet the cadets during his first visit to the
cadets – they have worked their
the same week as the Hallowe’en party. new Rushden home.
socks off over the past year.
“The unit has attended every
As usual, guys (and the odd carved pumpkin) were Grants from the High Sheriff’s Fund and the
competition, with the cadets
burnt on the bonfire with all due ceremony, and the Inland Waterways Association helped buy new oars
winning gold medals at shooting,
cadets entered into the spirit of things by dressing for unit rowing boats, which should get more cadets
athletics, pulling, seamanship and
up, playing grisly games and attempting to scare afloat during the 2009 boating season.
guard, and silver medals in sailing,
each other. As well as the regular ceremonial events, cadet
swimming and piping.”
They then threw their weight behind training carried on as normal, with local boat work
● SEVEN new members were welcomed into the 1st Watchet Sea
Remembrance ceremonies, helping the Royal British training weekends and a group attending a week-long
Scout Troop (RN Group 63) at a ceremony held in the middle of the
Legion to raise more than £600 for the Poppy offshore cruise in the TS John Jerwood.
Bristol Channel. The seven were part of a group of 12 which spent
Appeal, and attending parades in Northampton and Unit footballers are looking forward to representing
the afternoon on the 66ft traditional Danish sailing vessel Josefi ne,
Wellingborough. Northamptonshire in the regional competition in
thanks to her owners. During their trip the scouts tested their
Almost 60 cadets and 16 instructors from TS Cambridge – and there is also the small matter of
knowledge on the use of sails as well as learning about navigating
Laforey paraded in Northampton at the same time the end-of-year carol service and the various festive
the wooden vessel. Five of the Watchet scouts are pictured above
as 13 cadets and four instructors observed the two parties and discos to consider as well.
taking a well-earned break during a hard afternoon’s sailing
THE Sea Cadet Corps was well-

represented at the Annual Service
Good look at carrier
for Seafarers at St Paul’s Cathedral
in London – though for some it
presented a quandary.
Cadets from the two closest
units, Southwark and City of
MEMBERS of the Chelmsford and Barrier and continue upriver, past the
London, are involved every year,
Walton-on-the-Naze units jumped Millennium Dome (now the O2) and,
but several members from both
at the chance to join aircraft carrier having turned around mid-stream,
have the dilemma of choosing
HMS Illustrious as she sailed from complete her journey stern-first.
between parading with the cadets
Portsmouth to London. A couple of hours before arriving
or with the London Nautical
The cadets spent two days on board, at their final destination, Greenwich,
School, barely 15 minutes walk
tramping the length and breadth of the cadets joined the ship’s company
from the cathedral.
the ship from the galley to the bridge, on the flight deck to line the side of
For newly-qualified POC
taking in areas such as the sick bay and the ship in traditional Royal Navy
George Whitfield it had to be with
weaponry along the way. fashion – a very proud moment for the
the school this year as he has
Eating and sleeping on board gave youngsters (pictured right).
the role of Drill Master – he is
the cadets of training ships Upholder The visitors reluctantly disembarked
also a cadet drill instructor at TS
and (appropriately enough) Illustrious at Greenwich having had a busy and
Cossack, the Southwark unit.
an unrivalled view of life in the informative two days. This year the Princess Royal
Senior Service and how the different Both units were grateful for the attended with Vice Admiral
specialisations go about their business. opportunity to join the carrier, and Timothy Laurence, alongside
Having sailed from Portsmouth passed on their thanks to the ship’s Captain of the Corps Capt
on a Monday, the following day saw Commanding Officer, Capt Steve Chick, Jonathan Fry and London Area
the carrier pass through the Thames and his “fantastic” ship’s company. Officer Cdr Paul Haines.
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