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NAVY NEWS, MAY 2002 9 Helping Hands Glaswegian glory

THE CHILDREN of Kelbourne


Needs School delighted in meeting the lads and lasses of HMS Glasgow when the Royal Navy destroyer

visited her

the school as soon as the Type 42 reached the Scottish city, setting up a working party to decorate and maintain the educational facility and spend

namesake city. Willing volunteers arrived at

• Volunteers from HMS Newcastle with the children of Sierra Leone.

Newcastle's quick fix for medical equipment

DURING their visit to Freetown in Sierra Leone, HMS Newcastle's company took on two local projects.

Surgeon General of the Sierra Leone Army, four Chief Petty Officers went

Following a request from the

Wilhcrforce Hospital. The volun- teers were shown several pieces of defunct medical gear, including a portable X-ray machine. Within a few hours, the experts

to the local

went to a local orphanage where they built walls to protect their play-area and roofed an outbuild- ing to keep rabbits.

in weapon systems managed to resuscitate most of the items given in to their tender care. Another group of 15 volunteers

Duke bolsters Scottish hospices

THE CHILDREN'S Hospice Association Scotland was given a total of £218.20 at a presentation on board HMS Iron Duke. The cash was raised during an afternoon of sporting curling action involving representatives from the Warship Support Agency, HM ships Invincible, Liverpool, Iron Duke, Monmouth. Flag Officer Surface Fleet and HMS Caledonia, as well as Babcock BES employees.

there and then Cdr David Dutton, the Commanding Officer of the Portsmouth-based

also made time lo visit the chil- dren's ward at Glasgow's Yorkhill Hospital. The Royal Navy's finest spent

time with the children. In addition to all the hard work,

handed over a cheque for £975 to help the children in the future. The warship's kindly company


time talking and laughing with the kids and staff, before leaving behind another cheque for £600 and armfuls of cuddly toys for the youngsters. The Type 42 received a warm

welcome berthed at Yorkhill Quay near the heart of the Scottish city. Lucky competition winners of

the Glasgow "Meet the Navy" charity auction had enjoyed the three-day journey up to Scotland from Glasgow's south coast base- port.

and Sea Cadets toured inside the Type 42, and the local careers team

• SA Musa Jatta, SA Andy Barsby, MEM Stuart Tuffin and MEA Terry Whittaker from HMS Glasgow with one of the children from Kelbourne Special Needs School.

While alongside, school groups

teams out in the fields of rugby, football and nctball. And the more ceremonial side

hosted a careers forum to promote recruiting. Sporting fixtures led the ship's

of life was covered with a civic reception at the City Chambers, and a cocktail party on board for local dignitaries and friends. The ship says the visit was a great success, maintaining impor-

tant links and renewing old friend- ships with the city: "Glasgow remains a renowned and popular location for sailors and the ship's ties with the city have been greatly strengthened."


• Captain Jerry Betteridge and Dick Shrimpton present the new staff to the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Right Reverend Dr Kenneth Stevenson.

An old crook on the Bishop's new staff

AN EXPERT craftsman at HMS Sultan has presented the Bishop of Portsmouth, The Right Reverend Dr Kenneth Stevenson, with a fine new oak staff for a medieval crook. The Bishop inherited the

was too short for the six foot three inch cleric. When the personnel at

blue sits above the upper joint.

historic crook from his old friend Ted Roberts, a former Archdeacon at Portsmouth and later Bishop of Ely. The crook was mounted on

a transparent Perspex staff, that not only did not suit the period of the piece, but also

HMS Sultan heard about this short staff, they leapt forward with offers to manufacture a more fitting accoutrement. Dick Shrimpton, the civilian Toolroom instructor in the Craft Training Department, set to work, meeting with the Bishop to discuss design and dimensions. The new staff is made of

A naval crown engraved in

about a week working on the new staff, fitting in this labour of grace between other pro- jects and his teaching duties. Dick went to the cathedral

several inches longer than before, and the crazier sits at the Bishop's eye-level. Dick Shrimpton spent

Staff and crook are now

English oak and comes in three sections - that screw together like a snooker cue.

with Captain Jerry Betteridge, CO of HMS Sultan, to present the delighted Bishop with the finished item.

picture: LA Phot Adrian Hughes

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