good year at Eastbourne
EASTBOURNE unit is planning yet another successful year having been awarded both the Stephenson Trophy and the coveted Gibraltar Cup for the second year in a row. The Stephenson Trophy is presented annually to the best unit in each of the areas, and Eastbourne took that honour in the Southern Area. It is awarded after units are assessed on a number of criteria, including cadet and staff training qualifications (Eastbourne have managed to achieve in excess of 400), attendance of local civic ceremonies, area and national events.
The Gibraltar Cup is an annual competition held at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre at Lympstone in Devon, and awarded to the best National Royal Marines Cadet Detachment. Eastbourne was absolutely delighted to have recently been nominated for a third year. Commanding Officer Lt (SCC) Stephanie Juniper RNR said: “We are so proud of everything the unit has achieved and the great enthusiasm,
pride shown by each and every cadet.
couldn’t have asked for more” The cadets were also given top marks in their annual Royal Navy Parade, the honour of attending the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Royal Pageant and both the Buckingham Palace concert and garden party and the National Trafalgar Parade, as well as local events including Airbourne, the Beachy Head marathon and – for the first time – they carried the town’s colours flag during Remembrance Sunday Parade. After 13 years at the helm, Bob Hamblyn, the unit’s chairman, has finally hung up his towel. He said: “It has been a fantastic
13 years and it is truly incredible to see the unit grow from strength to strength.
chairman, Mike Jones, all the best and hope the unit can keep on growing.”
Volunteers on list
TWO volunteers with the Sea Cadets made the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Lt Cdr (SCC) Terry Gillard
RNR was awarded an MBE and CPO (SCC) David Moody was awarded the BEM. Lt Cdr Gillard works tirelessly
in the background of the Corps, designing and running adult training courses. He was a member of the
Berkshire District team before taking over as ASO (IM) and is currently HQSO (IM).
Jersey unit whose links with the organisation go back almost six decades.
CPO Moody is a member of Badge of honour
A SEA Cadet from Reigate unit has been chosen as the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey’s Cadet. LC Nicole Lambert attended a reception at Clandon Park in Guildford, where she was presented with her badge and a certificate by the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Dame Sarah Goad (pictured above).
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“The Sea Cadets have always been dear to my heart and I will surely miss it.
“It is truly amazing – we commitment and
Bishop calls by
SOUTHPORT had the honour of hosting the first visit by the Bishop of the Forces to a Sea Cadet unit.
The Rt Rev Richard Moth
was visiting the North West of England and staying as a guest of Southport unit’s padre, Fr David Gamble, who is parish priest of Our Lady of Victories Roman Catholic church in Hightown. And as befitted a special visit, the cadets and juniors had a great time showing the bishop exactly what Sea cadets get up to.
PO (SCC) Tim Petford, Officer- in-Charge of Southport,
“Father Gamble told us Bishop Richard really enjoyed the night (and the cakes!) and asked me to pass on his thanks to the Officer- in-Charge, First Lieutenant and all the cadets and staff for a most enjoyable evening.” Four of the unit’s cadets qualified in the cook/steward specialisation were also able to assist at a dinner held by Father David at the church the following evening.
Jubilee Volunteer award for Corps
THE SEA Cadets have announced they have received the coveted Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award
2012. To mark the Diamond Jubilee,
60 recipients were announced through
Palace and Cabinet Office Press Notice.
The nomination of the Corps
was endorsed by First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, highlighting the staunch support the organisation enjoys from the Royal Navy. A spokeswoman for Marine Society Sea Cadets, the parent
organisation of the Corps, said: “This award is recognition of the great work that Sea Cadets and our volunteers do, and we are immensely proud and honoured to be recognised in this way.” Captain Sea Cadets, Capt Mark Windsor RN, said: “This award is the icing on the cake for what has been an incredible year for the Sea Cadets, culminating in our 55-strong diamond formation of boats carrying the Commonwealth flags in our Patron the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Thames river pageant in June.” Former Second Sea Lord and
now trustee Sir Alan Massey said: “I’m absolutely thrilled for all
those who have made this happen through their tireless efforts.” And MSSC president Admiral
Sir Peter Abbott added: “This is wonderful news and so well- deserved – a grand way to end a grand year. “Many congratulations to you
The award will be formally presented at a reception at Buckingham Palace in late spring. The Sea Cadets are in good company
– other recipients
include the RNLI, the Scouting Association, the NSPCC, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sue Ryder, the PDSA and the London Olympic Gamesmaker volunteers.
First diplomas for Rye
RYE unit are celebrating after PO James Jury and LC Edward Jury scooped top grades in their exams – giving the Kent group their first such diplomas.
They both gained distinctions the Level
2 BTEC First
Diploma in Public Services – a course which combines theory and practical elements with an emphasis on leadership, teamwork, communications, problem-solving and fitness. This internationally-respected qualification is equivalent to four GCSEs at A*- C level, or standard grades at levels 1-3 in Scotland. The syllabus has been designed to improve valuable life skills. Cadets learn professional CV preparation,
techniques, communication, first aid, adventure training, health and nutrition. And, best of all, it is free for
The Officer-in-Charge at Rye, CPO (SCC) Steve Smith,
Reins are handed over during RN inspection
THERE has been a change at the top of Bollington
Macclesfield unit. Lt (SCC) David Thickett RNR has handed over the reins at TS Ardent to Lt (SCC) Karen Black RNR after eleven-and-a-half years in command. The handover was carried out
during the annual Royal Naval Inspection, when units prove that they are operating to the strict guidelines laid down by the Sea Cadet Corps and their sponsors, the Royal Navy. Lt Thickett took command in
May 2001 as a fresh-faced young Probationary Petty Officer (PPO). During his time at the helm, the unit has grown in strength and confidence to become a vibrant and successful team.
Although relinquishing the of commanding officer, Lt
Thickett is staying on to undertake the duties of executive officer and assist the new CO to take the unit forward.
A few days after the handover
TS Ardent dined out the retiring CO at AstraZeneca, attended by members of staff and the unit management committee as well as the unit’s president Lord West of Spithead, who was the Commanding Officer of HMS Ardent when she was sunk during the Falklands campaign and is now Life President of the Sea Cadet unit. He was joined by members
of the HMS Ardent Association, with whom the unit maintain a very close relationship. Just a fortnight after the
handover, the unit was advised that it had achieved the top status at the annual Inspection and had consequently been awarded the Sea Cadet Corps’ coveted burgee for the fifth year in a row, putting it in the top 25 per cent of units across the country.
SEA Cadets featured prominently on ITV’s This Morning daytime show last month.
The flagship show’s ‘You
Can Be Heroes Week’, run with the help of the Prince of Wales featured Sea Cadets alongside other Youth United organisations. The second day of the initiative broadcast footage of Sea Cadets at a Youth United event at Safeside in Birmingham.
l LC Edward and PO James Jury with their Level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Public Services certificates, presented to them by Rye OiC CPO (SCC) Steve Smith (centre)
“Presenting these awards has been one of the highlights of the year and makes volunteering worthwhile.
“Both James and Edward have
worked hard in their free time, attending Rye Sea Cadets and working towards the Diploma.”
The campaign aims to encourage people to volunteer, or get involved with a charity. To find out more about
volunteering with the Corps see the special volunteer page at www. sea-cadets.org/volunteer.aspx
, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ex-cadet is ideal role model
A FORMER Sea Cadet who is now a commander in the Royal Navy was the ideal person to present prizes at the Gosport annual awards evening, according to the unit’s commanding officer.
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PO (SCC) Carlton Strudwick, in his address, said how pleased he was that Cdr Ian Harrop, Commander Marine Engineering at HMS Sultan, would be presenting the awards, as the former cadet was an ideal role model for the current members of the unit. Also present at the evening was
the Mayor of Gosport, Cllr Richard Dickson, accompanied by Cllr Heather Carr.
Unit patron Rear Admiral Tony Whetstone RN (rtd) and his wife were also in attendance, as was unit president Cdr Mike Shrives RN (rtd). Other guests included life vice president Ann Bowden, Capt John Rimington
of l Cdr Ian Harrop with award-winners from Gosport unit 38 FEBRUARY 2013 : the Bernard Sunley
Charitable Foundation, Clive Evans (Gosport Rotary), S/M Nobby Clark, chairman of the Gosport branch of the Royal Naval Association, Capt
John McGrath (Chairman Portsmouth Retired Naval Officers’ Association) and Brian Baker 8970).
After the award winners had picked up their prizes and certificates, the final presentation of the evening was made. And that saw Cllr Carr, on behalf of
the mayor, hand a cheque for £200 to the unit’s general fund. The cash came from the Mayor’s Charity Fund,
and the donation
demonstrated his support for the marvellous work done by unit management commanding
committee, the officer and staff in
providing such worthwhile activities for the young people of Gosport. In his closing remarks Cdr Harrop praised the cadets for their smart turnout and for the effort they had shown during 2012 in gaining the awards.
He commented on how the things he had learnt as a Sea Cadet had given him a sound basis for his later career – and how much fun and friendship he had experienced as a cadet.
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