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BRNC funds berths on sailing ship

THE generosity of the good folk at Britannia Royal Naval College has meant that local Sea Cadets can enjoy a spell aboard a square rig sailing ship later this year. Members of Dartmouth unit will be taking up places on Corps flagship TS Royalist, thanks to a donation from the BRNC charity chest.

The College has given £1,000, which will be used to send six cadets to sea for a week on board Royalist. The vessel undertakes six-

day voyages for up to 24 cadets at a time around the UK and near continent from March to November, giving youngsters a taste of life at sea working as the crew of the ship. Cadet Leanne Bovey, aged 15, one of those who will be spending a week on Royalist, has been a Cadet for just over a year. Leanne said: “I think I’ll benefit a lot from going on the Royalist. “It’ll be good to learn outside the classroom and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new people.

“I’m considering a career in

the Royal Navy, so I’m planning to take advantage of every opportunity the Sea Cadets can give me.”

The unit will also use part of the donation to subsidise members of the junior section when they take part in offshore away-days on board TS John Jerwood. Cadet Emily Hodge, aged 15, spent a week on Royalist in 2011 and is looking forward to another challenge.

“This donation will help

towards my bursary for a trip on the John Jerwood,” said Emily. “I had an amazing week on

Royalist last year, but with John Jerwood being a power boat, it’s going to be completely different. “I’m hoping to get more qualifications from my time on board and some more sailing experience, which will help me in the future as I’d like to have some sort of career on the water.” Since 2000 staff and officer cadets under training at BRNC have raised over £118,000 for good causes through a variety of charity events.

At the end of each term

donations are presented to representatives from organisations deemed successful in their bid by the College Charity Committee. As well as the donation to the Sea Cadets, beneficiaries this term included the Townstal Community Hall Association, who were given £250 to assist with the cost of providing vital services free of charge to the community. Representatives from SSAFA Forces Help were given a cheque for £100 as the proceeds from the annual ‘Big Brew’ event. Rowcroft Hospice received

a donation of £282.60 raised during the College’s ‘Yellow Day Cake Sale’ and a presentation of £500 was also made to Bidwell Brook School towards the development of their new playground.

Scottish units help at charity concert

MORE than 60 cadets and staff from Scottish units lent their support to the Seafarers UK Royal Marines Band concert at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. Six units were represented –


Dunbar, Musselburgh, Leith, Edinburgh Trinity, Grangemouth and Airdrie. Cadets and adult

helped out in the galley and pre- concert reception, hosted jointly by Seafarers UK and the Sea Cadet Association in Scotland. They also sold programmes

l With the Royal Marines Band Scotland and the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society singers onstage, cadets line up in front of the audience as Capt Nick Davies, the Scottish representative of Seafarers UK, addresses the audience

some of the cadets to share their experiences with the 140 members of the audience at the reception. AB

Musselburgh unit, the

confidence skills, Finlay Cummings,

being a member of the Corps for more than two years.

Hectic programme on Rock for CCF party

TWO dozen members of the Calday Grange Combined Cadet

Force enjoyed a

busy programme when they undertook an expedition to Gibraltar.

The 24 cadets, representing

the Royal Navy, Army and RAF contingents from Wirral-based Calday Grange Grammar School CCF, have just returned from a hugely successful expedition to Gibraltar.

Hosted by the Royal Gibraltar

Regiment, the cadets and adult supervisors spent eight very full days and nights undertaking a huge variety of activities whilst on and around the Rock, including sailing,

kayaking, trips diving and

water-skiing. There was plenty of off-duty time in the programme as well, with

to see the famous

Barbary apes and to visit some of the 30km of caves and tunnels which honeycomb Gibraltar. There were many highlights of the trip, including being able to stand in the middle of a live runway to be photographed. The main road from Gibraltar to Spain crosses at its centre, and is believed to be the only international airport to have a road across the runway. Another highlight was a day of scuba diving, held in Rosia Bay, the very spot to where the badly- damaged HMS Victory, bearing the body of Admiral Nelson, was towed after the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Coincidentally,

the Calday

party were in Rosia Bay, once the site of a Royal Navy victualling yard, on Trafalgar Day itself. Main Street, with its shops and

cafés, was a particular draw for the Calday party, who were to be seen in their distinctive maroon

l Dinghy sailing in the sunshine within sight of the runway at Gibraltar (above) and the Calday Grange CCF group pictured in the middle of the airport runway (right)

‘Operation Caldean Rock’ hoodies window-shopping or enjoying a cool drink in the 85°F heat, while the folks back home were shivering in autumnal chill. The success of the visit was in

no small part down to the warm welcome and support from their Gibraltarian hosts. Party leader Maj Derek Adcock

said: “Everyone had a brilliant time and came back with many happy memories.”

New wheels for New Romney

NEW Romney unit’s annual presentation evening was a particularly memorable during

presented with their new minibus. The £17,000 cost was met by £10,000 from Magnox,

proceedings they event were –

from the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Community Fund and £2,000 from Kent County Council. The evening began with the cadet band playing to a packed deck of guests and parents,

the dignitaries making individual presentations to cadets who have


made the most improvement during the past year. A further

demonstration was

given by the Junior Cadets, showing their proficiency at tying a variety of knots.

followed by

l From left: Cllr Carole Waters, county councillor for Romney Marsh, John Maundrell of Magnox and Lt Cdr (SCC) Don Davies RNR (retd), chairman of New Romney unit, in the new minibus.

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The new minibus will be used to transport cadets and the band to all events and numerous activities. Guest of Honour was Cdr Andy Giles and other guests included John Maundrell,


manager at Magnox, Cllr Carole Waters, the county councillor for Romney Marsh, Cllr Roger Joynes, the Mayor of New Romney, and representatives from the RNA and Submariners Association. The minibus was presented by Mr Maundrell and Mrs Waters. Hon Alderman Terry Preston

thanked the generosity of the

sponsors on behalf of the unit. The minibus will be made

available for use by other community groups in the area. In his reply, Mr Maundrell said

how impressed he was with the cadets and the unit and what a pleasure it was to see so many youngsters, who are often viewed in a poor light, devoting so much time and effort to improving their lot. Concluding proceedings,


Giles thanked the unit for a very enjoyable evening and congratulated the cadets on the progress made and encouraged them to continue the many activities and achievements into the future. Following this a buffet in the wardroom was enjoyed by all.

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and raffle tickets, and manned the collecting cans for the retiring collection in aid of Seafarers UK. The concert achieved a record audience of 1,100 people, with the Sea Cadet Association of Scotland accounting for 88 of them. The show itself featured four conductors, the Royal Marines Band Scotland (including a talented organist) and the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society – and the general consensus was that the performance was one of the best seen. The


A good year but further challenges lie ahead

ST AUSTELL cadets can look back on the second half of 2012 with a certain amount of satisfaction. The unit, based at TS Hood, has seen members

in offshore training, a visit to a state-of-the-art Royal Navy warship, represent the unit at civic events, and bag their share of the silverware on offer at Corps sporting events. AC Lewis Winnett and AC

Rowan Truscott had an excellent time whilst sailing aboard the tall ship TS Royalist, flagship of the Sea Cadet Corps. Cadets

invited to visit Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon, the fourth of the six-strong class of air defence ships, on her visit to Fowey in Cornwall during a break in her Flag Officer Sea Training programme. St Austell cadets again won

and staff were also take part

the Cornwall District seamanship competition, and gained a very respectable third place in the South West Area competition, held this time at the Weston- super-Mare unit.

And once again it was a St Austell cadet who was chosen as the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Cornwall – POC Tom Hocking is now actively engaged in this high- profile role. During 2012 cadets represented their unit in all competitions, and their success and enthusiasm are in no small part down to the efforts of the staff (under the leadership of Sub Lt (SCC) Sally Truscott RNR), committee and parents.


workhorse – the minibus, which is nearing the end of its useful life and urgently needs replacing. But such headaches are there to be beaten, and if the same level of commitment and hard work is carried on through 2013 Sub Lt Truscott and her team can look forward to an exciting and 2013.

Successes come across the board

AND speaking of reflecting on a job well done, it wasn’t a bad year for Rickmansworth and Watford unit as well, both collectively and individually.

Cadets from the unit formed a crew in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pageant, bearing one of the Commonwealth flags, while staff at the unit volunteered as Olympics Gamesmakers. The unit also won a burgee for

2012 when Captain Sea Cadets Capt Mark Windsor assessed the level of Rickmansworth and Watford’s efficiency, putting it amongst the top 25 per cent of Sea Cadet units in the country. Cadets won accolades at district

level for their participation and achievement in boating regattas and courses, and they also won trophies at both district and London Area levels in waterborne and other training-based activities, with the power-boating trophy being the most coveted piece of silverware in their locker. Individually the members of the

unit have also stepped up to the mark, with cadets gaining more offshore sailing badges and more waterborne qualifications than in previous years. And it was because of the offshore activities that one of the youngest members of

the unit

was awarded the Cadet of the Year prize. Tom Lisley was offered a place in the London Area race squad on 35ft yachts because of his aptitude and natural ability for sailing. The whole unit is rooting for

him as he prepares for his first competitive races around the east coast of England this year.

One dark cloud on the horizon the condition of the unit’s

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