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Ardrossan boasts disparate fl otilla
PICTURED is a groups of cadets and staff to the London area thanks to one of their the City of London unit.
on board one of Ardrossan unit’s MOD- boats – the unit exchanged their 1931 The Scottish cadets also paid a visit to
owned boats, the James Caird, once of Montague whaler for a stay on board Chatham Historic Dockyard, where they
the 1967-vintage HMS Endurance. HMS Belfast in the Pool of London – the were able to go on board the Victorian
The boat now boasts the (relative) whaler will now form part of a permanent sloop HMS Gannet, which is preserved at
luxury of a wheelhouse. exhibition on public display. the Medway tourist attraction. A SURPRISED padre was
The unit also has a fast motor launch, a Three members of staff and 12 cadets Their visit to Chatham and their unit’s awarded the Cadet Forces Medal
27ft motor whaler, a 24ft Cheverton motor spent five days on namesake ship was set up by Brenda during the West Yorkshire Sea
boat and a Fairey Huntress, all boats board, during which Ingielwicz of the Chatham Historic Cadets District Trafalgar Parade.
MEMBERS of the Bradford unit
which would have served on various time they got afloat Dockyard Trust. Chaplain (SCC) David Earl
have been taking a turn in the
warships. on London Area While in the capital the Ardrossan group RNR, of Huddersfield unit,
spotlight over recent weeks.
The unit’s First Lieutenant, CPO(SCC) boats with CPO called in at Sea Cadet HQ on Lambeth received his medal from Lord
PO Kieran Kundi was one of
John Macdonald, said there must be Townsend from Road, but Captain Sea Cadet Corps Capt Saint Oswald during the parade
around 500 cadets selected from
many similar boats still in use throughout Jonathan Fry was away on holiday. and service in South Elmsall.
across the country to join the
the UK – presumably many in Not that it mattered too much, as Capt The Rev Earl was delighted at
special guard at the Trafalgar Day
the care of Sea Cadet units. Fry returned the courtesy by visiting receiving such a prestigious award,
celebrations in London towards
Members of TS Gannet the Ayrshire unit during a telling the congregation it came as
the end of last year.
made the long journey south trip north of the border. a complete surprise.
Then PO Wayne Young heard
The applications for the
that he is to receive the Gold Duke
medal had been submitted by
of Edinburgh award, and will
Huddersfield chairman Lt Cdr
shortly be going to London to have
Reg Horner RNR, and kept quiet
his award presented personally by
right up until the presentation.
the Duke of Edinburgh or Prince
Lt Cdr Horner commended the
work that Rev Earl had done for
Last, but certainly not least, PO
Huddersfield unit over the years.
Joanne Goodchild has received
The padre started parading
her Cadet Forces Medal for 12
with TS Highburton during the
years service, having joined at the
1980s, officially joining as unit
age of 13.
chaplain in 1989.
PO Goodchild has a busy life;
Outside the Corps, although
she holds down a full-time job as
now formally retired from his
well as being First Lieutenant (the
parish, David still works hard
second in command) of the busy
within the local community
unit, in which she is a canoeing
as a Chaplain of Huddersfield
Royal Infirmary and sitting on a
She is also an Eastern Area
multitude of committees.
Staff Officer Writer/Stores.
A MAN who devoted almost half
his life to the Corps died on
Christmas Day at the age of 79.
Lt Cdr (SCC) Thomas Griffiths
– known to his many friends
as Ken – served in the Royal
Civic recognition for
HIGHLIGHT of the
Scarborough unit’s recent
special parade night was the
unveiling of a new dinghy named
Navy for eight years, then spent in honour of one of the unit’s
38 years working with cadets, main supporters.
including taking command of the
Sefton unit, TS Starling, until his
retirement in 1994.
He remained an important and
valued member of staff and was
still attending the unit, despite his Sheffield’s hard work
Parents families and friends
gathered to see cadets receive
awards for their efforts during
the past year.
Then came the unveiling of
the Pico dinghy complete with
ill health, until he was admitted to towing and launching trolley.
hospital last November. The boat has been named
A service was held at St Philip’s
CADETS, staff and committee the premises last October that Cllr
summer, thanking them for their years Sheffield’s Royal Naval
Shirley Williamson in
Church in Litherland, followed members of the Sheffield unit
Jane Bird invited members of the efforts and attendance during Reserve training centre, until it
recognition of the fundraising
by cremation at Thornton
were treated to afternoon tea
unit to her civic parlour.
the autumn and early winter of was decommissioned in 1992.
efforts of regulars at the Leeds
crematorium, and Lt Cdr Griffiths’
2007, when much of their HQ, In 2000 ex-members of the
by the Lord Mayor of the city.
Cllr Bird and High Sheriff
Arms pub where Shirley Sheader
family said they were humbled by
Dr Robert Bloomer wanted to
undergoing major restoration ship’s company – Hallamex
(Williamson is Mrs Sheader’s
the fact that some 400 people
The team from TS Sheffield
show their appreciation for the
work, was unheated and lit only – purchased the bell from the
middle name) is the landlady.
attended to pay their respects.
travelled to the Town Hall for
outstanding work TS Sheffield does
by emergency lighting. MOD, and recently decided that
At the end of September Mrs
CPO (SCC) Kenny Griffiths,
the presentation of recognition
in offering so many opportunities
Cllr Bird said: “I’m extremely it should be presented to Sheffield
Sheader presented the unit with
who has followed in his father’s
awards, given in conjunction
proud of all these young people Sea Cadets.
a cheque for £1,500 to help
footsteps as CO of the unit, said:
with the High Sheriff of South
The Lord Mayor and the High
and all their achievements with In the presence of Cdr Smith
purchase the sailing vessel – one
“For myself, I just hope that I can
Sheriff were also impressed with
the Sea Cadets. RN, Eastern Area Officer, and
of many donations made by the
continue his legacy and live up to The unit’s HQ was hit by the way the cadets overcame
“This is a wonderful example of Stuart Chapman, chairman of TS
his high hopes for TS Starling and serious flooding in June 2007, and significant difficulties when their
how young people can succeed by Sheffield, the bell was presented
the Corps.” it was on the official re-opening of training unit was flooded last
taking part in positive activities. to TS Sheffield’s Commanding
“The activities offered by the Officer Lt (SCC) Simon Dunn
Cadets enable them to flourish RNR by HMS Hallam’s former
IN THE report on the
and grow.” CO Lt Cdr Reg Horner RNR
Remembrance ceremony in Poole
The dignitaries presented (Rtd).
Park in our January edition we
awards and certificates to the The bell was mounted in the
inadvertently swapped the names
cadets, who also enjoyed a tour Sheffield unit’s memorial corner
of the Parkstone and Poole units’
of the Town Hall and Council and will be tolled each year on the training ships – Parkstone is TS
Chambers. anniversary of the sinking of HMS Dolphin, and Poole is TS Drax.
The unit’s first major event at Sheffield during the Falklands Which means it was the
its HQ after the flooding was conflict in 1982, as well as during Parkstone unit that supplied three
its annual Royal Navy Parade, Remembrance week. in the colour party and one laying a
when HMS Hallam Association The unit also received a wreath – and Sarah Burton is admin
presented its ship’s bell to TS painting of the Type 42 destroyer officer of the Parkstone unit.
Sheffield after recovering it HMS Sheffield presented by And while we are on the subject
from the archives of Sheffield the Sheffield RNA, which they of slips of the finger, the CO of
Cathedral. in turn had obtained from the Merton unit is Lt Cdr Chris Lowe
HMS Hallam was for many MoD. RN, not Rowe. Sorry!
QE2’s fi nal master
helps raise funds
A FAMOUS mariner was the star Sunderland-born Capt Mr Burch.
turn at a fundraising evening on McNaught told an appreciative “This has been a fantastic night
Tyneside which raised money for audience facts and figures about with a great insight into what it
two maritime charities. the Cunard flagship as well as takes to captain the most famous
Freemasons from the Morden anecdotal tales of his life at sea. ship in the world.”
Lodge in Northumberland raised A fascinating question-and- Event organiser Bryan Conway,
more than £1,200 at a black-tie answer session followed the talk. of Morden Lodge, was pleased
event held at the Newcastle East The liner was handed over to with the amount raised.
Masonic Temple in Byker. her new owners, Nakheel Hotels “Even in these difficult economic
And the main benefactors of in Dubai, last November, and the times, it is reassuring to see that
the evening were the RNLI and process of converting her into a everyone at the event supported
Newcastle East Sea Cadet unit. floating hotel and leisure centre at these nautical charities with their
Almost 50 freemasons and their Palm Jumeirah has begun. excellent donations,” he said. “It
guests enjoyed a three-course Mike Burch, chairman of TS was a truly remarkable evening.”● MORE than 270 North West Area staff and cadets had the chance to go on board aircraft carrier
HMS Ark Royal during her visit to Liverpool. She had carried 50 staff and cadets from Portsmouth – meal, “traditional Geordie songs” Jellicoe, was delighted with the A third group will also benefit
all had a great time, despite some lumpy seas – and in their place members of Huyton with Roby, and a raffle. donation which the unit received. from the evening, with a share
Ellesmere Port, Tameside, Stretford, City of Liverpool and Sefton units provided help for the Guest speaker was Capt Ian “The RNLI and ourselves are of the funds going to the 2009
Corps recruiting trailer and guiding the general public during ship open to visitors. And cadets from as McNaught, the final Master of very grateful for the fundraising Festival for the Royal Masonic
far afi eld as Cumbria, as well as more local units such as Rochdale, were given tours of the fl at-top Cunard’s famous liner QE2. efforts of Morden Lodge,” said Trust for Girls and Boys.
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