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IF YOU’RE on the Isle of Wight
and spot about 30 walkers in
fancy dress, don’t worry, you’re
not seeing things. It’s just the
STAMINA… grit… Marine Engineering Department
● Gomer School children at HMS Collingwood
determination… discipline –
from Ark Royal doing a spot of
all qualities in evidence when
pre-deployment bonding – as
children from Gomer Junior
you do.
The sailors set off from Ryde
Bikemen and
School in Gosport visited
the Collingwood Field Gun
at the end of June to walk the
62-mile Coastal Path around the
Team (and that was just the
Isle of Wight, camping along the
schoolchildren – Ed).
way and living off ration packs.
The pupils, aged ten and 11,
The money they raise will be
approached the field gunners
divided equally between Help For
for help with their personal
Heroes and Cancer Research.
development scheme, which aims
The Officer in Charge of
to develop leadership, teamwork,
BIKEMEN from the Maritime with a spot of fund-raising by
the walk, CPOET(ME) Paul
discipline and a healthy lifestyle.
Warfare Centre in HMS walking from end to end of the
Garrard, thought a 62-mile
They figured the field gun team
Collingwood are going to rustle up country – dressed as a 17th-century
walk was the ideal way to help
would provide them with an insight
a meal in return for a bed for the pikeman in full armour.
with command, leadership and
into what it takes to be a field
night when they cycle from John Every time he kits up Malcolm
management training.
gunner, a role which captures
O’Groats to Land’s End. adds another five stone, not to
As well as raising funds, it is
all the qualities the children are
The doughty cyclists – Cdrs mention his half-size replica pike,
an opportunity for the ME Dept
hoping to achieve.
● Collingwood sailors at Little Shipmates Nursery
Richard Buckland and Gavin (he felt the full 16 feet might prove
to get to know each other before
First the 18 pupils tried the low
MacDougall, Lt Cdr David Iliffe, a little impractical) complete with
the Ark deploys for sea training
ropes course, to promote communication
PO Bungy Edwards and Jeremy the H4H flag.
before her regeneration as the
and leadership. Next up was the Sports
Walters of the MOD (pictured Walking without a back-up
nation’s strike carrier at the end
and Recreation Centre, to discuss healthy
above) – are taking part in the vehicle, Malcolm is getting by
of the year.
lifestyle and undertake fitness training.
ride to raise money for Help for with a mixture of camping, B&Bs
Finally the children watched the
Heroes. and a little bit of help from his
12-Pounder Cup Competition on the
Cdr Buckland said: “I am friends in re-enactment groups,
parade ground, with Collingwood’s A and Chatham
looking forward to this event and plus other well-wishers along the
B teams competing.
have been training really hard. We way who offer him food or a bed
Lt Steve Ripley, the liaison officer for
have been offered accommodation for the night.
the visit, said: “The visit provided an
in a number of different military He has already raised over
opportunity for the Field Gun Crew to
helps unit
fire stations, which could prove £7,100 and more donations are
extend its links with the local community,
to be interesting, and in return coming in by the day. Malcolm,
as well as providing inspiration for future
GENEROUS sailors from HMS
we have offered to cook an exotic whose last job in the Navy was
Chatham have raised £1,250 for
meal for them.” manager of the Type 23 Frigate
And it’s not just field gunners who’ve
a high-dependency baby unit
He added: “We’ve had some simulator at the Maritime Warfare
been helping their local schools get
while during their intensive patrol
fantastic offers of support from School, said: “I’ve enjoyed my
into shipshape order – trainees from
in the Middle East.
various businesses and local career and been fortunate that
Collingwood and Raleigh have been working hard as well.
The money was raised in a
organisations.” I’ve never sustained an injury,
First on the list was Little Shipmates Nursery, at Lee-on-
variety of traditional deployment
See even in the Gulf. Collecting for
entertainments, including horse-
Solent Community Centre, where sailors from the Phase 2
to contribute. Help for Heroes is my way of
Training Group in Collingwood spent the day weeding the
racing and a village fete. Three of
Pedalling a bike is one way acknowledging those who have.”
garden and painting fences.
the ship’s company, LLogs(CS)
to get from John O’Groats to Anyone intrigued by Malcolm’s
Nursery supervisor Denise Robertson said: “I am extremely
Andrew White, CPO Andrew
Land’s End – hard work yes, but a adventure can follow him via his
delighted that they are here to do this for us, this was not a nice
Robertson and Logs(CS) John
popular challenge for charities. blog, www.thecharitypikeman.
area before, but it is wonderful what they have achieved.”
Roche, completed a marathon on
Walking in 17th century kit
Next on the list was Uplands Primary School, in Fareham,
a treadmill, rowing machine and
while carrying an eight-foot pike There is still plenty of time to
where groundsman Ken Walters asked for help with a spot of
exercise bike respectively – no
is another… read all about it, because while
landscaping. The Phase 2 trainees moved around gravel and
mean feat in the oppressive heat
Historian and re-enactment many charity efforts are done and
cleared the site to create a new picnic area.
of the Arabian Gulf.
enthusiast Malcolm Cray didn’t dusted between editions of Navy
Despite wind and driving rain, another group of Phase 2
Chatham’s Commanding
make things easy for himself when News, Malcolm does not expect
trainees put their backs into re-landscaping the grounds of Peel
Officer, Cdr Simon Huntington,
he decided it was time to do his bit to reach his destination before
Common Junior School, in Gosport, while the children were on
and members of the ship’s
for Help for Heroes. the end of this month (July) after
company presented the money to
The Chief Petty Officer, who a total of at least 71 days on the
The youngsters returned to school to find their play and
the Children’s High Dependency
left the Navy in May, decided to march, give or take a blister or
seating areas had been cleared and tidied up, shrubs and bushes
Unit of Plymouth’s Derriford
combine his passion for history two.
pruned, and new wood chippings laid.
Hospital, where a delighted ward
And another team from the Phase 2 group took time out of
manager Charlotte Durrant said
their busy training schedule to lend some hands to Siskin Infant
it would be used to create a
School, in Gosport.
parents’ room for visiting family
Their task was to help decorate and tidy up the courtyard
● And on to Uplands
and re-landscape an area which is to become the
CPO Ty Stock, whose son
school’s ‘secret garden.’
Nathanael is a previous patient of
WO Duncan Roberts, who was supervising the
the unit, said: “It will be nice to
trainees, said: “The sailors have been working
have the parents’ room – a quiet
hard for four days in-between training for the
place to go whilst some of the
Junior Leaders’ Field Gun Competition.
treatments are given.”
“When the team finished at the school most
of them spent the afternoon training for the
Trainees from Hawke Division at HMS
Raleigh helped brighten up Antony Church of
England Primary School near Torpoint, painting
the corridors and toilets, and power-washing Clyde
exterior walls.
Taking charge of the painting was AET George DURING her deployment
Salmon, 20, from Bethnall Green. A dab hand to the Falklands, Cpl Emma
with a paintbrush, George worked as a shopfitter Redmayne met an islander called
before joining the RN. Christopher Johnson, an 18-year-
He said: “I think it’s a great idea to come out old who suffers from cerebral
and do something productive to help the local
● Rooting out work at Siskin Infants School
palsy and needed to move to the
Commandos hatch
community. Most of the guys have had some UK to get the treatment he
experience of painting before and were keen to dig out and do a needs.● Raleigh
great job for the school.” sailors help Christopher had to leave his
Head teacher Julie Simpson said: “I am thrilled with the out at Antony mother behind in Stanley because
the Chicks Challenge
work carried out by the trainee sailors which has brightened Church of of the high cost of living in the
up the school brilliantly. Thanks to the time and effort put in England UK. Emma wanted to help, so
by the trainees, we have been able to complete tasks that were Primary School asked LPT Danny Fallon if he
scheduled for much later in the year.” knew a way to raise some money
TEAMS from as far afi eld as Liverpool and London travelled to
for Christopher.
Plymouth for a taste of everyday Marine life with 42 Commando at
Danny decided to research
Bickleigh Barracks.
the weight of HMS Clyde with a
The intrepid volunteers were taking part in the CHICKS Commando
view to bench-pressing the result
Challenge Trophy to raise money for children who need a holiday.
as a combined team effort.
Volunteers from 18 teams tried their skills at wall-climbing, tent-
HMS Clyde (as Navy News
building, rowing, observation and laser rifles – a taste of everyday
readers probably know off the top
Marine training in fact – under the guidance of Major Paul Shergold
of their heads) displaces a mighty
and his men.
1,850 tonnes, but with a fit
The event was sponsored by Foot Anstey Solicitors, and one of their
and well-motivated team which
teams, the aptly-named Going Commando, took the winning title.
started at 12 people and grew to
The Chicks Commando Challenge was organised in aid of CHICKS
16, the volunteers managed to
(Country Holidays for Inner City Kids) which provides safe and carefree
bench press her weight within 18
holidays in Devon and Cornwall for children who are unlikely otherwise
to get a holiday.
Danny said: “It was a fantastic
The children come from a variety of backgrounds, some have been
achievement by everyone, and
neglected, others live in care, and many have sole responsibility of caring
most importantly, we managed
for disabled or terminally ill relatives, with very little help or support.
to raise £1,400 for Scope, the
The organisers hope to have raised more than £6,000 from the day.
charity for young people with
See the website for more details.
● Helping hands at Siskin Infant School in Gosport
cerebral palsy.”
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