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Petchey A fl ying
Foundation start for
recognises Marines
achievement section
SEA Cadets from London and
WHITEHAVEN unit’s Marine
Essex were presented with Jack
Cadet detachment have got off to
Petchey Achievement Awards at a
a great start with a ‘good’ rating
special presentation evening held
at their first Field Assessment
at the Great Hall in Kensington.
The second annual awards event
Only four groups out of the
honoured 148 young achievers
34 taking part achieved higher
aged 11-25 who were nominated
by their peers and selected for a
“This really is a fantastic
variety of achievements.
All Achievement Award winners
result,” said Sgt (SCC) Simon
received a medallion to go with a
Gray, Whitehaven’s Marine
framed certificate and cheque for
Cadet Detachment Commander.
£200, previously presented.
“The first time they take part,
● The Sea Cadets Massed Band performs at Edinburgh Castle
Prize money has mostly been
most sections will be rated ‘fair’,
spent on extra resources and
In addition, 48 adult leaders
Musical cadets make history
or possibly ‘satisfactory’.
“For us to get ‘good’ on our
first assessment is a tribute to the
were honoured for demonstrating,
skills, dedication and enthusiasm
in an outstanding way, an ability
of the cadets who took part.”
to motivate young people.
SEA Cadets from Arbroath, Dundee and This honour was accepted by the cadets, who the Massed Bands to the tune of Highland
Each section of eight cadets
They received a medallion and
North Shields came together to form a Sea were then given three slots in the programme. Cathedral.
is assessed against a variety of
a framed certificate.
Cadet Massed Band to play Beat Retreat at The cadet band marched on to the first slot They then marched of to the Sea Cadet tune
criteria, including camouflage
The awards are worth £30,000
Edinburgh Castle – the first time that such a with Huntsman’s Chorus, marching through the of Ready Aye Ready.
and concealment, weapons drills,
each year to the 45 units actively
band has played at the venue. gates into the esplanade through the ranks of Afterwards, the cadets were praised by
quality of briefing from the cadet
engaged in the JPF Awards
The Sea Cadets were asked to perform the Pipes and Drums. the public and the Massed Bands for their
alongside the Massed Pipes and Drums of the The finale – and highlight for many – was performance – and were asked to perform
in charge and the execution of
Around £1.4 million has been
Royal British Legion Scotland. to see the band play with the Pipe Majors of again next year.
a section attack, a type of mock
awarded since funding began, Ratings are based on an overall
including £1 million for the
purpose-built training ship TS
Jack Petchey (see below right).
Capt Jonathan Fry, Captain of
Sea Cadet Corps, said: “The Jack
Petchey Foundation and the Sea
Cadets have a lot in common.
Senior Service wins
points score and range from
‘poor’ to ‘superior’.
The highest graded
detachment is usually also
nominated as a potential recipient
of the Gibraltar Cup, an award
made to the best Marine Cadet
“We are here to help youth to
detachment in the UK.
achieve – what a great partnership
we have.
“This is the first time we have
ever had representatives from
every Sea Cadet unit in London
and Essex in one place and we
have Jack Petchey to thank for
top Regatta trophy
The Whitehaven unit’s
Commanding Officer, Lt (SCC)
Peter Lucas RNR, said that he
was extremely pleased with the
result, which was not only an
excellent achievement for the
cadets but reflected well on the
The Jack Petchey Foundation,
quality of the training given by
based in Ilford, aims to help
his Marine Cadet Detachment
THE Royal Navy were the events and experiences.
develop the potential in young
winners of the Shipwrights
Sea Cadets aged between 14
people aged 11-25 in London and
“I would also like to offer
Trophy at the annual Royalist
and 18 tested their yachting skills
our sincere congratulations
Since it was established in 1999
Regatta on May 13 in aid of
against teams of experienced
to Barrow-in-Furness Sea
grants of over £50 million have
the Sea Cadets and the Duke
sailors, and while not winning the
overall trophy, stole the award for
Cadets, TS Sovereign, who were
been awarded to a wide range of of Edinburgh Awards.
‘Best Dressed Crew’.
rated ‘superior’ in this Field
schools, clubs and organisations. A dozen Sunsail Sunfast 37
The racing, in light winds and
Assessment,” said Peter.
For further details visit the yachts raced in the Solent off
strong tides, was a tactical affair,
foundation’s website at www. Portsmouth to raise funds for
and four of the eight-strong crews the charities which support
were still in contention when the Buxton
young people by boosting their
crucial race got under way – but
confidence through challenging
it was the Senior Service yacht,
sponsored by Rear Admiral Sir
win praise
Donald Gosling, which came up
spent on
trumps and took the Shipwrights
Trophy, the main prize on offer.
for sailing
water gear
The regatta involves a great deal
of fun and competitiveness, with
BUXTON cadets were
prizes for other ‘achievements’
congratulated on their sailing
besides winning – including the
prowess at the unit’s inspection
ONE of the Plymouth Sea Cadet
Bonham Telescope for “the crew
units will be kitted out with some
and annual general meeting at
most in need thereof”.
new gear, thanks to sailors from
their Silverlands headquarters.
The Earl of Wessex, Trustee of
the Defence Maritime Logistics
Inspecting officer Lt Cdr
the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award,
School (DMLS) at HMS Raleigh.
Garner RNR also commented on
and the Countess of Wessex
TS Manadon plans to use a
the unit’s high standards – two
competed in the regatta, and also
£1,500 donation to buy lifejackets
leading cadets had recently been
attended the Royalist Regatta
and oars, allowing cadets to take
promoted to the rank of petty
Dinner at Boathouse Number
to the water in rowing boats.
officer cadets, the highest level a
Seven in Portsmouth Historic
Lt Cdr Ruth Benton, the CO of
cadet can achieve.
Dockyard, the yachts’ base for the
Manadon, said: “We are extremely
At the AGM Tommy Reddy,
event, as well as presenting prizes
grateful for this generous
a member of Buxton and
● The race committee get the regatta under way from TS Royalist Picture: PO(Phot) Amanda Reynolds at the post-race buffet.
High Peak RNA, presented a
“TS Manadon has for some
cheque to the unit as a donation
time had aspirations to carry out
towards the cost of the proposed
waterborne activities, and now
development of the unit
these aspirations will become a
Ship launch planned
reality. THE Marine Society & Sea Cadets’ new power training vessel TS Jack
Tommy, aged 83, had some
“This money will make a huge Petchey is due to be launched at a ceremony this month in Plymouth.
hair-raising experiences while on
difference to our unit. The 16-berth ship was the target of a £2.5 million appeal launched by
convoy duty in World War 2.
“I am grateful beyond words.” the MSSC in 2006, marking the organisation’s 250th anniversary, and
The veteran has always taken
The money was raised through the Jack Petchey Foundation donated £1m towards the total.
an interest in the Sea Cadets
donations by sailors and other The new 24m ship, built by the Bridgend Boat Co in Plymouth, will
and he previously donated a
guests who have sampled food displace 80 tonnes and have accommodation for four permanent crew
boat to the unit named Little
cooked and served by trainee and three Sea Cadet watch officers in addition to up to 16 cadets.
Tom – his nickname in the
logisticians in the DML facility. Capable of 11 knots, the vessel is expected to be based at HMS
Merchant Marine.
WO Terry Casey, DMLS President on the Thames in London.
As Navy News went to press
Executive Warrant Officer, recently
the cadets of TS Bulwark were
paid a visit to the unit’s HQ at
counting the cash from a flag day
WO Casey said: “I was most
impressed with the unit and the
Rapid change of role
street collection designed to boost
unit funds.
Any youngsters aged between
volunteers who give up their own
One moment they are charging were competing in the London
ten and 18 who would like to
time to train the young people.
around the docklands of area Honda RIB Challenge.
join this lively and successful unit
“A high percentage of Sea Cadets
London, the next they are They didn’t quite win, taking
and perhaps learn sailing or other
go on to join the Royal Navy and
on duty in their best bib and 15th, 16th and 17th place in the
such skills should contact the
most perform exceptionally well
because of the experience they
tucker – life in the Sea Cadets course, which covers slalom,
Commanding Officer, Lt (SCC)
have gained during their time as
is nothing if not varied. circling buoys, man overboard
Bruce Luckman RNR on 01298
a cadet.
The three with little time to and high-speed manoeuvrability
“With the unit run solely by
spare are Cdt Joshua McBride, in just over two minutes.
The unit would also like to
charitable donations we felt that
Cdt Benjamin Wood and OC Then it was a quick change,
hear from adult volunteers who
providing them with this money
Callum Malone, pictured right and off to act as a Carpet Guard
could spare some time to help
was the least we could do for a
in a RIB at the Royal Victoria for the Worshipful Company of
train the youngsters – no Service
very worthy cause.”
boating station where they Tin Platers at Stationers Hall.
experience is required, and
training can be given.
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