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42 NAVY NEWS, MARCH 2010
Root and
branch
effort
pays off
ST ALBANS unit cadets
demonstrated they were not fish
out of water when they worked the
land to take part in an attempt to
break a record.
The cadets’ target was to help
plant 20,000 trees in one hour at
the Heartwood forest in the city.
Working with cadets from
Welwyn Garden City, they
formed a team for the record ● Stepping out: Amanda Wilkins,
of TS Defi ance (right) with the attempt at the Sandridge site.
Mayor of Brighton and Hove, And the combined might of the
Cllr Ann Norman Corps helped smash the existing
record of 18,000 trees by topping
Running
the 20,300 mark – pipping another
record attempt in Kent by just 14
trees.
total for
PO (SCC) Steve Heard, St
Albans’ First Lieutenant, said:
“This was a fantastic effort with
cadets planting an average of 2.5
Newhaven
● The Queen talks to the Sea Cadet contingent at a special reception at Buckingham Palace
Picture: Cpl Steve Wood RLC
trees a minute for a solid hour’s
hard work.
“They all deserve to be
THE public relations officer for
congratulated – and they are
the Newhaven and Seaford unit
record-breakers.”
does not just tell everyone about
PO (SCC) Ted Hill, the unit’s
the unit’s fund-raising activities –
Training Officer, said: “We didn’t
she is raising cash herself.
150th celebration
do much training for this one
Amanda Wilkins (65) is training
but all of the cadets worked
with the Mayor of Brighton and
well, demonstrating exceptional
Hove, Cllr Ann Norman, for
teamwork.
the city’s first full marathon, on
“They have also left a lasting
Sunday April 18.
landmark which will be visible for
It will be Amanda’s seventh
generations.”
marathon, and she is raising funds
for her unit.
officially launched
Amanda said: “Last year I
Vocational
completed my fourth London
Marathon and my first overseas in
A GROUP of young
Dublin, so I’m delighted there is
award for
now one virtually on my doorstep.
ambassadors visited the Queen
“I hope to raise a lot of money
to mark the start of celebrations
for the unit I am so proud to be
for the 150th anniversary of Barry
attached to.” the cadet movement.
If you would like to sponsor Cadet150 will see 150 events
SEA Cadet leader Cdr Barry
Amanda you can email her at take place around the UK this
Glanville, currently serving at Fort
a.wilkins560@btinternet. year which will reflect the spirit
Blockhouse, Gosport, has won
com or send donations to her of fun, excitement, adventure and
recognition for his community-
c/o TS Defiance, Newhaven and community service which is at the
based learning achievements at a
Seaford Sea Cadets, Sea Cadet heart of the cadet movement.
national CVQO (Cadet Vocational
Hall, Chapel Street, Newhaven The year of anniversary events
Qualification Organisation)
BN9 9QD, marking the envelope honours the role the Cadet Forces
graduation ceremony.
Brighton Marathon. play in assisting young people
Admiral the Lord West of
towards responsible adulthood
Spithead presented the award in
Help is needed
through learning new skills and
front of Barry’s colleagues, family
developing self-confidence, and
and friends at Britannia Royal
celebrates the contribution they
Naval College, Dartmouth.
BARNSLEY unit is in desperate
make to their local communities.
The officer was awarded the
need of a new galley and the
As patron of Cadet150, the
● In Downing Street are (from left): Lt Cdr (SCC) Michelle Welsh (Eastern); POC Danielle Ervine
City and Guilds Membership in
refurbishment of the heads.
Queen started the celebrations
(Blackburn); POC Paul Huggett (Hastings); POC Stefan Le Roux (Cambridge); POC Douglas Stinton
Strategic Youth Management,
Cadets have been holding
along with the Duke of Edinburgh
(Wootton Bassett); POC Ben Chandler (Walton-on-the-Naze); POC Kathryn Murdoch (Greenock)
comparable to a Master’s
sponsored events and there are
when she greeted 26 cadets from House hosted by the Ulysses Trust Dolomites, Peru, the USA and voluntary youth organisations in degree and achieved through his
more in the offing.
across the country at a special and the Council of the Reserve Kenya; a special residential camp the world, and today numbers experiences as an instructor with
But they are also keen to seek
reception at Buckingham Palace. Forces and Cadets Association. for cadets participating in the 131,000 young people, led by the Sea Cadet Corps.
“in kind” donations – not cash, but
Among them were six Sea and The Ulysses Trust supports Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award; 25,000 adult volunteers, in well Cdr Glanville started his
the offer of skills and time which
Marine Cadets, representing the challenging expeditions by cadets and the planting of 150,000 trees over 3,000 sites across the UK. Sea Cadet career in 1985, after
would save money on the cost of
six Corps areas. and reservists, and adventurer Sir in partnership with the Woodland The Cadet Forces welcome university, as an adult leader.
the projects, which is estimated to
The group also met Minister Ranulph Fiennes attended the Trust. young people and adults from all He now has responsibility for the
be around £10,000.
for Young Citizens and Youth event in support of the Cadet150 Sea Cadets will take the lead backgrounds and abilities. seven National Sea Cadet Training
Sponsorship would also be Engagement, Dawn Butler, and expedition to Lesotho. at a weekend event at a shopping No cadets or adult volunteers Centres throughout the UK.
gratefully received by the cadets Under Secretary of State for Cadet150 events throughout centre in the Glasgow area next will ever be called upon for duty “Providing good quality
and staff of TS Diomede. Defence Kevan Jones, at Downing 2010 will include a royal review of month and the Trafalgar Day with the Armed Forces, and whilst training to our adult leaders is
For further information about Street, and senior Service the Cadet Forces at Buckingham anniversary in the autumn. some cadets do follow a career absolutely critical so as to offer
the projects, or to offer help, contact personnel at the MOD. Palace in July; expeditions With origins dating back to in the Armed Forces, the Cadet the best possible examples of good
staff at co@barnsleyseacadets. In the evening the cadets to locations as diverse as the 1860, the cadet movement is one Forces are not used as a recruiting leadership to our young cadets,”
co.uk enjoyed a reception at Lancaster Himalayas, Nigeria, the Italian of the oldest and most successful opportunity. said Barry.
Farewell from (and to) Trafalgar
Brazen remembered
A PARTY of nine cadets and four
adults from TS Trafalgar attended
the decommissioning ceremony of
ON SEA Cadet Sunday members of the
their namesake submarine.
Newhaven and Seaford unit attended a special
The 13, led by CPO (SCC)
service in St Michael’s Church, Newhaven.
The Sea Cadet service was combined with a
Mark Walker and including two
memorial service for the men of HMS Brazen,
members of the Merton unit
which sank in a storm off Newhaven 210 years
management committee, travelled
ago.
to Devonport for the occasion –
Brazen was originally a French ship which was
and the youngsters were afforded
captured by the Royal Navy.
a special status.
James Hanson was appointed captain and he
The final Commanding Officer
sailed the vessel to the Isle of Wight, where they
of the T-boat, Cdr Charles
captured another French ship.
Shepherd, invited the uniformed
In January 1800 the ship was sailing off
members of the visiting group to
Newhaven when it was caught in a ferocious
parade as an integral part of his
storm.
ship’s company, a source of great
The ship was dashed against the rocks and
pride to the cadets.
sank on January 26 with all lives lost bar one.
Furthermore, a tour of the
Capt Hanson’s pregnant wife offered a reward
veteran submarine was laid on for
for the recovery of his body but it was never
the visitors.
found.
Some unit members present
The bodies that were recovered were buried in
had attended the commissioning St Michael’s Churchyard and a memorial stands
of the submarine 27 years ago, and there in memory of Capt Hanson and his crew.
although there will be a reunion in Every year on the Sunday nearest the tragedy
the Mitcham HQ, a memorable day officers and cadets from TS Defiance attend a
was tinged with great sadness as it service and lay a wreath by the memorial. This
brought to an end a close, highly- ● OC Ella Edwards and the CO of TS Defi ance, S/Lt year the wreath was laid by Ordinary Cadet Ella
● The party from TS Trafalgar gather on the jetty at Devonport valued and productive affiliation. Steve Townsend, at the Brazen memorial Edwards.
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