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Army platoon hosted
Grant will
link is upgrade
now in
by Naval air station
unit HQ
33rd year
STOCKPORT unit has received a
grant from Seafarers UK towards
the cost of upgrading the fire
alarm and emergency lighting
ONE of the longest-standing links
system at their HQ at Pear Mill
between a Sea Cadet unit and the
industrial estate.
national training centre in Cornwall
S/Lt (SCC) Anna Mullin RNR,
has just notched up its 33rd year.
Boat work on the river, fire
THIRTY members of a “The students were very keen
the Officer-in-Charge of TS
fighting and a visit to Type 23
unique Army cadet contingent
to come and see it for themselves, Hawkins, said: “We are delighted
frigate HMS Somerset were
have spent a day with the Fleet
and I am delighted that we have to receive this money, which will
among the highlights of the annual
Air Arm at Yeovilton.
been able to do this today” enable Stockport Sea Cadets to
visit by cadets of Swansea unit to
The cadets of Lufton Platoon
Whilst touring the fire station offer a safe environment for cadets
the National Sea Cadet Training
Salamanca Company, Somerset
the cadets also enjoyed a visit by
to sleep-over at TS Hawkins’ HQ,
Centre at HMS Raleigh.
Cadet Battalion (The Rifles) ACF,
two falcons and their handlers
and means that we can offer
A group of 16 cadets from
accompanied by eight members of
from the bird control unit.
weekends on board, not only to
TS Ajax, aged between 12 and staff, spent time at HMS Heron
This unit is vital in keeping
cadets from Stockport, but also to
cadets from other units.”
17, spent a week at Torpoint and the Fleet Air Arm Museum to
birds away from the runway,
The following cadets won
undertaking a range of activities experience life at a busy, front-line
thereby protecting the aircraft
awards at the unit’s annual prize-
designed to give them an naval air station.
from potential ‘bird strikes’.
giving ceremony: Best Sea Cadet:
introduction to the Royal Navy, The Lufton Platoon ACF,
After lunch the cadets visited
AC Rachel Hulme; Best Marine
increase their self-confidence and commissioned a year ago, is the
the museum where they toured
Cadet: MC Michael Broomhead;
build their teamwork skills. only disabled cadet unit in the
the Centenary of Naval Aviation
Highest Achiever: AC Cyrus
Commanding Officer Lt Cdr country.
exhibition and were shown a
Fan; Best Junior Sea Cadet:
(SCC) Bill Davies RNR first Based at Lufton College, Yeovil,
variety of uniforms that have been
JSC1 Jordan Hargreaves; Overall
brought a group from Ajax in 1976, the cadets all have moderate to
used by naval aviators throughout
trophy: MC Josh Hargreaves;
when they stayed in wooden huts. severe learning disabilities, and
the decades – and some of the
CO’s Trophy: Cdt Luke Yates;
Accommodation blocks today the unit is designed to enhance
uniforms were there to be tried for
Shipmate Award: AC Marie
are much improved, and amongst the college curriculum which
size by the visitors.
the wide range of activities is encourages and supports the
Stu Rainsbury, a former CPO
the much-loved assault course, students to be independent
in the Royal Navy and now
where the unit recorded a very through a wide rage of work-
an ‘explainer’ at the museum,
satisfactory time of 5m 36s.
The Invincibles
focused experiences.
said: “We have schools visit the
Lt Cdr Lee Sanderson, the Accompanied by Salamanca
museum all of the time, and
BOTH of Sefton unit’s five-a-side
Officer-in-Charge of the NSCTC, Company’s Commanding Officer,
our new Education Suite is
teams – junior girls and senior
said: “Around 6,000 cadets from Maj Paul Bunce ACF, the cadets particularly effective, allowing
boys – displayed Premiership-level
units all over the country visit were given a behind-the-scenes us to pass on so much more
footie skills at the recent Liverpool
us here at Raleigh each year to tour of many areas of the base, information.
District five-a-side competition.
undertake one of the 15 bespoke including 848 Naval Air Squadron “The cadets were genuinely
Both teams won every one of
courses we offer. and the fire station. interested in what they saw today
their matches, and went on to win
“TS Ajax still remains one of The visit was a highlight in the and their enthusiasm made the
their respective sections of the
our longest-standing visitors, and term’s activities, and had been visit very enjoyable for everyone.”
the fact they keep coming back is eagerly anticipated by the cadets. Lufton College is one of three
TS Starling has always been
extremely encouraging.
Speaking during the visit, Maj Mencap National Colleges in the a very sporty unit, and are just
“The cadets visiting Raleigh
Bunce said: “Personnel from the country, and skills for life are as proud of their most recent
this year were a credit to their
air station have visited the college encouraged through a curriculum achievement.
unit and their strong performance
to tell the students about their that embeds literacy and numeracy, Their success put both teams
earned them runner-up spot
lives and experiences in the Fleet preparing students for a successful
● Army cadets from Lufton Platoon explore a helicopter at RN air
through to the North West Area
in the Vigilant Cup, an annual
Air Arm. transition to adult life.
station Yeovilton Picture: LA(Phot) Abbie Gadd
competition awarded to the best
visiting Sea Cadet Corps unit.”
Over the past 33 years more
than 200 cadets from Ajax have
gone on to opt for a career in the
Wanderwall for instructors
Armed Forces, with an average of
three per year choosing either the
CORPS instructors from the North West Area will
Royal Navy or Royal Marines.
be walking coast to coast along the line of Hadrian’s
Warfare Specialist Alistair Green
Wall to raise money for Service charity Help for
(18) joined the Royal Navy last
October and was also training at
The 11-man team intends to complete the 84-mile
Raleigh, while Cdt Katie Hickman
trek in four days, starting on April 30.
joined the following month.
Organiser Sgt (SCC) Glenn MacLennan, of the
Altrincham and Sale unit, said: “We decided to
Ceremonial bell
walk for Help for Heroes to raise money for our
CAITLYN Lee has been baptised
“This is a cause close to our hearts. We all have
using the bell of TS Nubian.
ex-cadets serving in the forces, plus myself, [Capt]
The Naval tradition was
Keith [Crowe] and [PO] John [Buckett] have sons
followed for the christening of the
currently serving.
baby daughter of PO (SCC) Carol
“My son Carl is currently in Afghanistan with his
Lee at All Saints Church, Clayton-
regiment, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. “This is
le-Moors, with the ceremony
our way of showing we are thinking of them.
performed by Rev (SCC) John
Donations can be made through www.justgiving.
Tranter RNR, Accrington and
District unit chaplain.
The remaining eight Walk the Wall team members
Unit CO S/Lt Thomas Pask
are C/Sgt Dave Carter, Sgts Andy Edgar, Phil
RNR stood in as godfather when a
Proctor, Ryan Horsfield, Kevin Field and Chris ● Members of the North West Area Walk the Wall
family member became unwell. team line up for the camera Cooke, TI Dave Dale and S/Lt Simon Trustwell.
Indian exchange visit
was ‘mind-blowing’
● Crossing the line, Llanelli-style
A CADET from Northampton was fun was the competition side
and Wellingborough unit has been of it, which only really took a
speaking of his experiences on an day, in which I won the sailing
international exchange programme and kayaking categories and was in
Crossing the line
to India. the winning teams for pulling and
Water sports fan LC Matt Rixon canoeing, and the overall winning
was chosen to attend a sailing regatta teams.
– in South Wales
in Mumbai, and spent ten days “Some evenings we had special
sizzling in the sunshine along with dinners; in one we wore traditional
A CROSSING the Line ceremony line of command – Lt Killick
cadets from Sweden, the United Indian dress which we bought at
with a difference has been staged stood down last year and PPO
States, Canada, the Netherlands the market – it was great fun, and
by the cadets of Llanelli. (SCC) Jenkins has now taken
and local Indian cadets. they were very cooling and comfy.
The junior section of TS command.
As well as soaking up cultural “All in all, my trip was mind-
Echo invited many people from It was perhaps something of a
and culinary differences (“it was blowing and fantastic, and I am so
the town to attend their take on natural progression – PPO Jenkins
a lot of curried chicken for ten grateful I was selected to go and
the traditional Naval ceremony, is Lt Killick’s daughter.
days, which was really nice but represent the UK at the regatta.”
including the mayor, his deputies The event saw the two eating
after while you really start to miss Another cadet, Jade Darlington,
and consort, the rural council raw onions, spicy kidney beans and
red meat...”) there was a chance to spent five days at sea in the tall ship
leaders and Carmarthenshire mixed sauces, being egged, mock
compare notes on water activities. TS Royalist.
council leaders. shaved and then having buckets of
“I really enjoyed the shopping Although some sea time was
This, however, was no ordinary water thrown over them.
and sightseeing parts of the trip; lost to the weather, there was
event. The event was a great success
one reason was that it was so cheap plenty of opportunity for Jade and
Staff at Echo were planning a and the mayor and councillors all
and it was so bustling and busy it her colleagues to learn the ropes
surprise; Lt (SCC) Killick RNR presented gifts to Lt Killick.
made you really feel alive,” said (literally) and steer the ship along
was to be presented with gifts They also promised their
Matt. the South Coast, visiting Falmouth,
of appreciation for 19 years in continued support for Llanelli.
“Another part of the trip that Plymouth and Brixham.
command. Many of those present
Rather than marking the commented on the unique event
● LC Matt Rixon with two of the fi ve prizes he picked up while on
crossing of the equator, the Echo and how honoured they were to
exchange in India
event marked the crossing of the have been a part of it.
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