NAVY NEWS, APRIL 2010
Four more boats – but lots to do
WHITEHAVEN unit has four more boats to use when getting cadets out on to the water – but needs a little help with the more mundane aspects of unit life. The four second-hand Toppers,
in very good condition, were bought in January, and with the unit’s two Picos should provide youngsters with more opportunities to learn sailing techniques in very forgiving boats.
So things are looking up on the sailing front, but there is work to be done shore side. Whitehaven is again hosting its
International Maritime Festival at the end of June, and in previous years TS Bee has hosted cadets from other units who ‘camped out’ at the unit HQ.
The unit is also planning to hold special training courses and go sailing, which would again involve camping out.
But recent changes to regulations means that a considerable amount of building work has to be carried out before official approval can be sought.
New toilets, new showers and extra fire doors are top of the Whitehaven wish-list, and work should ideally be carried out by the end of this month if the necessary ‘licence’ is to be attained in time to make the best of the summer. A small amount of cash is earmarked for the work,
unit officials admit it is nowhere near enough to achieve what is required. If anyone can help with funds
or call 01946 66093.
Booty goes to Barrow
BARROW Marine Cadet Detachment has won the SRMO Trophy for the most improved detachment in the country. North West Area Officer Lt Col
John Davies presented the trophy to the cadets on a recent visit. Last year the Barrow Marine Cadets achieved the highest marks in their field assessment across the whole of the North West Area, which went a long way towards the overall marks. The Marine Cadets undertake a
wide variety of activities, including fieldcraft and weapon training, as well as boatwork training similar to the Sea Cadets.
l The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall at the flagpole ceremony in snowy Wootton Bassett
Picture: Paul Crouch (RAF Lyneham)
Cadets help at flagpole ceremony
THE Prince of Wales has visited Wootton Bassett to attend the ceremonial dedication of a new flagpole in the Wiltshire town. Accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall,
Prince Charles watched as Sea Cadets from Wootton Bassett unit TS Turbulent took part in the ceremony in the High Street.
war memorial. The Prince also laid wreaths at the town’s
OC Ben Dixon had the honour of raising the Union Flag, assisted by bosun’s mate OC Ashley Masterton.
quartermaster. OC Daniel Garlick undertook the role of
Prior to the flag-raising, OC Garlick presented the wreath to be laid by the Prince of Wales, and OC Masterton presented the wreath to be laid by the Duchess of Cornwall. Following the ceremony the Royal couple met the cadets.
Southend show off their skills
SOUTHEND unit has just had its annual Corps ‘MOT’ – the annual Royal Navy Inspection. The inspection, on this occasion
members of the Marine Cadets detachment.
After a full ceremonial Royal Navy Colours ceremony,
carried out by Cdr Paul Haines, is one of the key events in any Sea Cadet unit’s calendar. As well as inspecting the
buildings and infrastructure, the inspection tests the cadets’ skills in various tasks including their ceremonial drill. The evening started with Cdr Haines inspecting the guard, which this year was made up entirely of
cadets demonstrated their skills and knowledge of Sea Cadet and Royal Navy subjects with a number of evolutions. The first of these was a day in the life on board a warship. The evolution included first aid, cook/steward skills, navigation and marine engineering. This was followed by a
leadership and communication game by the Junior Section, and finally the Marine Cadet detachment demonstrated their infantry skills in setting up an overnight camp and dealing with ‘enemy contact’.
Counting on them
SIX cadets from Harrow and Wembley unit formed a carpet guard for a dinner held by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
l The Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Col Warren Smith, with Jenny (centre) and Helen Lane
Poppy appeal praise
OLDHAM unit was one of the cadet forces singled out for praise at the Poppy Appeal annual awards evening at the Belle Vue Territorial Army Centre in Manchester. TS Onslow managed to rake in almost £8,500 as a unit – and two of its members were also lauded for their individual efforts. AC Jenny Lane, aged 17,
personally raised just under £1,600 while her sister LC Helen Lane, aged 15, accounted for almost £1,050. Jenny said: “Raising money for the Poppy Appeal is our way of
saying ‘thank you’ to the people who do so much for us. “It is nice to give something back in return.” Praising the efforts, of all of the cadets, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester,
Warren Smith, said: “At a time when we have been through the worst recession in living memory, this is a phenomenal result by outstanding young men and women, showing their support for their peers serving in Afghanistan and the service community in general.”
The nautical theme was reflected in the choice of HQS Wellington, moored on Victoria Embankment, as the venue for the dinner.
The cadets were of great assistance during the evening, and following their duties managed to hold their own dinner in the captain’s cabin. The Chartered Accountants raise funds for charitable purposes, generally benefiting educational or training projects, and at the end of 2008 donated £2,000 to TS Dundas which has gone towards the funding of equipment and courses for the cadets, including sailing and marine engineering – resulting in two members of the unit recently completing their BTEC First Diplomas in Engineering.
l The Heffy family’s celebratory cake at Huyton with Roby
A piece of cake...
HUYTON with Roby is celebrating
the news that it has been assessed as one of the top three units in the country. Having claimed the Stephenson
Capt Windsor inspected the unit and was given a series of presentations. Huyton with
Trophy – making them the best unit in the North West Area – staff and cadets were thrilled to be told that the Captain of Sea Cadets, Capt Mark Windsor, had awarded them the Captain’s Cup. And the officer visited the unit to present the trophy in person.
have taken honours in national competitions,
Corps on foreign exchange trips, and the unit claims the highest number of members completing BTECs in public services. His visit was celebrated by the cutting of an impressive cake, made by LC Heffy and his sister.
represented the Roby cadets
Officer-in-Charge at TS Implacable S/Lt (SCC) Les Hawkins RNR said: “I am extremely pleased and proud of every one of the cadets who put in so much hard work and effort on the night. “It was also pleasing to see so
many parents and friends on the night, as well as our VIP guest, the Mayor of Southend [Cllr Brian Smith].
“My debrief with Cdr Haines
at the end of the evening was extremely positive, and I am confident we will retain our status as one of the top Sea Cadet units in London and Essex.”
Southend Sea Cadets meet on
Tuesday and Thursday evenings at their HQ in Milton Road, Westcliff.
l Outstanding Southwark cadet AC Callum Malone
Top award for Callum
A SOUTHWARK cadet has been rewarded for his efforts by receiving a top award from a City livery company. AC Callum Malone received the accolade of Outstanding Cadet at TS Cossack at the awards dinner of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers.
of qualifications through the year,
Callum has gained a number including RYA Sailing
Stage 4, Coxswain and Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, and is aiming to add to the list during 2010.
As a mainstay drummer and
bugler in the Southwark band, he also has his sights set on becoming a Cadet Drill Instructor, having been a member of London’s platoon for the 2009 Trafalgar Day Parade.
The City company has various
affiliations, including survey ship HMS Roebuck.
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VIP guest boosts HQ fund
A GUEST at the Buxton unit Inspection evening was the bearer of good new for staff and cadets. Cllr Robin Baldry,
of Derbyshire County Council, expressed his admiration for the activities of the cadets and the hard work of the staff under CO Lt (SCC) Bruce Luckman RNR. He then announced that a
chairman Martin Fisher to Howard Schofield, who stood down as chairman last October after more than 12 years in office; during that time he was instrumental in rescuing the unit from near-closure and guiding it to its current state as an active and successful group. Organisations who support the Sea Cadet unit were represented, including the Buxton and High Peak RNA, Buxton Round Table, the Rotary Club of Buxton, the Mayoral Charities Committee and the East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.
contribution of £500 would be given towards the cost of the proposed extension to the unit HQ from his council Community Leadership Fund; the building work will provide a larger hall, new classrooms, a boat shed, a larger galley, new toilets and better office and storage space. Cllr Baldry also presented an Excellence in the Community Award to PO Trevor Woolford for his 29 years service. A presentation was made by unit
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