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Queensferry quintet win certificates

FIVE members of Queensferry unit have been presented with Certificates in Public Services after completing a year-long course. Training in the evenings and at

weekends under the auspices of the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO),

cadets studied the theory and practice of leadership, teamwork, communications, problem-solving and fitness.

Along the way they learned skills as varied as interview techniques, communication, first aid, adventure training,

and nutrition and professional CV preparation. The five


Robertson, Ryan Scappaticcio and Falon Mackie. The five were presented with their BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificates in Public Services by Cdr (SCC) Barry Glanville RNR, Assistant Director Cadet Training at the National Sea Cadet Training Centre, HMS Raleigh. The CO of TS Lochinvar, Lt (SCC) Colin Butcher RNR, said: “Our unit is one of the front- runners in providing this type of training to Sea and Royal Marine Cadets.

“I am very proud of my cadets – they have set a high standard for others to follow, and this qualification will put them in good stead for the future.”

Golden haul for Reigate competitors

REIGATE cadets won gold medals in sailing, kayaking and swimming at National and Southern area competitions towards the end of last year. AC Bailey and LC Baxendale

Combined Regatta at ExCeL in London, OC Lewis won gold in the kayak one-mile marathon – winning by an impressive margin of 200 yards. She then went on to win another gold in the 400m sprint, and a bronze in the relay. In the Southern Area regatta AC Francis won the kayak junior boys’ double marathon and sprint. More gold medals were bagged

at the Southern Area swimming championships, held at Sandhurst Military Academy.

won the heats and the final in the relay event, while Cdts Walker and Murphy won the overall trophy in the B-class girls’ event.

this event by winning at the Surrey District competition held earlier this year.

The unit believes it to be an outstanding achievement, and is very proud of the efforts of the cadets, instructors and parents at TS Ark Royal.

Norwich meet up

with Pudsey Bear TWO good causes in one afternoon – Norwich unit cadets had their work cut out the day before the Remembrance Sunday parade. The youngsters, accompanied

by staff, helped the Royal British Legion sell poppies outside the Chapelfield

shopping Helping keep them entertained

– particularly the junior cadets – was Pudsey Bear, who was there to raise awareness for Children in Need.

As they were released from poppy duties, the cadets swamped Pudsey to have their pictures taken – one of the group having furnished the bear with his cap.


keeping busy to stay warm in freezing conditions.

The cadets had qualified for OC Ballantyne and Cdt Murphy at the National

won gold in the Bosun Class sailing event at the National Sailing Regatta, held at Southport in Lancashire. Earlier,

Katie Morham, health

were MC Daniel Joel

the ● Martin Coles

New CEO appointed by MSSC

THE Marine Society and Sea Cadets (MSSC), the parent charity of the Sea Cadets, has welcomed two new members of staff. Martin Coles has been appointed Chief Executive and replaces outgoing CEO Mike Cornish, who is retiring. Coles joins the charity from

BNP Paribas Real Estate UK, where he was an executive director of the 11th largest industrial and commercial property consultancy in the UK.

● A North-West cadet with semaphore fl ags at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester Pictures: Paul Heyes

Units fl y the fl ag for museum exhibition

MEMBERS of Altrincham, Salford and Fleetwood units helped celebrate the 150th anniversary of the cadet movement at Imperial War Museum North.

Coinciding with the Manchester museum’s All Aboard: Stories of War at Sea exhibition, the cadets put on a display of seafaring skills and maritime traditions for visitors. The day of events got off to a colourful start as the cadets showed off their semaphore skills with a display of the traditional seafaring communication using brightly-decorated flags. Visitors to the museum were also treated to a display of hornpipe dancing as the cadets performed the traditional “jig of the ship” to the music of a tin whistle and violins. For those looking for an unexpected way to keep in trim, the cadets demonstrated the practice of Indian club swinging, which has its roots in India and Persia and was a popular form of exercise for sailors and soldiers which flourished during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Cadets and visitors alike were also able to explore the newest exhibition at the museum. This,

the Museum’s first

Imperial War large-scale

exhibition to look at life at sea in wartime, reveals stories of bravery and adventure at sea, from 1914 to the present day.

● Sea North-West Diamond day for Warsash

THE Junior Cadets of Warsash unit were lucky enough to be invited to visit one of the Navy’s newest ships – HMS Diamond. The Type 45 destroyer is one of the most capable air-defence warships in the world today, and while on board the eight cadets and three members of staff were given an in-depth personal tour by S/Lt Platt. During their tour the youngsters even got to see a fire and damage control

exercise first-hand.

Among the highlights of the tour was a look around the bridge, going out on to the expansive flight deck, along to the operations room – and a break and some sustenance in the form of biscuits in the wardroom.

One of the cadets, JC Lucy Tuff,

was chosen to dress up in the personal protective equipment used by firefighters on the ship, and went on to sit in the captain’s chair on the bridge.

● Warsash junior cadets on board HMS Diamond with S/Lt Platt


150 by demonstrating their communications skills at the Imperial War Museum North

celebrate from Cadet the The free exhibition contains

many objects on public display for the first time, all linked to the stories of those who have fought at sea.

These include part of a ship’s gun damaged during the first sea battle of World War 1, medals awarded for bravery at Dunkirk, and a uniform worn by a woman who worked on preparations for D-Day.

There is a chance to talk like a sailor by picking up Jackspeak – a family-friendly version of the no-holds-barred naval slang – and seeing if Naval clothing would have kept you warm on the icy deck of a warship in the Arctic. You might also learn about the

Navy’s menagerie of animals over the years, from an ocean-going reindeer to Tirpitz the pig. The exhibition runs until April. Jacquie Truswell,

Charge of the City of Salford

unit, said: “The celebration for Cadet150 is a fantastic way to honour the role of the cadet force over the years.

“All of the cadets enjoyed

showing off their skills in front of visitors at the museum and having great fun as well.” Camilla Southall, Programmes Manager

Visitor at


museum, said: “We were delighted to be able to welcome the Sea Cadets

to the

Museum North. “Our All Aboard exhibition

brings to life dramatic personal experiences of war at sea, so it is fantastic to be able to see some of the traditions of the sea, which would have been part of Navy life, in action.” 


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of young people, over the years working as a volunteer for several youth groups in London and Birmingham. He said: “I am really excited to be joining the MSSC. “It is a fine organisation with a considerable heritage and huge talent in its people, staff and volunteers, who together have an amazing track record of valuable service to youth and professional seafarers.

“I hope that with my experience in leading people businesses, my passion for youth,

sailing and desire to be part of an organisation that is actively engaged in helping our wider community, I can play a part in the delivery of the next exciting chapter of MSSC.” Also appointed is Dan Jardine as assistant director of training. Dan is a teacher and youth work manager and was formerly Director of Culture for

Education in Zimbabwe. On moving to the UK he

the Ministry of

worked with the British Red Cross in Scotland and joined the MSSC in 2009 as a youth development worker.

Bonfi re bonus

A BONFIRE and fireworks evening at Northampton and Wellingborough unit raised £200 for the replacement of equipment. And cadets and staff also played their part in helping the Royal British Legion raise more than £1,600 for the annual poppy appeal, following it up by putting more than 100 Sea and Marine Cadets and 28 instructors in the field for various Remembrance ceremonies across the county. A member of the unit’s

watersports instructional staff, PO (SCC) Sam Green, has been recognised by the RYA as Young Volunteer of the Year.

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