Monthly Archives: October 2011

Energy Management in the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association

management within the Reserve Forces’ Estate in the South East has been
developed over a number of years. SERFCA are responsible for the energy management
including payment of utility bills for the Reserve Forces’ Estate in the
Southeast. It started with the compiling of accurate base consumption data at
each of our 300 plus sites and the development of a monthly detailed
consumption report that is automatically emailed to site energy managers.  This information gave visibility of
consumption against the base data allowing annual targets to be set and better
user awareness.  It also allows
Association FM Staff to praise and encourage good behaviour as well as
questioning Units on any unusual high monthly usage.

This led to
steady consumption reduction across the estate but it became apparent that we
had reached the point when spend to save investment was required to deliver
further reductions.

Energy Surveys

With priority
sites identified detailed energy surveys were carried out covering insulation, controls,
heating/lighting upgrades and renewable energy. These surveys also detail
costing’s and estimated payback time and are vital in identifying the most cost
effective options. As well as identifying spend to save initiatives, the
surveys also give guidance on future reactive and planned maintenance on the
estate.  A programme is ongoing to
complete energy surveys at each of our major sites.

Renewable Energy

In general
the renewable energy options are only considered after insulation and other
recommendations have been completed.  We
have installed renewable energy including Solar Thermal, Solar Photo voltaic,
Air Source Heat Pumps and a Wind Turbine at a number of sites throughout our
area.  These include Banbury TAC,
Winchester ACF County HQ, and Newtown Range on the Isle of Wight, HQ Surrey
ACF, Ashford TAC and Kent ACF CTC Folkestone. This has generated 40,000 kWh of
renewable energy over the last 12 months and the income from the Government
Feed in Tariff (FIT) payment scheme is being reinvested into future spend to
save projects. This income will increase next year when the Government
introduce a payment scheme for our renewable thermal energy production in
October 2012. At one of our smaller projects, the annual income from FIT
payments exceeds the utility bills giving a net income.


management is a continuing process within SERFCA and is a combination of
maintaining and supplying accurate consumption data, informing and encouraging
the occupants of our estate, investing in spend to save measures and keeping up
to date on new technologies and initiatives in the energy market.

Sites that
have undergone the majority of the energy survey recommendations have seen
consumption reductions from between 40% and 70% and amount to considerable

Hastings Sea Cadets Annual Awards 2011

Cadets from Hastings Sea Cadets welcomed Regional Deputy Area
Officer, Major Andy Henderson Royal Marines to attend and present the cadets
with their annual awards for 2011. Cadets received awards for many disciplines
from Seamanship to Kayaking to Shooting along with two bursarys to attend the
Marine Society and Sea Cadets Offshore Training fleet.


TS Hastings Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadet Detachment currently
have a strong ships company of over 55 cadets whom all work very well together
and have a great deal of fun. The aim of the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) is to
help young people towards responsible adulthood and to encourage them to reach
their potential by developing valuable personal attributes and high standards
of conduct, using a nautical theme based on the customs and traditions of the
Royal Navy.


Further details and information can be found on the following web

We are currently recruiting for cadets aged 12 years and over to join both the
Sea and Royal Marine cadets if you are interested, please feel welcome to come
down and meet us during parade times Tuesday and Friday evenings 1900-2100 at
our Unit Headquarters Cinque Ports Way St Leonards on sea

Exercise Lesotho Tiger

African Adventure for Cadet Sgt Beckley!

Recently Maidstone Cadet Jess Beckley had the chance of a lifetime and took part  in an African project to help those less privileged than her.

The Charity, Sentebale – founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho – gave her the opportunity to join a charitable trip to work with disadvantaged children including orphans and those affected by HIV and blindness. The two week trip saw Jessica and other young people work with the charity by building bridges, painting and providing other voluntary services to help the local people, and also spend time learning about animal conservation. Read on to hear about Jessica’s story.

Exercise Lesotho Tiger – by Jess Beckley

As we arrive in Johannesburg airport reality kicked in and we suddenly realised the depth of what we were going to be doing out there. A new country with a completely diverse culture none of us had experienced before.

The first few days were relaxed, getting to know the team and forming new relationships with Army Cadets from all over the country. We were on the beach, swimming and snorkelling, admiring the amazing wildlife at the nature reserve including zebra, crocodiles, eagles, hippos and had a very lucky encounter with a leopard. The list of magical sights is endless!

Entering the Kingdom of Lesotho was a shock for all of us, at first it was hard to accept the poverty that surrounded us but we soon realised the lifestyle was a day to day reality for the people.

Our group was situated in Maseru, the capital city; we stayed in a school run by Catholic nuns for disabled and less advantaged children. Our jobs involved painting murals and helping with the day to day running of the school.

Seven cadets including myself then travelled six and a half hours to a small tribal village called Pulane which was to be our home for the next week, our home was an orphanage. It was here I met an English missionary who has worked all over Africa and learnt about her stories of hardship, famine and poverty.

I witnessed firsthand the physical effects of AIDs and the devastating effect that this has on young people. I learnt a lot from these children, despite the tough experiences they had been through in their short lives – the smiles on their faces made it all worthwhile.

I realised that religion really does give the people hope for the future and although harsh times are ahead, they could always rely on the warmth and kindness offered within the orphanage walls.

We painted the children’s rooms and new beds, attended church services each morning and  played football with the locals overall the experience was life changing, I wish I had the money to go back the children will all be in our hearts forever and I loved every moment of my experience.