Monthly Archives: April 2013

Promotion for County Public Relations Officer

Promotion in Kent ACF

Vicky Robinson, 35 from Staplehurst, has been promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant within the Kent Army Cadet Force (KACF); she is the County Public Relations Officer (PRO).

Second Lt Robinson has been with KACF for six years; she is Director of Communications for the Association of Business Schools in London, a Chartered Marketer and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors.

Second Lt Robinson

Second Lt Robinson

Second Lieutenant Robinson said: “I am really proud to attain this rank as a specialist within the county; it is nice to be able to help the organisation promote the great work that is being done to provide cadets and adults opportunities that they might not otherwise get. I was a cadet myself when I was a teenager and I firmly believe that life skills are being taught and discipline which will help people later on in life”.

The Commandant of KACF, Colonel Jeremy Wilson, TD said: “The ACF encourages people to develop into capable, confident adults by putting themselves through structured, demanding and rewarding programmes of training. It is a hugely responsible role and I congratulate Ms Robinson on her promotion. It is vital that we encourage and support the commissioning of new officers to help shape the future of the ACF across the county, we are actively encouraging adult instructors to consider the future as officers.”

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Row The World In 80 Hours

Abingdon Sea Cadets take on the challenge

Abingdon Sea Cadets are taking part in a sponsored row around the world in 80 hours between 18 – 21 April to raise money for a much needed new ship as their old one is over 40 and coming to the end of her working life.

You can see them in action at Abingdon Market Place on Saturday 20th April from 09.00hrs. Cadets hope to row 100 miles on rowing machines which when added to the national total will help the charity reach the goal of 24,900 miles, the number of miles around the globe.

TS Royalist

TS Royalist

A voyage on the Sea Cadets current sail training ship, TS Royalist is the pinnacle of the Sea Cadet experience, offering an amazing opportunity to hoist sails and navigate Britain’s coastal waters as part of a crew, working together out there at sea in the elements. It’s challenging and inspiring, helping to build skills for life. A voyage is available to all 14,000 UK Sea Cadets and every year 1500 cadets go to sea, that’s 30,000 since her launch in 1971.

The Officer In Charge of Abingdon Sea Cadets, Lt (SCC) Kevin Anderson, is an old hand on the rowing machine having represented the Royal Navy in international rowing competitions. He has challenged his cadets to beat his own performance during the event.

The same time a team from Sea Cadets HQ are rowing 100 miles from Abingdon to Tower Bridge in London. They depart Abingdon Bridge at 08.00hrs on Thursday 18th April.  The charity has worked hard over the last two years, already raising £4.2 m of the £5.6 million target but now we need your help in one last push, please help us by showing your support and making a vital contribution, whether small or large, to make sure thousands of cadets like us can keep sailing with Sea Cadets!

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Or donate by texting ‘Ahoy 08 £3’ to 70070 to donate £3

Sea Cadets is a national nautical youth charity operating in 400 units across the UK. It supports 14,000 young people aged 10 – 18yrs by offering them a unique opportunity to learn vital life skills via a range of nautical adventure activities. This helps to boost confidence and inspire young people, giving them the best possible head start in life.

Army Cadets tune up musical skills

Surrey Army Cadet Force

Tamsin Beattie from Surrey Army Cadet Force enjoyed a  successful  Cadet Force Music Camp at Altcar, Merseyside during the Easter Half Term. With over 370 cadets from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. on the camp, the cadets receive expert musical tuition and take part in other ACF training, including shooting, sports and archery. As well as taking their ACF music tests, cadets have the opportunity to take BTEC (Music), a qualification equivalent to four GCSEs.

Tamsin aged 15, from Guildford attends Christs Coledge won the award for most improved in the beginner band.

Tamsin aged 15, from Guildford attends Christs Coledge won the award for most improved in the beginner band.

Tamsin aged 15, from Guildford attends Christs Coledge won the award for most improved in the beginner band. She will be using the musical skills learnt at camp with the Surrey Army Cadet Force Band at Guildford on Monday and Friday evenings 7.30 pm to If you would like to join the Band  as a Cadet or Adult Instructor  please Contact ­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Sergeant Major Kit Donal 01483425371 e-mail for further information.


The Sea Cadets Climb of Kilimanjaro

Assisting the Ship Appeal

I am pleased to say we passed the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at 5.20pm yesterday and carried on to reach the summit of Mt Everest by 9pm, a final count of ascents up our wall gave us a final tally of  1188 ascents making the final height climbed 9506m, a massive 656m above it. Our fundraising efforts this morning (Sun) stands at over £3100. You can still donate at

I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to everyone who took part, whether they climbed for their first time or were among the dedicated climbers, every climb helped us reach our goal. A special mention of thanks to members of the ‘Aloft’ climbing club who put in a sterling amount of effort to ramp up the climbed metres. And to my team of dedicated staff who helped make the day go smoothly and safely.

Cadets on another ascent

Cadets on another ascent

The Sea Cadets is a fantastic charity based organisation that goes the extra mile for our members. There is a Junior section which is for children between 10 & 12 and then the Senior Section, 12-18, and then if you are like me you join as a cadet and carry on for life. We also have Royal Marine Cadets for those ages 13-18. Around the Dorset Area there are many Sea Cadet Units, details of which can be found on our Website

Why were we raising this money?

The Sea Cadets need a new sail training ship because out current one TS Royalist is over 40 years old and coming to the end of her working life. Since her launch in 1971 she has inspired over 30,000 young people by taking them on an unforgettable voyage.  A trip on Royalist is the pinnacle of the Sea Cadet experience – whether they’re hoisting a sail the or navigating coastal waters as part of a crew, nothing compares to the feeling of being out at sea, right there in the elements, its life changing and the skills and confidence young people achieve from taking part will stay with them for the rest of their lives. The Sea Cadets is a charity and we heavily subsidise out activities including sailing on Royalist so that all young people have the opportunity to get involved.

More information (Latest on the appeal)