Monthly Archives: July 2014

Set a new World Land Speed Record of 1000 mph

My Role as an Army Reservist


Inspire the next generation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Share an iconic research and development programme with a global audience

Set a new World Land Speed Record of 1000 mph

Mission Statement

Create a unique, high-technology project, focused around a 1000 mph World Land Speed Record attempt. Share this Engineering Adventure with a global audience and inspire the next generation by bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life in the most exciting way possible.

In April I became a REME STEM Ambassador, an Engineering adventure that just entices the passionate Engineer to be drawn in and offered the chance to talk endlessly about the design challenges, make rocket cars, offered the challenge to inspire and ignite a similar passion in the next generation and not forgetting being part of a project that breaks the land speed record…who could say no!

Craftsman Sarah Dorey, 678 (Rifles) Sqn (REME)

Craftsman Sarah Dorey, 678 (Rifles) Sqn (REME)

Friday 13 June 2014 saw the reveal of Bloodhounds cockpit and what will be Andy Greens 1050 mph office. The project is supported by a stunning website and following the link you can take a 360 degree tour narrated by Andy Green The big press event linked live across the net around the world including South Africa where the car will be making its record breaking runs and the local community are supporting the project by every day collecting stones to ensure a smooth runway, to date 78 tonnes of stones have been collected. Ambassadors attending the event served many purposes; we experienced the event first hand – gaining first hand knowledge that we can pass on at other events (fuelling our own passions and interest helps transfer interest to others), met Andy Green and in speaking to the press promoted our project objectives and mission statement.

Goodwood Festival of Speed Schools day was my next big even on 25 June 2015. We had 300 school children visit during the day from primary and secondary schools, to listen to science demonstrations by build members, make Styrofoam rocket cars investigating how shape affects aerodynamics and the forces applied to an object travelling at high speed and then time trial them down a track, make K’nex cars powered by compressed air, show pupils round our 1:1 scale model of Bloodhound SSC and all of our interactive Bloodhound stand. The day was also open to the general public, many people are already following the project through the website (, Twitter (@Bloodhound_SSC, @spinningdorey), Flickr ( and Facebook ( but many visitors came to see our stand out of curiosity…bright orange and blue car, soldiers in uniform, crowds of excited children! Everyone that came in to had a positive enthusiasm once they listened what we had to say. Many were amazed that this group of people were going to attempt such a challenge, more amazed that British Army REME soldiers were hand making individual components and building the car. Generally people are shocked that soldiers have the skills to do this but very proud to say its British and handmade by British soldiers.

Bloodhound SSC has many events and tours and is continuously tweeting and keeping project updates in the public mind. Personally I am beginning to get bookings to attend schools and organise activities so I now go forward with planning with teachers over objectives they wish to achieve from my visit then looking at tailoring my content to their aims. Quoting Maj Morgan “if we can leave the memory of a soldier coming into their classroom and build cars and taught them rocket science when a child looks back at their school days then we have done our job”.

Please follow the project and see the effect it is having, see the quality of Engineering from the REME team and see if we reach our objective. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on

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Army Reserves Prepare for the Commonwealth Games

Mobilised for the Commonwealth Games

More than 2,000 military personnel from all 3 services, including hundreds of Reserves, have been tasked to assist with venue security as well as undertaking a number of ceremonial roles. We intend to deliver to you a weekly Blog from a Reservists perspective…..

2014 Commonwealth Games Logo

2014 Commonwealth Games Logo

Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Carter, the Standing Joint Commander, said:

The armed forces have always provided support to the civilian authorities in the UK whenever it is needed. We are ready to assist in whatever contingencies may arise and have done so during the 2012 Olympics and more recently during the floods crisis. We are extremely proud to be able to provide support to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games as part of a task that reflects the flexibility, capability and adaptability of our armed forces. As part of our shared commitment to ensure a safe and secure Games, the UK government will fully fund this military contribution, with no costs being incurred by Police Scotland.

RTMC Chilwell

RTMC Chilwell

All personnel mobilising for the Commonwealth Games made their way to RTMC Chilwell to start the mobilisation process on 10th July 2014 – At 0800hrs the mobilisation begins with briefings on the task ahead and the mobilisation process:,J1 administration and a medical.  All personnel from 103 Bn REME and 3 PWRR successfully passed. 11th July 2014 – All personnel move to Grantham to commence the training package. 12th July 2014 – After a few short briefings all troops were split into small groups and the SIA (Security Industry Authority) training began .

Security Industry Authority Certificate

Security Industry Authority Certificate

Perseus a civilian security company took the lead role in the training, they trained us in “Working in the private security industry” and “Managing conflict and challenging behaviour” both of which were to City & Guilds level 2 standards and consisted of 4 theory exams, 1 theory assessment and a physical assessment. 15th July 2014 – After a long and tiring few days of training, most of the mobilised personnel head off to Grantham town centre for a well-earned and deserved social evening. 16th July 2014 – Currently waiting to move to Glasgow, moral is high and everyone is looking forward to the challenge ahead. The mobilised personnel from 103 Bn REME and 3 PWRR wish to thank all the staff from RTMC Chilwell, Grantham and Perseus for all their kind help and advice during the mobilisation process and training package.

LCpl Arkwright, 103 Bn REME


Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets visit Normandy 70

Royal Marine Cadet Alex Whipp

I joined Windsor and Eton Sea Cadet Unit in February 2014 as a Royal Marines Cadet. I quickly learnt how to do some basic drill movements and wear my uniform. I was learning strange new words used in the Sea Cadets. A building was “a ship” and I went “on board” and went “ashore!”

I was given the opportunity to go to Normandy in France with Southern Area Sea Cadets with another cadet from the Detachment. I needed to get a passport, so Mum and Dad applied for it. It arrived a day after the group left for Normandy! When I found out that my passport had arrived. I was over the moon to be given the opportunity to be involved in such a fantastic historical event.  Dad took me over on the ferry as an overnight foot passenger so I could then meet up with my unit in Normandy.

We visited several war memorial cemeteries and I knew that it had been a massacre but I had not fully appreciated the death toll until I saw all the graves.  We went to an airborne museum that had an AC130 plane exhibit, a glider exhibit and also an exhibit on what it was like to be a parachutist and to jump from a plane.  It was like actually stepping out of an airplane as the floor was made of glass and the underneath was a mini model of land.  I felt like I was going to fall over.

47 Royal Marine Commando Memorial

47 Royal Marine Commando Memorial

I took part in the recreation of the 47 Royal Marine Commando walk from Gold Beach to Port en Bessin, which is about 14 miles.  Along the way I chatted to a Royal Marine Corporal who had just got back from serving in Afghanistan.

There were two parades that I took part in, the first was at the 47 Royal Marine Commando Memorial were I was given the honour of reading out the names of 20 men who had been killed in the battle for Port en Bessin.  The Commandant General Royal Marines, Maj Gen Ed Davis CBE RM, then shook my hand and left a 2 Star General Medallion in my hand.  I felt really proud to have read out the names and to be given the medallion.  The second parade was the Captain Cousins Memorial.  Captain Cousins lead an assault onto the eastern feature of Port en Bessin and succeeded in taking out the final strongpoint held by the Germans, but unfortunately he was killed doing so.

I really enjoyed the whole experience of Normandy and talking to the veterans.  I would like to thank you for providing the funding for me to go.

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Another Successful Year for the Band

Reigate Sea Cadets recently competed in the Southern Area band contest

Sunday 15th June 2014 saw the Southern area Sea Cadets band contest, with Reigate entering for the third year in a row following their triumph at the 2013 contest seeing them through to the National Competition at the Tower of London. Despite the grey weather and early start, the band built upon their achievements from last year by winning trophies for “Best Bugle Section” and “Best Marching Display”, as well as coming second overall in the Championship Class. Leading Cadet Cameron Ballantyne, who has been the Drum Major for over two years, was also awarded a silver medal in the “Best Drum Major” competition. Sadly for us he is turning 18 in July and will be leaving cadets with aspirations of joining the Army. We congratulate and thank him for playing such a huge part in the Band’s successes over the past few years.

Band form up

Band form up

PO Smith, Bandmaster, said “I’m extremely proud of the achievements of the band at the competition. The whole team is clearly improving every year and I’m confident that, with their continued commitment and effort, we have a real chance of taking home some silverware from the National competition next year.”

Reigate Sea Cadets

Reigate Sea Cadets

As the National Competition is a biennial event, the band will not advance further this year; however this news may bring some relief to the cadets, staff and parents who have all worked very hard over the last few weeks to make sure the Band were on top form for the contest. BZ to all!

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