Category Archives: Cadets

Donnington Bridge – Oxfordshire Sea Cadets – Naval Parade 7 Feb 17


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Donnington Bridge Sea Cadet’s Ship’s Bell

HMS Euryalus was a 1941 war time Royal Naval Cruiser. The Bell from the Cruiser was presented to the Oxfordshire based Donnington Bridge Sea Cadet Unit by a Jersey Sea Cadet Unit some 8 or 9 years ago.  The Bell is proudly on display now in at the home of TS (Training Ship)  Euryalus.

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A volunteer who wears two uniforms – “Being in both the Sea Cadets and a musician with the Army Reserve offers me different experiences and I can make a contribution to society in more than one way.”

Adult Volunteer Petty Officer Joseph Yu, is a student at Oxford University studying anthropology, and not only is he an Adult Volunteer working with the Oxfordshire Sea Cadets, he is also a member of the Army Reserve.  PO Yu is a member of the Waterloo Band, of the Rifles and plays the Clarinet.  Joseph who joined the Sea Cadets in October 2016 was born in Hong Kong and came to the UK in 2012, he proudly explained that he was in the Sea Cadets in Hong Kong, which is where he got the bug.

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Cadets can join the Sea Cadets as young as 10 and there is no shortage of youngsters wanting to join 

Junior Sea Cadets – with the length of service ranging from 2 weeks to 8 months.

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Very much a family affair and something to celebrate

The Family Long have a very lengthy history with Donnington Bridge Sea Cadets, Dad Keith joined the Cadets as a Boy and went on to become an Adult Volunteer, Mum Jo is also a Volunteer, and helps out with all the catering, and then there are the 6 Cadets.

Brother Kieran, and his five Sisters, Jessica (next to Dad), Amie, Isabelle, Catherine, Sophie.

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“I enjoy being a Sea Cadet, it makes me feel good, I like the courses and I am always learning new things, I enjoyed my catering course the best.”

Sea Cadet Raage Mahamed joined the Sea Cadets 6 months ago and has never looked back.  Raage who goes to Wheatley Park School, in Oxfordshire, has completed his basic First Aid class 111 course, enjoys drill and has made some really good friends.

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Cadet Chloe Harvey – responsible for the junior Cadets on Parade during the inspection from Commander Trevor Price. She said “I do this for the fun of it.”

Cadet Harvey is a Cadet First Class and lives in Oxford and goes to Gosford Hill School, Chloe was the Parade Commander for the evening.

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Sister and brother – Junior Cadets at Donnington Bridge

Isabella and Luke Humphreys from Heddington in Oxford, have just moved from Guildford.  Both Cadets have recently joined the unit at Donnington Bridge, and are enjoying taking part in the many activities on offer.

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Adult volunteers and Cadets from Donnington Bridge Sea Cadet Corps with Commander Trevor Price, Sea Cadet Southern Area Officer after their very successful Royal Naval Parade inspection held on Tuesday 7 Feb 2017.  Commander Price said, “This evening has been a pleasure, it has been good to talk to the Cadets, they have been bright and engaging, and the Unit should be very proud.”

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Sussex Sea Cadets Adult Volunteers


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Sussex Sea Cadets recently held an Adult training weekend at Crowborough training camp.

The course was aimed at new civilian members of the Sea Cadets including management committees and new instructional staff.
We wish them every success as Adult Volunteers.

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As a youngster the more you can gain at an early stage is a great springboard for the future!

Stewart Bryant from Hastings was a Royal Marine & Police Cadet in his earlier years.
Stewart is currently a Senior Environmental Health Officer and has recently volunteered with the Royal Marine Cadets.
He enjoys working and supervising young people seeing them achieve their goals and reaching their full potential.
Stewart gets a sense of fulfilment out of the Cadets and thoroughly enjoys delivering the Cadet experience.

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If you are looking for adventure then the Cadets is for you!

Sarah Trundle from Rye was a Cadet in the Sea Cadets for six years. She has a passion for community groups and loves to see young people develop. Sarah is now an Adult Volunteer with the Royal Marine Cadets. She decided to make the transition to becoming an Adult Volunteer from a Cadet because she had been so impressed on the differences it had made in her life that she wanted to pass it back on to others.

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Thinking of becoming a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer?


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As a youngster the more you can gain at an early stage is a great springboard for the future!

Stewart Bryant from Hastings was a Royal Marine & Police Cadet in his earlier years.
Stewart is currently a Senior Environmental Health Officer and has recently volunteered with the Royal Marine Cadets.
He enjoys working and supervising young people seeing them achieve their goals and reaching their full potential.
Stewart gets a sense of fulfilment out of the Cadets and thoroughly enjoys delivering the Cadet experience.

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I recommend the Cadets to anyone who wants to see young people develop and improve their futures!

Andy Gooch from Hastings is an Adult Volunteer with the Royal Marine Cadets.
He decided to volunteer because his son was in the Cadets and of course Andy was driving him to and from events and drill nights. On hearing that the unit was looking for volunteers he thought as he was there anyway he would give it a go and since volunteering has never looked back.
Andy who is a police officer in Sussex found that he had additional skills that he could bring to the Cadet Experience.

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Not only has my time with the Cadets been an addition to my CV but those core values and life skills has opened all sorts of doors and opportunities!

Callum Evans from Brighton was a Sea Cadet for 8 years until he decided to progress onwards and become an Adult Volunteer. Callum enjoys sport, video gaming and has become a box set fanatic. Callum is currently a chef but finds time to volunteer at weekends.
He has been an Adult Volunter for two years. He made this decision because he thoroughly enjoyed the Cadet Experience. He would encourage anyone to join the Cadet world, not only is he making new friends but he’s having loads of fun in the process.

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Sutton Valence CCF Lance Corporal helps the Red Arrows make history


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Having heard that the Red Arrows were coming to his hometown Zhuhai, China, during Half Term, Sutton Valence School  pupil and cadet Hongrui (Henry) Zhang successfully applied to be part of the support team.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team was making history by performing nine public displays in China for the first time in 52 years.  During their stay, the team carried out a practice display and many ground engagement activities, including visits to universities, schools and businesses, before the full display in front of thousands of people on the opening day of Airshow China.

Henry was assigned to assist the pilots and ground crew as an interpreter and to help with transport and logistics.  “My experience in the RAF section of CCF was a great help”, he said.  “I know about protocols and the organisation, so was able to help things run smoothly for them.”

Although given a draft script, Henry translated live during the air show for Red 10 (Squadron Leader Ling) and Red 11 (Wing Commander Higgins, Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team) as they commentated on the display; the first official Red Arrows commentary in Chinese.  Previously, he had been on hand in Air Traffic Control to assist Wg Cdr Higgins and Flt Lt Youle (Flight Operation Officer) during the press day, when he was also involved with British Embassy and Consulate personnel who were promoting the STEM program, British industries and education.

“It was an honour to welcome the Red Arrows to my town”, said Henry.  “I have followed the aerobatics team for some time and it was a privilege to be able to help them during this significant visit to my country; being able to engage with some of the best in the RAF is a truly astonishing experience as a pupil and an air cadet.”

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Berkshire Cadet helps after serious car collision


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On Sunday 6 November Cadet Matthew Walter and his mother Gina Walter were returning home from Army Cadet Camp and found themselves to be the second car on the scene of a car accident on the Bray Bridge.

Mrs Walter said:

“The first car there was calling the police, so I said to Matthew “We have to help.” The last thing we needed was more cars coming round the bend and into the back of us, so I sent him to direct the traffic away from the accident. He stood in the road for 45 minutes, stopping cars and advising them they had to turn round as there was no way through.

We were on the scene for almost an hour, during which time Matthew was extremely responsible and did as he was asked, even though he said that not all drivers would listen to him.

We left once the paramedic arrived, but have since learned that one of the drivers in the crash was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries – her parents were twice told that they might lose her due to internal bleeding.

I was very proud of Matthew that day. He looked very smart in his Army uniform and conducted himself superbly.”

When Mrs Walter and Matthew arrived on the scene, Matthew asked his mum if they had to do a DR ABC, which he’d learnt at cadets. The immediate danger was twofold: the cars involved in the incident as they were still running, and the traffic which could have impacted the situation further – which is why Mrs Walter then put her son in charge of redirecting vehicles to avoid any further collisions.

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Hastings Sea Cadets oldest cadet turns 90


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Training Ship Hastings (TS Hastings) celebrated their oldest cadet’s birthday last week when he turned 90 years of age. Bernard Mallion was a cadet in 1939 the year the unit was first formed in Hastings.

On the evening Mr Mallion toured the classes, where the cadets were practicing Drill, Seamanship, leadership skills and map reading. Following this he had a birthday tea with the cadets and then fielded questions from them on how the unit has changed over the years.

When he first started parading the unit was based at the Bathing Pool and he was on one of 30 but within a few months there were over 130 cadets. Not having enough instructors some of the cadets including Mr Mallion were turned away. Devastated he mulled it over for a while and realised that the instructors hadn’t taken any names, so chancing his luck he returned the following evening only to allowed back in. He remained a cadet for a few years before joining the Royal Navy and serving on board HMS Ramillies.

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Mr Mallion has kept his ties with the unit and been a loyal supporter even to this day as he still carries out regular maintenance at the unit every week, even on the day of his 90th Birthday. MR Mallion a retired firefighter was even climbing the 30ft mast only a few years ago, however we have now banned him from this practice.

Our youngest cadet Junior Sea Cadet Maisie Bridges said “I had an amazing evening and it was interesting to find out about what the unit was like when it first started. We still do activities that they learnt about then plus a whole lot more.”

Whether on land or at sea the Sea Cadets offer an environment where young people can find new confidence and inspiration. Across the UK 14,000 young people are challenging themselves and learning new skills through nautical adventure. Help us to keep inspiring the next generation and giving them the best possible head start in life. Hastings Sea Cadets is open two nights a week, for further information please email tshastings@btconnect.com or visit www.sea-cadets.org/hastings

 

Berkshire Cadets come together to compete for the Frost Trophy and Nowell Cup Part.2


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Arborfield ACF Company Sergeant Major Holly Chamberlain took on the role of volunteer casualty as teams taking part in the Frost Trophy and Nowell Cup were tested on their first aid skills. Holly has recently completed a Public Services Course at Reading College and is starting training with Thames Valley Police.

Last year Holly was chosen to be one of four Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for 2016.  Cadets support the Lord-Lieutenant for Berkshire in his work during their year of office, accompanying him to royal visits, awards ceremonies, and similar official events. Holly said “Being the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet has been really interesting. I have met the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Edward and have attended a lot of different events.”

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Royal Marines Cadet 2 Katie Kremer from Reading, took a ducking while taking part in the water challenge but once back on dry land she helped her team to complete the task in the fastest time of the day.

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Royal Marines Cadet Sergeant MC1 Caitlin Lobley started her cadet life as a sea cadet but transferred as she felt the Royal Marines were more “outdoorsy.” A year 11 pupil at Hugh Faringdon School, Southcote, Reading, Caitlin hopes to study medicine and to join the Navy as a medic. Caitlin said “I would recommend cadets as a way of making friend for life and experiencing things a bit different from normal life.”

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Cadet Jordan Graham gives the climbing wall the thumbs up. Jordan has been with the Arborfield Detachment for two years. He is following in the footsteps of his brother who is the Regimental Sergeant Major. Jordan’s favourite activity is first aid.

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On behalf of the winning team, Army Cadet Sergeant Monja Danischewsky received the Frost Trophy from Wing Commander Chris Fisher. Monja, who is based with the Cippenham Detachment, has been a cadet for five years and hopes to join the Household Cavalry once he has completed his A Levels.

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The winners of the Frost Trophy celebrate their success! The team included Berkshire Army Cadets from the Witley, Woodley, Cippenham and Arborfield Detachments.

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On behalf of his fellow team members, Ordinary Sea Cadet Peter Talbot accepted the Nowell Cup from Colonel Chris Booth. Peter said “Today has been great fun, although we didn’t know each other at the beginning of the day we have really come together as a team. It is really interesting to meet-up with cadets from the other Services as we all do things differently and can learn from each other.”

Berkshire Cadets come together to compete for the Frost Trophy and Nowell Cup


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Army Cadet Wiktor Konecki, Cippenham Detachment, has been a cadet for three years and plans to join the Army as a member of the Infantry. Wiktor said “Being a cadet is a great confidence builder and a great way of making  friends. I found out about the ACF by watching videos on YouTube, I decided to give it a go and have enjoyed every minute.”

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Sea Cadet William De Guzman hopes that his experiences as a cadet will help him in his ambition to become a Marine. William is based with the Slough Unit and has been a cadet for almost a year.  William said “Being a cadet has given me new experiences and is helping me to prepare for a military career. We have to think outside the box and interact with new people. Annual camp gave us a chance to take part in lots of activities including field craft, camping, and clay pigeon shooting.”

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Hayley Milward, Whitley Detachment, joined the ACF at the beginning of 2016 and said “Being a cadet has really helped with my confidence and we get to do lots of different things. I really enjoy sports and have had the chance to take part in regional and national athletics events. I went on annual camp to Thetford and really enjoyed the clay pigeon shooting.”

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Reading based Royal Marines Cadet Class 2 Finlay Allen was one of several senior cadets providing support to the teams taking part in the Frost Trophy and Nowell Cup. Finlay originally joined the ACF but moved to the Royal Marines because he felt there were more opportunities to experience field craft,  something he really enjoys.

Finlay is currently studying for qualifications in Travel and Tourism, and Resistant Materials. He plans to spend time in the USA working for Camp America and travelling before returning to the UK to train as an officer with the Marines.

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Sea Cadet Kelsy Merritt joined the Slough Unit almost a year ago. Kelsy who lives in Langley and attends Churchmead School, Datchet said “Being a Sea Cadet is great fun. There are lots of opportunities to try new things. We regularly go to Datchet Reservoir for boating activities including sailing and rowing.”

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Army Cadet Jade Bartlett, from the Aborfield Detachment, was taking part in the Frost Trophy for the second time. Jade, who is starting a Health and Social Course at Basingstoke College, has been a cadet for two years said “Taking part in events like this is great fun. It is great to meet different cadets and to take on the challenges.”

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Lance Corporal Kayci Benham and Cadet Andrew Boldoro are not only both members of Witley Detachment, but they are both Year 10 pupils at the local John Madejski Academy. They were teamed up with other Army Cadets as one of the Single Service teams competing for the Frost Trophy, working together on a series of activities including putting their first aid skills to the test.

 

SOUTHERN AREA SEA CADETS FIRST AID COMPETITION – MIDDLEHILL


Written by Lt Cdr (SCC) Ray Mitchell RNR – ARO Southern

The SA First Aid Competition was held at Middlehill Sea Cadet Activity Centre, Colgate, West Sussex on Sat 20 Aug 16. The annual event is held to select the best Sea Cadet Team to go forward to the SCC National Competition held at Strensall Camp in Yorkshire with the ACF, ATC and CCF in September.

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Seven teams from Aylesbury, Milton Keynes x 2, Maidstone, Eastbourne, Sittingbourne and Worthing took part completing individual and team scenarios based on their First Aid Training in the SCC. The event was run by the Area Team with CPO Heather Cole standing in for the Area Staff Officer who was on another SCC duty in Dieppe. CPO Cole organised the judges and scenarios and ensured that everything either ran to time or even earlier.

Being an outdoor activity we were reliant on the weather, which never let us down, providing some reality with sunshine interspersed with torrential downpours. Despite some soggy Casualties, First Aiders and Paperwork the event went very well and a team to go forward was selected.

The Middlehill OIC PO Danny Murphy and Admin Officer PO Charley Jacobs looked after us all well by providing the venue with a tuck shop and additional activities including Archery.

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The medal winners were:

1st Milton Keynes A Team
2nd Milton Keynes B Team
3rd Worthing Unit.

Overall Winning District – Oxon Bucks. The Medals were presented by Lt Cdr (SCC) Tim Collins RNR District Officer for Central District.

Lots of positive points made about all of the seven teams taking part and all of the casualties would have survived with the treatment they were given. Even the casualties got a medal but theirs was Gold and Silver and you can spend it in a shop.

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Good luck to Milton Keynes A Team who go forward to the SCC National Competition at Strensall Camp in September.

As ever these events wouldn’t run without CFAVs and thanks go to all of the adults who trained, supported and transported their teams to the event and to the Judges who worked tirelessly to mark the competition. Particular shout out to PPO Molly Fisher for her help at the event as she only became staff 8 days prior on her 18th birthday.

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SOUTHERN AREA SEA CADETS WINDSURFING REGATTA – POOLE HARBOUR 2016


Written by Lt Cdr (SCC) Ray Mitchell RNR – ARO Southern

The SA Windsurfing Regatta was held at Poole Harbour, Dorset on a rather blustery Sun 21 Aug.  The event was organised by Lt Colin Webb Commanding Officer of Poole Unit using MSSC Windsurfing Kit from the SA Pod which is housed at Poole.

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All eyes were on the weather in the days leading up to the event as the wind forecast for the weekend was on the high side. The day before the event the wind was so strong that flying operations at the nearby Bournemouth Air Show were cancelled apart from the Red Arrows later in the day.  The forecast for the Sunday was much improved and after a few phone calls it was tentatively confirmed that the event would go on however a final look at the actual wind strength would be carried out at 0600 on Sunday morning.  Fortunately the wind had subsided to an acceptable strength and the Regatta was able to take place.

Everyone turned up to check in at 0915 and the competitors with the assistance of our RYA Windsurfing Instructor PO Joshua Hill from Poole Unit set up their boards and rigs ready for the off. As the rules allow you to use a smaller rig if required some were used as it was going to be gusty.

A triangular course was set up and a set of five two lap races was undertaken. A triangular course was used to prove that the competitors were able to sail on all points of the wind as well as tack and gybe the board effectively. In gusty conditions the upwind legs can be challenging and the downwind exhilarating. If you get your tack or gybe wrong you can end up having a dip (fortunately the water was warm).

A/C Tom M from Salisbury led the field on all five races and managed to stay fairly dry.  Cdt Jack L from Reigate who had never windsurfed on the sea before, and had the smallest rig due to his size, did exceptionally well to negotiate his way around the course and gain a lot of confidence in the process. By the second race he had mastered the conditions and completed the last four races in good time. A/Cs Sam, Fletcher and Mitch from Poole who regularly sail in Poole Harbour had a great time negotiating the course, getting good placings and taking a few dips in between.

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Congratulations to all of the cadets that took part and a huge thank you to all of the adults who facilitated the event on a rather blustery morning in Poole Harbour.

Although the entry was fairly small we will have a good team going forward to the National Regatta at Southport at the end of September.
Winners were:
Up to 4.5 Metre Class
A/C Tom – Salisbury.  Gold.
Cdt Jack – Reigate. Silver.
Up to 5.5 Metre Class
A/C Sam – Poole. Gold.
A/C Fletch – Poole. Silver.
Up to 6.8 Metre Class
A/C Mitch – Poole. Gold

Overall Winning District – Wessex.

The Medals were presented by our Senior Staff Officer Commander (SCC)  Karen Kristiansen RNR

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