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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.”

http://www.sea-cadets.org/ 

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High adrenaline summer adventure for Southern Area Sea Cadets Part.4


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Petty Officer Esther Selhi, 42, has volunteered as a Cadet Forces Adult instructor for the past three years.  A stay at home Mum of three, she joined the Maidstone unit when her son Saul became a cadet and she heard that they needed help and more staff.  She said “It’s very rewarding having cadets who’ve not done something before and seeing their confidence grow and their excitement in their achievements.”  Esther is taking advantage of the personal development opportunities.  She said “In terms of my own development I’ve trained to become a First Aid instructor, I’ve got an Adventure Leader qualification, as well as being a Duke of Edinburgh supervisor and assessor.  I’m also currently half way through my Basic Expedition Leader course”

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Cadet Molly Salmon, 12, enjoys all the boating experiences and courses that come with being a sea cadet.  A member of the Gosport Unit, Molly has a passion for climbing.  She said “I love all the climbing that we get to do and being able to climb real rocks outside is an amazing opportunity.”  She added “If it wasn’t for Sea Cadets I wouldn’t really know who I was or what I like to do.  I totally recommend it – it’s so enjoyable”.

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Civilian Instructor Joshua Smets, 20, is an outdoor instructor during the week and joined the High Wycombe Unit Sea Cadets ten months ago.  He said “I was a Royal Marine cadet from the age of 13 to 18 and I realised that I was doing all the outdoor pursuits that I’d done in cadets as my job and I found myself missing the cadet environment.  I got in touch and asked if I could bring my skills to my old unit and got onto all the courses so I can now instruct the cadets in these activities.”  He added “I enjoy seeing a smile on a kid’s face when the achieve something knowing that you’ve contributed to that achievement.  With Cadets you see them develop and grow in confidence.  It’s very rewarding and sometimes it’s hard work but the rewards definitely outweigh the hardship.”

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Ordinary Cadet Saul Selhi, 14, is a Sea Cadet at the Maidstone Unit which he joined because he wanted to learn to kayak.  He said “I like kayaking and once I found out about the adventure training activities that sea cadets can do, I wanted to do that too”.   As well as kayaking, Saul enjoys climbing, shooting and camping. He added “Taking part in this adventure training week has shown me that I can do more than I thought I could do when I’m pushed a bit outside of my comfort zone”.

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Cadet First Class Gabrielle Sellstrom, 13, is a Sea Cadet with Camberley Unit.  She said “I joined three years ago because my Dad is one of the instructors and so I’ve been brought up with Sea Cadets.  I really love all the different activities though and it’s fun meeting new people and being able to go on different courses.  This adventure training week is the by far the best course I’ve been on.  I’m very proud of myself as I’ve conquered my fear of heights.  Doing that climb just now was amazing.  Tomorrow we’re doing the zip wires and I’m looking forward to that.”  Gabby continued “Sea cadets has given me more confidence to go in the direction I want to go in life”.

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Leading Cadet Sophie Rusling, 17, is a student at the UK Sailing Academy in Cowes on the Isle of Wight and is a sea cadet at the Cowes unit.  She said “I joined six and half years ago because it seemed a fun thing to do and offered a lot of opportunities.”  She added “This week has been awesome.  I came along on this course two years ago and I was petrified of heights and the staff have really helped me to overcome this.  I’m definitely into rock climbing now, and I’m not afraid to push myself.  I’m looking forward to the 100ft freefall which we are doing tomorrow.”

http://www.sea-cadets.org/

 

High adrenaline summer adventure for Southern Area Sea Cadets Part.2


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Leading Cadet Alex Green, 17, is a pupil at Rainham School for Girls and has been a member of Medway Towns Sea Cadet Unit for almost six years.  She said “A friend of mine suggested we join Sea Scouts and I joined Sea Cadets by mistake!  I’m so glad I did!  I love the different courses and activities that you can do.  Last year I went sailing from Cork to Portsmouth and I’ve also been to Gran Canaria on a sailing trip.”  Alex, who wants to join the Royal Navy as either a Weapons Engineer or a Warfare Officer, did her first abseil in the Slate Quarry in Snowdonia.  She said “The abseiling was quite scary.  It was very high and taking that first step off the ledge was terrifying.  I’m so glad I did it though.  This week is brilliant fun.  It’s all proper adventure training and is giving us the opportunity to put the basics into practice.  Everyone is really nice, the staff and the other cadets and the zip lining is the best fun.”  She added “I’d definitely like to come back to Snowdonia to go climbing and mountain walking – this week has really inspired me”.

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Marine Cadet Second Class Harvey Nicholson, 14, is a pupil at Beacon Academy and has been a sea cadet with Tunbridge Wells Unit for nearly a year.  “I joined because I want to be a Royal Marine when I leave school.  I really enjoy all the physical activity – it’s much more fun and suits me better to be out of the class room for most of the time”.  He added “The abseil that we did in the Slate Quarry was great fun and something that you wouldn’t normally get to do.”  He added “I came along this week for the experience and to meet new people – I’m really enjoying it all”.

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Cadet First Class Max Witherington, 15, is a pupil at George Abbott school in Guildford and has been a sea cadet with the Guildford Unit for just over one year.  He said “I wanted to do something constructive with my spare time and so I joined Sea Cadets.  I especially love the boating especially kayaking, canoeing and paddling and the atmosphere at the unit is very welcoming and I’ve made lots of friends that are from outside school.”  He added “I’m really enjoying this adventure training week.  The mountain hike and scramble was great fun and it was quite a challenge to find the route whilst you were scrambling.  I think doing the big jump will be quite scary but I’m looking forward to having a go and doing it”.

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Ordinary Cadet Josh Phillips, 15, is a pupil at the Archbishop’s School in Canterbury and is a member of Herne Bay Sea Cadet Unit.  He said “My cousin is a sea cadet and I liked the sound of all the activities that are on offer.  I love all the different courses and activities you can do.  I’m definitely more confident and more prepared and willing to try new things.”  Josh attended the adventure training week last year and so he knew what to expect “I wanted to come again this year because it’s really fun.  I’m looking forward to the zip wires in the caverns”.

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Petty Officer Nathan Joseph has been an Adult Instructor with the Sea Cadets for 12 years.  He joined the High Wycombe Unit as a cadet in September 1999 and is now back at his old unit as an instructor.  Nathan, who currently works as a Conference Assistant is currently studying to be a youth worker, said “I’m dyslexic and being a sea cadet helped me immensely with my learning disability and challenges.  I became a CFAV because I wanted to share my personal experience and support other children with learning disabilities within the sea cadet environment and to help to get the best out of them.  It’s also great fun.”  He added “I started the Adventure Training courses this year.  So far I’ve achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Assessor and Supervisor qualifications, and am also an Adventure Leader.  I’m just about to start my Mountain Bike instructor qualifications and I’m in the process of building my bike myself.

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First Class Cadet Jake Salmon, 13, has been a Sea Cadet with Gosport Unit for just over four years.  A pupil at Bay House School, he said “My Mum and Dad run my unit so I’ve been into boating since I was very young.  I’ve been on the sailing and shooting courses and enjoy all the activities.  This Adventure Training Week has been a lot of fun.  I’ve enjoyed the indoor rock climbing the most so far and I’m looking forward to the 100ft freefall and the Power Fan although I am a bit scared!”

http://www.sea-cadets.org/

 

High adrenaline summer adventure for Southern Area Sea Cadets Part.1


SOUTHERN AREA SEA CADETS are having the time of their lives on a fun-filled and action packed multi-activity adventure training week in Snowdonia.  Twenty four cadets and eleven adult instructors, all unpaid volunteers, from across the eight districts in the Area, are spending seven days (12-21 August) in the picturesque Welsh National Park taking part in a wide variety of exhilarating adventure training activities.

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Ranging in age from 12 to 17, the Sea Cadets who attended come from units based in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Kent and the Isle of Wight have been rock climbing in the mountainous region, abseiling in a disused slate quarry, undertaken a mountain expedition and ridden the world famous mountain bike trails on Coed y Brenin.  In addition, the cadets have tackled underground Zip wires and Via Ferrata course, experienced the thrill of a freefall from a 100ft Powerfan, and conquered the high ropes and Tree Top Adventure, all part of North Wales’s Zip World which offers a wide-range of high adrenalin activities, and whose founder, Sean Taylor is a keen supporter of the Sea Cadets.

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Cadet First Class Isabelle Talaga, 15, has been a Sea Cadet with Henley Detachment since she was ten years old.  A pupil at Waingels College in Reading, Isabelle joined the Sea Cadets to take advantage of the range of opportunities.   She said “I personally really enjoy rock climbing and we’ve had the opportunity to go to the world class Joint Services Climbing Centre with very unique facilities to practice our basics and now, as I’m working towards my intermediate qualification, I’m having the opportunity to climb real rock faces in an outdoor environment.  It’s brilliant fun”.

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Ordinary Cadet Josie Day, 15, is a Sea Cadet with Henley Detachment.  She said “I joined Sea Cadets following a recruitment drive at our school when I was ten and I’ve done some amazing things in the past five years.  I spent a week on TS Jack Petchey when I was 13 which, at the time, was the longest I’d been away from home – it was great fun”.  A pupil at Gillots in Henley, Josie is a very keen climber who is working towards her Intermediate Climbing qualification which she is hoping she will achieve after this week’s climbing in Snowdonia.  “I’m hoping to be more confident at meeting new people this week and I’m sure that the high speed mountain biking will be a bit of a challenge too”.  She added “I really enjoyed the climbing and abseiling in the slate quarry – it was quite nerve wracking but I have an immense sense of achievement”.

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Cadet Jessica Smith, 15, has been a Sea Cadet at Guildford Detachment for two years.  A pupil at St Peter’s School, she joined with a friend and is really enjoying doing all the adventure training activities that are on offer, especially the boating.  She said “This Adventure Training Week is really fun and I love doing all this stuff so much.  I climbed Tryfan yesterday, which is a mountain, and I had such a real sense of achievement of getting to the top.  It took us four hours but it was amazing and the views from the top were spectacular”.

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Cadet First Class Peter Asekakhai, 15, is a pupil at Archbishop’s in Canterbury.  He has been a sea cadet with Faversham Detachment for the past two years.  He said “I went to France with school on a watersports holiday and I enjoyed it so much I thought I’d like to continue and so I joined Sea Cadets.   My proudest moment was taking part in last year’s Trafalgar Parade in Canterbury where I was looking smart in front of my family and friends”.  Peter is hoping to overcome his fears this week, especially when tackling the 100ft freefall on the Power Fan.  He continued “I’ve done some climbing and that was fun and the mountain scramble up Tryfan gave me a real sense of achievement, especially when we got to the top.”

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Cadet First Class Paul Kirkby, 12, is a pupil at The Petersfield School.  Paul, who lives in Bordon, has been a sea cadet at Farnham Detachment for two years.  He said “I went to the Bournemouth Airshow and saw one of the Sea Cadet stands.  I was really interested in the activities that were on offer and so I joined my local detachment.”  He added “I really enjoy sailing and as a unit we go every week to Hawley Lake; I’ve got my RYA 1 qualification now”.  During the Adventure Training week, Paul was enjoying taking part in the different activities.  He said “The mountain biking has been the most fun but I also enjoyed the mountain scramble up Tryfan – I found it hard though because I’m quite short!  I’m looking forward to the zip wires in the caverns which we’re doing later this week – I think that’s going to be really cool.”

http://www.sea-cadets.org/

Lord Lieutenant of Kent’s Inter-Schools Challenge


This year’s Lord Lieutenant’s Inter-Schools Challenge has been won by a team from Rainham Mark Grammar, which defeated teams representing seven other schools from throughout Medway on Tuesday, 12th July in a gruelling day of challenging activities designed to develop team spirit, test courage and stamina, build communication and teamwork skills.

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Lead organiser Challenger Troop CIC, along with the Royal School of Military Engineers (1 RSME Regiment), facilitated a range of command and communication-based activities for 10 teams of 10 KS4 students from the eight participating schools at the event, the fourth of its kind, which took place at Brompton Barracks, Gillingham ME7 5DQ.  Each team had 10 challenges to complete in a set time and were scored on the result. Assessment was based on overall team performance; effort, participation, team-member engagement, leadership, communication, teamwork and completion of the task in the time allocated were all taken into consideration.

Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven, representing Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle, presented a trophy to the winning team from the Rainham Mark Grammar School. Mayor of Medway, Cllr Stuart Tranter presented awards for the runner-up, Team One from Gravesend Grammar School. In addition, a ceremonial plaque was presented by 1 RSME to Team Two from the Howard School for completing their Tower of Hanoi Challenge in the fastest time and awards for the Most Outstanding Individual Team-Member’s Contribution to the Team and Task were presented by The High Sheriff of Kent, Mrs Kathrin Smallwood.

Jo Blackwell, Director of Operations for Challenger Troop, said “This event is very much in the spirit of the Armed Forces Community Covenant, where local communities come together to support the Armed Forces community and encourage activities which help to integrate this into local life. As a provider of uniformed youth leadership and engagement programmes, we see on a daily basis how the values and standards of the Armed Forces can help and support disengaged young people in our community. Today we have seen some outstanding examples of leadership, camaraderie and teamwork.”

The event will take place next year around the second week in July and anyone who would like to support the event or would like more information should contact simon.dean@challengertroop.org

The infamous Dodentocht (Death March) in Bornem, Belgium.


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During the weekend 8th – 10th August 2014, Kent Wing fielded a team of 8 cadets and 4 staff in the infamous Dodentocht (Death March) in Bornem, Belgium.

The Dodentocht is a 100km march (63 miles) which starts at 2100hrs on Friday evening and must be completed by 2100hrs on Saturday evening. The terrain is difficult with cobbles, dirt tracks, roads and paths being used.

The team at the 50KM point

The team at the 50KM point

In excess of 11,000 marchers (and runners) participated, and the event is very high profile, the completion rate this year for all marchers and runners was 58%.

Kent Wing marchers once again achieved 100%, completing the march in a very respectable time of 21hours 19 minutes.

The weather conditions were extreme, with torrential rain for hours on end at the start and during the night, hot humid conditions from midnight onwards and heat, lots of it, when the sun came up.

The team from across Kent Wing have covered approximately 500 miles marching this year, with the Dodentocht being the culmination of 7 months of training with marches at RAF Cosford, RAF Wyton (Pathfinder), 4 day Nijmegen Marches as well as five weekends of very serious mileage training.

Set a new World Land Speed Record of 1000 mph


My Role as an Army Reservist

Objectives

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 http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/news/andy-green-guides-you-round-his-1000mph-office. 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 (http://www.bloodhoundssc.com), Twitter (@Bloodhound_SSC, @spinningdorey), Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/95684012@N02/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BLOODHOUNDSSC) 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 sjdorey@yahoo.co.uk

To know more about 678 (Rifles) Squadron visit http://www.serfca.org/en-gb/reservists/armyreserve/678squadronaac6regtaac.aspx