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Hastings Sea Cadets oldest cadet turns 90


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.


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


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.


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

Over The Top – Somme Commemoration Part.4


Aldershot Town FC


Surrey Fire and Rescue VS Aldershot Town FC


Guildford City FC VS RLC


Army Ladies VS Maidenhead United LFC


The Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Michael More-Molyneux holds the Somme Football


Kathryn, Mark, Alice and Andy Nevill-Hames

“Billie Nevill was our great grandfather’s brother, so our great uncle.  He served with the Surrey Regiment and was originally from Dorking.  We grew up hearing about the story of the Somme Footballs and to come here and see for ourselves what he did and the actions he took is fantastic.”

Over The Top – Somme Commemoration Part.3


Guildford & Waverley Revolution


Welsh Guards




Winners Royal Logistical Corps FA with their medals 


The Somme Football

The Somme Football is a unique object.  Usually held at the PWRR Museum in Dover Castle, the football was kicked “over the top” by Captain Billie Neville and members of 8th Battalion the East Surrey Regiment at the start of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 2016

Over The Top – Somme Commemoration Part.2


Southampton and Portsmouth Army Reserves (SAPAR) 


Hampshire and Isle of Wight ACF


12 and 16 Regiment Royal Artillery (Thorney Island Station)


Army Training Centre Pirbright VS Guildford & Waverley Revolution 


Steve Owen-Hughes, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Surrey Fire and Rescue

“We are very proud to be here and to take part in today’s tournament and to show our support.  As an organisation Surrey Fire and Rescue is a member of the Surrey Civilian Military Partnership Board and a lot of our men are either ex-servicemen or are currently serving in the Reserves.  Our crews attended the fire at Clandon Park where we helped to rescue the Colours of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.  We know too that more than 50 fire fighters in Surrey went to the First World War and none came back.  Some of those fell in the Battle of the Somme.”

Over The Top – Somme Commemoration Part.1

A unique football event “Over the Top” took place yesterday at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme; twenty thousand British soldiers were killed on that first day.    Nineteen teams, military and civilian, male and female, adults and youth, took part in the football tournament and remembered the sacrifices made by local men from the south east of England.  Organised by the local Army Regiment (Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment), the Army Benevolent Fund and SERFCA, in co-operation with Surrey University, the aim of the event, in addition to commemoration, was to raise money for regimental heritage and Army benevolence.

Each player was presented with a  commemorative medal to mark their participation in the special occasion with the winning team from the Royal Logistic Corps FA walking away with the top honour.

The event closed with a moving service of remembrance which was hosted by Colonel Patrick Crowley, CEO of SERFCA, and included readings by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Michael More-Molyneux, the Armed Forces’ Minister Penny Mordaunt MP and Dame Penelope Keith.


St. Peters School (Runners up) VS Royal Grammar School (Winners of the cadet and youth competition) 


Surrey ACF


Royal Military Academy Sandhurst


3PWRR (The Tigers) VS Guildford City FC


Sergeant Kelvin Lowes from B Company 3PWRR with First World War re-enactors Private Richard Boatfield and Private Robin Young from the East Surrey Regiment.




MP visits ACF unit in Havant


Havant MP Alan Mak made a surprise visit to the Army Cadet Force Detachment in Timsbury Crescent, Leigh Park, Havant.

Mr Mak, who is the local Member of Parliament for Havant was keen to visit the Cadets to see all the great work that is carried out by the Army Cadet Force in Havant, and to support the initiative by the Prime Minister which is to roll out new Cadet units across the UK. 

During the visit, which was a routine training night,  Mr Mak made time to speak to the Cadets and their Adult Instructors.   He also took the opportunity to watch some very smartly turned out Cadets taking part in drill, as well as viewing many of the other activities that were taking place.