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48 NAVY NEWS, JUNE 2008
Hitchin
founder
Winchester ends its
Former
CO wins
recalls
leadership
formation
THE foundation of a Sea Cadet wilderness years
award
THE former CO of the
units came about by chance,
Whitehaven unit has been
according to the man who said he
honoured by the Lord Lieutenant
is one of the first members.
AFTER years of getting
of Cumbria.
Dennis Vine said he recently
S/Lt (SCC) Keith Crowe RNR
saw a copy of Navy News and read
by without a proper
was in charge of TS Bee for five
the Sea Cadet coverage.
headquarters to call their years, handing over command in
“I thought that it might be of own, the Winchester unit
February this year.
interest that in 1940 I was a member
now has its very own base.
Under his leadership the unit
of the Eastbourne unit, and in
June my school was evacuated to
The ‘wilderness years’ of TS
expanded from fewer than 20
cadets to the current strength of
Hitchin in Hertfordshire.
Itchen were spent camped in a
27 Sea Cadets, 15 Junior Cadets
“Several pupils were members
garage, with a caravan acting
and eight Marine Cadets.
of the Corps, and on arrival in
as the unit administration
Keith’s hard work was
Hitchin discovered that there was office. recognised when he was chosen to
not another unit in the area. But now the proud cadets be the North West Area’s nominee
“We were, however, informed of Itchen have celebrated the for receipt of the Capt Roddie
that the HQ of the Navy League dedication of their new premises Casement Sword, awarded
had been evacuated there, and at Worthy Down Camp. annually to the unit CO who
consequently four or five of us The dedication was carried has, by example and dedication,
boldly knocked on the door and out in the presence of the Lord contributed most to the aims of
asked if a Hitchin unit could be Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mrs the Corps.
formed. Mary Fagan. At the time Keith stated that
“The man in charge, a Cdr Corps and unit chaplain Rev
the nomination was a reflection of
Inglis, agreed, and in a very short Jonathan Cruickshank conducted
the whole Whitehaven team, not
time formation occurred, and the service.
just an individual.
soon developed into a thriving The event was attended
Now, at a ceremony at Cumbria
organisation, complete with band. by numerous guests who had
Police HQ, Col James Cropper
“We attended many fundraising supported the unit both financially
presented Keith with his Lord
events to pay for war weapons, and in other ways over the past
Lieutenant’s Certificate.
and thoroughly enjoyed it all. few years.
Whitehaven unit chairman Chas
“We were even able to attend a They were joined by cadets
Tinkler said it was a fitting tribute
regional event, where we spent a from Poole, Parkstone and
to Keith’s five-year tenure.
week in camp, and were subjected Romsey units from the Wessex
“Keith has worked tirelessly on
to rowing whalers on the Thames District, and by the band from
while we were based in Slough. Woking
behalf of the unit and this award
unit.
● Susan Dyer, wife of TS Itchen Commanding Offi cer Lt (SCC) Roger Dyer RNR, and the unit’s youngest
is very well deserved,” he said.
“After two-and-a-half years In true naval tradition a member, Junior Cadet Andrew Milne, cut the celebration cake at the opening of the new HQ
“Keith’s achievements have
we returned with our school to celebration cake was cut by the
Eastbourne and resumed our Commanding Officer’s wife, Susan
Captain of HMS Belfast and MP
musicians who can already coax a impressed she thanked the cadets
set us on a firm foundation on
normal (or near-normal) life. Dyer, and the youngest cadet,
for Winchester from 1974-89.
decent tune out of an instrument. and staff in person, and asked
which we can build and move on
“I believe that the Hitchin unit is Junior Cadet Andrew Milne.
The unit are very grateful to the
The band made its first public them to play at Worthy Down’s
to even greater successes in the
still in existence, and I can proudly The Unit Honorary
Commandant and staff at Worthy
appearance last November, Family Day in the summer.
future.”
say that I was one of the founding Commodore, Rear Admiral Sir
Down who have quickly made
playing for about an hour despite The unit currently has side
Keith’s involvement with the
members. After some 67 years that Morgan Morgan-Giles, also
them so welcome.
power failures that at times left drums, tenor drums, bass drum,
Corps started nearly 30 years
must be a fair record, and I wish attended.
TS Itchen’s fledgling band is
them completely in the dark. cymbals and bell lyres – upright
ago when he signed up as a
the Corps continued success.” He was the last seagoing
looking to add to the enthusiastic
The Group Commander was so glockenspiels.
Whitehaven cadet, and he was
They are also looking for people followed by his son Scott, who
It must be
to play bugles – valveless brass left TS Bee to join the Royal Navy
instruments similar to trumpets. last year.
No experience is necessary. Although he has handed over
summer
TS Itchen also needs volunteers the reins of power, Keith is still
to help teach the keen members. involved in the unit, being a
Contact the unit on 01962 member of staff of the Marine
886997 if you are interested. Cadet detachment.
THE annual Northampton
and Wellingborough summer
curtain-raiser saw cadets spend a
week at the Sea Cadet Training
Centre at Thrapston.
The cadets spent a week on
or near the water, gaining new
qualifications in sailing, power
boating and windsurfing, as well
as living in close quarters with
their friends.
This year 21 cadets made the
camp, and enjoyed good weather,
which always helps.
Especially as the trip to the
camp was used by some cadets
for the Duke of Edinburgh
● Hinckley cadets cheer ship at the rededication of their headquarters
Bronze Award expedition.
This required a group to row
New HQ is cause to cheer
the unit’s boats the 24 miles
from Northampton to Thrapston,
negotiating 21 locks on the way.
THE newly-refurbished headquarters of Hinckley Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth, Cllr Mary Sherwin, Although they started in snow,
unit has been officially rededicated by the Lord who chose the unit as one of her charities for the blue sky was soon in evidence,
Lieutenant of Leicestershire. year. and the rowers made camp by
The HQ has benefited from a major extension, Lord Lieutenant Lady Gretton inspected a guard nightfall.
● From left: Lt Cdr (SCC) John Porter, MA Tomas Herrera and Cdr
incorporating new toilets, showers, a wet changing of honour before performing the opening ceremony. The downside was that the
Mike Flynn
room, galley and wardroom. Unit chaplain Maj Julian Rowley SA conducted boats had to be rowed back again
The existing section of the unit has also been fully a short service of dedication, after which the ship’s afterwards…
modernised and upgraded. company and guests cheered ship. A number of unit cadets
Past and present
The work was funded by a grant of £50,000 from The VIP guest was later shown a number of also attended ceremonies to
the National Lottery, £16,000 from the Marine demonstrations, and presented badges and good remember the deadly floods in
Society and Sea Cadets, and £6,500 from former conduct stripes to cadets and staff. the area ten years ago.
meet at Raleigh
Drill honours head South West
A FORMER Richmond cadet to see Tomas on parade.
had an unexpected encounter Cdr Flynn said: “I was thrilled
with another ex-cadet from the to meet Lt Cdr Porter again and
unit when he completed the first MA Herrera.
CONGRATULATIONS are due win his bet with Vice Admiral Sir establishment, for welcoming the colleague) Capt Jonathan Fry
phase of his RN training at HMS “Lt Cdr Porter was a CPO
to staff and cadets from the South Jonathan Tod over the outcome of cadets so warmly to HMS Raleigh present the trophies at the end of
Raleigh. when I was a member of the
West Area, who took 12 of the the piping competition. and joining them for much of the day.
Trainee MA Tomas Herrera Sea Cadets, and it is great to
15 awards at this year’s National The Corps is grateful to Capt the day. Organisers and competitors
joined up in February after eight know that he is still there passing
Drill, Piping and Ceremonial Jonathan Woodcock, Commanding He also helped the Corps’ own look forward to returning to
years at TS Goodwin – five years as on his experience to the current
competition, making them overall Officer of the New Entry training Captain (and his old friend and Cornwall in 2009.
a cadet and three as an instructor. generation of cadets.
winners in what is already a very
On completion of his nine- “Being a member of the Sea
successful year for the Corps’
week course Tomas took part in Cadets gave me an excellent
largest Area.
a passing-out parade in front of grounding when I embarked on
Hundreds of cadets from all
Midland detachments end on top
friends and family. my Naval career in 1981.
over the UK travelled to HMS
Members of the Walsall and Perry Barr Marine Commanders Sgt (SCC) Voirrey Wagstaff and The parade commander was “Initial training can be a real
Raleigh at Torpoint in Cornwall
Cadet detachments took the honours at the Sgt (SCC) Bob Burlace saw the hard work and Cdr Mike Flynn, a member of TS culture shock, and to have a head
to compete on one of the warmest
National Marine Cadet drill championship at dedication of the past few months pay off as their Goodwin from 1978 to 1981. start in the basic skills such as
days of the year to date.
HMS Raleigh. cadets walked away with trophies for best arena The parade gave Cdr Flynn the drill and Naval terminology is a
While every Area had something
Under the scrutiny of WO2 Thrift and his display and overall winners. chance to catch up with his old tremendous benefit.
to celebrate, it was South West
team, the cadets – representing 1 Troop Alpha That gave them the title of 2008 National Sea Cadet leader, Lt Cdr (SCC) “I hope MA Herrera goes on
who came out on top when the
Company (South West Area) – took on the might Marine Cadet Drill champions. John Porter, who is now the CO to have a successful Royal Navy
overall prizes were handed out.
of X-Ray (Eastern Area), Yankee (Northern Area) They now look forward to the annual Trafalgar of TS Goodwin. career and takes advantage of the
The Area Officer, Cdr Neil
and Zulu (Southern Area) Companies. Day parade in London, where they will be Lt Cdr Porter had travelled to many opportunities that will come
Hinch, was particularly thrilled to
A close competition ensued, but Detachment representing Marine Cadets nationally. Cornwall from the Home Counties his way.”
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