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42 NAVY NEWS, JUNE 2007
Newport suffers
Former
London
chairman
vandalism strikes
mourned
A STALWART of the London
Area has died.
Brian Seymour, the chairman
NEWPORT unit is perhaps
artifact effectively scrap. of Brentwood unit, was
typical of the Corps – cadets
“However, what really upset my involved in the Sea Cadets for
55 years until his death on April
work hard to raise money
cadets, bringing some to tears, was
the wanton destruction – all the first 29.
and support charities, carry aid boxes thrown on the floor when After joining as a Cadet in
out civic duties, and have a
they looked for drugs, uniforms his early teens in 1953, Brian
lot of fun, whether on the
stamped on and damaged. spent a number of years as
water or at social events.
“All the electric wall heaters and a uniformed member of staff
cookers were left on full blast, as before moving across to the
But the South Wales unit
if they wanted to cause maximum management committee at
has a particular burden to bear cost to us. Willesden unit in 1968.
– it is the target of regular “We do our best to help our He quickly rose to the position
burglaries and vandalism.
cadets, some disabled, some from of chairman, which he filled
The HQ has been set alight,
backgrounds I cannot mention – all with distinction for 20 years.
equipment knocked over, the mast
work hard to improve their lives and In 1993 he was persuaded to ● A crumpled uniform, thrown on the fl oor of the
felled, stays and halyards frequently Newport unit by vandals
the lives of others. stand for the vacant position
cut – the list goes on.
Then these inconsiderate of London Area chairman, and
The most recent attack serves as an “Files scattered outside the unit and
individuals come along and destroy it overwhelmingly elected by his
example of the trials and tribulations of qualifications lost to the wind and weather.
all for them. peers.
this group of cadets and staff. Lawn mowers, brush cutters, axes and
“The upside of this is we have started Awarded the OBE in 2000
Some of the burglary appears to other items too many to mention.
to clean up the unit, and cadets and I for services to the Corps,
have been done to order – items taken “All the brass fittings, badges – even
have been to Okehampton for a shooting Brian’s time, skills, humour
included one double canoe, two single my beret had its Chief’s badge ripped
weekend. and mastery of local contacts
canoes, four paddles, four helmets, four off and taken.
“Others have been on a sail with our ensured that units in London
buoyancy aids and four tents. “Our ship’s bell, which came off the affiliated ship HMS Severn – and they Area got the best possible
“It looks almost as if a family of four
first ship to sink in Newport Docks in
can’t have been too bad, as they have support throughout his ten
wanted to go on a canoeing holiday and
1896, and was presented to the unit
been invited back on board. years in post.
asked the thief to supply them with the
when it was formed in 1901 – this has
“Others have been on weekend After stepping down in
equipment,” said CPO (SCC) Jeff Bowen,
since been recovered but the thief tried to
courses and passed with flying colours. 2003, he went on to serve as
Officer in Charge of TS Resolute.
disguise its origin by chiselling the ship’s “The spirit of my staff and cadets, chairman of Brentwood unit
“Computers, printers, copiers etc
name out and attempting to cut the bell even in adversity, makes me realise why until his death.
● Cdr Neil Hinch at TS Vanquisher
were stolen – but only the good ones,
into smaller chunks with a disc cutter, I do this job, and also realise what I get Sea Cadet HQ said Brian will
Competition to get
mind, the old ones were left behind.
therefore rendering a valuable historic out of it.” be much missed.
A degree
knotted is drawn
of interest
GUESTS at the RN Parade of the Nuneaton and
THE Marine Society & Sea
Bedworth unit were rather closer to the action than
Cadets has teamed up with the
they might have expected.
Open University to offer adults
After the ceremonial aspects of the evening, in the Corps the opportunity to
including an inspection of the guard by Inspecting turn their experience of working
Officer Cdr Neil Hinch, cadets of TS Vanquisher with young people into an OU
demonstrated some of their skills. Foundation Degree.
First came a demonstration of armed and unarmed The qualification – a
● Blackpool’s new fast response safety boat
drill movements to music. Foundation Degree in Working
Next was a knot-tying competition, between a team
of six cadets, and a team of six from the audience Youth Agency
including the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Cllr
New boat named
with Young People – is validated
by the National
and is a recognised professional
Julie Jackson, to tie a reef knot around a vertical pole
BLACKPOOL unit’s new fast response safety boat
qualification for those who seek
without letting go of the rope. The result was a draw.
has been named by the mayor of the town.
employment in youth work.
After Evening Colours, a cheque for £330 for the Cllr Alan Matthews visited the unit to name the No formal qualifications are
Nuneaton & Bedworth Statue Appeal was presented boat the Penelope Three, reflecting the unit’s official required to enrol, and volunteers
to Mr Jesse Owen, RMA, and the Mayor by AC Craig title, TS Penelope.
will be eligible through their work
Edge, who organised a two-hour sponsored silence by The boat was bought using an £18,000 grant from
with the Corps.
the ship’s company. the Youth Capital Fund.
The first intake will be in
Farewell from Mayor
“The idea to bid for a new safety boat came from
October, with registrations closing
the cadets themselves,” explained unit CO Lt Andy
in mid-September.
Morley.
And the good news is that the
THE Mayor of Abingdon, Cllr Peter Green, made “Having decided on their project the fund MSSC can help with the cost.
his final official visit to Abingdon and District unit stipulated that the application had to be submitted
The Admiral Tippet Memorial
to present a pennant to the cadets and staff of TS by a cadet. 17-year-old POC Craig Young stepped
Scholarships, named after the
Marlborough – which was accepted by the unit’s into the breach.
trustee of the Sea Cadet Association
youngest member, JC Michael Wood. “He wrote a very comprehensive bid explaining
who died in October, have been set
Pennants are awarded to Corps units which prove how the boat would be used to provide safety cover
up specially to help adult members
their capabilities at annual inspections; this is the third
for the unit’s extensive fleet of sailing dinghies.
of the organisation to take ● TS Coventry cadets on board TS John Jerwood
consecutive year Abingdon has won this honour.
“The unit is a recognised training centre for the
advantage of this opportunity.
Royal Yachting Association, and
For more information contact
Craig went on to explain how
the Adult Education team at
the boat would also be used to
Marine Society & Sea Cadets HQ
Sea time for Coventry
provide RYA-approved power boat
on sc.org">education@ms-sc.org
FOR a land-locked unit, Coventry first time so many TS Coventry
training.” has clocked up a fair bit of sea- cadets have achieved this award.
It is a condition of the successful
Top volunteer
time in recent weeks. The week also helped develop
bid that the unit runs four one-day A dozen cadets and two practical skills, such as self-
RYA Power Level One courses THE CO of Edinburgh Trinity members of staff joined the discipline and initiative, as well as
in association with Blackpool unit, Lt (SCC) Walter Lewis, has training ship TS John Jerwood in building their confidence.
Borough Council’s Integrated been presented with the RYA London, spending a week at sea The 12 were Liam Sinclair,
Youth Services. Volunteer of the Year award for learning navigation, seamanship, Adam Conboy, Michael Beck,
This should allow the wider 2006. communications, engineering and Lewis Kendrick, Beth McCarthy,
community to benefit from the Lt Lewis was nominated by cooking skills. Michelle Enrieu, Louise
boat and hopeful encourage more his unit management chairman All 12 were awarded their Nightingale, Rachel McGreevy,
people to join the unit. Graham Crawford. offshore power qualification – the
Carris Marriott, Katie Reilly,
Kerrie Hislop and Kim Jones, and
Fledgling ‘Naviators’ qualify
they were led by unit officers S/Lt
Jeff Ryder and PO Yvonne Heath.
Two more cadets also spent a
week at sea, but this time with
● Cadets from the Bollington and Macclesfi eld unit at work in
FRIDAY 13th may be unlucky for group of cadets in volunteering as LCs Martin ‘Stingrae’ Rae,
Type 22 frigate HMS Chatham as
the galley of HMS Mersey
some, but not for ten youngsters to support a Fly Navy Heritage Naomi ‘Cookie’ Browne and Kate
part of a Naval insight course.
who were awarded their ‘Wings’ at Flying Day last year has led to ‘Flash’ Jamieson.
LC James Heath and POC Sam
Ardent assistance
a parade at RNAS Yeovilton. the creation of this flying course The top-scoring cadet awarded
Beckett were chosen from dozens
The group had completed a to broaden their knowledge of the the Top Gun title was LC Naomi of applicants to join the ship as she
three-month course to qualify Fleet Air Arm and flying. Browne, who receives extra flying steamed through the Channel.
A CLASH of dates for a north- A group of 13 cadets and two
them as ‘Naviators’, which for
western unit was rectified by a staff helped the ship’s company
This was the brainchild of
hours with the club. They spent the week living
some may lead to them becoming
simple solution – if HMS Mersey during a high-profile official
Michael Ryan, a former
The Matthew Williams Trophy and working alongside the ship’s
fully-fledged Naval Aviators.
could not come to TS Ardent, reception, and they joined in
FAA Sea Vixen pilot, using
went to Kieran Hopkins. company, getting to see the various
Time enough for that though, as
then TS Ardent would come to Ceremonial Sunset.
the aircraft of the FAA
Wings and prizes were presented departments on board a warship.
the members of this first class are
HMS Mersey. Their reward was dinner in the
Squadron, of which he is
by Rear Admiral Terry Loughran, Lt Steve Warwick, Officer in
aged 14 to 16, an age at which very
Ardent’s drill night fell on the wardroom, and two days later the
the senior pilot, and those
chairman of Fly Navy Heritage. Charge of the 75-strong unit, said:
few people have taken to the air.
same date as Mersey’s official entire unit returned for a more
of the Yeovilton Flying Club
There is evidence that cadets “Everyone who has managed to
The cadets of TS Mantle VC
reception in Liverpool, so the CO comprehensive tour of the ship.
under Jeremy Couzons.
took part in an elementary flying get to sea recently has had a
gained many qualifications during course as far back as 1958, and it fantastic time.
of the River-class patrol ship, Lt Six cadets and two staff have parade nights, but aviation was not
These cadets are now under
is hoped this prototype course will “They have all gained from
Cdr Jonathan Lett, invited the been invited to help when the ship one of them – even though they
the banner of their own 458
be rolled out nationally. their experience and have come
Bollington and Macclesfield opened to visitors in Portsmouth are based at a naval air station.
Squadron and have adopted
Further information from home determined to get to sea
unit to go on board. last month. However, the enthusiasm of a
typically Top Gun names, such
michael.ryan@lrgroup.co.uk again as soon as possible.”
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