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WEST Wales cadets took six out
under sail
of the eight trophies at the South
NEXT time you are stuck in rush- was keen to maintain links with
West Area Shoot and Swim
hour traffic or squeezed into a the Corps, so her CO Derrick
competition at HMS Raleigh,
THE fledgling Warsash unit crowded train, spare a thought for Warner put her in touch with her
as well as numerous individual
enjoyed a few days in the spotlight Lochaber unit instructor Miriam new ‘local’ unit in the Falklands,
when the Corps’ own square- Iorweth. just 1,000 miles or so away from
The units representing West
rigger paid a visit to the Hamble. Not for her the daily grind – her her home.
Wales were Port Talbot, Neath,
Cadets from TS Tormentor, commute takes her right around She called in on the unit on
Swansea, Llanelli, Pembroke
along with colleagues and staff from the planet. a recent stop-over, spending an
Dock and Fishguard.
the Romsey and Southampton First she goes to RAF Brize evening chatting with members
West Wales District Officer Lt
units, toured the TS Royalist on Norton to take a flight to the about how they do things and
Cdr (SCC) W Alan Thomas said:
the Thursday evening. Falkland Islands, stopping off at exchanging cap tallies.
“Our cadets put in a tremendous
The following day Warsash Ascension Island. “While there are lots of
effort in bringing back the
welcomed guests on board to a Once at Mount Pleasant, she differences between the two units,
swimming and shooting trophies
buffet reception, organised with has a brief break before boarding there are also lots of similarities,
to Wales, fighting off extremely stiff
much help from the sailing ship’s the ex-Northern Lighthouse and it is great to have made
competition from the other eight
long-serving chef John. Board ship Pharos for the final leg contact with our friends in the
Districts in the South West Area.
Saturday brought crowds of to her ‘office’. South Atlantic,” said Derrick.
“I am extremely proud of their
onlookers to the pontoon in Miriam works for the Falkland “They have been tremendous
effort and enthusiasm.”
order to take a closer look at Island Trust, running their hosts, and I would like to thank
the impressive ship, but for most museum on South Georgia and them very much.”
THE captain of the
cadets the highlight came on
● CADETS from Biggleswade spent a week learning watercraft
tending the grave of Antarctic Lochaber is currently seeking
Northampton unit’s senior
skills at the SCC Training Centre North West Area boat station, TS
explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. adults to help as instructors for
boys football team, POC Jack
In glorious weather the Royalist
Palatine, near Rochdale. The picture shows ACs Phil Warren and
As a new instructor, Miriam senior and junior sections – the
Mitchell, has been appointed
slipped into the Solent, with guests
Adam White mastering the art of Bosun sailing
unit is growing at a rapid rate, and
Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the
taking turns to steer. there is an urgent need for adults
county of Northamptonshire.
The work carried out by cadets aged 18 or over to help out.
– average age 14 – on the masts There is no need for a military
and spars impressed the guests. background or sailing expertise
And members of the unit – “you just need to have a passion
could not think of a better way for encouraging young people to
of spending Trafalgar Day than
Regatta title is
Jack (16) has recently
qualified as an RYA dinghy
sailing instructor, and was the
Mayor of Northampton’s cadet
last year.
achieve their full potential,” said
sailing a square-rigged ship. Derrick.
For more details, contact METHIL and District unit have
Louise on disc
three-way tie
Derrick at 01397 712605. held their annual mess dinner at
their HQ at Methil Docks.
FOLKESTONE cadet Louise Orfi la
Principal guest was Tricia
features on a new Remembrance
Marwick MSP, and also invited
Day CD recorded in Dover by the
was Flt Lt Janet Brown of Leven
Central Band of the Royal British
Air Training Corps.
Members and guests enjoyed a
Louise (15) recorded her own
small but top-notch five-course meal, thanks
song, The Place, which tells of a
THREE areas shared the and when the judges totted up because the weather was more
to the unit’s own award-winning
soldier in his trench, thinking of
home and loved ones just before
honours at the National
the scores they declared that conducive to sunbathing than
chef, CI Alan Innes, who has won
a battle.
Combined Regatta at the
Northern Area, Northern Ireland sailing, but when the competition
the Scottish Care Chef of the Year
and South West Area were joint finally got under way the light
title twice and has also been part
The CD is available by
ExCel Centre in London.
winners. winds tested skill and strategy to NUMBERS may be small at
of the Scottish Culinary Training
calling 01304 239356, or email All areas had sent teams for
Category wins in the the limit. Hereford, but they make up for it
Squad. the fiercely-fought competition,
independent disciplines were: The final stages were fast and with commitment.
Alan teaches Methil cadets
Canoeing: South West Area furious as the wind finally picked Earlier this year a group of six
about food hygiene and catering,
Pulling: Northern Area up, and although category trophies cadets undertook the physical and
among other subjects.
Boat-handling: Southern were shared across a number of expedition sections of the Bronze marina
Area. areas, South West just edged the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, which
TAMWORTH and Lichfield
There was also a heavyweight overall competition. enabled two of them to complete
unit TS Fort Grange has been
skirmish on the South Coast, Next year’s regatta is to be the Bronze.
presented with a certificate
where South West Area snatched held at Carrickfergus in Northern Along the way they entered the
granting them the Freedom of
the title from defending champions Ireland, and the town’s mayor, district ET challenge – which they
Southern Area in the National David Hilditch, travelled to won.
During the same evening – the
Sailing Regatta. Portsmouth to present the Representing Severn District in
unit’s annual Royal Navy Parade
The start of racing was delayed trophies. the Area ET challenge, they almost
– Cdr Neil Hinch presented POC
Abingdon host district parade
repeated their success, eventually
Dawn Bamfield with a bouquet
finishing a very close second.
of flowers and a tot of rum to
And ten cadets took part in a
celebrate her 18th birthday on
ABINGDON unit hosted the annual Ox and Bucks District
sailing course run by PO Taylor
that day.
Trafalgar Day parade at Dalton Barracks.
– also from Hereford – at the
High Wycombe unit provided a marching band, and Cdre Alistair
local LEA outdoor education
Halliday took the salute at the march-past.
centre, and all gained RYA sailing
Cdre Halliday said he was honoured to have been invited to the
qualifications, from Stage I to
event, as he had been brought up in Abingdon.
Stage III.

Yorkshire units
head for Filey
FILEY had the honour of hosting
the North and East Yorkshire
District Trafalgar Day parade.
The coastal unit providing
accommodation for the officers
running the event and training
facilities for the Guard.
The cadets, led by the York
Sea Cadet Band, paraded through
Filey to St Oswald’s Parish Church
for a special service, led by the
Rev Mary Williams.
On their return to the unit
Inspecting Officer Cdre Paul
Sutermeister – who is also the
chairman of the York unit – took
the salute as the parade passed
along the old Victorian Crescent.
Bob dined out as
● Admiral of the Fleet Sir Julian Oswald at the Warwickshire Trafalgar retirement nears
Day parade
HINCKLEY unit used its Trafalgar
Scared of water? Not us!
Night dinner as a chance to ‘dine
out’ one of its senior offi cers, Lt
(SCC) Bob Bailey RNR, who
SEA Cadets are not afraid of a massed bands of the Redditch
retires at the end of this year.
little bit of water – even if it is 2ft and Sutton Coldfield units.
The unit wished Bob a long and
of floodwater. Admiral of the Fleet Sir Julian
happy retirement. ● The Caledonian Canal cadet fl otilla sets out from Laggan Locks
When the Stratford-on-Avon Oswald took the salute, and as
Other guests at the dinner
unit TS Gurkha was inundated usual spoke to as many cadets and
were the Mayor of Hinckley and
in July, it was suggested they families as possible.
Bosworth, Cllr Keith Lynch,
Lots of locks and lochs
might be too busy clearing up and AC Rebecca Nadolski, the
and the speech was given by the
sorting out paperwork to host the Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon’s
Leader of the council, Cllr David
CADETS from Glasgow, Clydebank, Oban, Loch through 18 locks with a total drop of 70ft.
Warwickshire District Trafalgar Cadet, also took her place with Bill, who attended the same school Aber, Helensburgh, Campbeltown, Airdrie and Despite one day of poor conditions, when an anchor
Day parade. the VIPs. as Nelson. Coatbridge, and East Kilbride units took a flotilla was lost then retrieved, the flotilla made the journey
But the unit was determined Although insurance has covered Around 75 cadets and students of boats through the Caledonian Canal. safely, stopping at Invergarry castle, Castle Urquhart
not to be beaten, and when the much of the damage, the unit’s paraded through the town centre Starting at Laggan Locks, the Clyde (North) Sea and the Well of the Seven Heads en route.
day dawned bright and sunny, minibus was written off, so a fund- on Trafalgar Day itself, with a Cadet Corps Flotilla went through Loch Oich and The event was organised by District Officer Lt
they welcomed almost 200 cadets, raising campaign has been launched service being held at the Hinckley on to Loch Ness, where they spent a day training Cdr ‘Abe’ Lincoln and his crew – who are now under
including a district guard and the to pay for a replacement. Temple of the Salvation Army. before returning to their starting point, passing pressure to repeat the visit next year.
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