FLOOD: Unit Is Still Open Tonight!

FLOOD: Unit Is Still Open Tonight!

The road at the roundabout by Luton AIrport Parkway is flooded making it dangerous to pass. The unit is still open tonight for cadets who can make it. However your safety is our primary concern. Take extreme caution when travelling to and from the unit. 

If you cannot make it or you decide it is too dangerous to drive, please stay at home, stay safe and telelphone the unit 01582 732683 to let us know you are safe and not coming. 


 

 
Goals Galore at Area 5-a-Side!

Goals Galore at Area 5-a-Side!

01/12/2013
This weekend, the Eastern Area 5-a-side Football competition was held at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire. Cadets from Luton unit joined forces with cadets from Dunstable, Flitwick, Bedford and Biggleswade to form the Bedfordshire District teams. Luton Unit supplied cadets for the Senior Boys, Seniro Girls and Junior Girls teams. All of you did excellently, and many are pictured to the left with their winnings. The awards were presented by the Area Officer, Commander Bagot-Jewitt (RN). Well done to all those who took part.


 
Success at X-Ray Company Promotions Board

Success at X-Ray Company Promotions Board

17/11/2013
This weekend a cadet from Luton travelled to Beckingham in Lincolnshire to be assessed for his Marine Cadet Class 1 examination. Despite the cold weather, MC2 Dudley was assessed by the most senior assessment team on an MC1 board for many years. He was assessed in Fieldcraft, Map Reading, Drill and RM History across the weekend in order to gain his White Tab. Once the scores were in, it was announced that MC2 Dudley had passed his board with a good grade. Congratulations MC1 Dudley.


 
Remembrance Day Parade 2013

Remembrance Day Parade 2013

10/11/2013
”They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. With the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

All cadets from Luton unit turned out honour the fallen of conflicts past and to give thought for those servicemen and women serving at this time in conflicts around the world. The parade through town and service at the town hall was organised and run by the Royal British Legion. Luton unit fielded a Sea Cadet division, a Royal Marines Cadet division and a Junior Sea Cadet division.

Well done to wreath layers, Cpl Loveland, OC Esser and JCFC Craddock, as well as the two Sentinels LC Ayles and L/Cpl Perry.

Well done to all cadets and staff who turned out.


 
Unit Management Team AGM

Unit Management Team AGM

23/10/2013
The Unit Chairman cordially invites all parents, guardians, friends and supporters to the 2013/2014 Annual General Meeting of the Luton Sea Cadets Unit Management Team (UMT).

This annual meeting is held to bridge the gap between the parents and the committee, and also elect supporters to the positions within the committee such as vice chairman, secretary and treasurer. All supporters are invited to come along to ask questions and discuss the issues affecting the unit at this time, and for those who want to give something back to the unit and support our cause, you can find out how to get involved - it's not as time consuming or complicated as you may think. Topics include the current status of the unit, future plans, and current issues affecting the unit. Additionally there will be information on how you can support the unit, which does not always involve a huge time committment. Any carpenters, electricians or plumbers who wouldn't mind fixing the occasional leaky tap or plug socket, could greatly help the unit and anyone willing to give up an evening to grab a paint brush can also make a huge difference to the cadets.

The meeting will be held at Luton Sea Cadet unit on October 23rd 2013 from 1930 to 2130. All attendees should arrive by 1910 latest so the meeting can start at 1930 sharp. Cadets will be occupied in the normal Wednesday night parade night. Refreshments will be available.


 
Luton Cadets Attend National Trafalgar Celebrations!

Luton Cadets Attend National Trafalgar Celebrations!

20/10/2013
This year the delegation from Eastern Area that forms part of the National Trafalgar Parade fell to Bedfordshire District and 5 Troop. 24 cadets from the district and 24 Royal Marines Cadets from 5 Troop were selected to take part in the parade, the flagship event of the year for the Sea Cadet Corps. It was an honour as such opportunities come around once every 36 years.

The event involved two days training at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth before being bussed to Horseguards Parade. The parade marched from Horseguards Parade into Trafalgar Square to take part in the service of remembrance for Admiral Lord Nelson’s famous victory on 1805. On completion of the service, the parade re-formed for the cadets to march out of Trafalgar Parade, through the middle of Admiralty Arch, along the Mall, past Buckingham Palace and into Wellington Barracks.

The guest of Honour Rear Admiral J Willcox RN described the parade as ‘hoofing’, and said that the standard of cadets on parade was as good as any Royal Navy or Royal Marines parade he had seen. A huge thank you to all cadets and staff who took part.

The Sea Cadets were represented by LC Williams, POC Frost, POC Newell, OC Esser, AC Ayles, and led by Lt Cdr (SCC) Glanville RNR who stepped in last minute. The Royal Marines Cadets comprised L/CPL Perry, MC1 Lewis and MC2 Dudley, and were led by Lt (SCC) Lancaster RMR.


 
Luton RMCD Score 82 At First Ever CATSEA!

Luton RMCD Score 82 At First Ever CATSEA!

17/10/2013
The SRMO Field Inspection has been replaced by the Company Annual Training, Safety & Efficiency Appraisal (CATSEA). Each detachment put in a team of 8 cadets and one adult to complete a field exercise and 6 stances under the assessment of the HQ Company from London. With Lt (SCC) Lancaster RMR pulled away for Troop duties, it fell to A/Sgt (SCC) Morgan to lead the team consisting of Cadet Sgt Spraggon-Quinn, Cpl Salmon, Cpl Matthews, Cpl Ayers, Cpl Loveland, L/Cpl Perry, MC1 Dudley and MC1 Willis to represent the unit.

The assessment involved completing 6 stances, an Orders Extraction exercise and a Standing Patrol, and the Luton team were assessed by the new SRMO, C/Sgt Woods RM. The Luton team scored 82, the third highest score in the Company. Well done to all involved. They certainly earned the McDonalds on the way back.


 
Car Parking for the Corvette Club.

Car Parking for the Corvette Club.

16/09/2013
For the second year in a row, Luton Sea Cadets were asked to take part in the UK Corvette Club’s annual meet at Putteridge Bury. The vent held over two days see some 200 corvettes compete for the prizes. Following the success of the event last year, Luton Sea Cadets provided parking marshals to the event. The cadets were responsible for marshalling the cars into position and during their down time were at liberty to browse the competitors lines.

Thank you to all cadets who turned out. You did the unit proud and earned a nice donation to the unit.


 
Joint District MACT at Yardley Chase!

Joint District MACT at Yardley Chase!

16/09/2013
Bedfordshire District were invited to join Northants & Leicester District for their Multi-Activity-Cadet-Training weekend at Yardley Chase training area. Cadets from all Bedfordshire units attended to take part in a variety of courses. This included new AT activies such as Mountain Biking as tested by Cdt Bence and L/CPl Perry, Campcraft as taught by A/PO(SCC) Dennehy and Sailing over at Thrapston as done by OC Esser.

5 Troop Royal Marines Cadets also made use of the Training Area to do a field exercise, led by 5 Troop Cdr Capt (SCC) Smith RMR. Cpl Salmon, Sgt Spraggon-Quinn, MC2 Dudley and Cpl Matthews took part in the field training.


 
Luton / Welwyn Garden City Juniors Join Forces!

Luton / Welwyn Garden City Juniors Join Forces!

29/08/2013
This weekend, Juniors from both Luton and Welwyn Garden City Sea Cadets attended a joint Juniors Camp held at Luton Unit. The weekend was arranged by WGC’s First Lieutenant PO(SCC) Atkins and Luton’s OiC Juniors CI Perry. A total of twenty juniors from both units attended the camp which covered a multitude of modules from the Junior Syllabus.

Activities included the Green Module (cooking on camping stoves, camouflage & concealment), led by Cadet Sergeants Murphy (WGC) and Spraggon-Quinn (Luton), Campcraft, left by A/PO Dennehy, and fun and games.

Well done to all cadets involved.

Thank you to all staff from both units who helped out, and the Cadet Sergeants who volunteered to come along and help teach.


 
Luton Senior Team Victorious at District AT Challenge!

Luton Senior Team Victorious at District AT Challenge!

23/08/2013
This weekend saw the District Adventure Training Challenge held at Luton. A single team was entered, comprising POC Frost, POC Newell, LC Ayles, LC Williams and Cdt1 Loveland. The team had been trained by A/PO (SCC) Dennehy.

The team were assessed on a variety of stances including Climbing Knots, Mountain Bike checks and parts, First Aid, Timed Brew, Bearings/Pacings, and a large navigation exercise. The event was organised by Lt (SCC) Lancaster RMR and run by adult staff from throughout the district.

The Luton Team won the senior team event, and will represent the district at the Area AT Challenge.


 
3 Luton RMCs Join the Rifle Troops!

3 Luton RMCs Join the Rifle Troops!

17/08/2013
Following closely on the heels of the Sea Cadet Summer Camp, this week it was the turn of the Royal Marines Cadets whose annual Summer Camp was held at Beckingham. The camp involved a day of map reading and night navigation, and three day field exercise, and a sports day which included Clay Pigeon Shooting and a climbing wall. This was also the first camp to include a Cadet Cpls and Sgts Mess as a token of appreciation for senior cadets.

Three cadets from Luton took part, each of them forming part of the Rifle Troops. Their three day exercise includes a 3 mile march out to the field, harbour drills, ambushes, recce patrols, observation posts, most of which involved movement at night.


 
9 Cadets Earn Awards at SCC Summer Camp!

9 Cadets Earn Awards at SCC Summer Camp!

04/08/2013
The annual Sea Cadet Summer Camp was held aboard HMS Bristol (pictured), Portsmouth this week. The event invites cadets from all 61 units of Eastern Area to complete various courses both on and off the water.

A total of 9 cadets from Luton attended the event, earning qualifications from Rowing Coxswain to 3rd Class Cook/Steward, from 1st Class Seamanship to 2nd Class Marine Engineering. Well done to all 9 cadets who took part, all of whom gained at least one qualification.

Well done also to A/PO(SCC) Stevens who was an assistant instructor on the 3rd and 2nd Class Seamanship course, from which he gained his Core Seamanship Module - one step nearer to PO(SCC). Luton was, as always, led by its Commanding Officer, CPO(SCC) Brogan, who drove the safety boat covering the waterborne activities.


 
Luton's Paddlers Bring Home the Silverware from Area Regatta

Luton's Paddlers Bring Home the Silverware from Area Regatta

21/07/2013
This weekend was the Easter Area Regatta at Girton Sailing Club near Newark. Six cadets from Luton were chosen to represent Bedfordshire district at the competition. POC Newell, POC Frost, OC Esser, Cdt Loveland and Cdt Esser were all entered into the paddelsport competition, completing Sprints and Time-Trials between them as well as the experimental new “Cross-Stream Challenge”. MC1 Willis also represented the District in the Junior Boys Rowing competition, and let's not forgot that Luton's Commanding Officer, CPO (SCC) Brogan was also on the water, running himself on the safety boat. Despite the incredibly hot weather, (temperatures hit 30 degrees) the cadets dug deep, and earned the rewards. Bedfordshire District won the paddlesport entry, and came runner up in the overall competition, narrowly missing out to Lincolnshire. Luton's paddlers can now look forward to representing Eastern Area in the National Regatta at London's Excel Centre.


 
Luton Prepare to Take On the Rest of the Area!

Luton Prepare to Take On the Rest of the Area!

14/07/2013
This weekend was the training weekend for the Area Regatta. Those who emerged victorious from the District Regatta now form the Bedfordshire District team for Area Regatta. Five cadets from Luton attended this weekend, to practice for the real thing next weekend. Despite the incredibly hot weather, (temperatures hit 33 degrees) the cadets took part in race training, refined their skills and concluded with various water-borne fun and games including a cadet version of canoe polo and chariot races.


 
Fundraising at Tescos!

Fundraising at Tescos!

14/07/2013
 Every little did help this Sunday, as it was the first of Luton unit’s two annual bag packs. As the unit is an independent charity, we are responsible for raising our own money. Whilst we have been very successful in winning grants, these are for specific purposes and cannot be used for utility bills, and general training supplies and equipment for cadets. Therefore it is vital to participate in fund-raising events. This bag pack was held at Tesco in Dunstable. The unit fielded a strong continguent that over the course of 5 hours, raised £864.47. A huge thank you to all staff and cadets.


 
Luton Returns to Junior Regatta!

Luton Returns to Junior Regatta!

07 / 07 / 2013
For the first time in a decade, Juniors from Luton Unit have attended the Eastern Area Junior Regatta this weekend. The team of six from Luton travelled to Eastern Area Boat Station, Thrapston near Kettering for a weekend on the water. Activities on offer included rowing, kayaking, sailing and team building exercises. Well done to the team who gained their PaddlePower Start qualifications.


 
Active in The Community: Cardinal Newman School Fete

Active in The Community: Cardinal Newman School Fete

21 / 06 / 2013
A small team of cadets and staff attended the annual school fete at Cardinal Newman School in Luton this weekend. The team manned the Luton Sea Cadets recruitment stand that was set up amongst the many stalls present at the fete. Highlights included the Luton Sea Cadets against Luton Fire Station tug of war (we came second) and rifle drill using the balloon rifles and sword manufactured by the Balloon-Animals stall next door. This was a fantastic chance to engage with the community, and a fantastic achievement considering it was organised by cadets with only 72 hours notice. A huge thank you to MC1 Perry for bringing this to our attention and organising the event.

A huge thank you to the cadets who turned up to support the unit and raise out public profile.


 
5 new Cadet NCOS for Luton Marines!

5 new Cadet NCOS for Luton Marines!

16/06/2013
Five of Luton’s Royal Marines Cadets travelled to Beckingham this weekend to be assessed for their MC1 and Cadet Corporal’s exams. Despite the heat, the cadets took to the field to be tested on field craft, map reading, corps knowledge. After a hard days testing, they returned to camp, so prepare their blues for the drill inspection on Sunday morning. Congratulations to MC1 Perry, MC1 George, MC1 Willis and Corporal Matthews. MC1s having proved their subject matter knowledge must now take charge and prove their leadership skills in order to achieve promotion to Lance Corporal.


 
Luton Runners Up at District Regatta!

Luton Runners Up at District Regatta!

22/05/2013
This weekend saw the 2013 Bedfordshire District Regatta. Luton unit fielded two rowing teams, and kayakers for all events. The event pitted Luton against teams from Bedford, Dunstable, Biggleswade and Flitwick & Ampthill units. Well done to Cdt Loveland, LC Frost, OC Esser and Cdt Esser who emerged victorious from their categories, and will proceed to the Area Regatta. Overall, Luton unit was the runner up, narrowly missing out on the overall trophy.


 
Luton's New Adventure Leaders

Luton's New Adventure Leaders

12/05/2013
This weekend was the assessment of the Sea Cadet Adventure Leaders course, held by the Area Staff Officer for Adventure Training. The first half had been hosted at Luton in April, and now A/PO (SCC) Dennehy and A/Sgt (SCC) Morgan travelled to Leeds to be assessed. The weekend brought true hiking weather, which is to say it was cold, foggy and rained a lot. Both candidates passed their Sea Cadet Adventure Leaders qualification, enabling them to take groups out walking and camping. Additionally, they qualified as Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Supervisors and HeartStart providers. Well done to both.

 


 
Unit Easter Camp (Take 2)

Unit Easter Camp (Take 2)

08/05/2013
Having had the first Easter Camp called off due to the snow and ice, Luton Unit rescheduled their annual Easter Camp for this weekend. Thankfully the weather remained nice and warm for this event. This camp was a joint venture between Luton and Welwyn Garden City. Cadets from both units worked towards their BCU 1*, their RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Level 1, their RYA Powerboat Level 2 or their Rowing Competent Crew / Supervised Coxswain. The weather was great, and a good time was had by all. This was also the first big external camp run with the new boats that were brought earlier this year. The boats were a great success and even the CO and 1st Lt got to have a go. The unit’s RMCD were also the ground, with three days spent in the field learning advanced fieldcraft before joining the sea cadets on the water, as they took the Powerboats out for a spin.


 
Work Begins on Luton's New Galley!

Work Begins on Luton's New Galley!

03/04/2013
Last December the Chairman, Mr Simkins, managed to earn the unit a grant of £10,000 to refurbish the Galley. The aim is to create a new integrated kitchen with all the appliances on the Mess Deck and remove the kitchen from the accommodation block which can then be expanded in the future. Work has now begun on this project, with Mr Simkins, the Commanding Officer CPO (SCC) Brogan, and UMT Member Mr Matthews leading the way. Once finished, this will increase the capacity for Luton Sea Cadets to cater for our courses, provide a nicer Mess Deck for cadets during stand easy and allow for future expansion of the accommodation block.


 
Marines Brave the Snow for Easter Camp

Marines Brave the Snow for Easter Camp

28/03/2013
Despite the snow, the Easter weekend saw seven cadets from Luton’s RMCD travel up to Beckingham for Easter Camp. Kitted out with as much warm kit as they could, the cadets spent two days in the field.

MC Dudley and MC2 Lewis completed Exercise First Step on the Basic Cadre. They spent two days on the training area learning basic camp-craft, field-craft and soldiering. Additionally both completed Heart Start, though unfortunately there was no time to do the Obstacle Course.

Cpl Loveland, Cpl Salmon, MC2 Spraggon-Quinn, MC2 Matthews and MC2 Perry were all on the Signals Cadre, learning all about Combat Signals as well as Bowman and Clansmen radios. Affectionately referred to as ‘Walking and Talking’, MC2 Perry and Cpl Loveland completed the Basic Signals qualification, whilst the other three having done this previous progressed to Advanced Signals.

NOTE THE PHOTO IS NOT REALLY RMCs. IT IS A TEMPORARY PHOTO FROM RM ARCHIVE WHILST OURS ARE DELIVERED.


 
NEW BOATS ARRIVE

NEW BOATS ARRIVE

19/03/2013
Last December, the UMT Chairman Mr Simkins secured for our unit a grant for £10,000 for boats. As boats officer, spending the cash fell to Mr Williams. After weeks of shopping online and grovelling to every dealer he could find to stretch the money further, Mr Williams has purchased a whole new flotilla of boats for Luton Cadets to use. The new kit includes:

  • 2 x Open Canoes
  • 12 x new kayaks
  • paddles
  • safety equipment.


Thank you to Sports England for their support.

 


 
SUCCESS AT DISTRICT MACT

SUCCESS AT DISTRICT MACT

14/03/2013
This weekend Luton played host to the Bedfordshire District for their Multi Activity Cadet Training (MACT) weekend. The courses on offer were Meteorology, Adventure Training and the Leading Cadet / PO Cadet Advancement Board. Luton had two cadets on the Meteorology, one on the AT, two on the PO Cadet Board and 4 on the Leading Cadet Board.

Well done to L/CPL Matthews for completing his Meteorology, and the MC2 Perry for completing Basic Campcraft.

Well done to LCs Frost and Newell for passing their PO Cadet Board. Congratulations to ACs Perry, Ayles, Williams, Evans for passing their Leading Cadet Board. All candidates are missing pre-requisite qualifications, and must now complete their missing boatwork in the next 6 weeks. However, an excellent effort by all involved – well done.


 
Unit Review Visit 2013

Unit Review Visit 2013

07/03/2013
This Wednesday was the Unit Review Visit (URV). Each unit is inspected annually to assess our achievements, promotions, training, administration, safety, armoury, adventure training, turnout and ceremonial. The inspection was carried out by the Bedfordshire District Officer, Lt Cdr (SCC) R. Knight RNR, along his Deputy District Officer Lt (SCC) R. Ryder RNR and the 5 Troop RMC Commander Capt (SCC) S. Smith RMR.

The ceremonial part of the night consisted of a full Ceremonial Divisions (less weapons) and an inspection of each division. Once compelted, the cadets returned to normal training which consisted of Drill for the Sea Cadets, Knots for the Juniors and the Royal Marines Cadets practiced their silent movement by night over a course of tripwire and obstacles.

The inspection was a re-sounding success with only a few minor points highlighted. The unit has been awarded 71%, earning it a Pennant for 2013.


 
Awards Night: Celebrating 2012 in Style

Awards Night: Celebrating 2012 in Style

15/02/2013
This Wednesday Luton unit held the annual Awards night at Tea Green Golf Club. Nearly fifty cadets and their families turned out for the occasion. Unfortunately, for various reasons the Unit’s Vice President and local councillors were unable to attend the event, leaving the presenting or awards to the Detachment Commander, Lt (SCC) J. Lancaster RMR, and the Unit Chairman, Mr Mike Simkins.

Over twenty awards were handed out ranging from best dressed, based on 12 months of uniform inspections, to achievements in outdoor activities. A selection of the awards are listed below:

Best Sea Cadet: L/C R. Frost
Best RM Cadet: Cpl K. Ayers
Best Junior Sea Cadet: L/Jnr L. Demichele

Congratulations to all winners and runners up. Bravo Zulu. The winner of Best Sea Cadet and Best Royal Marines Cadet also will a free Offshore Voyage on either the Sea Cadet Corps’ flagship T.S. Royalist, or the Power Boats, T.S. John Jerwood or T.S. Jack Petchey.

A full list of winners will be updated soon.


 
PARENTS INVITE TO 2013 AGM

PARENTS INVITE TO 2013 AGM

09/01/2013
The Unit Chairman, Mr Mike Simkins, cordially invites all parents, guardians, friends and supporters to the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Luton Sea Cadets Unit Management Team (UMT).

This annual meeting is held to bridge the gap between the parents and the committee, and also elect supporters to the positions within the committee such as vice chairman, secretary and treasurer. All supporters are invited to come along to ask questions and discuss the issues affecting the unit at this time, and for those who want to give something back to the unit and support our cause, you can find out how to get involved - it's not as time consuming or complicated as you may think. Topics include the current status of the unit, future plans, and current issues affecting the unit. Additionally there will be information on how you can support the unit, which does not always involve a huge time committment. Any carpenters, electricians or plumbers who wouldn't mind fixing the occasional leaky tap or plug socket, could greatly help the unit and anyone willing to give up an evening to grab a paint brush can also make a huge difference to the cadets.

The meeting will be held at Luton Sea Cadet unit on March 1st 2013 from 1930 to 2130. All attendees should arrive by 1910 latest so the meeting can start at 1930 sharp. Cadets will be occupied in the normal Friday night parade night. Refreshments will be available.


 
Luton Cadets Top Both Corporals Boards in 2012!

Luton Cadets Top Both Corporals Boards in 2012!

16th December 2012
Whilst Luton Sea Cadets and the Royal Marines Cadet Detachment were at the District Drill Competition, the new Troop Commander, Captain (SCC) S. Smith RMR took the opportunity to present a special award to one of Luton's Royal Marines Cadets.

The Jock Slaven memorial trophy is presented every year to the Corporal who gains the highest score on the Corporal's Promotions Board that year. X-Ray Company hold two such boards, one in June and one in November. In 2012, both Corporal's Boards were topped by a Luton Cadet, Corporal Kieran Ayers in June and Corporal Edward Spraggon-Quinn in November. Corporal Ayers' score was the highest and so was presented the trophy by Captain Smith at the drill. This is a particularly special achievement as Corporal Ayers had previously topped the Lance Corporal board the previous November, for which he won the equivalent award for best Lance Corporal in 2011. Bravo Zulu.


 
Luton Successful at District Drill!

Luton Successful at District Drill!

16th December 2012
Both Sea Cadets and Royal Marines cadets entered into the Bedfordshire District Drill Competition this weekend at Dunstable Unit. This is the first time the competition has been run since the re-drafting of the District boundaries and also the first with the re-drafting of the Troop boundaries for Royal Marines Cadets.

The Sea Cadet squad entered into the Sea Cadet Unarmed Squad Competition. The team, consisting of OC Yeomans, AC Perry, Cdt Friar, Cdt Loveland, Cdt K. Smith, AC A. Smith, AC Ayles, OC Murphy, LC Newell, OC Egan, Cdt Esser, AC Evans and lead by LC Frost, faced added competition this year as due to the removal of the Armed Guard competition, additional unarmed squads had been entered. The squad put on a very good display for the Area Staff Officer (Ceremonial) Lt Cdr (SCC) P. Waring RNR, a vast improvement over last year and finished fourth.

The Royal Marines Cadet troop entered into the Royal Marines Cadet Unarmed Troop Competition. The team, consisting of Cpl Ayers, Cpl Loveland, Cpl Salmon, Cpl Spraggon-Quinn, MC2 Perry, MC2 Willis and lead by L/Cpl Matthews were competing for both District and Troop prizes. The team performed an excellent routine under the watchful eye of new Troop Commander Capt (SCC) S. Smith RMR. The team won the Bedfordshire District Best RMC Guard Trophy and Best Guard Commander, both for the second year in a row, and narrowly come runners up in the Troop Competition. The RMC team will now combine with Welwyn Garden City to form a 12+1 Guard for the Area Competition.

A huge well done to all involved.


 
Cadets Earn £668 from Bag Packing

Cadets Earn £668 from Bag Packing

15th December 2012
Twenty Four of Luton’s Sea Cadets, Royal Marines Cadets and Junior Sea Cadets took part in a charity bag pack this afternoon to raise money for the unit. The cadets spent four hours in the supermarket during the busy Christmas rush, helping customers to pack their shopping. Additionally, L/Cpl Matthews and OC Spread wearing their best uniform manned the advertising stall, handing out leaflets and raising the profile of the Sea Cadets. The total amount raised was £668 and change.

Unlike our colleagues in other cadet forces, we do not receive money from the Ministry of Defence. We are responsible for raising the money to keep the unit afloat, and events like this are a vital part of keeping our unit going. Thank you to all cadets who helped raise money and to the hundreds of people who have made a donation. If you wish to make a further donation, you can donate £5 by texting LUSC22 5 to 70070.


 
Christmas Party 2012!

Christmas Party 2012!

7th December 2012
This Friday the uniforms, ceremonial and training were all put on hold as we hosted the Luton Sea Cadets 2012 Christmas Party. It was a well earned for cadets to let their hair down after a hard summer filled with camps, courses, field assessments, competitions and training. Activities included a disco, games and of course Twister.

Food for the night was provided by the 3rd Class Cook Steward class, who have to cater for a finger buffet as part of their assessment. Lt (SCC) Haines RNR assessed her team of five cadets as their catered for the entire unit. All cadets who took part in the assessment have passed and should be awarded their 3rd Class award in the near future.

A huge thank you to A/PO (SCC) Dennehy, PCI Stevens, LC Frost and AC Evans for helping to arrange the evening and set everything up.


 
Luton Cadets Represent Bedfordshire at Area 5-a-Side

Luton Cadets Represent Bedfordshire at Area 5-a-Side

4th December 2012
Two cadets from Luton unit joined forced with cadets from Dunstable unit this Sunday to represent Bedfordshire District at the Eastern Area 5-a-side Football Competition. Having performed exceedingly well at the district competition, Cadet Frier and Cadet Esser were chosen to support the District's Junior Boys and Junior Girls teams at the Area Competition at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire.

The competition was fierce and both teams did extremely well. BZ to all involved.


 
We Will Remember Them!

We Will Remember Them!

11th November 2012
All cadets from Luton Sea Cadets, Royal Marines Cadets and Junior Sea Cadets turned out in force today to remember those who have fallen and those who are serving their country this very day. Cadets and staff from Luton took part in the annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service of Remembrance to honour the armastice.

The parade took them from the Brewery Tap in Luton through the Town Centre to the Cenataph for the service. Able Cadet S. Evans and Leading Junior J. Loveland presented a wreath on behalf of the Sea Cadets, whilst MC2 M. Perry presented the wreath on behalf of the Royal Marines Cadets. Able Cadet H. Ayles carried the unit's standard during the parade. In a slight change from previous years, the four corners of the cenotaph were guarded by four sentinels from the four cadet forces. Leading Cadet R. Frost and Corporal K. Ayers represented Luton Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadets respectively.

Despite the cold, the turn out and standards of dress and drill were impeccable and the Commanding Officer CPO (SCC) M. Brogan was especially proud all all cadets.


 
70070: DONATE VIA TEXT!

70070: DONATE VIA TEXT!

29th October 2012
We now have a Donate via Text facility, making it even easier for friends and supporters to donate to Luton Sea Cadets. Luton Sea Cadet unit is an independent charity, and unlike our colleagues in the ACF and ATC, we do not receive funding from the MOD. As a result, we are responsible for raising money for everything from training aids to keeping the lights on. This new facility makes supporting the young people in our area even easier, as you can donate £1, £2, £5 or £10 to Luton Sea Cadets. Every pound we earn goes to the benefit of our cadets, and you can help.

To use the system, simple text ”LUSC22” then a space, then the value in pounds of your donation (up to £10) to 70070. For example to donate £5 to Luton Sea Cadets, text “LUSC22 5” to 70070.


 
Luton RMCs represent the Sea Cadet Corps at CISSAM!

Luton RMCs represent the Sea Cadet Corps at CISSAM!

28th October 2012
A team of four Royal Marines Cadets from Luton were chosen to represent the whole of the Sea Cadet Corps at the Cadet Inter-Service Skill at Arms Meeting (CISSAM) this year. The team, comprising Cpl D. Loveland, L/Cpl E. Spraggon-Quinn, L/Cpl J. Salmon and L/Cpl J Matthews joined twelve other Sea Cadet teams from across the country in Pirbright Camp in Surrey to take on the teams from the Army Cadets Force (ACF) and Air Training Corps (ATC).

CISSAM is a more complex shoot than anything the cadets had done in the past. Matches included the Montgomery of Alamein, made up of a deliberate, rapid and snap, as well as the Earl Roberts (AMS) which included those three and an addition advance (make safe, stand up, sprint to the next point, ready, fire), the Rifle Pairs in which two of the team had to work together to complete the run downs and shoots in the time limit, and the Falling Plates, which was an elimination match in which teams have to shoot down all the falling plates in the quickest time. If this wasn’t hard enough, the weather conspired against the teams as they competed in a combination of rain, wind and even snow at one point.

Overall, the Luton team came Fourth out of all the SCC teams, a fantastic achievement considering that this was their first time and had had comparatively little practice compared to other teams. Furthermore Cpl Loveland, pictured above receiving his Corps Colours from the Captain Sea Cadets, Capt Mark Windsor RN, scored 262, by far the highest individual score within the Sea Cadets Corps, which put him in 51st place and unfortunately just one point short of Cadet 50 (the top 50 shots in the whole competition). Cpl Loveland was awarded a Gold Medal for being the best shot in the SCC by the Commandant Colonel of the Army Cadets. As top shot, Cpl Loveland went on to compete in the joint Sea Cadet team against the Army Cadets and Air Cadets, earning himself a CISSAM Bronze Medal. A huge well done to all cadets involved.

More photos can be found on the Gallery page. There are two other main shooting competitions in the calendar. The Area .22 is shot in February, the Target Rifle is shot around April and next years SAAM will be shot in June/July. Both Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadets can apply – watch out for announcements in the new year.


 
Luton are Runners Up in District Football!

Luton are Runners Up in District Football!

28th October 2012
This Sunday, the Bedfordshire District 5-a-side Football competition was held at the Putterbridge Leisure Centre in Luton. The competition invited teams from the 5 units in the district (Biggleswade, Flitwick & Ampthill, Bedford, Luton and Dunstable) to compete for the trophies and to select the District team for the Area Competition in December. Luton unit entered a Senior Boys and a Junior Boys team, as well as a mixed Junior Sea Cadets team. All three teams finished in second place in their categories, earning the runners up certificates and two of Luton’s female cadets formed a joint team with Bedford, a team which ultimately won the Junior Girls competition, and will therefore proceed to the Area Competition. BZ to all cadets, and thank you to PCI J. Stevens and CPO (SCC) M. Brogan for managing the teams.


 
Luton Host District MACT and Advancement Board

Luton Host District MACT and Advancement Board

14th October 2012
This weekend, Luton Unit played host to the Bedfordshire District MACT (Multi Activity Cadet Training). This was an opportunity for those cadets who have achieved a 3rd Class Specialisation to progress to the Second Class. This builds on their past knowledge and moves on to more advanced skills, and prepares the cadets to progress to a national Sea Cadet Training Centre to complete the 1st Class Qualification. Two cadets from Luton took part in this: Able Cadet Williams achieved his 2nd Class First Aid, and Leading Cadet Newell completed the first part of her Meteorology.

This weekend also included the District Advancement Board for promotion to Leading Cadets. Congratulations to Leading Cadet Frost, who passed the board with flying colours this weekend. He is now one of only two Leading Cadets in the unit.


 
Luton Royal Marines Cadet Onboard T.S. Royalist Again!

Luton Royal Marines Cadet Onboard T.S. Royalist Again!

12th October 2012
This week, L/Cpl J. Matthews spent his second week aboard T.S. Royalist, the flagship of the Sea Cadet Corps’ offshore fleet. Building on the skills he developed last time, L/Cpl Matthews progressed to his Advance Offshore award. His voyage took him out of Falmouth in Cornwall on 7th October right out into the English Channel and then docking back into Gosport on 12th October. The voyage was relatively lucky given the weather, but as anyone who has been offshore will tell you, half of the run is the rocking sea.

The Royalist along with the powered fleet, T.S. John Jerwood and T.S. Jack Petchley offer cadets offshore opportunities during the summer and any cadet interested should speak to their Divisional Officer in the first instance. There are also bursaries available to help out with the cost of a berth.


 
Luton Royal Marines Cadets Score

Luton Royal Marines Cadets Score "Very Good" at SRMOs

7th October 2012
Each year, every Royal Marines Cadet Detachment is assessed by the Staff Royal Marines Officer (SRMO) and his team at the SRMO Field Inspection. Each detachment fields a section of eight cadets. Upon arrival, the section commander (senior cadet) is given a scenario, from which they must build a model of the area, extract a full set of orders, conduct a full Orders Group with the section and then complete the Advance to Contact (Section Attack) they have just planned. The inspection tests leadership, tactical knowledge, camouflage and concealment, weapons handling, field skills and team work.

Being a young detachment, this was the first time Luton detachment had actually been assessed, so the team were very nervous going into the Inspection, especially since they were a man short. The Section Commander, Corporal K. Ayers, produced a fantastic set of orders that was described by the assessor, Major Poke as “hoofin’”. After being loaded with blank ammunition, the section progressed to the practical assessment and completed the advance to contact. Aside from one cadet misjudging a marshy patch and getting a bit wet, the attack was described by Major Poke as “textbook” and a phenomenal first effort. The detachment scored a “Very Good” rating, the second highest on the scale. BZ to Cpl Ayers for leading the Section and to A/Sgt(SCC) J. Morgan for training them.


 
Quiz Night at Luton Sea Cadets

Quiz Night at Luton Sea Cadets

15th September 2012
Tonight was the first of what we hope to be a long run of social events that allow the staff, committee and parents to meet more formally and socialise. The Quiz night was an informal evening of entertainment organised by A/PO (SCC) S. Dennehy, PCI J. Stevens and A/Sgt J. Morgan. The quiz nights were once a popular event at Luton Sea Cadets, but had faded into nothing over the last few years. Now, thanks to our two young and enthusiastic members of staff, they are back in full flow.

The night consisted of a Quiz, a raffle and even an inverse raffle, the proceeds from which went to the unit training fund. A huge thank you to all the parents and friends who attended, and to those who generously donated to the raffle prize fund. Congratulations to MC2 M. Perry who won the Inverse Raffle and the team of Mr & Mrs Ellis, Mr & Mrs Matthews and Lt (SCC) J. Lancaster RMR, who won the Quiz.

Following on from the success of this event, Luton Sea Cadets aims to hold more similar events in the future. Furthermore, we are looking into the possibility of starting a Parents & Supporters Association, for those who wish to help out on the odd occasion, but don’t have time to commit to being staff or joining the committee. If you are interested, please contact the UMC Chairman via LutonSeaCadets@gmail.com


 
Luton Sea Cadets help out at Classic Corvette Show

Luton Sea Cadets help out at Classic Corvette Show

15th-16th September 2012
Luton Sea Cadets often take part in events within the local community. Putterbridge Bury played host this weekend to the 2012 Classic Corvette Club national final, and our unit was asked to provide cadets to assist with the car parking. Eight Cadets helped out on each of the days, marshalling the cars in and out, sorting them by generation and guiding them to their allots spaces. This is one of several events throughout the year that Luton cadets do within the community.

Luton Sea Cadets can help with marshalling for similar events such as shows/fairs or races (fun runs and triathlons). Enquiries should be made to the Commanding Officer or UMC Chairman via LutonSeaCadets@gmail.com.


 
Royal Marines Cadets Troop the New Colour on Summer Camp

Royal Marines Cadets Troop the New Colour on Summer Camp

18th August 2012
X-Ray Company Summer Camp 2012 was unique in that not only did it include the usual PT, Fieldcraft, shooting and navigation, it also including the presentation of the new Company Colours. Seven Cadets from Luton took part in the camp, five forming the Rifle Troops, two completing the basic cadre. Additionally all cadets took part in the drill training for the colours parade on the Friday.

Cadets were formed up into five guards, four of which were armed. The parade was inspected by a whole host of VIPs including Colonel Paul Cautley, the Commandant Royal Marines Cadets, Major (SCC) D. Poke RMR, the RMC Staff Officer, WO1 (SCC) G. Robinson RMR, the Cadet RSM, Cdr E. Langley RN, the Area Officer and Cdr S Watt RN Rtd, the Deputy Area Officer. After the inspection, the old colours presented in the nineties were laid up and the new colour presented by Colonel Cautley. Luton’s Detachment Commander, Lt (SCC) J. Lancaster RMR, as the newest officer in the company was given the task of carrying the new Colours, an humbling if somewhat terrifying experience.


 
Luton Cadets visit HMS Bristol for Eastern Area Summer Camp

Luton Cadets visit HMS Bristol for Eastern Area Summer Camp

4th August 2012
Five cadets have spent the week aboard HMS Bristol in Portsmouth as part of Eastern Area Summer Camp. The annual camp brings together all 61 units from Eastern Area, and offers cadets to complete a variety of courses, earning themselves one or two new qualifications in the process. Cadets can complete a full week’s boating or a 2nd Class Qualification, or alternatively complete two half-week qualifications. Luton unit were represented at HMS Bristol by AC Frost, MC2 Perry, LC Newell, and staffed by A/PO (SCC) Dennehy and PCI Stevens. AC Frost earned his second class Seamanship, setting him up well for his Leading Cadets Board, whilst MC2 Perry completed both 3rd class Seamanship and 3rd Class Marine Engineering. Well done to all involved.


 
Sea Cadets Escort the Queen along the Diamond Jubillee Pageant!

Sea Cadets Escort the Queen along the Diamond Jubillee Pageant!

June 2012
Sea Cadets from all over the country preceded Her Majesty down the Thames as part of the Diamon Jubilee Pageant. Fifty Trinity 500s carrying the flags of the nations of the commonwealth led the Royal Barge through the celebrations of the Queen’s sixtieth year on the throne.

At Luton, the following members of staff received their Diamond Jubilee Medal as part of the celebrations: CPO (SCC) M. Brogan, PO (SCC) A. Rigg, PO (SCC) M. Hall, Lt (SCC) L. Haines RNR, Lt (SCC) P. Jupe RNR.


 
Luton Cadets Represent Bedfordshire at the Area Regatta!

Luton Cadets Represent Bedfordshire at the Area Regatta!

July 2012
Following their success at the District Regatta, cadets from Luton formed part of the Bedfordshire District team for the Eastern Area Regatta at Girton.

Kayakers from Luton formed part of a combined team with cadets from Bedford, Dunstable, Flitwick & Ampthill and Biggleswade to take on the other nine Districts in Eastern Area.

From Luton, Able Cadet Frost entered the Senior Boys Sprint and Marathon kayaking, whilst MC Lewis and MC2 Willis competed in the junior Boys Doubles. Well done to all cadets who took part.


 

 
LOCAL SEA CADETS GET BIRDS EYE VIEW OF OLYMPIC GAMES WITH ROYAL NAVY

LOCAL SEA CADETS GET BIRDS EYE VIEW OF OLYMPIC GAMES WITH ROYAL NAVY

July/August 2012
Sea Cadets from Luton will have the chance to see some of the Olympic sailing from one of the best vantage points when they visit sit HMS Bulwark during August.

The Royal Navy are providing security at the Olympic and Paralympic sailing site in Weymouth during the games. And, as the Sea Cadet’s biggest supporter they have offered 650 Sea Cadets from all over the UK a chance to come on board.

Luton unit are part of the lucky group of cadets visiting the site throughout the games. Cadets will experience life on a naval vessel, and get the chance to watch the Olympic sailing from an impressive vantage point.

Commanding Officer CPO (SCC) M. Brogan said: “We are thrilled to have this opportunity, it’s amazing to not only be in Weymouth at this time but to see a working RN ship as well is an experience many of our cadets will cherish”.

We are the UK’s largest maritime youth charity working across the country in 400 towns with 14000 Sea Cadets aged between 10 and 18. We offer young people the best possible head start in life through nautical adventure and fun. Our cadets develop new skills like leadership and team working and can earn extra qualifications which help boost confidence. Visit sea-cadets.org.


 
Luton Cadet's Offshore Voyage

Luton Cadet's Offshore Voyage

July 2012
Leading Cadet Zoe Newell has completed a week offshore aboard the Sea Cadet Corps’s flagship, T.S Royalist. The square rigger is the largest of the Sea Cadet fleet and LC Newell’s voyage took her from Gosport to Falmouth. The five day journey took her and the crew right out into the channel, practicing advanced sailing, navigation and seamanship.

The Royalist along with the powered fleet, T.S. John Jerwood and T.S. Jack Petchley offer cadets offshore opportunities during the summer and any cadet interested should speak to their Divisional Officer in the first instance.


 

 
2 Teams Complete Duke of Edinburgh Practices

2 Teams Complete Duke of Edinburgh Practices

17th July 2012
Two combined teams from Luton Sea Cadets and Luton Royal Marines Cadets took part in the second of their practice Duke Of Edinburgh's Award expeditions as part of their bronze or silver awards this weekend. The 48 hours expedition last took the teams through Whipsnade and Dagnall as they navigated the downs in preparation for their unsupervised expeditions later in the year. The two teams lead by Able Cadet Frost and Corporal Loveland repspectively had to be completely self sufficient and carry everything that they would need for the two day walk. After a very shakey star on Sunday morning, both teams completed the course by 1500 on Sunday. A huge well done to all involved, especially to those who have improved beyond all recognition from the first practice. The event was organised and assessed by A/PO Dennehy, herself an ML and DofE Gold Assessor.

Pictures coming soon.


 

 
Sponsorred Speed March

Sponsorred Speed March

29th June 2012
Following the success of the Royal Marines Cadets Sponsored Speed March earlier in the year, thrity cadets from all three sections of the unit took part in a Sponsored Speed March to raise money for the unit. The event took place at Luton's unit on Lower Harpenden Road, using the Cycle Path opposite. Cadets completed a 5km course broken into 500m legs. Three teams were entered, the Sea Cadets led my Able Cadet Frost and Lt (SCC) Lancaster RMR, the Royal Marines Cadets lead by L/Cpl Salmon and PCI Butler and the Junior Sea Cadets led by JCFC Loveland and PCI Aldridge. The event takes inspiration from the 9mile Speed March that Royal Marines have to complete for their Commando Tests, but aimed the level cadets could complete. Working as a team, running together and spurring each other on, all three teams completed the course in under seventy minutes including time for water breaks.

At this time there are no figures of how much has been raised by the event, but the Commanding Officer is delighted with the response. Once a total is reached, the amont will be posted here.


 
X-Ray Company Advancement Boards

X-Ray Company Advancement Boards

15th-17th June 2012
This weekend the X-Ray Coy Advancement Board was held at Beckingham ATE. Following on from the Pre-Board in April, Luton submitted three candidates for assessment.MC2 Matthews pictured below (third left) completed his MC1 board, where he was tested in basic fieldcraft, map-reading, weapons training and drill. L/Cpl Ayers and L/Cpl Loveland, pictured left (centre and second from right), completed their Corporal's board, where they were tested in advanced fieldcraft, advanced map-reading, weapons training and drill. This is the first time that Luton has submitted any candidates for a Corporals board, and as another sign of the growing strength of the detachment. The scored were announced on Sunday afternoon, and awards were presented by the Area Office, Commander Eric Langley RN.

Of the forty-one MC1 candidates, MC2 Matthews came third highest on the board. This is a fantastic achievement and he is duely promoted to Lance Corporal. L/Cpls Ayers and Loveland were amongst the five successful Corporals candidates, and had their chevrons presented to them by the Area Officer. They are now the first Corporals in the detachment and are setting the trend for all those that follow. Congratulations and BZ to all candidates.


 
Luton Bring Home  Silverware from District Regatta!

Luton Bring Home Silverware from District Regatta!

18th-20th May 2012
This weekend saw the Bedfordshire District Regatta held at Bedford Unit. Luton Unit entered teams into the Junior Boys and Senior Boys Rowing races, as well as kayakers into various races including sprints, marathons, singles and doubles. The senior Boys team were the runners up in their caetegory in the rowing races. The team consisting of MC2 Smith, AC Evans, L/Cpl Loveland, L/Cpl Salmon and L/Cpl Spraggon-Quinn won all but one of their races, narrowly missing out to Bedford. L/Cpl Sproggon Quiin is pictured (left) receivign the certificated from the District Officer, Lt Cdr (SCC) Knight RNR.

In the kayaking, AC Frost won both the Senior Boy's Single Sprint and the Single Marathon. MC2 Willis and MC Lewis won the junior boys double marathon. A huge well done to all 14 of teh cadets who attended, you did the unit proud. It was a hugely enjoyable day with even teh staff ahving a go, with two rowing crews coxswained by the District Officer and Deputy District Officer respectievly, though they were both beaten by Luton's safety kayakers with PCI Stevens winning the race in his kayak.


 
Bag Packing raises £900 for Luton Unit!

Bag Packing raises £900 for Luton Unit!

20th April 2012
A huge well done to all the cadets and staff who turned up on this Sunday for Bag Packing at Sainsburys in Harpenden. The total raised was in excess of £900. Bravo Zulu.

The Sea Cadets are an independent charity and as such each unit is responsible for raising money for everything from paying for lights and heating at the unit, through to training materials and kit, through to bursaries to send disadvantages cadets away on offshore voyages. This was one of several events held throughout the year to raise money for boating equipment, field equipment for marines and for the ongoing upkeep of our rapidly aging unit premeses. A huge thank you to all cadets and staff who gave up their time to fund raise.

For more information on fundraising and what we are saving for, see our fundraising page. If you wish to make a donation to Luton Sea Cadet unit, please contact the Commanding Officer through the contact us page.


 
1Trp + 5 Trp RMC Pre-Advancement Board

1Trp + 5 Trp RMC Pre-Advancement Board

18th-20th April 2012
This weekend Luton unit played host to not only 1 Troop, but also 5 Troop of X-Ray Company Royal Marines Cadets for the Pre-Advancement Board Training. Royal Marines Cadets from Northampton, Kettering, Luton, St Albans and Welwyn Garden City all descended on Luton as part of their training for promotions.

New recruits from across the two troops were treated to their basic training in a scaled down version of Exercise First Step. In addition they took part in weapons training on the L98A2 Cadet GP Weapon system, and the corps history and theory sections of their MC2 Test. Ordinary Cadet Perry from Luton unit, who originally volunteered to help the chef out for the weekend, found himself donning a set of CS95 and joining the marines in the woods. OC Perry is now RMC2 Perry as spurred on by this weekend he has transferred from the Sea Cadets to the Royal Marines Cadets.

All potential Corporals and RMC1s who hoped to take their assessments on the June Advancement Board, came to Luton for their Pre-Promotion training and to sit the Theory section of their boards. RMC2 Matthews from Luton passed his theory test with flying colours and will progress to the board in June. He also received additional training in Map Reading, Weapons Training, and fieldcraft.

Lance Corporals Ayers and Loveland who aim to sit their Corporal's Boards in June also passed their theory tests. Furthermore Corporals are required to present a lesson. L/Cpl Ayers treated the Captains Smith and Cartwright to lessons on the Battle of Trafalgar and L/Cpl Loveland taught the audiene all about the key battles of the Falklands Conflicts - appropriate as this is the 30th anniversary of the conflict. Additionally they received training in map reading and fieldcraft, covering topics such as range cards, sentries, advanced partrolling, section formations route cards, resections, compass work, navigation at night and the NATO sequence of orders. All cadets did a fantastic job and will progress to the main board in June.

A hug thank you to Captain Smith for running the weekend, and to Luton's Commanding Officer CPO Brogan for cooking the troops. It was the biggest peice of pork any of us had ever seen!


 
New Joining Form now Online!

New Joining Form now Online!

1st May 2012
For all those wishing to join Luton Sea Cadets, whether as a Sea Cadet, Royal Marines Cadet or as a Junior, the new application to join is now online. This makes the whole process of joining must quicker and easier.

Take a few minutes to browse this website, to read about and see some of the things we do. Of course, nothing can replace the real experience so come in to have a look around and meet our staff. If it is for you, the new online form can be found here. Fill it in electronically, print a copy and bring it in with you. You'll be up and running in now time.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


 
Success at Easter Camps

Success at Easter Camps

5th-9th April 2012
All sections of Luton Sea Cadets were involved in their respective Easter Camps over this weekend with cadets earning qualifications, meeting new friends and having serious fun!

The Sea Cadets and Junior Sea Cadets took part in a joint camp with the cadets from Welwyn Garden City. The camp was accomodated at our unit, with the boating activities taking place at Stewartby. Cadets took part in a variety of activities including sailing, paddlesport (canoeing and kayaking), and rowing. Many cadets returned home with BCU 1* paddlesport, RYA Youth Sailing Scheme level 2 or Competent Crew rowing qualifications. Bravo Zulu all.

Meanwhile, the Royal Marines Cadets travelled to Beckingham for their Easter Camp. Two cadets joined the Rifle Troops to take part in advanced fieldcraft in a huge Tactical Exercise across the training area. Two cadets took part in Exercise First Step, the basic Cadre which gave them the skills to join the Rifle Troops on Summer Camp. Three Cadets joined the Signals cadre, learning all about tactical communications, radios and combat signals. These three each earned themselved the Combat Signals qualification. Bravo Zulu all.

And it's not just cadets who earn qualifications. At Luton, several staff gained their own BCU 1* and rowing qualifications, and at Beckingham A/Sgt(SCC) Oxley passed her Drill Leader Acquaint Course, in preperation for her national Drill Leader selection course in August.

Both Easter Camps were a huge success. If you want to be part of the next one, come in to see us and you could be on the water or in the field at Summer Camp.


 
Luton Royal Naval Parade 2012

Luton Royal Naval Parade 2012

28th March 2012
Luton Sea Cadet Unit celebrated another year full of achievement at their Royal Naval Parade (RNP) inspection last Wednesday. Over the course of the evening, cadets from all over Luton took part in many displays in front of senior officers, local dignitaries and proud parents. The evening showcased the many achievements and prizes that the unit has been awarded, and gave the guests a chance to see close up the kinds of activities that cadets do within the unit.

The evening began with a full ceremonial divisions and inspection, as the Ship’s Company of T.S. Keyes welcomed the Area Officer, Commander Eric Langley RN to the unit. Complete with a 6+1 man armed guard, the cadets’ best uniforms and standards of drill and ceremonial were closely scrutinised by the inspection team including the District Officer, Lieutenant Commander (SCC) Bob Knight RNR and Royal Marines Cadet Troop Commander, Captain (SCC) Mike Cartwright RMR.

After a quick interlude for cadets to get changed and the inspection team to enjoy a quick cup of tea, the guests were treated to displays by the cadets. The Royal Marines Cadet detachment (aged 13-17) showed off their skills of camouflage and concealment during their Observation at Night demonstration, challenging the audience to identify sights and sounds by night. The Sea Cadets (aged 12-17) then presented their rigging exercise, which involved hoisting an object on a derrick and depositing it into a narrow container, much as the sailors of old would transfer supplies from the dock to the ship’s hold. The Junior Sea Cadets (aged 10-11) then rounded off the night by taking all the command roles for the Evening Colours ceremony. The Juniors completed the ceremony to a high standard, and greatly impressed the inspecting officers.

Following on from the inspection, Luton Sea Cadets is to be awarded a Pennant, the second highest efficiency rating a Sea Cadet unit can be given. This will be hoisted on the main mast where it will fly over the cabinets that hold the rest of Luton’s achievements, such as District Drill (RM Cadet Guard and Guard Commander) and District Football (Senior Boys).


 
Congratulations, Sir!

Congratulations, Sir!

25th March 2012
Well done to Sergeant (SCC) Lancaster, who passed the National Officer Selection this weekend. Having passed the Eastern Area selection in October, Sergeant (SCC) Lancaster travelled to HMS Excellent for the National board, headed by a panel of two National Training Centre COs, two Senior Staff Officers and the MSSC Director of Training. Following a successful weekend, Sgt (SCC) Lancaster was promoted to Acting Lieutenant (SCC) RMR. Bravo Zulu.


 
First Leading Cadet in Luton in over a Year.

First Leading Cadet in Luton in over a Year.

18th March 2012
Congratulations to Able Cadet Zoe Newell on her promotion to Leading Cadet. LC Newell attended the Bedfordshire District Advancement Board, which was held at Luton Unit this weekend. Over the course of the weekend, LC Newell was assessed in Drill, Power of Command, Uniform, Leadership, Instructional Methods, and Corps Knowledge by the assessment team lead by District Officer, Lt Cdr (SCC) Bob Knight RNR. Leading Cadet Newell achieved a Credit Pass, the highest category pass that a cadet can achieved. Leading Cadet Newell is now the most senior cadet in the unit. Bravo Zulu, Leading Cadet.


 
Luton Marines Complete Sponsored Speed March

Luton Marines Complete Sponsored Speed March

13th March 2012
Luton Royal Marines Cadets this weekend completed a sponsored speed march to raise money for the new X-Ray Company Colour, which is to be presented at Summer Camp. With a goal of £100, the Royal Marines Cadets gathered all the sponsorship they could. The event took place at Luton unit, under the direction of Detachment Command Sgt (SCC) Lancaster. The event as run along similar lines as the speed marches done by the Royal Marines Commandos during the Commando Tests, but shorted to a length of 5km. The cadets completed the event in just over an hour. Initial estimates show that the £100 target has easily been met.


 
RMC Guard at Area Drill & Piping

RMC Guard at Area Drill & Piping

29th January 2012
Having won the District Drill & Piping Competition in December, the RMCD Drill Team have progressed forward to the Area Competition. With an updated drill display rehearsed and ready and new members of the Drill Team, Luton were brimming with confidence as they headed up to Beckingham with the rest of Bedfordshire district.

The team put in an excellent performance. They were inspected by Captain (SCC) Smith RMR, before moving on to their armed and unarmed drill display where they were judged by the Company Sergeant Major WO2 (SCC) Marsland RMR and Sgt (SCC) Dowsett. The team did extremely well and Luton's Commanding Officer CPO (SCC) Brogan was very proud of his team. Overall, Luton finished 4th in the competiton, narrowly missing out on a podium place.


 
End of Year Party

End of Year Party

16th December 2011
As 2011 draws to a close, Luton unit held a bit of a celebration for all the hard work throughout the year. It's been a hard year with ups and downs, but the cadets have all put in a lot of time and effort and the unit is growing because of it. Thanks to Miss Dennehy, A/Sgt Oxley, Miss Perry, Mr Williams and Lt Haines for organising the party food and games. Let the mayhem begin.


 
Luton Victorious at District Drill

Luton Victorious at District Drill

13th December 2011
This year Luton entered two teams into the District Drill and Piping Competition, a 12+1 Sea Cadet Unarmed Squad lead by Able Cadet Newell and a 6+1 Royal Marines Cadet Armed Guard led by L/Cpl Loveland. The event was held at Cambridge and assessed by the Area Staff Officer Ceremonial for Eastern Area, Lt Cdr (SCC) Waring RNR. Teams were assess on their dress and bearing and then completed a set routine, including receiving a VIP and a march past, as well as a free drill display for the judges.

Both teams did very well, and the RMC Guard won the Best RMC Guard, and Best RMC Guard Commander for L/Cpl Loveland. They now progress through to Area Drill and Piping in January.


 
Luton's Candidates top the L/Cpl Advancement Board!

Luton's Candidates top the L/Cpl Advancement Board!

20th November 2011
Four of Luton's Royal Marines Cadets travelled to Beckingham ATE for their MC1 / L/Cpl Advancement Board this weekend. After months of preparation and training cadets were assessed over two days on the five key disciplines by X-Ray Company 2ic Captain (SCC) Cartwright RMR. The candidates were tested in Weapons Handling, Map Reading, Fieldcraft, Drill & Ceremonial, and General Corps knowlege.

After a long and tiring weekend, the results were announced: all four of Luton's Candidates has achieved Credit Passes! L/Cpl Salmon gained the fourth highest score out of the 46 L/Cpl candidates. L/Cpl Loveland came second highest on the L/Cpl Board and was award his new rank slides on the spot by the Company Commander, Major (SCC) Machin RMR. L/Cpl Ayers topped the board, achieving the highest score not only of this board, but also of the board held in March. As such, as well as being presented his new rank slide by the Company Commander was also presented the 2011 L/Cpls trophy. Bravo Zulu to all four candidates! They now go on to form the first generation of Cadet NCOs as Luton Detachment continues to grow.


 
Luton Sea Cadets Remember the Fallen

Luton Sea Cadets Remember the Fallen

14th November 2011
The whole of Luton Unit turned out today to remember the fallen heroes not only of the two World Wars, but also of the troops who have fallen in more recent conflicts and those serving on the front line in Afghanistan today. Immaculately presented in their best uniforms, the cadets from the Sea Cadet division, the Royal Marines Cadet division and the Junior Sea Cadet section march through the town to the cenetaph, where they took part in the service lead by the Royal British Legion's parade marshall, Flight Lieutenant Jim Lavery RAFVR(T). Once complete, the cadets march out to an ovation from the crowd, and retired for refreshments at the Royal British Legion. Those who read Luton Today will have noticed that several of our cadets appeared in the newspapers. Well done to all involved!


 
Luton Win District 5-a-Side!

Luton Win District 5-a-Side!

23rd October 2011
The Cambs and Beds District 5-a-side football competition was held this weekend. Luton unit entered several teams into the competition this year, including Senior Boys, Juniors Boys, a joint Junior Sea Cadets team (with Bedford unit), as well as supplying extra players for joint Senior Girls and Junior Girls teams. All cadets made a fantastic effort, and the results speak for themselves: the Seniors Boys won their category, bringing the trophy back to Luton for the first time in many years. The Junior boys came second in their category by a hair's breadth, after an incredibly close final that ended in a manner all England fans are well acquainted with: a penalty shoot-out. The Junior Sea Cadets who were part of the joint team with Juniors from Bedford unit, came third in their group. Both the Senior Girls and Junior girls from Luton were part of joint teams, and both came a close second.

Medals were presented to cadets by Lt Cdr (SCC) Knight RNR, the District Officer. Now it is on to Area 5-a-side in December for the Senior Boys.


 
Fundraising in Harpenden

Fundraising in Harpenden

22nd October 2011
Cadets from Luton braved the cold to take part in a street collection in Harpenden this weekend. The ten cadets spent four hours around Harpenden town centre raising money for the unit, and raising the unit's public profile as part of our latest recruitment campaign. Unlike our compatriots in the Army Cadets and Air Cadets, the Sea Cadets are not part-funded by the MOD, but rather each unit is an individual charity responsible for its own upkeep. Luton unit is currently saving for a Minibus, open canoes and field equipment for the Royal Marines Cadets, and the efforts this weekend will go straight towards these causes. The unit is most grateful to the cadets who gave up their time to raise money which will go straight towards equipment for them to use. Their conduct, deportment and morale was exceptionally high and the collection was very successful.

 

If you wish to support Luton Sea Cadets, follow the donations link. If you saw us in town and wish to become part of Luton Sea Cadets, Royal Marines Cadets or Junior Sea Cadets, come and see us on a parade night, or contact us.


 
Luton's Sharpshooters Top the Board

Luton's Sharpshooters Top the Board

30th - 2nd October 2011
The Cambs and Beds District promotions board for Petty Officer Cadet and Leading Cadet was held at Cambridge unit over the weekenend of 30th September to 2nd October. Whilst on this occasion, Luton Unit was unable to field an promotions candidates, three cadets from the unit's Royal Marines Cadet detachment took part in the concurrent shooting activities over the weekend. MC2s Daniel Loveland, Joe Matthews, and Camden Nightengale represented the unit, getting the opportunity to hone their marksmanship skills. MC2 Loveland achieved the highest score of the weekend, beating off competition from cadets from Dunstable, Cambridge, Bedford, Biggleswade and Ampthil and Flitwick, with MC2 Nightengale closely following a single point behind. These are the first marksmanship badges gained in the unit for several years and we are delighted that shooting is returning to the unit.


 
Autumn Camp Success

Autumn Camp Success

21st - 23rd September 2011
Luton Unit's autumn camp was held over the weekend of 21st-23rd September. Sea Cadets and Junior Cadets all took part in either their Basic or Proficiency Campcraft. Over twenty cadets from the unit took part in the weekend which included cooking in the field, washing & cleaning in the field, map reading, compass work, first aid and a practical navigation exercise. All cadets passed their basic campcraft with three going on to achieve Proficiency. The Royal Marines Cadets had their own syllabus for the weekend, which involved spending two nights under bivvys in their harbour area, and studying intermediate and advanced field craft in advance of their promotions boards.


 
New Unit website

New Unit website

Welcome to our new look website. It has been redesigned as part of the Sea Cadets image refresh and we hope you enjoy navigating it. Take a look and round and see what you think!


 

 

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