RNLI Presentation (11/07/13)

RNLI Presentation (11/07/13)

Great night at the Unit tonight with a talk from the RNLI! Terry from rnli4ever gave a very informitive talk on the great work the RNLI do! (https://www.facebook.com/rnli4ever)

 
London Area Combined Regatta (29/06/13)

London Area Combined Regatta (29/06/13)

A HUGE WELL DONE to the Open Boys and Open Girls crews that took place in the London Area Regatta today at Royal Victoria Docks. Both team work hard and show great team spirit leading them to second place in all 3 heats and 2nd Overall!
Congratulations on the Silver medals! you earned them!


 
Sea Cadet Aviation Ground School Course (23/06/13 – 28/06/13)

Sea Cadet Aviation Ground School Course (23/06/13 – 28/06/13)

One of our Able Cadets has been selected to attend a Sea Cadet Aviation Course.

Just 12 candidates from the UK were selected to take part in a week long Aviation Course down in Weymouth. The candidates were selected via the application forms they had sent through, proving that they were qualified enough to be selected for the course.

Over the week the selected students underwent long hours and tough situations. On the first two days the twelve were taught lessons on such subjects as Air Law, parts of the aircraft, Air Trafficking Laws as well as being able to use flying simulations- giving them the chance to get to grip with what it is like to fly an aircraft.

On the Wednesday of the course the students adventured out on a trip down to RNAS Yeovilton, the busiest military airfield in the UK. They were shown around by the firefighting squadron there and were able to climb all around the fire engines and were shown how they worked. Six of the cadets were able to be passengers upon a Sea King and the other six Lynx (the fastest in the world) helicopter, flying up two at a time. They flew over Glastonbury Festival, circling above it, overwhelmed at the sheer size of the festival and even spotted some tents with live performances. After the flight, the Lynx hovered to the ground where the squadron made their way down the runway in a ‘Top Gun’ manor. It was truly amazing.

On the Thursday came the test to see whether all the information had sunk in over the last three days! A sixty question multiple choice test was taken and a flight simulation test consisting of a touchdown, stall and landing was flown too. Everyone on the course thankfully passed! As a result of everyone’s hard work, the cadets were granted a much needed shore leave.

The next morning was the latest they had gotten up that week, six o’clock. With their flight suits ironed and berets de-fluffed they formed a squad to be presented their Bronze wings. Many pictures were taken and hands were shook- and someone fell off a chair- and tears were shed in joy of passing the course. Our Able Cadet came fifth in her class, thus making it to the top six of her class, meaning that she has been selected to take part in the second course to earn her Silver Wings.

 
London City Hall Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony (24/06/13)

London City Hall Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony (24/06/13)

One of our Cadets forming a squad made up of London Southern District for the Armed forces flag raising ceremony at city hall, London. Great to see the Sea Cadets got a speaking part in this news broadcast. Keep an eye out for our Petty Officer Cadet getting his five minutes! Well done to all involved! http://www.bfbs.com/news/flags-fly-high-ahead-armed-forces-day-63885.html

 
Bexley Borough Civic Parade (09/06/13)

Bexley Borough Civic Parade (09/06/13)

Well done to all the Cadets that took part in the Bexley Borough civic parade today!
You all looked very smart!

 

 
Area Sailing Regatta (02/06/13)

Area Sailing Regatta (02/06/13)

Well done to the three Cadets that took part in the Area Sailing regatta today.
Top effort! you represented the Unit well but a special mention to our crew who came 3rd in the double handed Pico race! 

 
District Regatta (19/05/13)

District Regatta (19/05/13)

HUGE WELL DONE to the two teams that entered the District Regatta today, open boys and open girls.
Both teams worked hard and were rewarded with gold medals!!!

 

 
New Unit Equipment (16/04/13)

New Unit Equipment (16/04/13)

Ooohhh shiny new Catering (old Cook/Steward specialisation) training equipment ready to be used to provide another new in house qualification!
Thank you Jack Petchey Foundation!

 
Canoes and Kayaks (30/04/2013)

Canoes and Kayaks (30/04/2013)

Bexley & Lewisham's new boats! Can’t wait to get them on the water!

 

 
TS Royalist Canadian International Exchange (13/04/13 – 26/04/13)

TS Royalist Canadian International Exchange (13/04/13 – 26/04/13)

An Able Cadet was selected to form part of the United Kingdom Sea Cadet crew aboard TS Royalist for a special voyage with the Canadian Sea Cadets.

Our Able Cadet says “This trip not only developed me as a Cadet in that I have a better sense of what life is like at sea, as well as gaining a new qualification, but also as a person. I now feel more confident in my own abilities and I feel that this was the most vital thing I have taken away from this trip, along with gaining new friends from both the UK and Canada. This is an experience I will remember for the rest of my life. 

I gained my Offshore Sail Grade 2 qualification and look forward to returning to TS Royalist in the future.”

 
London Area Windsurfing Regatta (20/04/13)

London Area Windsurfing Regatta (20/04/13)

Great result for one of our Cadets who came second in London Area Windsurfing regatta!
Well Done!

 
Cadets Afloat at Welsh Harp (07/04/13)

Cadets Afloat at Welsh Harp (07/04/13)

Cadets and staff kicked off the 2013 boating season with a sailing session at Welsh Harp Boating Station.

 
Junior Sea Cadet Artwork 02/03/13

Junior Sea Cadet Artwork 02/03/13

Phase 1 of the Junior's mural wall.

 

 
District Five-a-side Football Competition 28/01/13

District Five-a-side Football Competition 28/01/13

A HUGE well done to all the Cadets that entered the District 5-A-Side competition today but special mention to the combined Bexley & Lewisham Unit / Sutton (London Borough) Unit Senior Boys team who came first and now go on to represent the District at the Area Competition.

Great to see some medals and a trophy coming this way! Hope it will be the start of flood of awards for us in 2013!!!

 
Bag Packing (23/12/12 – 24/12/12)

Bag Packing (23/12/12 – 24/12/12)

After a day counting the bag packing money, the grand total came in at over £1000!!!!!
The CO was so shocked of how well Cadets did (not that he doubted them!), he had to count it twice! A truly amazing effort! I am really pleased and proud of you!
I would also like to thank all customers of Welling Morrisions for being so generous!!!

 
Presentation Evening (13/11/12)

Presentation Evening (13/11/12)

Annual presentation evening 2012 - ViP's - Mayor of London Borough of Bexley, The Representative Deputy Lieutenant (Bexley) - Major David Hewer and London Southern District Officer - Lt Cdr (SCC) D. Lewis MBE RNR. Congratulations to all Cadets for your achievements and effort over the past year.

 
Junior Sea Cadet Awards (25/11/12)

Junior Sea Cadet Awards (25/11/12)

A HUGE WELL DONE to the four Juniors that have worked hard and achieved their Commodores pennant badge and award. 
This is the first time any Juniors from Bexley & Lewisham Unit have achieved this award. 

 
Cadet Inter-Service Skill at Arms Competition (23/11/12)

Cadet Inter-Service Skill at Arms Competition (23/11/12)

Leading Cadets showing off their awards from the Cadet Inter-Services Skill at Arms Competition.
Well done!!!!

 
TS Royalist Offshore Voyage (11/2012)

TS Royalist Offshore Voyage (11/2012)

Two Senior Cadets received bursaries from London Area Office towards an offshore voyage on TS Royalist. It was a very cold week but enjoyed by all with Offshore Sail qualifications gained. 

 
Remembrance Day Parade (11/11/2012)

Remembrance Day Parade (11/11/2012)

All Cadets and Staff took part in the annual London Borough of Bexley Remembrance Parade. 

 
Garden of Remembrance Service (27/10/2012)

Garden of Remembrance Service (27/10/2012)

Cadets attending the opening of the Garden of Remembrance and the Borough of Bexley's 2012 poppy appeal. All the dignitaries commented on how smart our Cadets are!

 
Trafalgar Day Parade (21/10/2012)

Trafalgar Day Parade (21/10/2012)

Two Senior Cadets were selected to form part of the London Area Sea Cadet Guard for the Trafalgar's Day Parade held in Trafalgar Square. 

 
Cunningham Cup (24/08/2012 - 26/08/2012)

Cunningham Cup (24/08/2012 - 26/08/2012)

Six cadets formed a Unit Adventurous Training Team and participated in the Cunningham Cup, the District AT Competition. During this weekend, they were tested on teamwork and leadership skills through a series of demanding Practical Leadership Tasks including building structures such as a bridge. Overall the Team performed extremely well and achieved second place. 

 
Ice Skating (26/07/2012)

Ice Skating (26/07/2012)

Cadets and staff enjoyed a fun night away from the Unit at Romford Ice Rink. 

 
Junior Sea Cadet Diamond Jubilee Challenge (08/07/2012)

Junior Sea Cadet Diamond Jubilee Challenge (08/07/2012)

Four Junior Cadets were selected to form a team for the Junior Sea Cadet Diamond Jubilee Challenge and navigated their way around London carrying out challenges in historic locations. 

 
Sea Cadet International Exchange United States of America (25/06/12 - 10/07/2)

Sea Cadet International Exchange United States of America (25/06/12 - 10/07/2)

A Leading Cadet from Bexley and Lewisham SCU was selected for the Sea Cadet International Exchange to Rhode Island in the United States of America with three other Cadets and one member of staff. 

While he was there he participated in many events such as visiting the Boston Navy Yard, numerous military establishments and a two day trip in New York City where we had free time to shop and sight see. While the group was in New York the whole exchange of 60 cadets and staff went to watch Mamma Mia at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway. From there they looked around Times Square at night with all the fantastic light displays. All the cadets went on board the USS Massachusetts for the 4th of July.

Our Leading Cadet really enjoyed this Exchange because he met so many new people who he will become lifelong friends with as well as all the fantastic activities in which he participated in.

On his return to the UK, our Leading Cadet was identified as being the Top Cadet of this Exchange.

 
Volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering opportunities.

We are currently seeking adult volunteers (aged 18 and over) from the local community to expand the training opportunities which Bexley & Lewisham Sea Cadet Unit can offer to our Cadets. Previous Armed or Cadet forces experience is not needed, but would be advantageous. Enthusiasm is a must!

 

Current Vacancies: 

- Unit Band Master - To assist in forming a Unit band and managing said band on completion. Knowledge of music and band instruments is essential.

- Boating staff - To offer RYA / BCU training to cadets. Established qualifications would be preferred but courses are available. 

- General Instructional staff - To carry out instructional duties, with a regular commitment, on parade nights (and occasional weekends).

 

Please note that all our adult volunteers are required to undergo an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Check (Cost covered by MSSC).

If you are interested in finding out more about what we are looking for, please see our volunteering page HERE or contact the Commanding Officer HERE.

 
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant (01/06/2012 - 04/06/2012)

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant (01/06/2012 - 04/06/2012)

As part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, four cadets and one member of staff from Bexley and Lewisham Unit took part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Using our new Trinity under outboard power, they formed part of the 55 boat Sea Cadet Trinity Flotilla, travelling in diamond formation, each carrying a flag of the Commonwealth Nations, down the Thames and cheering Her Majesty the Queen as they passed the Royal Barge. Cadets and staff were extremely proud to be part of history with this memorable event and are all a credit to the Unit. BZ to all involved!

 
Diamond Jubilee Medallion Presentation (15/05/2012)

Diamond Jubilee Medallion Presentation (15/05/2012)

As part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, District Officer, Lt Cdr (SCC) D. Lewis RNR MBE, presents cadets and staff at Bexley and Lewisham Unit each with a Diamond Jubilee commemorative medallion on behalf of London Southern District

 
AT Weekend at Allington (13/04/2012 – 15/04/2012)

AT Weekend at Allington (13/04/2012 – 15/04/2012)

Cadets and staff attended an Adventurous Training Weekend at our site in Allington, Kent. An excellent but exhausting weekend was had by all with activities including morning exercises to warm up, orienteering, learning to cook food using a trangia and building a camp fire. We look forward to spending many more weekends down at Allington, particularly in the warmer weather!

 
TS Royalist Voyage (07/04/2012 – 13/04/2012)

TS Royalist Voyage (07/04/2012 – 13/04/2012)

Two cadets went offshore for a week on TS Royalist. At the beginning of their trip, unfortunately poor weather conditions and very strong winds meant that they were not able to move far away from the coast and spent several days travelling between Portland and Weymouth. However, they did eventually make it to Jersey where they treated themselves to a much needed trip to McDonalds before their flight home!

 
Junior Sea Cadet Day Out (01/04/2012)

Junior Sea Cadet Day Out (01/04/2012)

It’s not just the Senior Cadets who get to have serious fun! Junior Sea Cadets had an exciting and action packed day out with a visit to the Royal Maritime Museum, Greenwich where they learnt about the history of the British Royal Navy and had the opportunity to try out several activities within the museum before going bowling in the afternoon.

 
District Easter Camp (31/03/2012 - 07/04/2012)

District Easter Camp (31/03/2012 - 07/04/2012)

Seven cadets and two staff attended London Southern District Easter Camp held on board at HMS Bristol based in Portsmouth last week. It was a long week of early mornings, involving lots of different lessons, waterborne sessions, evening activities and late nights but think that everyone did have fun! Congratulations to all the cadets who attended, they all achieved either one or two new qualifications!

 
Working Party at Allington (03/03/2012)

Working Party at Allington (03/03/2012)

A BIG thank you to all the cadets, staff and supporters who have helped with the working party to clear our slipway at our Allington site. Due to your hard work and effort, we will be able to use our new Trinity far more easily in the coming months.

 
Worshipful Company of Shipwrights Presentation (01/03/2012)

Worshipful Company of Shipwrights Presentation (01/03/2012)

Two cadets and two staff spent an evening at the Fishmonger's Hall, London Bridge, where the two cadets were presented with bursary awards for a week offshore onboard TS Royalist. The cadets were the first to receive their awards before forming part of a carpet guard to welcome members of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights to the venue. Both cadets were extremely smart and their high standards of conduct were a credit to the Unit. We hope that they will enjoy their voyage on TS Royalist!

 
District Football Training (14/01/2012)

District Football Training (14/01/2012)

Cadets and staff enjoyed an unexpectedly sunny January day at Danson Park, training for the District Football Competition. Thanks to help from one of our parents, cadets were able to benefit from a tiring but extremely fun training session. Congratulations to all the cadets who took part in the District Competition, all teams played extremely well with some achieving medals.

 
Christingle Service (24/12/11)

Christingle Service (24/12/11)

The Unit took part in the Christingle Service Friday 24th December 2011, 5 Staff and 9 Cadets enjoyed the service which was held at St Augustine's Church, Belvedere by the Unit Padre.

I was very proud of the Cadets and their turn out for the service (just need to improve their singing voices!), and thank them for taking part. It is attending community activities such as this, which raises awareness of the Sea Cadets in the area, and will hopefully encourage potential Cadets to come along and join us. 

 
Morrison's Bag Packing (17 & 23/12/11)

Morrison's Bag Packing (17 & 23/12/11)

Thank you to all the Cadets and Volunteers that made the bag packing possible on 17th & 23rd December. 16 Cadets spent 2 days packing shopping bags for the customers at Morrison’s in Welling, London, to help raise funds for the Unit.

The Unit is required to raise approx £10, 000 per year just to run and pay the bills, and it is by taking part in fund raising events such as this, that the much needed funds are raised. The Cadets are expected to help out for at least a couple of hours per day, bearing in mind without these fund raisers there may be no Unit to attend. The Cadets got a brief on safety and how to pack bags (cause there is nothing worse than getting home to find your eggs all cracked and your bread squashed!!) and then they did the Unit proud with their hard work and polite manner to the public.

Over the two days, through donations, the unit raised £864.30 (and a few odd foreign coins), well done and thank you to all who took part and the public that were kind enough to donate at Christmas.

 
Ships visit to RFA Black Rover (Our affiliated ship) (20/12/11)

Ships visit to RFA Black Rover (Our affiliated ship) (20/12/11)

7 Cadets and 3 staff enjoyed a visit to our affiliated ship RFA Black Rover 20th December 2011. The day started early, leaving the unit at 0600 hrs to head to Portland, Dorset. On arrival at 1100, the cadets enjoyed a tour of the ship and update on what she has been doing in the past year. After a bite for lunch, the cadets and staff went around the different departments. The most popular activity onboard was the ships weaponry, where the cadets were shown how they work and what they are used for, under the supervision of the Point Defence Officer.  Having spent the day onboard, the cadets headed homeward for the long journey back to the unit.

All the cadets and staff had a full and fun packed day learning the ships role within the fleet, and hearing stories about how those onboard cope with the long trips at sea and what role they have in keeping RFA Black Rover operating. It was the first of many trips we will have to visit our affiliated ship when she is alongside, and hopefully in the future we will be able to arrange a trip for the cadets to be onboard when she is travelling around the UK waters.

Thanks to the staff who helped arrange and escort the cadets, and to those cadets who attended, we hope you learned more about the role the Royal Fleet Auxiliary play in supplying the Royal Navy as RFA Black Rover is a Small Fleet Tanker.

 

For more pictures, visit our Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/BexleyLewishamSCC

For more information about Royal Fleet Auxiliary and RFA Black Rover please visit - 
http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/The-Fleet/Royal-Fleet-Auxiliary/Tankers/RFA-Black-Rover

 
Presentation Night (13/12/11)

Presentation Night (13/12/11)

The annual Awards evening took place 13th of December 2011. The Cadets attended in their No 1(Best) uniform for the presentations, and it was good to see they all made the effort to turn up ‘spick & span’.

Well done to all those who won an award, and for those who didn't, hopefully it will inspire you to do well, gain further qualifications and set a goal to aim for at next years Award Ceremony.

It was not just the Cadets who had reason to celebrate and thank the Unit for their awards. One of the invited guests was Commodore Peter Jeary of the City Livery Yacht Club, who presented the Unit with two cheques totalling £200.

Bexley & Lewisham Sea Cadets would like to formally thank the Yacht Club for their very generous donation, and hopefully they will approve of the use of the funds they donated, as it will part fund 2 Cadets to join the Sea Cadet Corps flagship, TS Royalist which is a twin mast square rigged sailing ship.

 

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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!

Please bear with us as we add information and news.

 

 

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