Green Days Festival

Green Days Festival

On June 11th Chiswick Sea Cadets will be attending Green Days festival at Acton Green where you can have a talk with some of our cadets or staff and learn more about the Sea Cadets and what activities we get up to.

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AGM and Awards evening

AGM and Awards evening

The Annual General Meeting was held earlier than normal this year.

This is an evening for parents and supporters to attend and hear about what the unit has achieved over the year. We also have our Unit Management Committee members re-stand for their positions and for any additional people to put themselves forward.

After we had finished it was time for the annual presentations. The Mayor presented the awards to the Cadets for their achievements.

Well done to all of our cadets who got awards at our award ceremony last night. They were as follows:

  • Best dressed - Shared between Cdt 1st Gillet and Cdt 1st Peir (junior)
  • Sportsperson - Mr Bond-Vaughan
  • Sportsmanship - Mr Bond-Vaughan 
  • Attendance - Cdt Cassini
  • New-comer Of the Year - Cdt Wilson 
  • Quartermaster of the Year - Cdt 1st Peirs (junior)
  • Cook/Steward of the Year - Cdt 1st Peirs (senior)
  • Seamanship - Cdt Clarke
  • Cadet of the Year - Cdt 1st Peirs (senior)
  • Best Division - Defender

We also added a new award this year for the cadet who accrued the most boating hours which went to Cdt 1st Gillet for his whopping effort of 83 hours.

 
Summer holiday trip on the John Jerwood

Summer holiday trip on the John Jerwood

After a year spent fundraising Chiswick unit took 11 cadets (plus a lovely lad from Colchester unit) all the way to Belgium to go on a weeks trip on the T.S. John Jerwood.

For many cadets this was their first time actually out at sea but many of them greatly enjoyed the challenges. They had to learn many aspects of life at sea included seamanship, engineering, how to live in close quarters with each other and had daily tasks like galley duty, washing up and making sure they had made their bed!

The trip was not without its ups and downs, mainly the crossing back from France which had many of the crew feeling a bit green, but we soon arrived back to the UK in Ramsgate.

The cadets were a pleasure to be with for the duration of the trip and everyone came home with their offshore seaman level 1. Even more impressive was that two came home with their level 2!

Hopefully this trip has sparked the love for being at sea and we already know a few cadets are planning another trip already.

 

Well done all

Life at sea

 
Area Sailing regatta 2016

Area Sailing regatta 2016

The annual sailing regatta was held at the newly rebuilt Welsh Harp Boat Station and for what seems to be the first time ever Chiswick unit sent an entrant. Cdt 1st class Peirs entered his first ever dinghy race and finished a respectable 11th out of 12. We hope that this sets a trend for next year with other cadets inspired to take up sailing

 
RNP 2016

RNP 2016

Chiswick unit is inspected by London area annually but biennial we put on a Royal Naval Parade where we are visited by the Area Officer. The cadets wear their best uniform and are inspected for how seamanlike they look. 

After their dress inspection we put on an evolution to show what the cadets have learnt over the year. This years was Navigation based and we also added in, at the cadets request, a PT section to show off what they did earlier in the year for the Holy Innocents Review.

 
Deputy Lord Lieutenant Cadet awards 2016

Deputy Lord Lieutenant Cadet awards 2016

Able Cadet Perkins was nominated as one of this years Deputy Lord Lieutenant Cadets for all his hard work and dedication. He, along with SLt Horton and other Hounslow borough cadets, went to Hounslow Civic Centre to collect the award from the Mayor of Hounslow.

 
NJIRC 2016

NJIRC 2016

Once again Chiswick Unit attended the National Indoor Rowing championship sending 3 Cadets and a member of staff to compete in the world’s largest indoor rowing competition for Juniors. They were up against 2,500+ young people between ages of 11 & 18. Many of the competitors come from youth rowing clubs making winning the competition very tough.

However.... this year Cadet Cassini manage to finish 3rd in his age group. An amazing achievement!

 
Holy Innocents Review 2016

Holy Innocents Review 2016

We were approached by Sally Munton of Holy Innocents church asking whether we would represent the original TS Stork in a production the church was putting on. Holy Innocents was one of the financial supporters raising money to buy a training ship for the young boys of Hammersmith. Our Cadets took part by putting on a skip jump routine to music.

You can see a video of them training here

 
Jack Petchey 2016

Jack Petchey 2016

Jack Petchey award ceremony which three from our unit attended.

The Achievement Award Scheme aims to enable schools, colleges and youth organisations to recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of their young people. Jack Petchey wants young people to raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a contribution to their society.

Achievement Awards are designed to recognise a wide range of achievement. It is not just about being clever, or gifted, but about putting the effort in and doing your best. The scheme works well because young people themselves are involved in nominating and selecting the winners.

This year we nominated Cadet 1st class Peitersen, Able Cadet Baker, and CI Mash-McLellan

 
District football 2016

District football 2016

Massive BZ to all of our Chiswickians that went to the district football!

An amazing result overall with our senior boys coming 1st, Cdt Maili along with Wandsworth coming 1st and Cdt Bond-Vaughan winning the senior boys player of the tournament for another year. Off again to the area competition.

 
Officer Promotion

Officer Promotion

A big congratulations to Acting Sub-Lieutenant (SCC) Horton who travelled to HMS Calendonia in Scotland to undertake phase 2 of Officer Selection. It was a tough weekend of Leadership tasks, group discussion, presentations and finished with an interview but our CO managed to pass and now begins the tough job of phase 3.

 
Lord Mayor's Flotilla 2015

Lord Mayor's Flotilla 2015

3 cadets and a member of staff took our units Champ and escorted the Lord Mayors flotilla again this year from Putney all the way to HMS President.

 
Remembrance Sunday 2015

Remembrance Sunday 2015

This years Remembrance Sunday was extra special. The Chiswick branch of the Royal British Legion kindly donated a unit standard for us to carry at the front of the parade. 

There were 17 cadets with 5 members of staff in the parade, another great turnout and an almost perfect squad. All Cadets were looking sharp in their 1's uniforms and the New entries had cleaned and pressed their 4's.

The Chiswick Army Cadets attended with a full band whose drummers helped to keep the parade in step and played several tunes afterwards. 

Able Cadet Baker read the poem "In Flander's Fields" and once again CPO (SCC) Peach was the Parade Commander.

There is a video of the day available on Chiswick buzz's website here

 
AGM 2015

AGM 2015

The Annual General Meeting was held earlier than normal this year.

This is an evening for parents and supporters to attend and hear about what the unit has achieved over the year. We also have our Unit Management Committee members re-stand for their positions and for any additional people to put themselves forward.

After we had finished it was time for the annual presentations. The Mayor presented the awards to the Cadets for their achievements.

Well done to all of our cadets who got awards at our award ceremony last night. They were as follows:

  • Best dressed - Cdt 1st Peiterson
  • Sportsperson - Cdt Cassini 
  • Sportsmanship - CI Mash-Mclellan 
  • Attendance - Cdt 1st Bond-Vaughan 
  • New-comer Of the Year - Cdt 1st Gillet 
  • Quartermaster of the Year - Cdt 1st Peirs (junior)
  • Cook/Steward of the Year - Cdt 1st Peirs (senior)
  • Seamanship - Cdt 1st Bond-Vaughan 
  • Cadet of the Year - Cdt 1st Peiterson

We also added a new award this year for the best Division over the year which was shared between Dragon and Dauntless divsions

 
Quiz Night 2015

Quiz Night 2015

Chiswick Unit held a quiz night to start raising funds for our trip on the John Jerwood next summer. The quiz was organised by PPO Bales and Bond-Vaughan and tested cadets, parents and staff's knowledge of sports, history, Royal Navy and Sea Cadets.

 

 
Summer Camp 2015

Summer Camp 2015

6 cadets and 3 staff went on the annual London Area Summer Camp for a week where they went water skiing, kayaking, bellboating, did seamanship and first aid sessions, travelled to Belgium to take part in the Menin Gate ceremonies, went over France learning about the First World War, and spent a day at Disneyland.

 

 
Royal commissioning ceremony for the new T.S. Royalist

Royal commissioning ceremony for the new T.S. Royalist

In rather wet conditions the new T.S. Royalist was commissioned by HRH the Princess Royal.

We were also very lucky that our own PPO Bales was asked to assist by piping her on board.

 
District Athletics 2015

District Athletics 2015

The 16th of May was the District Athletics. Chiswick Cadets did amazingly and managed to win the boys and overall trophies for the first time! Well done to everyone for their effort! We are very proud of you all.

Looks like our proper PT warm up paid off.

 
VE day 2015

VE day 2015

Friday 8 May 2015 was the anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), marking 70 years since the end of the second world war in Europe.

The occasion was commemorated with events across the UK. Chiswick unit took part boating from Putney all the way up the Thames to HMS President.

boating on ve day

 
Jack Petchey award ceremony 2015

Jack Petchey award ceremony 2015

Jack Petchey award ceremony which four from our unit attended.

The Achievement Award Scheme aims to enable schools, colleges and youth organisations to recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of their young people. Jack Petchey wants young people to raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a contribution to their society.

Achievement Awards are designed to recognise a wide range of achievement. It is not just about being clever, or gifted, but about putting the effort in and doing your best. The scheme works well because young people themselves are involved in nominating and selecting the winners.

This year we nominated Cadet 1st class Collins, Cadet Barnard, and APO Bales

 
National Junior Indoor Rowing Championship 2015

National Junior Indoor Rowing Championship 2015

5 cadets from Chiswick unit managed to qualify for the NJIRC, the world’s largest indoor rowing competition for Juniors where 2,500+ young people between ages of 11 & 18 enter. Many of the competitors come from youth rowing clubs making winning the competition very tough.

Congratulations to all those who attended and hopefully we get to return next year.

NJIRC

 
District 5-a-side Football 2015

District 5-a-side Football 2015

The annual 5-a-side tournament was held at RAF Northolt again this year and Chiswick unit was able to field 3 teams.

Our senior boys took two from Wandsworth unit to make a combined team and won all their games to finish first. They will represent Western District at Area the following weekend. NEC Bond-Vaughan also won the Senior boys Player of the Tournament trophy for brilliant sportsmanship and teamwork.

Our junior girls played extremely well despite having only 4 players. They finished a respectable 2nd overall.

The junior boys won all their games in their bracket and managed to beat Wandsworth to finish 1st. 

Well done to all that attended and good luck to those going to area.

bond-vaughan wins player of the tournament

 
New OiC and new divisions

New OiC and new divisions

January 7th 2015 is officially the first day that SLt (SCC) Gaynor Pearce RNR steps down as the Commanding officer. This marks the end of her 9 years of service in charge of T.S. Stork - Chiswick SCC. She leaves the unit to take a position in the Western District team as ADO Competitions and will be taking care of the units in the Northern section of Western District. We wish her all the very best with this new challenge.

Her successor PO (SCC) Chris Horton has been part of Chiswick unit almost as long, being one of the founding Cadets.

 

Chiswick unit has also become so big there was a need to add a third division for the Cadets. This brings new opportunities for our Cadets to take on different roles within the unit such as Duty Senior rate or Quartermaster.

The Cadets named their divisions after three of the serving RN Type 45 destroyers. They are

 
Christmas Fair 2014

Christmas Fair 2014

After a short Sunday parade the Cadets set-up the unit for the Christmas Fair.

All the usual stalls were on offer with, hoopla, adult and sweet tobolas, books and Father Chrismas' grotta and New Homes for Old Friends stall.

 

The Cadets had a great time and sent a Christmas message to London Area

 

 

 
PPO Bales poem

PPO Bales poem

PPO Bales' poem was published on the Sea Cadets Online Magazine, Current.

Her poem was wrote to celebrate the life of TS Royalist just before her decommissioning.

The Love I Feel

The love I feel for such a ship
Is a love that will never fade
It stems right back to my very fist trip
A journey I'm so glad I made

I was nervous at first
But it didn't last for long
My excitement had burst
I knew I would belong

While on board, you’re in a bubble
With happiness, joy and lots of smiles
You get away from the world and it's troubles
And sail along for miles and miles

She gives people a sense of hope
When times may be quite hard
All you need are some lines of rope
And the all important watch card

The crew on board are all so great
With them around, no second’s a bore
They'll think about the sea and it's state
They'll help you learn and explore

She's given people memories of a lifetime
Over 30,000 people she has served
Whether it's taking the helm or completing a climb
A well done is well deserved

Although we're losing such pure beauty
The memories shall never die
She's done us proud, she's served her duty
And now it's time to say goodbye

We've had our fun we've had our games
She had her life she's got her story
We've done a lot we've achieved our aims
May her name remain forevermore in glory

The love I will feel for our new ship
Is a love that will never fade
It will stem right from my very fist trip
A journey I'll be so glad I made

 

 
AGM and awards evening 2014

AGM and awards evening 2014

After Remembrance Sunday was the units Annual Gerenal Meeting.

This is an evening for parents and supporters to attend and hear about what the unit has achieved over the year. We also have our Unit Management Commitee members restand for their poisitions and for any additional people to put themselves forward. We were joined this year by The Worshipful The Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow, Councillor Corrinna Smart who chaired the meeting.

After we had finished it was time for the annual presentations. The Mayor presented the awards to the Cadets for their achievements.

They were as follows -

Cook/Steward -OC Fitzgerald

Marine Engineering - Not awarded

Seamanship and Navigation - OC Perkins

Sportsperson - Cdt 1 Mash-McLellan

Sportsmanship - Cdt 1 Mash-McLellan

Newcomer of the year - Cdt Piers

Quartermaster - Cdt 1 Collins (M)

Best Dress Cadet - OC Bond

Attendance Award - Cdt 1 Collins (F)

Most Improved Cadet - Cdt Pentony

Best Cadet 2013 - Cdt 1 Collins (F)

 

This year the Cadets decided to hand out staff awards as well!

Most organised staff award - PPO Bales

Best attendance staff award - APO Bales

Most encouraging staff award - PPO Bond-Vaughan

Worst/Best jokes staff award - PO Horton

Most helpful staff award - Mrs Horton

Best new comer staff award - CI Pelendrides

Best CO for 9 years award - SLt Pearce

Awards

 
Remembrance Sunday 2014

Remembrance Sunday 2014

This years Remembrance parade marks 100 years of the start of World War 1.

It was another triumph for Chiswick unit as there were 20 cadets with 8 members of staff in the parade. An even better turnout than previous years and an almost perfect squad. All Cadets were looking sharp in their 1's uniforms and the New entries had cleaned and pressed their 4's.

We were joined again by the Chiswick ACF who provided their drummers to keep the parade in step. 

Cadet Mash-Mclellan read the poem "In Flander's Fields" and CPO (SCC) Peach was the parade commander.

ChiswickBuzz attended and produced a lovely video of the day

getting ready to go

We have a large amount of photos from the day on our facebook page which can be seen here

 
Lord Mayors Flotilla 2014

Lord Mayors Flotilla 2014

3 Cadets and PO Horton we over at Wandsworth unit early in the morning preparing to be part of the Lord Mayors flotilla.

They took our Champ from Putney up the river to meet with the large escort of boats taking the Lord Mayor all the way through London to HMS President by Tower bridge. 

Afterwards there was some time to do a little bit of powerboat training before setting off back in convoy home.

Boating past the tate modern

 
District Cross-Country and Tug-of-War 2014

District Cross-Country and Tug-of-War 2014

The District Cross Country was held at Wandsworth unit this year and saw our Cadets running 1.5km around Barn Elms. 

We had great results from the day with NEC Bond-Vaughan finishing second for the over 15 boys. NEC Pieterson came first in the 14-15 girls and Cdt 1 Collins came 1st in the under 14 girls.

After a great lunch, which we are very grateful to Wandsworth unit for providing, the Cadets got into teams for the Tug of War comp. Chiswick fielded two junior teams one boys and one girls. The girls pulled hard but it was the boys who ended up winning the competition.

 

Congratulations to all Cadets that attended.

 

 
Annual Civic Service 2014

Annual Civic Service 2014

Chiswick unit was invited to attend the Annual Civic Service event being held in Westminster Abbey. 4 of our Cadets went accompanied by CPO Peach. 

The Civic Service was attended by The Lord Mayor of Westminster Councillor Audrey Lewis and Councillors of the City of Westminster who the Cadet were lucky to meet.

 
Special Armed Forces Day Parade 2014

Special Armed Forces Day Parade 2014

Chiswick Unit was specially invited, along with some other top units from London Area, to attend an Armed Forces Day Parade held at Burton Court outside the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The event took place on the centenary of the shooting of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. The assassination sparked the chain of events that led to the first world war.

The parade also included other uniformed youth groups including the Army, Air, Volunteer Police, St John Ambulance and Community Fire Cadets with Scouts, Girl Guides and the Boys & Girls Brigade.

Despite some unpredictable weather the Cadets helped set up a stand to promote the Sea Cadets Corps and talk to VIPs attending the service being held in the Royal Hospital.

At one point all the uniformed organisations lined the way for the Royal VIPs which included her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, as they drove through Burton Court before arriving at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness were received at the Royal Hospital by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (Sir David Brewer) and the Governor (General Sir Redmond Watt). They then attended a Solemn Drumhead Service in Figure Court in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Great War.

The Cadets were excellently behaved and worked well to uphold the values of both Chiswick unit and the Sea Cadet Corps.

AFD parade cadets

 
District Boat Handling 2014

District Boat Handling 2014

Due to only one unit being interested in sail or rowing this year boat handling competition was only focused on Power boating and we managed to send a team to Twickenham Sea Cadets to compete. Cadets 1st class Mash-Mclellan and Collins acted as crew for their coxswain Able Cadet Baker.

The Cadets had a beautiful day to be out on the water and opted to go first and set the standard for the competition. They managed to complete 5 of the 6 manoeuvres and were the only team to tow the dinghy.

Chiswick performed excellently and managed to finish 2nd behind last year’s winners Kingston losing out by 6 points. The team should feel very proud of themselves and we look forward to them competing again next year.

powerboating crew (minus coxswain)

 
District Athletics 2014

District Athletics 2014

This year Chiswick took eight cadets along to the district athletics competition.

Each cadet took part in both a field and a track event which they were able to choose out of the offered events. Some of the events that were available include 100m - 1500m, shot put, long jump, high jump and discus.

Much similar to the last few years two of our committee members gave up their time to run the refreshments all day for the event. The funds raised by the stand easy will go towards the unit and will be used to improve the cadet experience.

Despite the hot weather and glorious sunshine all of our cadets done fantastically with the majority of our participants coming away with at least one medal. In the final results TS stork done the unit very proud with an overall placing of third which is amazing considering we are one of the smaller units in the district.

We are all looking forward to taking part again next year, hopefully with a larger team to represent TS Stork.

 
Kayaking Course

Kayaking Course

In sight of the Districts kayaking competition Cadets from Chiswick unit joined the local canoe club to go out and do their BCU 1 star. The BCU 1 star if the first qualification Cadets can gain for kayaking and canoeing and is issued by the British Canoe Union.

The Cadets spent their first day, in slightly wet conditions due to the rain, learning how to paddle, how to steer the kayak and also all the theory that's needed when out on the water. The following day, in the bright sunshine, they went out with other canoe club members for a journey up the river towards Barnes.

All the Cadets that attended passed so a big well done to all. Look forward to seeing you all at the district kayaking competition.

 

 
Royal Naval Parade 2014

Royal Naval Parade 2014

Wednesday saw all Cadets in their best dress for our annual inspection. This year was our full Royal Naval Parade with the Area Officer Cdr Tim Porter RN attending. We also had the District Officer Lt Cdr (SCC) Locke, Assistant District Officer Lt (SCC) Gathergood and Executive Officer WO1 (SCC) Bryan attend as well to assist in the inspection. We also had a large turnout of parents and supporters which was excellent to see.

The Cadets performed colours at the start of the night and were then inspected on their drill and bearing while Cdr Porter had a chance to talk to them.

After a short break, where the visitors got a chance to have a tour of our unit, the Cadets performed the evolution part of the evening. This year we had a story where a Cadet fell into the water and what then happens after. The evolution started with a video of the Cadets performing a Man Overboard drill. We borrowed a life sized dummy from the RNLI to practice and had to use Wandsworth units Champ, due to ours being faulty, to perform the manoeuvre. 

The story then continued on to a bit of communications where the unit was informed about the Man Overboard. This then fed into a First Aid section where upon overhearing the talk about a Cadet falling in the parent of the child, played brilliantly by Cdt 1 Canter, suffered a head injury and the Cadets have to stop the bleeding then put her in the recovery position when she goes into shock.

The final part of the story was to do with fire safety. After the Cadets are finished with First Aid they realise the Galley is on fire played by Cdt Mash-Mclellan. We then showed what a fire needs with the fire triangle and how we could combat each part. Then the Cadets introduced the different types of fire extinguisher.

The night finished with a big presentation of all the Cadets awards for their efforts over the last few months. We had lots of badges given out most being promotions.

Well Done to all for an enjoyable night.

 

As a side note we had some people from Chiswick buzz filming the whole evening and doing little interviews. You can see the whole video on their website and the pictures from the evening are on our facebook page

 
Instructor Qualifications

Instructor Qualifications

Big Congratulations to our staff for their continuing development.

PO Bales recently attended a two weekend course at the Welsh Harp to become a RYA Assistant Dinghy Instructor. She attended the first weekend where they learnt how to instruct before helping out with a course the second weekend.

PO Horton then went down to Weymouth for a week to attend a RYA Powerboat instructors course. He was tested on his ability to explain and perform the manoeuvres required for a level 2 powerboat course. The week even included a blindfolded session where one participant was completely blind for the duration and even included getting the boat up to speed.

 

Well done to both and hopefully this means more boating for the unit.

 
Jack Petchey awards 2014

Jack Petchey awards 2014

Sunday the 6th was the Jack Petchey award ceremony which four from our unit attended.

The Achievement Award Scheme aims to enable schools, colleges and youth organisations to recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of their young people. Jack Petchey wants young people to raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a contribution to their society.

Achievement Awards are designed to recognise a wide range of achievement. It is not just about being clever, or gifted, but about putting the effort in and doing your best. The scheme works well because young people themselves are involved in nominating and selecting the winners.

This year we nominated Cadet 1st Class Perkins, Cadet 1st Class Canter, Cadet 1st Class Williams and PO (SCC) Horton

 
The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race 2014

The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race 2014

This years Boat Race was held late afternoon on Sunday 6th of April. The weather was miserable but it did not stop Chiswick Cadets from fundraising at the pier house.

With the new A/V setup in the hall visitors could hide from the rain and watch the race comfortably. All of the regular stalls were on offer to visitors with our Tombola attracting the most interest.

Despite the rain our Cadets still managed to raise £159 for their unit, Well done to them.

 
Area Drill and Piping competition 2014

Area Drill and Piping competition 2014

After finishing second at District Piping Cadet Collins attended the Area Competition held at the Tooting TA centre. PO Murray and SLt Pearce also attended to support Collins and to aid with running the event.

Cadet Collins was against some experienced Cadets and ended up in 6th place with a score of 376.0 points. An excellent effort for his first year.

 
National 5-a-side tournament 2014

National 5-a-side tournament 2014

National Football was held on the last weekend of February.

Petty Officer Cadet Bond-Vaughan had, once again, got to nationals in a combined senior girls team with Wandsworth. We were also lucky enough this year for our senior boys to get through in a combined team with two Cadets from Harrow and two Cadets from Ruislip. They were escorted by PO Murray and SLt Pearce who both helped with the running of the tournament.

The boys played well showing great teamwork and respect for each other despite being knocked out of the competition on the first day. They finished 5th overall.

The senior girls managed to get all the way to the semi-finals before being knocked out, a big well done to them for finishing 4th.

 
District Drill and Piping competition 2014

District Drill and Piping competition 2014

For this years Drill and Piping competition we were only able to send two of our Cadets.

Cadet First Class Perkins and Cadet Collins represented Chiswick Unit accompanied by PO Murray and SLt Pearce.

 

Cadet Collins ended up coming in 2nd place for his individual Piping and also came joint first for best dressed Cadet.

 

Well done to both Cadets and Good luck for Area Piping

 
Area 5-a-side football competition 2014

Area 5-a-side football competition 2014

Good news for Western district and the Chiswick Cadets.

 

We sent 4 of our Cadets to the Area 5-a-side football competition to represent Western district. Our senior boys played with a combined team from Harrow and Ruislip, and our senior girls joined with Wandsworth. 

Western district played well and three of the four teams going to the national competition will be from Western district with our four Cadets joining them.

 

Well done

area 5aside

Oh and even PO Murray managed to turn up and support our Cadets, good job!

 
District 5-a-side football competition 2014

District 5-a-side football competition 2014

The annual 5-a-side tournament was held at RAF Northolt this year and once again we managed to bring enough cadets to play in each of the age brackets.

Our senior boys joined with Harrow to make a team. Despite still only having 4 players they won both their games to finish first. They will be representing Western district at the Area competition the following weekend.

The senior girls had a Cadet from Rickmansworth join and finished 2nd against Wandsworth who invited them to come with them to area.

We only had one junior girl attend who managed to join with Wandsworths girls, they finished 3rd overall.

Due to a couple of teams being unable to attend the junior boys managed to get a great many more games than they did the previous year. The boys played brilliantly as a team and won 3 of their 5 games to finish 3rd overall.

Finally was the under 12's tournament. Our unit currently has only one Cadet in this catergory and with the other under 12's from the district to play against Kingston. The district team played brilliantly, esspecially since it was the first time they met each other. In the end they lost out to Kingston by one goal finishing 2nd however NEC Alldis was named the Junior Sea Cadet player of the tournament. 

Well done to all that attended and good luck to those going to area.

JSC player of the tournament

 
Return of the Champ

Return of the Champ

Near the end of the year our long serving Cheverton Champ went away for a three week service. The boat was in some need of repairs and a face lift. This year HQ have been replacing the old 2 cylinder Lister engines that have been fitted into Sea cadet Champs and giving them new Yanmar engines. The result gives the boat a lot more power and reliability.

 

Before

champ

After

champ redone

 
Mess Dinner 2013

Mess Dinner 2013

Chiswick held its second mess dinner just before Christmas this year. The whole event was organised by POC Bales with the other senior Cadets taking charge of the Cadets cooking and Stewarding. Parents and supporters of the unit were invited to dine with us and celebrate the years successes.

The Cadets did an outstanding job and the guests enjoyed the evening very much.

dinner

 
Christmas Fair 2013

Christmas Fair 2013

After a short Sunday parade the Cadets setup the unit for the Christmas Fair. All the usual stalls were on offer with, hoopla, adult and sweet tobolas, books and Father Chrismas' grotta. This year we also added the New Homes for Old Friends stall where we were rehousing the mountain of cuddly toys. 

 

The afternoon went very well and we raised £250.

 
District Cross Country and Tug of War

District Cross Country and Tug of War

The District Cross Country was held at Edgware's unit again this year and saw our Cadets running 3km around mill hill park. As always our own PO Murray was organising the PT side of the event while SLt Pearce was helping out with the admin side. 

We had great results from the day with NEC Mash-McClellan finishing first for the senior boys and POC Bond-Vaughan finishing first in the senior girls for the second year in a row. 

After lunch, which we are very gratefull to Edgware unit for providing, the Cadets got into teams for the Tug of War comp. Chiswick Cadets far well in both senior and junior teams but it was NEC Aldiss' under 12's team that managed to win gold.

 

Congratulations to all Cadets that attended and we look forward to seeing you compete at the 5-a-side comp in January.

d cc and tow

 
AGM

AGM

As with every year the first Wednesday parade after Remembrance Sunday is the units Annual Gerenal Meeting. This is an evening for parents and supporters to attend and hear about what the unit has achieved over the year. We also have our Unit Management Commitee members restand for their poisitions and for any additional people to put themselves forward. We were joined this year by The Worshipful The Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow, Councillor Pritam Grewal who chaired the meeting.

After we had finished it was time for the annual presentations. This year we started with seven of our New Entries saying the Sea Cadet promise and receiving their white caps from the CO. Afterwards the Mayor presented the awards to the Cadets for their achievements.

They were as follows -

Cook/Steward - Cdt 1 Bond

Marine Engineering - NEC Pentony

Seamanship and Navigation - Cdt 1 Perkins

Sportsperson - POC Bond-Vaughan

Sportsmanship - AC Baker

Newcomer of the year - Cdt Collins

Quartermaster - Cdt 1 Fitzgerald/Colborne

Best Dress Cadet - POC Bales

Attendance Award - POC Bales/Cdt 1 Canter

Most Improved Cadet - LC Vidler

Best Cadet 2013 - POC Bales

 
Remembrance Sunday 2013

Remembrance Sunday 2013

This years Remembrance parade was especcially special for two reasons.

 

Firstly this was the first year that the new people from the Royal British Legion had arranged it. They had added some changes to lengthen the parade and had added an eyes left when we march past the memorial.

 

Secondly it was a record turnout for the unit with six members of staff and twenty Cadets on parade. All Cadets were looking their absolute best after a small session the evening before to get all their badges sewn on and learning how to iron correctly. Also this year Chiswick Buzz were filming the whole parade and a video of the day can be found here

 

We have a large amount of photos from the day on our facebook page which can be seen here

remembrance sunday

 
Trafalgar Day 2013

Trafalgar Day 2013

We had two of our Cadets in the PT display at this years Trafalgar Day Parade in Trafalgar Square. They spent the weekend down at Portsmouth staying the the HMS Bristol coming back up to London early Sunday morning. The girls performed the Hornpipe dance first followed by a club swinging routine. 

 

This year saw Tameside also perform their rigging display and a drill display put on by the Air Cadets.

 

Eight Cadets from our unit with two members of staff also went to watch the parade. The Cadets were also asked to help out with distrubuting SCC flags and talking to the public about the event.

 

Well done to all that attended and as always pictures can be fouynd at the facebook page

traf day 2013

 
National Combinded Regatta

National Combinded Regatta

We were very proud of both POC Bond-Vaughan and POC Bales for their stellar performance in both the District and Area Canoeing competitions. They both managed to make it throught to the National competition that was held at Victoria docks. They stayed the Friday night at the Excel centre with Cadets from all over the UK.

Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day and while our girls performed exceptionally well the Cadets from Northern, Southern and North Western were even better.

The London Area team did however have some success in Rowing and Sailing.

A group of Chiswick Cadets also joined us to help cheer on their friends and meet Cadets from other units and areas.

 
Latest events

Latest events

As most of you may know Chiswick Sea Cadets has been very busy supporting its local community. Over the last few months we have helped out with the Great River Swim, did some fundraising during the Great River Race and recently we assisted with the Thames River Festival relay.

The Great River Swim is an annual swimming race, for extremly mad people, from Chiswick Pier to Chiswick Eyot. Around a hundred people braved the Thames to complete the swim with Chiswick Cadets providing a lead boat for the swimmers to follow, safety cover, somewhere safe for the swimmer to store their belongings and the usual entertainment of games.

The following weekend was the Great River Race, a river marathon from the London docklands to Ham House in Richmond. We set up our games and stalls to do a small amount of fundraising to keep the unit running. We managed to raise a fair amount of money despite the lack of passersby. For those that would like to learn more about the event please vist their website

Our last event was the Thames Festival River Relay. A relatively new addition to the Thames Festival weekend the relay brought a bottle of water from source of the Thames to the sea. We were very lucky to be joined by the deputy mayor of Hounslow who received the bottle from the paddleboarders before it was piped aboard the steam tug Cob by POC Bales. It was then sent onwards to St Katharine Docks. More information about the event and its participants can be found here

As always our facebook page is full of pictures from the events.

piping aboard the cob

 
Summer Camp 2013

Summer Camp 2013

This year we sent twelve Cadets, escorted by A/P.O Reece Lewis, to go enjoy a week at the London Area Summer Camp. They spent their week enjoying various activities including waterskiing, canoeing and riding on a banana boat.

 

More stories to come

 
Treerunners 2013

Treerunners 2013

To celebrate all the Cadets hard work to earn our third burgee in a row we organised a trip to Tree Runners. The Cadets got to traverse four different courses all with varying difficulty and challenges to get past including riding a moutain bike in the trees, a snowboard and huge zip lines.

 

Please enjoy the pictures over at our facebook page

 

in the trees

 
Party on the Pier 2013

Party on the Pier 2013

With the height on summer upon us it was time for the pier house’s annual Party on the Pier and what looked to be the biggest turn out so far. We had, almost, perfect weather for it with only a couple of patches of drizzle. It was brilliant conditions to do some fundraising.

The Cadets were running our usual stalls with adult and children’s tombola’s, the ever popular ducks, ball and hoop toss and biscuit decorating. We also added a craft table to colour and make boats and a treasure hunt to find hidden goodies.

We also had a special visitor, The Worshipful The Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow, Councillor Corinna Smart, who was piped on board by POC Bales.

In-between enjoying the food and entertainment provided by the various stalls organised but the Chiswick Pier Trust and enjoying a free boat trip on a Dunkirk Little Ship “Princess Freda” the Cadets did a fantastic job fundraising and managed to take over £300 to help their unit.

A special thanks to our new entries who also attended to help out and enjoy the day.

 

Pictures, AND SPECIAL VIDEO, are up on our facebook page

enjoying potp

 
Chiswick Fair 2013

Chiswick Fair 2013

We were invited this year to help out at the annual Chiswick Summer Fair on Turnham Green organised by Our Lady of Grace and St Edwards, Chiswick.

This would be a real treat for us as we would be in the centre of our local community raising awareness for the unit. We sent plenty of our staff to assist with the smooth running of the event. We covered the entrance handing out leaflets for the event, we ran the information tent answering the various questions people had and even minded some stalls.

You can find more info about the summer fair at http://www.chiswicksummerfair.org.uk/ and our pictures from the day are at our facebook page as always.

staff helping out

 
London Area boating competition 2013

London Area boating competition 2013

After a stellar effort at the district kayaking competition POC Bales and LC Bond-Vaughan went to Victoria docks to represent Western district in the area boating competition.

Western Districts team consisted of Cadets from Wandsworth, Kingston, Sunbury, Harrow, Edgware, Ruislip and Richmond 

The sun had decided to come out as well making the day very enjoyable compared to the freezing conditions during disrict boathandling.

 

The girls were entered in two races each. Bales came second in the K1 sprint Bond-Vaughan came first in the K1 time trial and they both came first in the K2 sprint.

Western Disrict did very well across the competition with first places across the rowing, kayaking and handling. We finished 2nd overall in the kayaking competition and 1st overall in the rowing.

Well done to all that attended and the National boating competition will be held in September!

gold

 

As always our facebook page has the rest of the photos from the day you can visit it here

 
District boat-handling competition 2013

District boat-handling competition 2013

After a lovely day in the sun at Sunbury unit Cadets from Chiswick attended the districts boat handling competition.

 

LC Bond-Vaughan and OC McCabe entered the sailing competition and were in a head to head competition against Kingston due to Richmonds crew not being available to attend.

POC Bales took a crew into the open girls rowing competition and we had Cadets Perkins and Colborne entered in the open boys rowing with two boys from Rickmansworth and their spare coxswain. Both teams did respectfully well in their races finishing mainly third but were up against crews from Wandsworth, Kingston and Sunbury (Sunbury being the overall winners) who were much more experianced.

 

I hope all Cadets enjoyed the day, despite the chilly weather, a big well done for attending and giving your best.

boatwork comp

 
District Paddlesport competition 2013

District Paddlesport competition 2013

Seven Cadets attended the district annual paddlesport competition. The weather was perfect being warm and sunny all day.

 

The Cadets did their best on some rather bumpy water in both the individual and double competitions. Despite their amazing efforts we only managed to bring home 4 medals. However we did finish first in the open girls competition.

 

Well done to all that came and I hope you enjoyed the day.

kayaking is fun

Pictures can be found on the facebook page

 
You London - Adult volunteer evening

You London - Adult volunteer evening

Mrs H. and Mrs Bales were invited to attend a function at The Guildhall in central London

 

The function was organised by You London as a thank you to adult volunteers across all the youth organisations. Army, Air and Marine Cadets staff also attended along with Scouts, Guides, Police Cadets, St John's Ambulance, both Boys and Girls Brigades and the Community Fire Cadets. It was also to celebrate the success of You London and it expansion to become a nationwide organisation.

 

Many staff from our area attended with the DAO adding a few pictures at the link below.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/londonarea/sets/72157633965409868/

 

you london guildhall

 
VIP Visit and 2013 Achievement

VIP Visit and 2013 Achievement

We were very lucky to be visited by a dignitary on our Wednesday parade.

 

Dr. Louise Bennett, a trustee of the MSSC and Chair of the MSSC Safety, Safeguarding an Risk Committee, joined us to observe our regular parade training. She got to observe the 1st class Cadets undertaking leadership tasks and some RT games. She saw the Ordinary Cadets learning about historic naval battles. The seniors were on the pier learning some powerboat manoeuvres for the upcoming boat handling competition.

 

 

As an extra surprise Dr. Bennett presented us with this years burgee! If you didn't know the burgee is the highest recognition of achievement in the Sea Cadet Corps and it reflects the high level of training, community participation, events, uniform, staff and cadet attendance of the unit. This would also be our 3rd in a row after receiving them in both 2011 and 2012.

 

Congratulations all round. Hopefully we can receive another next year.

visit from Dr. Bennett

 
District Athletics 2013

District Athletics 2013

Saturday saw us attend western districts annual athletic competition.

 

The Cadets all did very well winning plenty of gold and silver medals. Our boys managed to finish 4th overall and the girls did even better finishing 2nd. The unit came 3rd overall.

Our UMC attended to run the tuck shop again this year doing a fantastic job keeping Cadets and staff well fed and warm with tea and coffee.

We also had our CO SLt Pearce running the event, organisising results and making the annoucments.

 

These results keeps us in 2nd place with 38 points in the 2013 District Competition. It brings us just 2points shy of the current leaders Kingston who are first with 40 points.

Next is the boatwork competition. It starts with paddlesport on the 8th of June open to any Cadet who holds BCU 1* or higher. The 9th is boathandling in the morning and the district rowing competition in the afternoon.

As always our facebook page has all the photos from the day.

athletics comp

 
May Boatwork Weekend

May Boatwork Weekend

Over the May bank holiday our cadets stayed at Kingston unit to do some boating. They were providing lessons in both kayaking and rowing.

 

Our kayakers spent the first day learning the different ways to move the boat before going on a short journey up the river. They finished the day getting very wet doing the all-important capsize drill.

The rowers went up and down the local area all of the first day swapping positions in the boats to get a feel for each and allowing those who were doing coxswain and supervised coxswain to take charge. The sun even came out for them in the afternoon making it a very sweaty day for some.

 

On the second day the rowers went towards Twickenham unit to explore unfamiliar waters. They practiced picking up a buoy, towing alongside and towing astern. the afternoon saw those doing competent crew learning their basic seamanship sections while the coxswains and supervised coxswains show off all they had learnt.

The kayakers continued to perfect the skills they had learnt by going on a trip upstream and spent the last bit of the session traversing a figure of eight course and showing off their sideways paddling.

 

All of our cadets passed their courses and now need to spend more time on the water perfecting the skills they have learnt.

A big thank you to those who attended for great behaviour and for helping keep Kingston unit tidy.

 

As always you can find the latest photos on our facebook page

asc and trinity

 
Unit Review 2013

Unit Review 2013

Finishing off a great year we have had our units yearly visit from HQ. Deputy Area Officer Lt Cdr Cliff Lewis joined us for our weekly Wednesday parade to see what we have been up to and talk with our cadets.

Cadets were looking brilliant in their 4's. Wearing boots so polished you could see your face in them and creases sharper than Frank Sinatras wardrobe. All were on best behaviour and an absolute credit to their unit.

Well done to all.

 

We also had the promotion of Leading Cadet Bales to Petty Officer Cadet. This being the highest rank a Cadet can reach. Well done to her as well.

 

POC

 
Door Opening ceremony

Door Opening ceremony

"Because what else would you do with a door"

 

Our new office door was officially opened during Sunday’s parade by Sarah Hodgson the chairman of the Chiswick Pier Trust. The door is a valuable addition to our unit as it allows us to access our office even if the hall is booked.

We invited down some important dignitaries for the ceremony, all supporters of our unit, to have tea and cakes. We also used this as an opportunity to look back on all our Cadets triumphs of the past year with our yearly inspection a few days away.

The Cadets were smartly dressed in their half blues, a variation of their 1's uniform. They thanked the pier trust for their continuing support and presented Sarah with the plaque that will go on the door as a small token of our appreciation.

lineup

 

 

"Row the World" fundraiser

Sunday saw Cadets across the country take part in the Row the World fundraising event to raise money for T.S Royalists replacement. Over 200 units took part in this event which is more than half the Corps.

 

We had been graciously invited to use the ten rowing machines at Barnes Bridge Ladies Rowing Club in Chiswick near to our unit. 

 

Our Cadets started rowing at 11am with those not rowing fundraising out front. We have already raised £105.14 from the donation bucket they had.

Amazingly nearly every cadets managed to row over 10km with is over 6miles. Even more impressive was that many of these cadets managed to hit the 20km mark which is over 12miles (half a marathon).

We ended the day with 177 miles rowed well done to all that came and thank you to the parents and siblings that cheered us on and gave us a few extra miles.

 

Cadets had the target of 24,900 miles and collectivly they rowed 26,815!!!!!

More information into what other units did and the HQ team that rowed the thames can be found here

Photos of the event can be found as always on our Facebook page

succuss

 

 
Jack Petchey awards

Jack Petchey awards

Sunday the 14th was the Jack Petchey award ceremony which three from our unit attended.

The Achievement Award Scheme aims to enable schools, colleges and youth organisations to recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of their young people. Jack Petchey wants young people to raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a contribution to their society.

Achievement Awards are designed to recognise a wide range of achievement. It is not just about being clever, or gifted, but about putting the effort in and doing your best. The scheme works well because young people themselves are involved in nominating and selecting the winners.

This year we nominated Cadet Coates, PCI Murley and Petty Officer Murray (not shown below)

jp

 

Well done for those three and more pictures can be found at our facebook page

 
Rowing taster session

Rowing taster session

Chiswick Cadets met up at Linden House, home to the Sons of the River Thames Rowing Club, in Hammersmith for a taster session in rowing.

With help from two coaches from Sons they got to familiarised themselves with the ergo machines at the club and learnt good rowing technique in preparation for the Row the World fundraiser on the 21st. 

rowing

 
Boat Race Day 2013

Boat Race Day 2013

Firstly thank you to all the cadets parents and staff who turned up to help raise funds for the unit and of course raise the profile for the unit yesterday at the Pier House.

Despite a mind-numbingly cold day we made more money that we ever have before - over £300.

 

Well done - and thank you for your general good demeanour and humour. A credit to the CO.

 
Promotion

Promotion

While all our cadets have been working hard to get their stars, our staff have also been doing the same to better themselves. After a great deal of training and assessment Petty Officer Pearce has finally finished her Officer Selection Board and will now be known as Sub Lieutenant Pearce.

Congratulations to her for this achievement.

Please can Cadets remember that as an officer this means you should refer to her as Ma’am (pronounced like charm)

Sub LT

 
Multi Training Weekend

Multi Training Weekend

Congratulations to all Cadets that went on the Mega Multi Training Weekend. As I have been told you behaved yourselves and we have got plenty of specializations.

Cdt 1st Class Perkins passed his 3rd class Seamanship

Cdt 1st Class Stephenson passed her 3rd class Navigation

Cdt Santos passed his 3rd class ME

Cdt Bond passed his 3rd class Cook/Steward

 

also very well done to OC Baker passed his basic campcraft and his DofE practice

and finally well done to AC Keen who passed his 2nd class First Aid

 

We had several partial passes as well and hope you all continue to keep up the good work.

 
Sea Cadets Row Around the World in 80 Hours

Sea Cadets Row Around the World in 80 Hours

As part of the fundraising project for all Sea Cadets for a new Tall Ship to replace TS Royalist sea cadets are aiming to 'Row the World' between April 18th April 21st.

The circumference of the world is 24,900 miles so the aim is to get enough cadets 'rowing' over the 80 hours to cover that distance in total between them.

We are aiming to participate on Sunday April 21st using the rowing machines at a local rowing club.

Details are not yet confirmed but put the date in your diary. When details are confirmed you will be issued with sponsor forms. Staff and UMC can participate as well and perhaps parents and other supporters of the unit. HQ reckon that we should work on teams of 5 to one machine and each cadet to do about 2 miles rowing in an hour. The rowing club we are planning to use has several machines so we can have several teams of 5 so plenty of space for everyone to take part. And even if you have never rowed before you will be given instructions on what to do.

 
District Drill and Piping Competition 2013

District Drill and Piping Competition 2013

This years district drill and piping competition was held at Kingston Sea Cadets.

 

As usual we sent a piping team and some individual pipers but no drill squad (maybe next year hint hint...)

LC Bales brought home the Best Dressed Cadet for her exceptional uniform and as a slight surprise also won the John Underhay trophy for Best Cadet, well done to her.

Our next competition will be the District Athletics on Saturday May the 18th

drill and piping comp

As always head over to our facebook page for more photos

 
Five a Side Football 2013

Five a Side Football 2013

Despite the snow the district 5 a side competition went ahead in Leatherhead with the majority of the district attending. Our cadets played brilliantly despite the cold conditions with both the juniors boy and juniors girls finishing joint 3rd and our senior girls taking 2nd place.

As well as all this OC McCabe took the Junior Girls Player of the competition for the 2nd year.

 

Also on a separate note. A big well done again to Petty Officer Murray for refereeing the entire day.

 

I hope all the cadets enjoyed themselves and will do just as well at our next competition, district drill and piping

 
Useful Links

Useful Links

To all Cadets

Just to remind you of all that information and links you had been given on Wednesday.

www.sccheadquarters.com/training
Is the place to look for everything we went over. You can see all the details of the new training programme here and also find out details on onshore and offshore courses.

www.facebook.com/SeaCadetsChiswick
This is our facebook page full of information about what we have been doing and useful links to news and events you may be interested in. We can also send out announcements so your aware of whats happening with anything we are involved in.

 

Why not check them out?

 
Christmas Fair 2012

Christmas Fair 2012

On Sunday we held a special Christmas parade with “bring a friend day” followed by a Christmas fair fair to raise funds for our unit.

 

The morning session went well with lessons on Seamanship knots, the phonetic alphabet, rope throwing and diving.

 

We then set up stalls of bits to buy and things to make. They even set up a grotto for Santa. The fair went very well and with all the Cadets effort and enthusiasm raised a grand total of over 200 pounds for the unit.

 

Well done to all those who attended

santa

 

As always more photos can be found on the units facebook page found here

 
District Cross Country and Tug of War 2012

District Cross Country and Tug of War 2012

Chiswick Unit attended Western Districts Cross Country and Tug of War competition. On a surprisingly sunny day we joined the other Cadets at Edgware unit before running the course, as laid down by our own PO Murray. Then after a hot dog and a warm cup of soup they were back out to start the Tug of War.

After some slightly muddy competition the day was over. We manage to leave with

 

Gold and Silver in the over 16’s Girls

Silver in the Boys 12 – 14

2nd Place in the Senior mixed Tug of War

and

one 2nd place medal in the Juniors Tug of War

 
Annual General Meeting 2012

Annual General Meeting 2012

This year’s Annual General Meeting saw a great turn out from both Cadets and parents. The Mayor of Hounslow chaired the evening before presenting our yearly awards. Our winners this year were

Attendance award – LC Bales

Quartermaster award – LC Bond-Vaughan

Sportsperson – OC McCabe

Sportsmanship – OC Baker

Cook/Steward – LC Vidler

Marine Engineering – PCI Murley

Seamanship – OC Keen

Best Dressed Cadet – LC Bales

(With a new trophy kindly donated by Mrs Pat Davies)

Best Newcomer – NEC Perkins

Best Junior Cadet – JC Williams

Best Cadet – LC Bales

 

Well done to all for making 2012 an excellent year and for those new Cadets something to aim for next year

 
Remembrance Day 2012

Remembrance Day 2012

15 of our Cadets attended Remembrance Day fully dressed in their number 1's, complete with shiny boots to match. They led the parade marching from the Chiswick Memorial Club down the high road towards Turnham Green memorial.

We were also joined for the first time this year by the “206” (Chiswick) Army Cadets with our Cadets having the opportunity to meet. 

 

formed up

 
BCU 1*

BCU 1*

8 of the Cadets have taken the first step towards earning thier British Canoe Union (BCU) 1 star. This is the first level of Canoeing and Kayaking Qualification. The course was run on behalf of the unit by Chiswick Pier Canoe Club

Thier training started by familiazitaion with the Kayak and first attempts at paddling. By the end of the session they were racing each other over a 100 metre course. The session concluded with a rather chilly capsize drill followed by a hot shower and warm drink.

canoeing

 
HMS Severn Visit

HMS Severn Visit

Cadets visited HMS Severn moored in West India Docks. They had a guided tour from bow to stern of the ship including seeing the bridge, mess and a very noisy engine room. The opportunity for a close inspection of the ships General Purpose Machine Gun and 20 mm/85 (0.79") GAM-BO1 proved very popular.

The Severn is one of 3 River class Offshore Patrol Vessels that patrol the UK EEZ, routinely operating hundreds of miles off the UK coast. Their primary role is to deliver maritime security, encompassing fishery protection and Marine Management tasks on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation, as well as a wide range of operations to ensure the security, integrity, and safety of UK waters.

 
Trafalgar day on ITV news

Trafalgar day on ITV news

If you missed it ITV had a section on Trafalgar day

You can check it out at here

 
AGM - Agenda

AGM - Agenda

CHISWICK SEA CADET UNIT  T. S. STORK  UNIT 623

Notice of ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Agenda

To be held on Wednesday Nov  14th 2012 at 7.30 at The Pier House W4 2UG

 

Welcome by the Unit President, His Worshipfulness, the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Pritam Grewal

 

Apologies for absence

 

Minutes of previous AGM for adoption

 

Matters arising from previous minutes

 

Unit Chairman’s report

 

Commanding Officer’s report

 

Treasurer’s report and adoption of accounts

 

Elections for Unit Management Committee

The following are automatically ex-officio members of the committee

Honorary President (Mayor of Hounslow)

Commanding Officer

Honorary Vice-President

The following are resigning as required but are willing to stand again:

Mrs Kerri Bales

Ms Lesley Bond-Vaughan

Mrs Jaclyn Horton

Mrs Jane McCabe

Mrs Carmel Murray

Ms Bonnie Reece

Mrs Leslie Smith

Nominations are sought for extra members of the committee.

Note It is a requirement that if an individual is elected, they must have a criminal record disclosure and declare that they are allowed to act as a Charity Trustee. Contact CO/Chairman on chiswickscc@live.co.uk for nomination details

 

Any other business

Items for any other business should be sent to chiswickscc@live.co.uk at least 24 hours before the meeting

 

 
1st Class Mechanical Engineering

1st Class Mechanical Engineering

Congratulations are in order for Able Cadet Murley who after a weeks course has completed his 1st class specilization in Mechnical Engineering. This will combine with his previous course of 1st class Electrical Engineering to provide him with a full Marine Engineering Specailisation allowing him to take responsibilty fixing our units powerboats if required

Well done

 
Facebook

Facebook

In our never ending effort to keep up with modern technology Chiswick unit now has a fully functioning unit Facebook page. We can now use this tool to keep Cadets AND Parents up to date on all things unit related.

As we are still ironing out all bugs and adding our events why not take a quick look at www.facebook.com/SeaCadetsChiswick

 
DoE Presentations

DoE Presentations

A while after their expedition two of our cadets travelled over to Sunbury unit to do a short presentation to the ASO DoE. This ticks off yet another box on their way to receiving their Bronze award

 
Great River Race

Great River Race

With the sun shining we set up by Chiswick Pier to do some fundraising and to get involved with our local community. The Cadets had Hoopla, Rope Throwing and a Tombola to entertain the passers by as 300 boats rowed upriver from Milwall to Ham. Among the rowers were several Sea Cadet vessels including some from other local units.

great river race

 
Promotions

Promotions

After months of hard work getting their specialisations and proficiencies Able Cadets Bales, Bond-Vaughan and Vidler have been provisionally promoted to Leading Cadets. The three will now have even more work and responsibility as they prepare for the final step of the Leading Cadet board.

At the same time Ordinary Cadet Murley was promoted to Able Cadet and is currently working towards his First Class Mechanical Engineering Specialisation.


ABLC

 
Western District Boatwork weekend 2

Western District Boatwork weekend 2

Western District Boatwork is back again but going further afield. This time our Cadets took New Entries down to Portsmouth to stay at HMS Bristol for a weekend of Rowing and Sailing. The weather was kind to them and despite battling Northern and Southern district for boats they came home with 2 Rowing Coxswain badges, 2 Competent Crew rowing and 3 YSS stage 1 sailing. Well done to all

 
Summer Camp 2012

Summer Camp 2012

Not to be outdone by the Junior Cadets the older Cadets set out on thier own summer camp joined by a few staff. They got to learn and improve al ot of their skills including Physical Training and Diving. As an added bonus they all got to visit Disneyland Paris.

  diving  PT  

 
Junior Camp

Junior Camp

With the holiday season in full swing it was time for junior summer camp. Not to be missed the juniors got to learn new skills and have fun for the week with mini olympic procession, mask building and banner making to be just a few activities on offer

junior summer camp

 
Olympic Torch aboard the Glorianna

Olympic Torch aboard the Glorianna

Cadets came out to see the Glorianna row past carrying the Olympic torch. Not missing a chance to see this event, have some fun and do a little bit of fundraising.

 
Western District Boatwork weekend

Western District Boatwork weekend

With the weather being perfect to be on the river,our cadets travelled down to Kingston unit to get some boating qualifications, taking the unit's new dory with them for safety boat cover. They learned rowing and sailing over the two days and came back with 1 Competent Crew in rowing, 2 YSS stage 1 in sailing and 3 YSS Stage 2's.

 
District Boathandling Competition 2012

District Boathandling Competition 2012

Three of our Cadets took on the challenge of the boat handling competition down at the Welsh Harp. They were judged in all areas of their Powerboat knowledge, from mooring, towing and man overboard drill. They finished second overall. During the afternoon they watched the district rowing competition. They came back fired up, looking forward to getting the rest of the unit to enter the rowing as well as powerboating next year.

power comp

 
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

As part of the Diamond jubilee celebrations. 4 cadets of Chiswick unit joined cadets from 54 other Sea Cadet units to take part in the river pageant. We took our Trinity 500 "Black Pearl" down river from Putney to Greenwich, saluting HRH along the way. Despite the awful weather, all four cadets said it was a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity that they would not have missed.

If you look out for us, we are boat 44 flying the flag of Singapore.

 
Queens visit to Richmond Park

Queens visit to Richmond Park

As part of her Diamond Jubilee progression around the country, Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, visited Richmond park. Sea Cadets with Air and Army Cadets were on their very best behaviour and smartly dressed in number 1's to line the route after marching from Sheen gate. The first hail shower delayed the Queen's arrival; the second shower of hail caused her to cut her walkabout short. Despite this the cadets were glad that they had been present to mark such a momentous event.

 
New Computers

New Computers

Chiswick Sea Cadets have installed a small IT section partly funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation small grants fund. 

 
Petty Officer Cadet

Petty Officer Cadet

Leading Cadet Reece Lewis after months of hard work was finally promoted to the rank of Petty Officer Cadet. Congratulations to her for being the first in the unit for many years.

 
Pancake Day

Pancake Day

Our Junior Cadets used their cooking skills and delighted the unit with PANCAKES!!! They also got to decorate eggs as well

 
Visit to the Houses of Parliament

Visit to the Houses of Parliament

We accepted an invitation from loacal MP Mary Macleod to visit the Houses of Parliament.

 
Dunkirk Little Ships

Dunkirk Little Ships

A group of Chiswick Cadets joined cadets from other units in Western District to assist with the annual trip up stream held by the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships for veterans. The cadets marvelled at the wonderful condition in which these boats are kept. The cadets had also had the opportunity to sail on another Dunkirk Little Ship at the Party on the Pier held by the Chiswick Pier Trust in July - the Princess Freda which is in use as a passenger boat on the River Thames.

 
Royal British Legion

Royal British Legion

To mark the occasion of the 90th birthday of the Royal British Legion, the Chiswick branch presented the unit with a pennant in front of an audience including the Deputy Lieutenant of Hounslow Paul Kennerly, His Worshipfulness the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Amrit Mann and the Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders Mr Graham Bishop.

 
Trinity 500

Trinity 500

June 2011

We celebrated the launch of our new Trinity 500 rowing boat with parents and supporters. The cadets choice of name for the boat is Black Pearl. The purchase of the boat was funded by London Area Sea Cadets and the Thames Community Grassroots Fund.

 

Trinity launch

 
Lakeside display

Lakeside display

Four cadets joined the London Area PT display team for a promotional event at Lakeside Shopping Centre

 

 

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