4th place in National Drill and Piping competition 2017

4th place in National Drill and Piping competition 2017

Dunstable Colour Party competed in the National Drill and Piping competition at HMS Raleigh on 29th April 2017. Unfortunately this time the competition proved too strong, but we did pick up 4th place in the country.
It has been a long road from when we started on 24th August 2016. It started as a opportunity to try something different and along the way has developed teamwork and commitment. The team, both cadets and staff, have dedicated many hours over the past 8 months as we reached the pinnacle of the National competition.
For some, it was the last opportunity to reach a National competition as a cadet, for others, the first, with the potential for future attempts.
Along the way, we have generated a bit of a buzz in the unit. Yes, its been hard work, but worth every minute.
It was the first time in over 23 years that the unit had competed in a competition at national level.
I hope everyone has enjoyed the experience and gained some great memories along the way, I know I have. It has been a great achievement in your first year as a colour party.
So once again, extremely well done, from a very proud 1st Lieutenant.
PO Hedges

 
Staff Promotion

Staff Promotion

Well Done Zoe.

Congratulations on your appointment to Petty Officer (SCC). After 2 years hard work you have completed your basic training and have become a substantive Senior Rate.

Since starting at the unit you have done some great things and getting us to Nationals for the Colour Party has been a crowning moment.

Well done and best of Luck.

Ade Blumenthal

 
Area Drill and Piping competition

Area Drill and Piping competition

Were off to the nationals!

After several months of training the colour party is off to National Drill and piping. If we had champagne here we would be raising a toast to some excellent young people. As it is Ian and Zoe are bouncing off the walls. A really big well done to the staff and Cadets that produced this brilliant result.

As to the RMCD to come Second with 4 plus 1 was another brilliant result. Thanks to Tim and his cadets.

BZ.

 
District Drill and Piping Competition

District Drill and Piping Competition

The RMC, so shortly after CATSEA, put together a great routine, winning both best guard and best guard commander for LCpl Luke, and have once again gone forward to represent the District at Area Drill and Piping competition.
The Colour Party won today, going forward to represent the District at Area. Well done for all your practices.
AC Peter in the individual piping, improved his position to 3rd, so again well done.
Thank you to the cadets and staff who have supported both today and over the past weeks to get us to where we are.

 

 
CATSEA

CATSEA

Congratulations to all those Royal Marines Cadets who participated in this year's CATSEA Field Assessment. Despite being slightly under strength, we achieved a score which now places us as one of the top detachments in the company. May I take this opportunity to thank all of you for your enthusiasm and commitment on the lead up to this weekend.
You have made me very proud to be your Detachment Commander.
Sgt. H.

 
Training that counts

Training that counts

I am delighted to announce that Bedfordshire Sea Cadets have got their RYA status. This is internationally recognised training and personal development and we hope will increase the number of locally produced boating qualifications.
After starting the project 2 years ago I am really pleased to have received our certification today.
The centre is open to all Bedfordshire Sea Cadets and I hope to start training pretty soon.
If you're interested in becoming a Sea Cadet to benefit from a practical and fun sport please find out how to join your local unit from http//sea cadets.org
We hope to provide training under the YOU programme at some point in the future.
Ade

 
Summer Camp SCTC Caledonia 2016

Summer Camp SCTC Caledonia 2016

Staff and cadets from Dunstable and Luton Sea Cadets visited SCTC Caledonia for a weeks boating at Port Edgar.
Well done to the cadets who did really well sailing and boating in some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK.
Based at the foot of the Forth Road and Rail bridges at Port Edgar saw the cadets navigate and sail in moderate conditions.
The weather was great for power boating but challenging at times for the sailors and the windsurfers. I must congratulate all the cadets for the skills developed and qualifications gained.
Many thanks to the instructors and staff at SCTC Caledonia for hosting us and taking the time to instruct so skilfully.
A great week.

 
Royal Marines Band Service

Royal Marines Band Service

Dunstable Sea Cadets would like to wish AC Ellis all the best for his future. AC Ellis has been accepted to start his Phase 1 training with Royal Marines Band Service in September.
During his time as a cadet, AC Ellis has played in The Massed Bands of the Sea Cadets at the National Trafalgar Day Parade and at The Birmingham Tattoo. He was invited to play as part of the band in last year's Lord Mayor of London's parade and was selected as a member of the band for the naming of the new flagship TS Royalist by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal last May.
Good luck and come back to see us.

 
Spirit of the high seas

Spirit of the high seas

Today took us to Girton Sailing Club where we took part in our Area Regatta. Our rowing team managed to just miss winning in a very climactic race which saw our team give their all to be pipped at the post in an almost photo finish. It was great to see you all give your best to make such an exciting race. Well done you.
Sorry to Tim and Agnes who managed to get Duty throughout the night, you both looked really tired, hope you both get a well earned rest tomorrow. Please don't forget the boat.
Thanks to Josh and Alex for their help, hope you enjoy the disco.
Well done to Bedford and Flitwick and Ampthill Units from Bedfordshire District for their places and the latter unit goes to the National competition.
Thanks to the District staff from all our Units for their time this weekend.

 
Houghton Regis Carnival

Houghton Regis Carnival

Thanks to the team for organising the Houghton carnival. It was a lovely day and we had lots of fun and catching up with colleagues and friends from all over the community.
Thanks to all my staff and the UMT for their support.
Thanks to Houghton Regis Town Council for their help and support.
And to the cadets who won runner up Most Original Float.

 
High and Low Tides

High and Low Tides

The low point, even though the mill is on a top of a hill, we got flooded when everybody else did and to a depth of 8 inches on the ground floor, no apparent lasting damage, just damp wood and concrete, when it drys we will see what happens. Thanks to Lolly and Nik who spent all day Mopping and Cleaning
No words can describe the team effort to get the Mill ready for its RNP. Many thanks to all those that took Friday off to help out.
The hight points:
My thanks to the Lord Lieutenant and our local Mayors Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard) for attending the RNP.
And of course the Stars of the show; the cadets who gave via their evolution, a real insight of the depth of the training and fun things we do. From field craft to comms to 1st aid, sailing and boating as well as music and the Horn pipe. The parade was flawless and the uniform exemplary, I am really proud of you all.
Thanks to all the staff that helped get the show on the road.
Yesterday saw us win the powerboat handling trophy and the open boys rowing. And well done to the other teams for a great completion and showing great potential for future years , please keep up the great work.
Thanks to Graham and Merv for the work in the Car Park and on the Mill.
We can relax for a few weeks now and get down to boating.
Best wishes and Thanks
Ade, a grateful and rightly proud CO.

 
Dunstable in Bloom

Dunstable in Bloom

Our wheelbarrow boat as our entry for Dunstable Town Council's Dunstable in Bloom contest
Thanks to those involved in preparing and planting.

 
New powerboat

New powerboat

The unit took delivery of a new Viking powerboat at Stewartby at the end of May
It got its first outing the following day, as staff and cadets were at Stewartby boating.

 
Visit by RNA

Visit by RNA

Members of Leighton & Linslade branch Royal Naval Association visited the unit last night. It was great to re-establish connections with the association. They all enjoyed their visit.

 
Mayor's Charity

Mayor's Charity

Dunstable Sea Cadets have been selected by the new Mayor of Dunstable, Peter Hollick, as one of his charities to benefit from any fund-raising this year.

 
BTEC certificate

BTEC certificate

Congratulations to OC Filip, who received his certificate for BTEC Level 1 Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship in Youth Organisations tonight.

 
Change of date for RNP

Change of date for RNP

The date of the RNP has now changed from Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th June. Please put the new date in your calendars.

 
Visit from Mayor

Visit from Mayor

On her last visit to the unit as Mayor, Councillor Liz Jones presented the unit a cheque from her fundraising for the year.
This was greatly appreciated.

 
District Sailing Regatta

District Sailing Regatta

Well done to the Pico and Topper skippers yesterday. It was a Dunstable 1 and 2 for the Pico class and 2nd in the Topper class. Well done to Lewis, Joe and Evelyn.
Our Quest came fourth on the Portsmouth yardstick. For a first outing it was a great result for Cameron and Helena.
Looking forward to Area.
Ade

 
RS Quest

RS Quest

The unit has taken delivery of a new RS Quest. Many thanks to London Luton Airport Community Fund and the MSSC.
Thanks to the UMT and Alan for sorting this.
Should be rigged and ready to get on the water at Stewartby in a few days.

 
Spring Social

Spring Social

Parents, guardians and cadets.
You are invited to our Spring Social on Friday 22nd April, 19:00 - 21:30 at the unit.
This is not a parade night; all cadets are welcome with their parents/guardians.
There will be a buffet and the bar will be open.
Please come and join us.

 
RYA Training Centre

RYA Training Centre

After some 18 months of effort from all Bedfordshire Sea Cadet Units we had our RTC Qualification today. This was largely successful and we have only a few points to address within our paperwork and a couple of issues with our high performance sailing boats and a powerboat to be addressed in the next few weeks and we will be operating RYA Training Centre.
Our sincerest thanks to Tye, our coach, for his help and support. His advice and guidance was invaluable today.
All SCC units from Bedfordshire will benefit from the HUB. And thanks to the CO and Chairman from Flitwick and Ampthill and CO Biggleswade and our DO for their input and contribution today.
And thanks to POC Kayte and cadets from Dunstable for the shore based Training efforts.
It has been a long and cold day so the effort had been tremendous.
Thanks
Ade

 
Historic Dockyards & RM Museum Trip 12th-13th March

Historic Dockyards & RM Museum Trip 12th-13th March

It was an early start on Saturday for breakfast and then leaving the unit at 07:00. We got to the dockyards about 09:30, about 30 minutes before it opened, so after a brief wait, we were in as soon as it opened.
While I was getting the tickets, the remainder of the staff and cadets were being shown a Willys Jeep used on D-Day and finding out about some of its history.
We then went through the dockyards to our first activity, HMS Victory. HMS Victory was Nelson's flagship and remains the oldest commissioned warship in the world. HMS Victory is currently undergoing restoration, which meant that we could not see the Great Cabin, however most of the remainder of the ship was accessible. Although not a problem for some of the cadets, headroom was an issue especially for the staff on the lower decks.
As we finished on HMS Victory, it was time to head back across the dockyards to HMS Warrior. HMS Warrior is a 150 year old steam and sail powered iron clad ship, armed with 40 cannons. During our tour, the operation of the cannons was explained to the cadets and a couple of them became Captain of the Gun and fired the cannon (percussion caps only).
After a break for lunch, we came back for Action Stations. The cadets enjoyed their time here on the climbing wall, simulators and other activities.
We finished the trip off with a visit to the RN museum and left the dockyards after a long day at about 17:00.
Once back at the unit, we all enjoyed a great meal prepared for us during the day by the CO, SLt Blumenthal. With a choice of spag bol or curry, no-one went hungry.
Sunday was a later start, and after packing away all of the camp beds and kit, we left the unit about 08:00 to head back to Portsmouth for the RM museum.
On arrival, we had a brief introductory talk about the museum and its history. The cadets then explored the museum armed with quizzes to see what they could find.
After exploring the museum, everyone had fun on the Assault Course. At times, it was competitive with some cadets (and staff) and I think everyone, staff included, had a go on the zip line.
After our packed lunch, we went for a walk on the beach and some had ice creams.
We stopped off at Starbucks in the services on the way back for a break and finally got back to the unit after some heavy traffic about 18:20.
Cadets wore their uniform smartly in public and were a credit to the unit. Well done.
Thank you to the other drivers for the weekend, PO Worker, ASgt Harmer and PO Becsei, to Sir for catering for the whole weekend and to PO Atkins, APO Whittamore and PCI Owen for assisting.
I hope you enjoyed it, I certainly did and am looking forward to the next trip.
PO Becsei has posted up some of the many photos that she took over the course of the weekend on Facebook 
PO Hedges.

 
Lord Lieutenant's Award for PO Worker

Lord Lieutenant's Award for PO Worker

On 28th February, PO Worker received an commendation from the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire acknowledging his contribution to the Cadet Forces.
Congratulations from all in the unit. Thank you for your support to the unit.

 
Lord-Lieutenant’s cadet

Lord-Lieutenant’s cadet

Congratulations to POC Kayte who was appointed today as one of the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire's cadets.

The role of Lord-Lieutenant’s cadets is to support the Lord-Lieutenant in carrying out her duties and their selection and appointment acknowledges their outstanding contribution to their cadet service and to the community.

 
Top Of The Town

Top Of The Town

Today saw Dunstable host 125 Bedfordshire Sea Cadets for the Annual Drill and Piping Competition.

Dunstable Sea Cadets took home 2nd place for the Unarmed Drill and 2nd place for the Unarmed Squad Commander. The Royal Marines Cadets won their Drill Competition and also the best Marine Squad Commander.

We also took part in the piping and whilst not placed, we know what to do next year and well done to our lone piper.

In a surprise announcement today we are pleased to share the following:

PO Worker was awarded a Lord Lieutenants commendation for service to Dunstable Sea Cadets and the District.

Also POC Kayte was told she would be the next Lord Lieutenant's Cadet. We wish her a great year.

Congratulations to all who took part today.

Many thanks to the Staff and Cadets who have been practicing in the cold and the rain over the last 2 months to make this weekend a brilliant success.

We wish the Cadets good luck at Eastern Area competition in the new year.

Ade

 
RMC promotion

RMC promotion

Congratulations to L/Cpl Charlotte who received her promotion from MC1 tonight.

 
Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

My thanks to the Cadets and my Staff who took part in today's parade. You are a tribute to the town.
It was also great to see all the veterans, the ATC and ACF cadets and others on the Parade .
It seemed to be a very large turnout and very well marshalled.
The Cadets have gone on to do their Drill practice for the rest of the day.
Many thanks to you all and I am so proud of you you.
BZ
Ade

 
RMC promotion

RMC promotion

Congratulations to L/Cpl Ashley and L/Cpl Sarah who received their promotions from MC1 last night.

 
District 5 a side football

District 5 a side football

Well done to all the Dunstable cadets and thank you to the Biggleswade girls who took part in the unit teams at the District five a side competition today. Congratulations to the Senior Boys who won their event and now go forward to Area on 6th December.

 
Dinghy Instructor qualification

Dinghy Instructor qualification

I am very pleased to announce that Petty Officer Cadet Kayte passed her dinghy instructor qualification today. This is very welcome news as recent changes to the way the SCC carries out it's boating now requires an instructor to be present when boating.
She will be able to take 6 boats out and when working with an RYA centre will be able to present qualifications.
A really big well done!
Kayte spent the whole week in Liverpool working with the Crosby Boat Station team to get this prestigious award.
Brilliant and well done.

 
Trafalgar Night Dinner at RAF Chicksands

Trafalgar Night Dinner at RAF Chicksands

Great night tonight at RAF Chicksands where Dunstable Sea Cadets danced the hornpipe for the Officers mess before their Trafalgar Night dinner and also manned the Sunset ceremony for the Warrant Officer and Senior Rates mess and then piped their VIP to dinner with the dinner call.
Thank you all for the time and effort you have put in to making this another successful evening. PO Hedges.

 
Staff Promotions

Staff Promotions

With immediate effect I am pleased to announce the following promotions. After 2 years of study and having attended 6 basic training courses and instructor qualifications.
PO Ian and PO Dan
Also from the 1st November PO Agnes.
I am sure you will join me in wishing them the best of luck going forward.
Regards
Ade

 
Great Week

Great Week

Being a Sea Cadet doesn't get any better than around this time of year. After concentrating on Boating over the summer the unit moves into a shore based training establishment.
The Marines went off to do their detachment assessment and got a satisfactory rating. They would have got a very good if they had a few more cadets. If you're interested in joining the elite of the Cadet Forces as either Staff or as a Cadet please come along on a Friday To find out more.
2 Cadets went off to London this week to take part in the Trafalgar Day celebrations as part of the massed band of the sea cadets. Well Done Ellis and Joe
Several staff and cadets got a level 1 powerboat qualifications at Stewartby.
And finally the unit celebrated Trafalgar Night in style with other members of the District and with a special guest of honour who led us through 4 courses celebrated and more importantly reflected on those events in 1805 and there meaning today locally. I mention this because under the expert tutorship of Gary Hobbs 6 cadets produced high end restaurant quality food for us to consume. I would like thank the Stewards as well who served us as well. The cadets will receive their catering qualifications
Well Done and thanks.
Ade

 
National Trafalgar Day Parade

National Trafalgar Day Parade

Congratulations to AC Ellis and Cdt 1 Joe who were both chosen to take part in this year's National Trafalgar Parade Band.

 
RMC CATSEA

RMC CATSEA

Please pass on my thanks to the Royal Marines Cadets who participated in this years CATSEA Field Assessment.

Despite being a little under strength, we nevertheless attained a respectable score of 54. Special thanks to our Section Commander L/Cpl Luke.

From ASgt Harmer.

 
RMC Promotion

RMC Promotion

Congratulations to L/Cpl Fry who received his promotion from MC1 tonight.

 
Summer Camp SCTC Caledonia 2015

Summer Camp SCTC Caledonia 2015

3 staff and 12 cadets all visited SCTC Caledonia for a weeks boating at Port Edgar.
1156 miles travelled
16 hours on the unit bus
1 new tyre after a puncture
8 RYA Level 2 planing, displacement and coastal endorsement power boat qualifications for the staff and cadets
2 RYA sailing qualifications, level 2 and 3
6 RYA windsurfing qualifications, level 1
5 fish suppers and 23 portions of chips from Anstruther. 
26 drowned rats after a walk around a harbour LOL
1 dry CO ordering the fish and chips LOL
2 Aircraft Carriers
5 nights in a Pod
8 miles marched for dinner and breakfast
80 bagged lunches
Well done to the Luton and Dunstable Sea Cadets who did really well sailing and boating in some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. Based at the foot of the Forth Road and Rail bridges at Port Edgar saw the cadets navigate and sail in boats calm and moderate conditions. The culmination was a planned navigation exercise with lunch off Inchholme, an island in the middle of the Firth of Forth. The weather was great for power boating but becalmed the sailers and the windsurfers. I must congratulate all the cadets at the skills developed and qualifications gained.
Many thanks to the instructors and staff and SCTC Caledonia for hosting us and taking the time to instruct so skilfully.
A great week.

 
2015 Burgee for TS Lionel Preston

2015 Burgee for TS Lionel Preston

Another Burgee, another Very Good Rating
Dunstable Sea Cadets achieved another Burgee Rating or Very Good as assessed by SCC over the last 12 months.
All aspects of the unit are measured from the UMT, the cadet experience, water safety, staff development etc. This culminates in an inspection where all cadets and staff are assessed
The unit focussed on development last year, spending thousands on refurbishment. But this did not detract from the Cadets activities.
I would like to thank all the Staff, UMT and our cadets for making this happen.
All colleagues are worthy of note but I would pay special compliments to the UTO, XO and 1st Lt. Also to Merv and Graham who work tirelessly to get the building up to scratch
Well done all of you.
Regards and best wishes.
Ade

 
Sea Cadet National Survey

Sea Cadet National Survey

Please can everyone complete the survey. The unit could win prizes if you do.
I’d like to ask you to take part in the Sea Cadet national survey. I really hope you can spare just 10 minutes to complete this important survey which will help Sea Cadets to plan for the future and improve what we offer for all those we support and work with.
We want all volunteers, parents and cadets to take part - it’s your chance to tell us what you think and what we can do better.
Just click on the link that is relevant to you below for a chance to win some great prizes:
I’m a volunteer:
https://www.research.net/s/National_Sea_Cadets_Volunteers_Survey
I’m a Parent:
https://www.research.net/s/National_Sea_Cadets_Parents_Survey
I’m a cadet:
https://www.research.net/s/National_Sea_Cadets_Survey_Cadets

*Prizes:
- a new sailing dinghy for your district
- A £500 grant to the unit that returns the highest percentage of completed questionnaires for staff and cadets.
- Plus we have up for grabs six GoPro camera’s and one offshore voyage - these will be awarded randomly to any cadet or volunteer who successfully completes and submits the survey online.
- The draw will take place at the beginning of October 2015
The survey closes on September 7 2015 so there’s plenty of time to take part but please don’t put it off; we really value your response. If you have any questions about the survey please email: survey@ms-sc.org.
Thank you
Captain Phil Russell RN, Captain Sea Cadet Corps

 
Dunstable Sea Cadet AGM

Dunstable Sea Cadet AGM

This years' AGM is being held on Monday 15th June 2013, 19:00.
Parents and supporters are invited to attend.

 
Petty Officer Cadet

Petty Officer Cadet

Congratulations to Petty Officer Cadet Kayte, who was awarded her certificate from SLt Blumenthal on behalf of the Captain of the Sea Cadet Corps tonight.

 
Old Mill Open Day 6th June 2015

Old Mill Open Day 6th June 2015

Mill Open Day

How many local residents know there's a 200 year old mill, right in the center of Dunstable?
First it was a windmill, then a steam mill and finally it was driven by diesel. The mill tower is still standing at the end of its drive next to The Catholic Church in West Street.

For the first time since the 2nd World War, the Old Mill will be open to the general public
Dunstable Sea Cadets cordially invites the Town to join them for a cup of tea on Saturday 6th June 2015
Doors open 10:00
Admission Free

Discover
Some history of the Mill
Its connections with the Royal Navy
Dunstable’s own Admiral: Sir Lionel Preston KCB
Come and see what the Sea Cadets do today

Apologies, The Old Mill is Grade II listed and access can be an issue.
We look forward to welcoming you on board.

 
District Regatta

District Regatta

Very proud of the cadets from Dunstable Sea Cadets who represented the unit at today's District Regatta.
You all tried your best and were an example to the district.
Thank you to the cadets who stood in for the junior boys and open girls teams which meant that these teams could actually compete. I know that this meant that you rowed twice as much as everyone else, and yet you still gave your all until the end.
Congratulations to AC Ellis, AC Peter & Cdt 1 Nathan who won the powerboat handling.
Thank you all for your commitment and enjoy the remainder of your weekend.
APO Hedges.

 
RMC promotion

RMC promotion

Congratulations to Royal Marines Cadets Luke, Ashley and Charlotte on their promotion to MC1.

 
A knot board to be proud of

A knot board to be proud of

Congratulations to Junior 1st Class Alex, who, as part of the junior sea cadets' current activities, has produced a spectacular knot board.

He even produced a key identifying all the knots and their uses.

 
TS Royalist commissioning

TS Royalist commissioning

Good luck for next Friday to Able Cadet Ellis who will be playing in the band at the commissioning of the new Sea Cadets' flagship TS Royalist. He will be one of only 20 in the band and 36 cadets at the event.

 
Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund are donating five cash awards to local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland.
Please vote for Dunstable Sea Cadets. You must be over 13 to vote.
http://www.galaxyhotchocolate.com/galaxyfund2014/profiles/dunstable-sea-cadets

 
Drill competition and 2014 results

Drill competition and 2014 results

A really good result by 2 brilliant teams, Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadets, we won the best turned out unit, as well as a couple of 2nd places for armed drill, our guard commander was overall 2nd as well. It was great to see both Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadets deliver great results with such young teams. Again thanks to you all in terms of effort in the many practice sessions and to the instructors who supported you.
The Unit came 2nd Overall in Bedfordshire District for 2014. Thank you all for the thousands of hours of time and effort given by all in giving the the youth of Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard the best head start in life through nautical adventure and fun.

 
Bag Pack at Asda

Bag Pack at Asda

Thank you Dunstable Asda and all the generous townspeople who supported the Sea Cadets yesterday in raising money for repairs to our RHIB
My sincerest thanks to the Staff, Cadets and UMT who helped at the Bag Pack, we raised £950!
The very best of the seasons greetings to you all.

 
RMC advancement board

RMC advancement board

Congratulations to MC2 Sarah who passed her advancement board to become Marine Cadet Class 1

 
Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Dunstable Sea Cadets, Royal Marine Cadets and Juniors marched from Grove House Gardens to the War Memorial in Priory Gardens as part of Dunstable’s Remembrance Parade. The Act of Remembrance and wreath-laying ceremony took place at the memorial at 11am. A short Remembrance service was then held in Priory Church.

 
 Halloween disco 31st Oct

Halloween disco 31st Oct

This Friday night is Halloween Disco night. You can come along in fancy dress. Parents are welcome.
Normal start and finish times unless you have your parents and then you can stay later.

 
Happy Birthday to the Royal Marines - 350 years today, 28th October

Happy Birthday to the Royal Marines - 350 years today, 28th October

If you want to try some of the adventurous training Marines do, why not look into being a Royal Marines Cadet? We have over a hundred units across the UK who can offer you training in orienteering, field craft and more! Check out this video for more information: http://www.sea-cadets.org/video-gallery?vid=10

 
Trafalgar Night Mess Dinner

Trafalgar Night Mess Dinner

This year the hornpipe team were invited back to RAF Chicksands, where, on 23rd October, at the Trafalgar Night Mess Dinner for the invited guests. They were congratulated by many of the guests including the Admiral.
Here is a link to the video on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=378700135625645&theater

 
Unit camp to HMS Caledonia

Unit camp to HMS Caledonia

Cadets from Dunstable unit attended the unit camp at HMS Caledonia from 19th - 24th Oct. During the course of the week, the cadets took part in waterborne activities and all came away with qualifications.

 
Advancement Board

Advancement Board

Congratulations to LC Chloe, AC Chloe and AC Chloe who all passed their advancement board on 18th October.

LC Chloe - Pass for PO Cadet - Credit pass
AC Chloe - Pass for LC - Credit pass
AC Chloe - Pass for LC - Credit pass.

In addition, AC Chloe also achieved Leading Cadet of the advancement board.

 
 Stall at Pulloxhill Greyhound Show

Stall at Pulloxhill Greyhound Show

We will be running a stall at Pulloxhill Greyhound Show on Sunday 14th September and are in need of donations of full and empty bottles of wine in gift bags.
Please can you bring donations to the unit by Friday 12th September.

 
PO (SCC) Fensom

PO (SCC) Fensom

Congratulations to APO (SCC) Fensom, who, after passing all his core modules, received his crowns last night to become a full PO.

 
Closed for week and Disco & BBQ

Closed for week and Disco & BBQ

The unit will close for a week commencing 25th August to give the staff a well earned rest. The unit will reopen on 3rd September.
On Friday 22nd August, we will be having a disco and BBQ. See you back on 3rd September.

 
2014 burgee for TS Lionel Preston

2014 burgee for TS Lionel Preston

For the fourth consecutive year, Dunstable Sea Cadets have been awarded a burgee. The burgee is the highest award that can be awarded to a Sea Cadet Corps Unit in recognition of the hard work of the volunteers, cadets and UMC.

 
Trip to Air Support Unit

Trip to Air Support Unit

On 11th August, cadets and staff from Dunstable Sea Cadets had the opportunity to visit the Police Air Support unit at Lippitts Hill, Loughton.

 
Lights Out

Lights Out

Cadets from Dunstable Sea Cadets took part in the event at Dunstable War Memorial on 4th August 2014.
As lights go out, we remember them.

 
Advancement Board

Advancement Board

23rd July:
Congratulations to LC Olly who officially became a Leading Cadet today after passing his board in March.

 
Area Regatta

Area Regatta

On 19th July, cadets from Dunstable Sea Cadets took part in the Area Regatta at Girton Water.

 
350th Royal Marine Anniversary

350th Royal Marine Anniversary

Write up about his recent experience at the 350th Royal Marine Anniversary parade in London by MC2 Bradley.

I was given the opportunity to parade in London for the 350th Royal Marine anniversary when I was at Nationals for drill. It wasn't until I got to Portsmouth for training that I was selected to be in the review datachment (this means I and 48 others will be inspected by HRH Prince Philip).
As the training went I grew more nervous, but I thought about how in a few hours I will be meeting royalty! I have majorly enjoyed this experience and I will probably never take part in another parade as big as I did on the 8th of July 2014.
For this I am grateful to the Sea Cadet organisation and my unit for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity.

 
Advancement Board

Advancement Board

20th June:

Congratulations to LC Kate who officially became a Leading Cadet today. LC Kate was joint top cadet on her board in March.

 
Sainsbury's Local Charity of the Year nominations

Sainsbury's Local Charity of the Year nominations

Sainsbury's Local Charity of the Year nominations are open and run to Sunday, June 8.

Around 35-40 Sea Cadet units applied last year with a good success rate and successful units can raise up to £15,000 over the course of a year. To apply we need to get as many nominations as possible for our unit

Please support the Dunstable unit and nominate us for Charity of the Year for Sainsbury's in Dunstable. Hurry you have until the 8th June to nominate.

Visit www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk, select 'Nominate your local Charity' and select the Dunstable store or you can get a nomination form in store.

Here are the details you will need.

Charity name: Dunstable Sea Cadets

Charity number: 300022

email address: marie.fensom@btinternet.com

You then have to give reasons for nominations. If you need help with this, I can send you a draft to attach.

We are looking to extend our facilities, particularly shower and toilet facilities to enable the unit to take more cadets and offer disabled access.

 
Work on new classroom

Work on new classroom

Thanks to the staff, committee and parents who helped out at the unit on Friday and Saturday this week. Their efforts have meant that the portacabin has been repainted and its roof repaired. The outside wall of the Royal Marine Cadets’ barracks has been painted and the outside wall on the other side of the building has also been painted. The rear wall of the Royal Marine Cadets’ barracks has been rendered.

The cadets who helped out and keep everyone fed with bacon rolls and teas and coffees were an essential part of this result.

Thanks to everyone's assistance, it should be possible to get the portacabin into use as two new classrooms fairly soon.

 
Event Calendar

Event Calendar

Due to problems with the website, we are currently unable to add to or update the event calendar.

Please note that the Quiz night is now on 12th March, not as the calendar shows on the 5th.

Please see our Facebook page for current events: https://www.facebook.com/DunstableSeaCadets

 
Mr Ray Shrimpton

Mr Ray Shrimpton

Dunstable Sea Cadets is sorry to announce the passing away of our longest serving trustee Mr Ray Shrimpton. Ray was an Instructor and Commanding Officer of the unit in the 60s. He then joined the Unit Management Team and become a Unit Trustee.  Ray gave the unit the tools and resources needed to develop the unit into the thriving place it is today. Dunstable Sea Cadets would like say thank you for such committed service to us and to the youth of Dunstable.

Ray's last visit to the Unit was the awards night on 9th December to present his annual sailing trophy, we spent some time talking and he was impressed with what we are doing.

Our thoughts are with his family.

The family have asked for donations to be shared with Dunstable Sea cadets and Cancer Charity the link to the memory giving  site is:

http://www.memorygiving.com/rayshrimpton_dunstableunit115oftheseacadetcorps

 

 
Advancement Board

Advancement Board

Congratulations to POC Javis and LC Grace who passed their Petty Officer Cadet and Leading Cadet Boards on 17th November 2013.

 
Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Dunstable Sea Cadets, Royal Marine Cadets and Juniors marched from Grove House Gardens to the War Memorial in Priory Gardens as part of Dunstable’s Remembrance Parade. The Act of Remembrance and wreath-laying ceremony took place at the memorial at 11am. A short Remembrance service was then held in Priory Church.

 
District 5-a-side Football competition

District 5-a-side Football competition

On Sunday 27th October 2013, cadets from Dunstable Sea Cadets took part in the district 5-a-side football competition at Luton.

The Junior Sea Cadets team came second, the Senior Boys team came second and the Junior Girls team came first. The Junior Girls will now go on to compete at the area competition on Sunday 1st December.

Congratulations to all who took part.

 
Trafalgar Night Mess Dinner

Trafalgar Night Mess Dinner

Congratulations to the hornpipe team. Tonight, they travelled to RAF Chicksands, where they performed at the Trafalgar Night Mess Dinner for the invited guests. Their many weeks of training paid off as it went really well on the night. This is a photo from last night's practice at the unit.
After they had performed they were invited to watch the display by the Royal Marine corps of drums. I'm sure it will have been a memorable event for all involved.
Thanks also to CI Blumenthal and PO Hollis for organising the training over the many weeknights and weekends.

 
Trafalgar Day Parade

Trafalgar Day Parade

10 cadets from Dunstable Sea Cadets were chosen to take part in the National Trafalgar Day Parade in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 20th October. 5 of the cadets were from the newly formed Royal Marine Cadet detachment. They took part in several days of training locally, before spending 3 days of intensive drill training in Portmouth. This culminated in the once in a lifetime opportunity to take part with 500 other cadets in the national parade.
The unit also supported the PR stand at the event.
Congratulations to all who took part in the parade and training, you should be proud of your achievement.

 
Boat Race Evening

Boat Race Evening


Come and join Dunstable Sea Cadets in a fun filled family evening and help us to raise funds for a desperately needed minibus. In order to continue and expand the level of activities that we currently provide, we need to purchase a new minibus. The alternate would mean us having to call on parents and guardians to transport cadets to events and activities.

On Saturday 16th November 2013 at 7.00pm, we will be holding a boat race evening, which is open to adults and children/cadets. Races will be held on a multi-lane 'river' which will be laid out on the maindeck. There will be 6 boats in each heat and wagers are taken on the outcome of each race.

We are also looking for sponsors for each race from either families or companies to help raise these much needed funds.

Cadets have been given a letter to bring home about the evening; please can you complete the reply slip and return to the unit as soon as possible.

 
Adult volunteer for Royal Marine Cadet detachment

Adult volunteer for Royal Marine Cadet detachment

With the opening of the new Royal Marine Cadet Detachment at Dunstable Sea Cadet unit, we are looking for an adult volunteer to join the unit and to assist the detachment commander with running the detachment.

Previous cadet or service experience is not necessary for this role; we are looking for volunteers who want to get involved in the training of the cadets and help them to develop and mature into responsible adults.

If you would like to find out more please contact the unit to arrange a meeting.

 
Dress Rehearsal for Hornpipe tonight, 19th September

Dress Rehearsal for Hornpipe tonight, 19th September

Tonight's practice for the hornpipe will be a full dress rehearsal. It is scheduled from 18:30 - 20:30 (6:30pm - 8:30pm), but as we have guests, it may run over a little.

Please dress as follows:

Junior or No. 4's trousers. Black pumps /plimsoles /trainers.
If any of the juniors still have the top from last performance we need them tonight. Please pass the word around.
Please wear a white t shirt for under the uniform.
Our guests are VIPs, so we need to be smart.

Any problems get in touch ASAP.

 
Weekend at Yardley Chase

Weekend at Yardley Chase

Fledging marine detachment returns from first exercise, still smiling after 48 hours in the cold, wet and windy conditions of last weekend. All completed their basic field craft cadre -well done -

Also the Ships Company obtained 10 other qualification at the MACT, including: Catering, Sailing,  Mountain Biking and Windsurfing.

 
Hornpipe Practice

Hornpipe Practice

All cadets taking part in the hornpipe are reminded that the practice is on Thursday evenings 18:30 - 20:30

 
Royal Marine Cadet detachment

Royal Marine Cadet detachment

On Wednesday 28th August 2013, Capt (SCC) S. Smith RMR, 5 Troop Commander (Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire), visited Dunstable unit. The captain has authorised Dunstable to open a Royal Marine Cadet detachment, effective as of 1st September 2013.

Please provide your support to PCI T. Harmer to make this detachment a success.

 
District AT competition

District AT competition

On Saturday 24th August a team of cadets from Dunstable unit took part in the District AT competition at Luton unit. Despite the weather, the team were sucessful winning the junior competition. They will now be competing in the Area competition during September.

 
Summer Camp 2013 HMS Caledonia

Summer Camp 2013 HMS Caledonia

Last week, 15 cadets from Dunstable unit went on Summer Camp to HMS Caledonia. During the course of the week, the cadets took part in waterborne activities and all came away with qualifications including Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 2 & 3 and Powerboating Level 2.

Wednesday was a fun day out at the Scout National Activity Centre in Fordell Firs. Some of the activities enjoyed by the cadets included wall climbing, caving, 3G swing, Jacob's Ladder and archery.

See the Events Picture Gallery for some photos.

 
Summer Camp

Summer Camp

On Sunday, cadets and instructors from Dunstable unit will be travelling to HMS Caledonia for their summer camp. As a result of this the unit will be closed on Wednesday 7th and Friday 9th August.

 
Junior Newsletter

Junior Newsletter

The summer issue of Eastern Area Junior newsletter is now out. This and previous editions are available on the Eastern Area Cadet Training webpage.

 
Community events

Community events

For the last three weekends, Dunstable Sea Cadets have attended community events in the local area. On 6th July, the juniors put on a display of the hornpipe and the seniors a tug of war at Weatherfield Academy Summer Fayre. On the 13th July, there was a stall with raffle at Houghton Regis Carnival and on 20th July cadets attended Party in the Park recruiting for juniors and Sea Cadets as well as the new Royal Marine Cadet detachment.

 
2013 burgee for TS Lionel Preston

2013 burgee for TS Lionel Preston

Dunstable Sea Cadets have been awarded a burgee for the third consecutive year. The burgee is the highest award that can be awarded to a Sea Cadet Corps Unit in recognition of the hard work of the volunteers, cadets and UMC.

 
Royal Naval Parade

Royal Naval Parade

The unit had its bi-annual Royal Naval Parade on Wednesday 12th June 2013. The unit was inspected by Cdr C. Bagot-Jewitt RN, Eastern Area Officer. The evening began with colours and then the commander and the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, inspected and talked with all cadets and staff.

After a break for refreshments, the juniors put on a display of the hornpipe. This was followed by a demonstration by the cadets involving aspects of Adventure Training, Sailing, Communications and First Aid; these are skills that the cadets have learnt over the past year. The commander kindly accepted to be a volunteer to assist with the display and crossed a river and had his hand bandaged.

The commander had enjoyed the juniors’ hornpipe so much that an encore was requested before evening colours.

We were also joined by:
Col. Tony Abrahams TD DL Bedfordshire Lieutenancy
High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Mrs Deborah Inskip & Dr Tom Inskip
Houghton Regis Town Mayor Councillor Peter Williams & consort
Leighton-Linslade Town Mayor Councillor Amanda Dodwell & consort
Houghton Regis Deputy Town Mayor Councillor Peter Carrington & consort
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Head of Operational Response Area Commander David Fothergill
Trustee of Dunstable Sea Cadets Mr. Ray Shrimpton & Mrs. Shrimpton
and supporters and parents.

 
Dunstable Sea Cadet AGM

Dunstable Sea Cadet AGM

This years' AGM is being held on Monday 10th June 2013, 19:30.
Parents and supporters are invited to attend.

 
Well done Sir!

Well done Sir!

2nd June 2013. Congratulations to Officer in Charge Adrian Blumenthal. He was successful on this weekend’s National Officer Development Programme and is now A S/Lt (SCC) Adrian Blumenthal RNR.

 
District Regatta

District Regatta

Cadets from Dunstable unit took part in the District Regatta on the weekend of 25th/26th May 2013.

Dunstable results:

Sailing Bosun - Winner: LC Brookes-Lampard J. & AC Jones C.

Sailing Pico - Runner Up: - details to be confirmed

Sailing Open Class - Runner Up: LC Lane J.

Sailing Boat Handling - Runner Up: Dunstable

Rowing Junior Boys - Runner Up: Dunstable

Paddlesport Senior Boys - 3rd: Dunstable

 
New Officer in Charge

New Officer in Charge

After two years, PO (SCC) Carl Worker is stepping down as the Officer in Charge (OiC) of Dunstable Sea Cadets. PO (SCC) Adrian Blumenthal takes over as OiC on 1st April 2013. PO (SCC) Carl Worker will be remaining with the unit as Executive Officer. The unit wish to thank him for his commitment and achievements over the past two years.

 
Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend

The unit will be closed for Good Friday, 29th March
All juniors and cadets may attend the unit disco on Wednesday 27th March 2013

 
Leading Cadet Advancements

Leading Cadet Advancements

Congratulations to LC Lane J. who passed his Leading Cadet Board on 8th March 2013.

 
Annual Awards Evening 2013

Annual Awards Evening 2013

An awards evening was held on 8th February 2013 in recognition of all the cadets’ activities and achievements in 2012.
It was a great opportunity to celebrate the success of the cadets who have made a significant contribution to the unit and have worked extremely hard over the last twelve months. It was well attended by parents and supporters of the unit.

 
Unit closed

Unit closed

Due to damage to drain pipes along the drive to the Sea Cadet Unit, we will not be returning until Wednesday 9th January 2013.

 
District Drill and Piping Competition

District Drill and Piping Competition

This year’s District Drill and Piping Competition was held at Dunstable unit on Sunday 16th December 2012.
Dunstable were joined by squads from Biggleswade, Flitwick & Ampthill and Luton units.
Dunstable were runner up in the unarmed squad and LC Brookes-Lampard J. was the winner of squad commander.

 
Remembrance Parade Sunday 11th November 2012

Remembrance Parade Sunday 11th November 2012

The cadets marched from Grove House Gardens to the War Memorial in Priory Gardens as part of Dunstable’s Remembrance Parade. The Act of Remembrance and wreath-laying ceremony took place at the memorial at 11am. A short Remembrance service was then held in Priory Church.

 
Summer Camp next year

Summer Camp next year

We are planning to have our Summer Camp in Scotland next year at HMS Caledonia, near Rosyth Naval Base. This will be in the first week in August 2013.
We are asking for cadets to register their interest in going on the camp, we have 20 places. These places need to be secured with a £10 deposit before 23rd November 2012.

 
Area 5-a-side Football competition

Area 5-a-side Football competition

Further information to follow

 
District 5-a-side Football competition

District 5-a-side Football competition

Further information to follow

 
Leading Cadet Advancements

Leading Cadet Advancements

Congratulations to LC Brookes-Lampard J. & LC Hillman C. who passed their Leading Cadet Board on 14th October 2012.

 
Olly Whitten bursary

Olly Whitten bursary

Congratulations to former Dunstable Sea Cadet Olly Whitten who has just been accepted on a cadetship for the UK Sailing Academy, and on winning a bursary from Trinity House to support his three year cadetship.
Olly said: “...it was the experience and qualifications from TS Rebel, and the opportunities offered by the Sea Cadets, that gave me the aspiration and ability to succeed.”
On his first offshore training course at TS Rebel he was offered a place with the Cadet Yacht Racing Squad. Over the next five years he qualified as a Day Skipper and an RYA Sailing Instructor. He also gained The Duke of Edinburgh’s Scheme Gold Award. Well done Olly, let us know how you get on!

 
Area Combined Regatta

Area Combined Regatta

On the weekend of 21st / 22nd July 2012, the girls rowing team, powerboat team and canoeing team attended the Area Combined Regatta, at Beckingham Camp.

Bedfordshire District won the overall trophy
Further information to follow

 
2012 burgee for TS Lionel Preston

2012 burgee for TS Lionel Preston

Dunstable Sea Cadets have been awarded a burgee for the second consecutive year. The burgee is the highest award that can be awarded to a Sea Cadet Corps Unit in recognition of the hard work of the volunteers, cadets and UMC.

 
Royal Navy Careers visit

Royal Navy Careers visit

On Wednesday 27th June 2012, there will be a visit to the unit from Royal Navy Careers.

 
Unit Review

Unit Review

This year’s URV (Unit Review) took place on Friday 15th June 2012. This was a visit from the District Officer Lt Cdr (SCC) R. Knight RNR and the Deputy District Officer Lt (SCC) R. Ryder RNR. They reviewed the unit activities and data collected throughout the year to assess how well the unit has performed.

 
70th Anniversary of Dunstable Sea Cadets

70th Anniversary of Dunstable Sea Cadets

2012 sees the 70th Anniversary of Dunstable Sea Cadets. On Saturday 9th June there was a well attended disco held at St Mary’s Church social club to celebrate this event. Many past cadets and staff joined the current unit to celebrate 70 years. Thanks to Gary Hobbs for the catering.

 
Living the dream, POC Sam Mason

Living the dream, POC Sam Mason

POC Sam Mason first started sailing in 2005 whilst living in the Sultanate of Oman with his parents and sisters. He started out on Hobbie Cat 16’s and after 3 months entered the National youth championships in Oman and came 2nd being beaten by just 1 point.  During his time in Oman Sam helped teach the first intake of Oman Sail, a programme set up to bring back the Omani heritage of the sea, this programme was set up and backed by the Sultan himself, the first intake included Mohsin Al Busaidi who in 2009 became the first Arab to sail around the world nonstop and Ahmed Al Mamori who competed in every leg of the Clipper 2010 round the world race. Sam moved back to the UK in 2007 where he joined Dunstable Sea Cadets where he continued his love for sailing.

In early 2010 through the SCC training programme he gained is RYA dingy Instructors qualification and put this into effect with his unit to help teach the other cadets sailing. He also was selected for the SCC offshore racing squad with TS Rebel. The excellent facilities and training given by TS Rebel and the support of the Officers and staff at Dunstable Sea Cadets enabled Sam and 5 other cadet complete their Keel Boat instructors course and in doing so set them all up as the youngest Instructors in the world. Along with this they gained their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold award and are waiting for their date to go to the palace.

In 2011 after finishing a summer season of instructing at Willen Lake in Milton Keynes, Sam was invited to spend a couple of months with Oman Sail to assist in teaching sailing on Farr 30’s, he was put in charge of a boat containing novice sailors for the Royal Navy of Oman, where in the local regatta they came a creditable 3rd. Sam was offered a spot on a Dubai boat for his first offshore race from Muscat to Mussandam his boat won the race beating 4 all pro teams.

It was at this point the Oman Sail Coach Alistair Moore (son-in-law of the late Sir Peter Blake) noticed the talent Sam had, he made a call to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Club in Auckland and suggested that if Sam applied to their Academy they should offer him a position, Alistair told Sam to apply which he did and within four hours came the reply that he was accepted and invited to join the programme on the 5th of May this year which is four days after his 18th birthday. The programme is about intensive sailing and has produced most of New Zealand top sailors including their Americas cup teams. It is also about learning different aspects of sailing such as sail making, but ultimately it’s about gaining experience in racing. The programme last for two years and after completion Sam is expected to be a full time professional sailor his ambition is to compete in the Volvo Ocean race and in the Americas Cup.

Currently Sam is Back in Oman on Team RAK of the UAE, it is the only non professional crew taking part in the Sailing Arabia the Tour which is a 7 leg tour race around the Gulf States Starting in Bahrain and finishing in Muscat on the 27th February. There are 9 boats in the race and skippers include French Olympian Daniel Souben and his all French crew, Robin Elsy from the Artemis Academy, Dee Caffari Record breaking round the world yachtswomen. Bertand Pace 2010 and 2011 champion of the Tour de France a la voile, on which the Arabian tour is based on. Finally leading French sailor Cidrec Poulingy. On legs 1 and 2 Team RAK came 9th but on Leg 3 came a creditable 6th

 

 
Dunstable Safety Boat

Dunstable Safety Boat

 
Festival of Remembrance

Festival of Remembrance

A great day today in London at the Royal Albert Hall. Joining the Royal British Legion for their annual Festival of Remembrance, what a honor to go. Many thanks to the Leighton Buzzard branch of the Royal British Legion.

 
District Advancement and Shooting

District Advancement and Shooting

Congratulations to Sam Mason on passing Petty Officer Cadet Board

 
The Bosun returns to the water

The Bosun returns to the water

Dunstable Bosun returns to the water after many hours spent replacing the wood and a re-spray. Many thanks to all for put in their time and skills.

 
Notice to all DUNSTABLE SEA CADETS!

Notice to all DUNSTABLE SEA CADETS!

Drill

When I was a cadet, I trained for drill. We never really knew what we were getting ourselves into. We just did our best, and do you know what…

…We won.

I cannot begin to describe how that felt! Do you want that feeling? Then come down and train with us to WIN. Let’s get Dunstable’s name on that map again.

Training starts this Saturday, the 17th and a full list of dates will follow, keep an eye on the events calendar, on the web, dates and times will be listed here. I can’t wait to work with you all, I’m so excited and proud of each and everyone of you.

Don’t fancy being in the guard? Not sure if your good enough? Well come to the training anyway, you could better your skills, which will assist you in your promotions and I’m pretty sure you have skills better than you even know yourself. Why don’t you come and see?

See you there J

APO Worker C

 
Cadet Forces Medal

Cadet Forces Medal

PO (SCC) Gary Sewell

On the 17th August 2011, Gary was presented with Cadet Forces Medal for 12 years volunteer service to Dunstable Sea Cadet Unit.

Gary has been involved in many positions within the unit over years he started as a member of the unit management committee, and then went into uniform, to raise to the Officer in charge for 3 years.

 
Royal Navy Parade on the 4th July 2011

Royal Navy Parade on the 4th July 2011

Dunstable Sea Cadet Royal Navy Parade on the 4th July 2011 received a Burgee

Annually, units are assessed, and then compared against Sea Cadet Units across the whole of the UK, which ranges at roughly 450 units. These awards are made in three basic categories: 1. no award, indicating that the unit is below acceptable standards; 2. Pennant, indicating that the unit is operating effectively; and 3. Burgee, which is awarded to the top achievers nationally.

It has been 25 years since TS Lionel Preston has received this prestigious award and also, this is only the third time in the 70 years in which Dunstable has been part of the Sea Cadets.

The Inspecting Officer was the Area Officer for Eastern Area, who has jurisdiction over some 60 plus units ranging from Hertfordshire to Yorkshire, Commander E. Langley RN. The inspection itself was the first time in which the Commander had visited the unit and in report to the evening commented; “In sum, this has been a superb year in which everyone has pulled together to deliver a much improved experience for the Cadets. The Staff are highly motivated, well led and capable and I have no hesitation is recommending you for a Burgee - which after No Award last year is a great achievement. Very well done.” 

The evening began with a guard of honour for the inspecting Officer, and the opening parade, known as colours. The commander then received a tour of the Unit from one of the cadets, Petty Officer Cadet Whitten. During this time the cadets setup for their evolution, which is a display of the skills the cadets have learnt over the past year, with added humour and fun.

We were joined by

High Sheriff of Bedfordshire A M Slack Esq.

Councillor Mr. Robin Hines, Mrs. Hines,

EX Commanding Officer of Dunstable Unit Lt Commander (SCC) J Webb,

Mrs. Webb,

Dunstable Police Station. Inspector. Bill Abram,

Dunstable Fire Station. Station Commander Ade Yule,

Trustee of Dunstable Sea Cadets Mr. Ray Shrimpton, Mr Jim Hunt

Mrs. Shrimpton, Mrs. Hunt

Dunstable Army Cadets Lt Paul Zimelis,  Sgt John Mangan

Dunstable Collage Martin Rewels

Principle of All Saints Tom Waterford

Royal British Legion Mrs. G Pullen and Guest

And supporters and parents

Officer in Charge, PO (SCC) Carl Worker, commented that

“We are delighted to have been awarded Burgee efficiency. It is a fair reflection of the hard work and commitment of the whole T.S. Lionel Preston, Staff and its Cadets. I would like to say massive thanks to the Unit Management Committee, A fantastic team effort!”

 
NEW CADET RYA SAILING INSTRUCTORS

NEW CADET RYA SAILING INSTRUCTORS

 TS REBEL

Cadet Sea School 

NEW CADET RYA SAILING INSTRUCTORS

THE FIRST EVER CADETS RYA KEELBOAT SAILING INSTRUCTORS IN THE SEA CADET CORPS

Two out of Five Cadets came from Dunstable Sea Cadets

Added 30 July 2011

 
Dunstable Sea Cadets History

Dunstable Sea Cadets History

 

Thrapston Boating weekends

Dunstable unit has boating event  the weekend of 14th & 15th May 2011.
The cadets gain 20 Waterborne qualifications, plus hours in their log books whilst having fun.

 

Thrapston Boating weekends


Dunstable boating weekends at Tharpston took place on 26th & 27th March 2011.
The cadets gain 20 Waterborne qualifications, plus hours in their log books whilst having fun.

 

November 2010


14th Remembrance Day Compulsory PARADE

 

October 2010


30th Halloween fancy dress DISCO
29th Social Night @ the Unit
24th Five-aside-football Competition
16th Unit trip to The Historic Dockyard Chatham
8th / 10th Unit sleep over
3rd Drill & Piping Training @ the Unit
2nd Boating @ Stewartby DTBD Unit sleepover weekend

 

September 2010


26th Football Training
25th Boating @ Stewartby
24th Social Night @ the Unit
17th / 19th Staff Team building weekend @ Edale
11th Boating @ Stewartby
5th Boating @ Stewartby (Completed - cadets gaining boating hours and experience).
4th Bag Pack fundraiser at Sainsbury's (Completed-£1033 raised) Many Thanks to cadets and helpers for their hard work during a long day).

 

New Years Eve Party 2010/11

Due to popular demand, Dunstable Sea Cadet Unit will be holding a New Years Eve party. Tickets are £7-50 per adult and £5-00 per child(age 6-12 years) Under 5's go free.
Come and join us 8-00pm till late at the unit on New Years Eve.
Adults may bring their own alcholic drinks and soft drinks for their children.
Please contact P.O. Sewell at the unit stating how many tickets you require and the relavent payment.

 

 

10 July 2010

Houghton Regis Carnival

A good number of our cadets took part in the Carnival Procession this year, pulling the Gun and Limber. The Procession started from Parkside Drive Recreation Ground at 10.30am, reaching The Green via Tithe Farm Road at around 12 Noon. The cadets really had their work cut out just after Tithe Farm School - pulling the gun and limber on the flat is one thing, getting it up the hill is quite another - especially on a hot day! At the green they paraded past the Town Mayor Cllr Robin Hines who officially opened the carnival and awarded prizes. Our cadets got Third Prize - a just reward for all their sterling efforts.

 

26 June 2010

ASDA Bag Pack

Cadets, staff and volunteers gave of their best on this very hot and sticky day.

Having started at 10am, by 4pm all were worn out.

The result was marvellous though, with over £900 being raised for the Unit.

Congratulations to all!!

 

AGM - 15 JUNE 2010

This year our AGM was held on Tuesday 15 June at 7.30

TThis year's event marked the end of the first year in office of both the Officer in Charge, Gary Sewell, and the Chairman of the Management Team, David Abbott. They both be presented reports on events over their year of office, and achievements made.

Particular mention was made of our replacement 17 seater minibus, and a grant of £750 from Houghton Regis Town Council for new fold-away tables.

 

We have a Pennant! - 8 August 2009

The unit received from Headquarters the prestigious award of a Pennant.

Only 40% of the best units in the country receive this honour, and we understand that we were only 2% below receiving a Burgee - the highest general award a unit can get.

The Pennant is a physical recognition of the hard work and dedication over the last year of the cadets themselves, as well as the staff and committee.

Congratulations to all!!!

 

Flag Day - 1 August 2009

A Flag Day in Dunstable town centre with the aim of both raising some money for the Unit's activities, and also encouraging new members to join the Unit.

With the kind permission of ASDA, we had a display outside their main entrance. This included our RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) which is power boat with lots of horses in the engine. It is normally kept and used at the big lake at Stewartby, and it certainly licks through the water.

We think it is true to say that other local Units are a bit envious of our 'flag ship'!

 

Royal Naval Parade - 13 July 2009

We had one of the most important events of a unit - our Royal Naval Parade. It is something that doesn't happen every year.

On this occasion Commander Watt RN inspected the cadets and he will have a full guard of honour.

As well as the Mayor of Dunstable, and the Deputy Mayor of Houghton Regis, the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire was also in attendance, and she was also invited to inspect the Cadets.

The evening was a great success, and good marks were given to the cadets for the evolutions (displays) they undertook.

For more information (nearly a full page report!) see the 29th July 2009 edition of the Dunstable Gazette

 

Trafalgar Day Parade - 26 October 2008

A number of our Cadets took place in the Trafalgar Day parade this year.

They were all members of the armed guard, and despite the weather they all did a fantastic job.

Click this link to see some pictures

District Five-a-Side Football - 19th October 2008

There was some outstanding football played from all of the Cadets taking part.
With both the boys Snr and Jnr teams getting through to the Area competition.
A mention must be made to the Jnr Girls team who took part with only 3 team members.

 

Area Five-a-Side Football - 2nd December 2007

A great day with some amazing games, a few injuries along the way but a big congratulations to Cambs & Beds District Junior Girls who have made it through to Nationals.

 

District Five-a-Side Football - 28th October 2007

Congratulations to all those who took part in the District Five-a-side football competition.

It was a great day with some great matches being played and loads of fun had by all

 

30th September 2007 - HMS Belfast

A great day out in London visiting HMS Belfast and the London Dungeons. Definitely a day to remember.

 

Dunstable Gazette Reports on Parade

"Proud parade marks Dunstable's landmark date"


"Traffic comes to a standstill as 900th anniverary celebration hits the streets."



Crowds lined the streets as a big parade by cadets in Dunstable on Saturday 8th September 2007 celebrated the 900th anniversary of the founding of the town.

Traffic in the town centre was brought to a standstill as the air, army and sea cadets marched to exercise their Freedom Of Entry to Dunstable.

The Freedom Of Entry grants the right to march through the town with "drums beating and colours flying".

Dunstable air, army and sea cadets were awarded the right in 2000, to acknowledge their services to the community.

The cadets were led by the band of the Sea Cadet Biggleswade Detachment along the route.

And the salute was taken at the Dunstable Town Council offices, Grove House, in High Street North.

For a full report, see the September 12th 2007 edition of the Dunstable Gazette

 

Dagnall Fete

Once again this year Dagnall school asked us to participate in their fete Please see the Local Activities & Fundraising Section for more info

 

Dunstable Carnival 2007

Dunstable Carnival 2007
The theme of this years carnival was 900 Years Of Dunstable.

Please see our Local Activities and fundraising section for the full story

 

Cadet of the year 2007

L/C Loxey E has been awarded Cadet of the Year 2007,
With A/C Pullen J coming a close second congratulations to both.

 

AREA DRILL & PIPE COMPETITION

On the weekend of the 24/25th February 2007, 11 cadets from Dunstable, 1 cadet from Luton & 1 cadet from Bedford, formed a 13 person Guard and entered the Eastern Area Armed Guard Competition.

This was part of the Eastern Area drill and pipe competition held at Newark showground, and the cadets had qualified for this competition by winning the district Armed Guard Competition in December 2006.

The standard of the competition was high and even though this was our first time of entering the competition, we came a very close second only missing 1st place by the smallest of margins.

All the cadets who took part should be extremely proud of themselves as are the staff of the unit’s concerned. The cadets would like to send their thanks to T.I. Gutteridge whom without this would not have been possible.

The cadets in question are:-

L/C COOPER
L/C HAGGER
L/C LOXEY
L/C STEVENS (LUTON UNIT)
L/C WHITTEN
A/C JOHNSON
A/C PULLEN
A/C WORKER
O/C CRAY
O/C PEARCE
CADET COOPER
CADET FENSOME
CADET GENEVES (BEDFORD UNIT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit to the unit by By Captain Ryecroft RN

Capt Ryecroft RN meeting the local dignitaries

On the 21st February 2007 the unit was visited by Captain Ryecroft RN, parents and local dignitaries were invited along as well to watch the Armed Guard carry out a display.

Capt Ryecroft RN was introduced to the Mayor of Dunstable, Travel Babs and Lucy Chapman from our local radio station Chiltern fm, along with our old C.O’s.

We hope he enjoyed his visit and will be looking forward to him coming along to the unit at anytime.

 

Captain Ryecroft RN & L/C Loxey

Captain Ryecroft awarding L/C Loxey with the district best guard commander award. The first time this award has been won by a Female guard commander.

 

Captain Ryecroft RN Addressing the cadets

 

 

Travel Babs And Lucy Chapman from Chiltern FM

Babs and Lucy in the Ward Room.

More pictures can be found on the Chiltern web site under presenters gaz and babs, follow the link under the links tab

 

DISTRICT PIPE & DRILL COMPETITION

Congratulations to the following cadets
L/C COOPER
L/C HAGGER
L/C LOXEY
L/C WHITTEN
A/C WORKER
O/C JOHNSON
O/C PULLEN

All of whom took part in and won the District drill competition (Armed) at Cambridge unit on the 10th of December.

Extra congratulations to L/C LOXEY who also won the district trophy for Best Guard Commander (Armed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dagnall School Fete

On the 12th May 2007 we were invited by Dagnall school to attend their fete and carry out our Drill and Gun Run displays.

A great time was had by all and the displays were a great success.

Although for the second year running we had showers on and off all day.

Highlight of the day from a staff point of view a lovely cup of hot tea.

Highlight of the day from a cadet point of view, having the opportunity to display their skills and community spirit.

Cold / wet but great fun

 

 

 

 

Dunstable Carnival 2007

The theme of this years carnival was 900 Years Of Dunstable, the cadets were asked to come up with thier own ideas for the float.

As usual the cadets and staff threw themselves into the event.

Staff/Committee/Parents at the Dunstable Unit are proud of the cadets and a day like the Dunstable Carnival re-enforces that pride.

Many thanks to T.J.Robins for yet again providing us with the vehicle and a special thank you to our Chairman Mr Malcolm Cooper for getting us around the street circuit safely

 

 

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