Top award for being an effficient and well managed unit

Top award for being an effficient and well managed unit

At a recent conference Harrogate were chosen from 66 other units in the Eastern area of Britain as having the best management team based on paperwork, ideas and implementation. This reflects well on the management team who organise funding, maintainance of the unit headquarters in Springfield Mews and project management to ensure that cadets and staff have the best opportunities open to them and support them in all those activities. This combined with The Burgee award below is a great accolade for T.S Cleopatra - Sea Cadets in Harrogate and District.

 
Harrogate is one of the Best Units in the Country for the cadet experience

Harrogate is one of the Best Units in the Country for the cadet experience

Every Sea Cadet Unit has to go through an audit by Sea Cadet authorities to check that Health and Safety, training facilities, cadet opportunities, finances and instructor qualifications are all up to date. Harrogate Unit is all of these and more and this is down to the hard work of instructing staff and the management team. Parents and sponsors can be asurred that TS Cleopatra is a safe place to send your children to, money is spent wisely and the opportunities for young people are immense. A Burgee is the top award given to outstanding units.

 
Harrogate Sea Cadets sent to The Tower of London!

Harrogate Sea Cadets sent to The Tower of London!

National activities are one of the highlights of Sea Cadet Service. Being in the Band is open to everyone in the Corps and all you need is a sense of rythym, can march and are willing to learn. This is the band on the way to London to take part in The National Band Competition. What a privelidge to perform in the Moat of the Tower of London in front of lots of visitors and guests. And you can do this by joining Harrogate Sea Cadets.

 
Juniors having the time of their lives.

Juniors having the time of their lives.

4 JUniors and a member of staff went over to Scarborough and joined up with our ship mates there to have a weekend of fun -outdoor activities, indoor training, beach fun and a Hawaian themed barbecue (don't ask!) Junior Sea Cadets is for 10-12 year olds.

 
Armed Forces Day 2015

Armed Forces Day 2015

Harrogate Sea Cadets always wants to support the local community and Armed Forces day in Ripon is one of those community events where we want to add to the occasion. Our band provided 2 performances for the day as well as drummers for the drumhead ceremony that finishes off the day and buglers for the Last Post played from the town hall balcony. #proudtobepartofit.

 

 
Cooking Skills are cool

Cooking Skills are cool

Never say Harrogate Sea Cadets are not multi skilled or multi talented. Most of the training involves a fun element. Everyone seems to be enjoying this particular learning package (although there are no recorded pictures of them doing the washing up when the smiles may not be there any more!!)

 
Team Building with a fun element.

Team Building with a fun element.

At Harrogate Sea Cadets we don't just do waterborne activities or march around!  We can appeal to all youngsters who want to improve confidence and be valued. Here we see an evenings activities based around ideas from everyone and achieving the task together (and having fun at he same time.) We know its not school!

 
Jumble Sale 2015 beats all records!

Jumble Sale 2015 beats all records!

What an amazing morning we had on Saturday the 21st. Parents UMT members cadets and staff all pulled out the stops to combine well and raise money for our Unit. Everything has a value and everyone, including our treasurer, went away happy. Thanks to Starbeck methodist Church for allowing us to use their buildings, for all the people who donated items (including all those dads who probably did not know they had donated) and to those people who came, bought and handed over their cash!

 
Awards night 2015

Awards night 2015

Every January we gather cadets, staff, committee, parents and friends together for our award night. This year we used the grand ballroom at The Cedar Court Hotel and it went superbly well. Many cadets received trophies, certificates or mentions for the hard work that they had put in during the year. Awards cover commitment and contribution as well as achievement and this year the awards were presented by The Mayor of Harrogate and Cdr Franklin of the US Navy. Thanks also to our many sponsors (particularly the King family). Without you we could not achieve what we do.

 
A Double honour for Harrogate Sea Cadets

A Double honour for Harrogate Sea Cadets

On Monday 13 October Captain Sea Cadets (A serving Royal Naval Officer) visited our unit. His visit was preceeded by much painting, cleaning, tidying and sorting out and he visited all the cadet classrooms to see the cadets, took the salute at the parade and spoke to each one of the volunteers. He had a nice surprise for us as well when he presented us with a Burgee. A Burgee is the top award you can get for a Sea Cadet Unit and puts us in the top 100 units in the country. The picture shows the Commanding Officer CPO Blackburn being presented with the Burgee by Captain Jonathan Holloway RN Captain Sea Cadets.

 
Bridlington Bonanza

Bridlington Bonanza

The Unit won a "bus for the day" from Transdev - the local bus network supplier and they used it to transport the cadets to and from Bridlington where the band played for The 8th destroyer squadron annual re union. This time however we used it as a staff and families day out and to say thankyou to all the parents and friends who support the unit with transportation, catering, sewing on badges etc. It was a great day out at the seaside, the sun shone on the day, fish and chips were eaten in abundance , pleasure boats were hired and staff cadets parents and Unit management committee had time to get to know each other. Many thanks to Transdev for making this happen.

 
Juniors are not forgotten.

Juniors are not forgotten.

Who says Senior Cadets get all the fun. a PO and 4 junior cadets (age 10 or 11) went to Junior Sea Cadet camp and had the time of their lives doing Archery, High ropes, river walking, fencing and many other activities. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and met other junior sea cadets from all over Britain. For a lot of them it was a leap of faith to go away on camp and even more of a "leap of Faith" on the High Ropes as we see Emma do here!

 
Blubberhouses Duck Race July 2014

Blubberhouses Duck Race July 2014

For the 2nd year running The Unit was a chosen Charity for Blubberhouses Cricket Club annual Duck Race. We sold tickets, had a stall on the day and cadets took part in races, welly wanging (a sport only known to Yorkshire folk) and egg throwing. Over £200 was raised and all who participated had a great time.

 
Harrogate Hornpipe Unveiled

Harrogate Hornpipe Unveiled

Armed Forces Day in Ripon was the venue for the world premiere of Harrogate and Dictrict Sea Cadets (Junior Section) performing the Hornpipe dance. Ably led by Able Cadet Eleanor Maxwell and APO Abi Langford the Juniors performed the routine brilliantly and got rather a lot of positive comments. 

 
Bilton Gala 2014

Bilton Gala 2014

With so many cadets in our very successful unit we have to keep raising funds. It was great to see Parents Cadets Staff and management committee all doing their bit at the "hook a duck", "human fruit machine" and The "Rainbow Tombola". It was a very profitable and enjoyable afternoon.

 
Largest Presence ever at Harrogate International Youth Festival

Largest Presence ever at Harrogate International Youth Festival

The Massed Bands of Harrogate and District and South West Area Sea Cadets Corps take part in the Annual International Youth Festival in Harrogate for the first time ever. (right click on link and open in new tab) Massed Bands

 

 
Support for McMillan Cancer Day

Support for McMillan Cancer Day

Harrogate Band were asked to play 3 times to support this local fundraiser. We were really pleased to do so and add to all the activities going on in the Town Centre. Supporting the local community is what we do in Sea Cadets.

 
Sea Cadet Promise

Sea Cadet Promise

Our Junior section goes from strength to strength. Here we have 11 new Junior cadets (age 10 or 11) saying their promise in front of parents and staff "I promise to serve My God, The Queen, my country and The Sea Cadet Corps and to obey the orders of my senior officers. I will be proud of my uniform be smart and seamanlike in wearing it and always do my duty."

 
Recreating History

Recreating History

Some members of the Band played recently at an awards night for Cedar Court Hotels employees. The "Only" difference to their normal repetoire was that they had to play "The Grand Old Duke of York" and wear costume from the 19th century. They wore the uniforms and played the tune impeccably and the audience loved it. Adaptable or what? That's Harrogate Sea Cadets for you.

 
Best ever Jumble Sale!

Best ever Jumble Sale!

TS Cleopatra's annual jumble Sale took place on 15 February. We got the mix absolutely right. The treasurer and Chairman ran round before the event collecting bric a brac and jumble, adverts were put in the local paper, parents delivered to the unit, we had lots of help on the day and a rag man and a book man collected all that was left at the end of the day. We raised £ 450 - our best ever total.

 
Awards night 2014

Awards night 2014

Every Year Cadets strive to be the best. This year was no exception and there were lots of different awards and nominations given out. 2 notable ones this year were Best Cadet AB Elliot Warrington and Harrogate Units first ever BTEC in Music awarded at Diploma level went to LC Abi Langford ( now PCI Langford.) Well done to all who won awards, all who were nominated and for the high standards set by everyone else which meant the winners really had to work it!

 
Community support and Fundraising

Community support and Fundraising

TS Cleopatra is a registered Charity and The Commitee Staff or Parents arrange different events to raise money to pay the bills. Here we see a "Speedquiz" organised by the staff and supported by parents friends and friends of friends. Over £ 300 was raised on the night, a great Pie and Pea supper was served, and the unique software to allow us all to use I pads I Phones and Android devices was so innovative that this certainly was a Quiz with a difference.

 
National Qualifications and Awards

National Qualifications and Awards

At Harrogate Sea Cadets you get the opportunity to gain Nationally recognised achievements and qualifications. Here Petty Officer Andy Langford is waiting in the queue to get his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award presented to him at St James Palace. You can also get BTEC qualifications, First Aid, Food Hygiene and many RYA sailing and boating qualifications.

 
Trafalgar Square Parade

Trafalgar Square Parade

Yet again Harrogate TS Cleopatra sent 4 cadets and 1 staff member to take part in the Annual National Trafalgar Day Parade at Trafalgar Square in London. 2 days training in the company of other cadets from all over Britain culminated in a very colourful and immaculate parade under the watchful eye of Admiral Lord Nelson in the square. They then all paraded down The Mall and past Buckingham Palace. Its another example of the wonderful prestigious opportunites that are given to Sea Cadets.

 
Trafalgar Day Parade in Harrogate

Trafalgar Day Parade in Harrogate

The Highlight of the Sea Cadet Calendar is the Trafalgar Day Parade where all units in each district gather together for a parade in one of the towns in that district. This Year Harrogate hosted the parade and over 120 cadets and staff from 5 units assembled on a rainy day on Harrogate Stray, paraded to St Peters Church in the Centre of Harrogate and after the service paraded through the town to the council offices on Crescent Gardens. The sun eventually shone, all the cadets were complimented by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant on their turnout, Harrogate Sea Cadet Band led the parade and once again were complimented on their display and lots of Harrogate folk stopped and applauded as they marched past.

 
Highlight of a Sea cadet career.

Highlight of a Sea cadet career.

The Sea Cadet Corps own various boats that circumnavigate Britain during the year and cadets spend a week on board learning seamanship, teamwork and other skills. This year Harrogate unit sent 8 cadets away either on a motor cruiser or a tall ship. Schools are very supportive as it is a great education and all cadets come back saying it was one of the best experiences of their lives.

 
5 aside football

5 aside football

Its not just ceremonial and boating that Harrogate Sea Cadets get involved in - its also football. We put in 2 teams this year -juniors and girls and both teams came 2nd - a very good effort and another chance to meet other cadets from the district.

 
8th Destroyer Squadron reunion

8th Destroyer Squadron reunion

This year the venue was Bridlington rather than Scarborough but that made no difference. The sun was out, standards fluttered in the breeze and everyone stopped to applaud the band as they led the veterans through the town centre and along the sea front.

 
National Band Competition

National Band Competition

Harrogate Unit (along with some cadets from Grimsby, Lincoln and Immingham Units) took part in the National Band Competition in the prestigious setting of The moat of The Tower of London and represented The East of England area. Despite having the mix of cadets and only 3 days of combined practice the unit performed very well and enjoyed their time with cadets from all over Britain.

 
Summer Gala July 2013

Summer Gala July 2013

We took part in the Blubberhouses Cricket Club annual gala where we were one of their nominated charities. As well as a duck race down the river we had 10 of our own swimming their little hearts out round a little pool as people played "Hook a Duck (we couldn't find any Battleships) or bought cakes. It was a glorious afternoon and the treasurer is a little happier. Some cadets took part in Wellie Wanging but didn't win any prizes!

 
Armed Forces Day 2013

Armed Forces Day 2013

Harrogate Sea Cadets provided the Band, and the equipment for the Drumhead ceremony and the buglers for The Last Post  (you can just see them in the Balcony of the Town Hall.) Cadets entered tri cadet competitions so we got to know the other cadet forces and we were glad to be able to play our part in remembering the debt of gratitude we as a nation owe to the men and women in our armed services. The day finished with a wonderful fly past by a Spitfire and a Hurricane - magic!

 
Sea Cadet Family Barbeque

Sea Cadet Family Barbeque

One of the strengths of Harrogate Sea Cadets is having enthusiastic cadets, dedicated staff and supportive parents. What better way of getting them all together than having a family barbeque with sausages and salads, puddings and pastries and gossip and games. The weather was great and everyone mixed very well. What a great unit we have here in Harrogate.

 
Clean sweep at Kettering

Clean sweep at Kettering

Well done to the eastern area band champions! Best band, best dressed and best drum major go to Harrogate Unit. All the hard practice, learning routines and ironing paid off.
 
Recruiting night 07 June 1930 Hrs

Recruiting night 07 June 1930 Hrs

On Friday 07 June at 1930 at our unit Harrogate Sea Cadets is having a recruiting night. Join on that day so you do not miss out on all the training, opportunities and enjoyment that you can have as a Sea Cadet. More details about the serious fun you can have at Harrogate Unit appears on this website. Contact us now about registering for the event.

 
Guard of Honour for a Royal Prince.

Guard of Honour for a Royal Prince.

15 Sea Cadets from across the region were specially selected to form an Honour Guard for the Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps, His Royal Highness The Duke of York, during a special Word War Two commemoration in York recently.

Amongst them were 2 cadets from TS Cleopatra - LC Abi Langford and AC Rosie Lischke. They lined the steps of York Minster as part of the annual Kohima Commemoration, which marks a decisive battle in World War Two over the Japanese.  They formed part of a line of honour for their Admiral, who welcomed their role in the ceremony, and formed an Honour Guard for the veterans of the Kohima Battle at the Chapter House and the Kohima Memorial.  It was the first time in the Sea Cadets history that they been known to form a part of the Kohima Commemoration Service.

 
All pulling together. May 2013

All pulling together. May 2013

Boys and Girls teams headed off to Scarborough for the District rowing regatta. Despite only limited practice both teams aquitted themselves well - the girls in particular only just been beaten into 2nd place by the eventual winners of the competition. Despite the rivalry it was great to meet up with cadets from the other units in our area and enjoy time together.

 
Cake Sweets and Gala May 2013

Cake Sweets and Gala May 2013

We again took part in one of the local galas. The band led the parade as we are getting a really good reputation in the area for our standards, our music and our presence. Afterwards, as all the parents had been baking over the weekend and, we sold cakes and sweets and talked to a whole shed load of kids about how great Sea cadets is. Contributing to local events is part of the giving back to the community that we try to foster.

 
Bags more fun with Sea Cadets

Bags more fun with Sea Cadets

As part of the Units commitment to the Sea Cadet Corps this was the third event, another Bag Pack at ASDA, to raise money for a replacement for TS Royalist, our flagship. We raised £ 525.00 on the night. However all 3 events were so sucessful, with such enthusiasm shown by all who contributed, that we exceeded our overall target by £ 400 and that can be used towards general Unit Funds. Thanks to all who took part

 
Row The World

Row The World

Harrogate Sea Cadets took part in this challenge to get sponsorship to row 120 miles (of the World circumference of 25000 miles on the lakes and on rowing machines) to raise money and contribute towards the grand total of £5.5 million to buy a new flagship. Here we see 2 petty officers a CI and a lieutenant being given the correct orders by a cadet on how to row properly. Listen and learn!

 
The Grand Finale

The Grand Finale

Harrogate Youth Music festival always ends with a Grand Finale Concert and Harrogate Sea Cadets again provided one of the Acts. The cadets had all been at the Unit for the previous few days doing practice, practice, practice. This year they were joined and instructed by Kim Hare, herself a former Sea Cadet who is now in the Royal Marines Band Service as a bugler. Along with the regular staff and lots of enthusiasm junior and senior cadets put on a fantastic show of musical ability, discipline and pride in their uniforms. Well done to everyone.

 
Nobody rained on our parade! March 2013

Nobody rained on our parade! March 2013

Bands from all over the world gathered in Harrogate for the International Youth Festival of Music. Harrogate Sea Cadets have always been part of that parade and this year was no exception. Augmented by Individuals from other Units the cadets and staff joined in with dancers, pipe bands, local schools and choirs to show to Harrogate people how many talented young people there are in the world.

 
Military Wives

Military Wives

3 staff and 3 cadets from our Unit offered to help out with ushering and handing our Programs at the Military wives concert in Harrogate. Their presence at both entrances and their courteous and helpful bearing added to the night. Everyone loved the wives and their story and we were glad to be able to support this fantasic foundation that now has 82 choirs around the world.

 
Jumble Sale Saturday 16 February

Jumble Sale Saturday 16 February

Harrogate Sea Cadets held their annual jumble sale on Saturday 16 Feb - everyone is a winner. Sea cadets make money for the unit, some great bric a brac to buy and the charity shops end up with anything that's left over. Bargains included blokes books, clothes, and a few surprises that get donated. In the picture you see all shapes and ages of parents UMC and cadets. THis is the calm before the storm. When the doors opened at 1030 the clients poured in! The night before ASDA had hosted a bag packing evening and we arised a magnifect £455 towards the TS Royalist appeal.

 
Christmas Mess Dinner

Christmas Mess Dinner

What a fabulous evening we all had at the Unit on Friday 21 December. Staff and cadets prepared the table, parents cooked, everyone dressed up and a formal seating plan was written out for the Christmas Mess dinner. Music played, the guest of honour arrived, the below stairs staff (Parents) looked through glass doors and peered from behind curtains to see them all arrive. Dresses for all the girls were fabulous and there were a few James Bond look a likes amongst the male cadets. A piping hot gourmet dinner was served, port was passed to the left in true naval tradition and speeches were made. Thanks to everyone who made it happen and the turkeys who surrendered their lives that we might eat!

 
ASDA bag packing

ASDA bag packing

A wonderful turnout of cadets staff and parents on Friday 14th December for bag packing at ASDA and thanks to all the shoppers who contributed to a wonderful collection of £503.35 which will help massively towards Unit funds and activities that will be happening next year.

 
Colour Party and Piping Competition

Colour Party and Piping Competition

Well done to the Drill and piping teams who entered the district competition. They all did the unit proud on the day and turnout, giving and receiving of orders and standards of piping were a credit to them all.

 
Poppy Selling for The British Legion

Poppy Selling for The British Legion

The Unit ably supported the British Legion with Poppy Selling on the Streets of Harrogate. Sometimes its not much fun standing on street corners in the cold and wet but the day turned out well and the cadets made a special effort to represent the unit on the streets of Harrogate. Thanks to all who contributed.

 
Remembrance Day Parade

Remembrance Day Parade

Once again our Unit led the Remembrance Day Parade at The Cenotaph on Sunday 11th November. With the squad marching behind the band the Unit set the pace and the standard for the day as they marched at the front. Many complimented the cadets on their turn out and what a privilige it was as well to see former service people all turned out well and still marching with pride as they would have done many years ago.

 
The day we went to filey

The day we went to filey

Didn't we have a lovely time..........The annual Trafalgar day parade was hosted by Filey Unit this year. The weather turned out to be good and the coach full of cadets staff and parents spent all day over there. Thanks to North Yorks Police for closing off some of the roundabouts so we could parade through the town with our band leading, the Guard immaculate and well drilled and the parade  cadets disciplined and well turned out. Thanks also to the Parents and Supporters of Filey Unit for a wonderful spread of food aftrwards at their headquarters.

 
Recruiting night

Recruiting night

On Friday 07 June at 1930 at our unit Harrogate Sea Cadets is having a recruiting night. Join on that day so you do not miss out on all the training, opportunities and enjoyment that you can have as a Sea Cadet. More details about the serious fun you can have at Harrogate Unit appears on this website. Contact us now about registering for the event.

 
Bag Packing is boring - not!!

Bag Packing is boring - not!!

What a turnout we had for bag packing on Friday night at ASDA. 99% turnout, all pulling together - staff, parents cadets and UMC members and we raised £ 538.35 from just 4 hours bag packing.(That's arecord for us) Thanks to ASDA for allowing us to do it and for their staff being so friendly and helpful to us. Our target ( to keep our treasurer happy) was £ 500 so our dilemna now is what to spend the extra £ 38.35 on! Everyone enjoyed themselves and is looking forward to the next one.

 
This is serious Fun

This is serious Fun

9 cadets from Harrogate Unit spent a windy and sunny morning up at Grimwith Reservoir in conditions that were a bit blustery to say the least. You can see the excitement anticipation and awareness on all these youngsters and what you can't see is the proud parents drinking tea on the banks of the reservoir. (who had a great morning out as well) A great day out as the sailing was followed by a picnic with all the families who went up there.

 
Hawes Gala

Hawes Gala

The Unit were invited to provide the band to lead the parade at the annual Hawes Gala where the theme was "Pirates". We thought we might have to bring our boat as well as there was wind rain and floods overnight and the marquee got blown away but we arrived, we played and we enjoyed their hospitality and hopefully added to the fun day that was had by all. One comment on the Hawes Gala Facebook site was "Trish Woof this is what we are hoping to get sedbergh corps of drums trained up to do.xxx proof that the band was appreciated."

 
 
Harrogate Sea Cadets join forces with the RNR in Leeds

Harrogate Sea Cadets join forces with the RNR in Leeds

Ceres division of the RNR in Leeds hosted Sea Cadets from Yorkshire and showed them what life in the Royal Naval Reserve is like. They ran through Anti Terrorist drills, Communications and First Aid and ended up with a Sports competition. Everyone had a great day out and AC Abi Langford even got the T shirt to prove it as she was in the winning team. Thanks to our Vice Chairman Bill Williams for arranging it.

 
Sent to The Tower

Sent to The Tower

5 cadets and 2 PO's were selected to participate and train others for the Presentation ceremony of the Diamond Crystal to the Keeper of the Tower of London. After 3 days of intensive training, a dress rehearsal and a performace to bring the house down,  everyone returned to their units safe in the knowledge that their execution had been faultless (and no one had lost their head).

 

"Boom" Battleship May 2012

For the Umpteenth year running we have participated in the local Bilton Gala - its not a great fund raiser but is a great opportunity for awareness. We managed this year to return the old custom of leading the parade and our stall this time was primarily for recruiting and how Sea Cadets is about having serious fun. This year we had a game based on the old favourite "Battleships" where people were invited to guess the coordinates on the reverse of the card. We had one or 2 direct hits but someone did manage to virtually destroy a cruiser. We also got a mention on the showground radio station and the local MP had a shot. He is definitely a better politician than a gunnery fire control officer!

 
GYBE scheme now available for booking

GYBE scheme now available for booking

This scheme is open to Juniors and Seniors and is on 13 May, 24 June, 15 July and 30 Sep (2 -4 on those days apart from 12 -2 on the 24th June). You can windsurf, sail or be taken out in a sailboat. Sign up on the unit noticeboard

 
Harrogate Sea Cadets in Annual Youth Parade

Harrogate Sea Cadets in Annual Youth Parade

TS Cleopatra joined in with nationalities from all over the world in The Harrogate International Youth Festival. Cadets showed that marching is an art form and has to be practised (they easily stood as superb compared to the other bands who don't normally march!). This was also part of the Easter Camp organised by the Unit where time is spent on practising their skills, working in the galley and getting to know each other well.

 
Annual Jumble Sale

Annual Jumble Sale

Well done to all cadets, staff, parents and helpers who raised a considerable sum towards the upkeep of TS Cleopatra. Everyone Joined in, most of the enormous pile soon disappeared and the rest went off to Charity Shops. Everyone was a winner.

 
Awards night 30 January

Awards night 30 January

Everyone pulled out all the stops on Monday night to make our awards night extra special. Every single cadet and Junior cadet got recognized for their outstanding contribution to the unit. There were runners up to every award and those awards varied from best overall cadet to those who had contributed most to our Band and excelled on Expedition training. The Mayor of Harrogate Councillor Len Ellington presented the prizes and Lt Cdr Martin Rhodes of The RNR made a great motivational speech that left us all really buzzing. At the end, the highlight of our Year, being awarded a Burgee for overall excellence in the Unit was presented to the Senior Rate Daniel Fabretti who accepted it on behalf of TS Cleopatra. Thanks to all our guests sponsors commitee and staff who made all this happen.

 
Leading from the front

Leading from the front

Staff and Cadets again put on a fine show at the Rememberance Day Parade in Harrogate in November. The whole parade was led by The Band of TS Cleopatra and, watched by local dignitaries and members of the armed services both past and present, the service was conducted in a fitting manner. Afterwards parents, friends, staff and cadets were all invited back to the unit for hot soup, rolls and plenty of chat.

 
We will remember them

We will remember them

Thanks to the cadets and parents who helped with collecting for the poppy appeal. We raised over £200 for the British Legion and the organisors were very grateful for the time given to help this worthy cause.

 
A Harrogate First

A Harrogate First

At the recent drill and piping competition TS Cleopatra entered a colour party for the first time. The cadets did really well and their standard of dress was excellent. Well done to everyone for attempting this new venture.

 
Piping Team Conquers The North

Piping Team Conquers The North

Well done to the piping team who came in first at the district drill and piping competition in Filey. We were champions in West Yorkshire and now Champions of North Yorkshire. Roll on the area competition.

 
Bag Packing a Huge success

Bag Packing a Huge success

Cadets, Parents, Officers and PO's all put in a huge combined effort over a 4 hour period to man and woman every till and every door or play carols outside in the freezing cold to raise a massive £ 535 towards Unit funds. This was the best EVER single days bag packing we have undertaken and shows that committment brings sucess. Well done to all and a special thanks from our treasurer who is now a happy man!

 
Trip on The Pride of Hull

Trip on The Pride of Hull

 

Harrogate Sea Cadets Trip on The Pride of Hull 16/11/11 – 18/11/11
Courtesy of P&O Ferries.

Day 1

We set off on our journey from Harrogate to Hull on Wednesday afternoon. After arriving in Hull we were greeted by the friendly staff in the terminal who provided us with our boarding cards and room keys. Once onboard we went to find our rooms and changed into our uniform. We then went to the buffet restaurant to have our first meal – it was delicious. After dinner we went to meet the Captain of the ship who escorted us to the bridge, he gave us an excellent talk about how the different things worked on the bridge. We were then divided into two groups – our group stayed on the bridge to watch the ship sail out of Hull.  The Captain switched all the lights off in preparation. Whilst sailing out to sea we encountered a lot of other traffic in the estuary, we had to change course a few times to make sure we didn’t crash! We stayed on the bridge for about an hour whilst we sailed out of port watching all the staff working under the instruction of the Captain.

After this we were allowed to get changed into our plain clothes and go exploring the ship. We went to the Sun Deck and had a look around the shops on board, we met Jonathon on our travels who worked in one of the on board shops – he was really nice to us and answered all our questions. We also went to listen to the entertainment in the lounge. We chatted to some of the other passengers on board as well.

Day 2

We were woken by the bing bong lady on board the ship as she did her morning announcement. We got into our best uniform and headed into breakfast, once again this was fantastic, we filled up on Bacon, Eggs, Hash Browns and Beans. After this we headed off the ship to get the bus to Amsterdam.  This was quite a long a long journey but was worth it when we got there.  We went to find what we could do and ended up on an American style school bus to take us on the guided tour of the city – this included some free headphones, hooray! Whilst on the bus we saw lots of Amsterdam’s sights, canals, canals and more canals! There were of course other things to see the Hermitage Museum, Van Gough Museum, Heineken Brewery and Madame Tussauds. The bus stopped along the way at the diamond factory – think this was more for the girls than the boys! We did however get to see lots of diamonds, not only in display cabinets but up close too.
 After the bus tour had finished we went to have lunch – Ham and Cheese toasties, very nice. Once lunch was over we split into 2 groups – the first group headed towards Anne Frank House, this was a moving experience for us, a fantastic opportunity to see such an integral part of history. The second group went to look around the shops to buy themselves some souvenirs. We then headed back to the coach to get back to the Ship. We enjoyed our day in Amsterdam but by this time we were freezing!


Once back on board the Ship we once again went for a yummy dinner J afterwards we split back into our 2 groups, tonight was our turn for a tour around the rest of the ship. Our guides for this part of the tour were Jason and Debbie who had excellent knowledge of the whole ship. First Jason explained to us about how the emergency procedures worked for landing a helicopter in case of an emergency. He explained that without the helipad passengers would have to be winched off the ship – no easy task! After this we headed to the funnel – this was fantastic, it was really hot on this part of the ship and super noisy! We stuck our head out of the side of the funnel and must have been spotted as the other passengers reported people in the funnel to Debbie! We headed to the lifeboats after and learned about how the helter-skelter system worked to get the passengers off the ship – we would get to have a look at one of these later on. Afterwards we moved to the Jail – well it wasn’t a jail, they were called ‘meditation rooms’ but were where the ships company could secure any unruly passengers. Although we went in for a visit we wouldn’t have liked an overnight stay!


We stopped briefly to say hello to the dog in the kennel then headed to the helter-skelters. We had a look at the security cameras and
were amazed at how clear the pictures were – we knew not to be misbehaving now! We popped in tried on some lifejackets before
taking quick look at the medical room – including learning briefly how a defibrillator works. Now we were given some free time and the ships company very kindly arranged for us to have our own cinema screening – we watched X-Men, think the boys enjoyed this more than the girls this time!

 

Day 3

Up at 06:00 ready to go to the bridge at 06:30 – the Captain had very kindly agreed to let us watch the ship come alongside in the harbour. We saw the sunrise and marvelled at how he managed to spin the boat around and get it so in was in the right place, all ready to set sail once again. One final fantastic meal in the restaurant and then time to get off L We really enjoyed our time on board the Pride of Hull, the whole team made us feel very welcome from start to finish, we hope the they enjoyed having us on board too and maybe one day we will be lucky enough to go on again.

Many Thanks From

Able Cadet Jack Tibbals
Able Cadet Abigail Langford
PO (SCC) Michelle Blackburn
PO (SCC) Daniel Wilding

 
Trafalgar Square Parade Oct 2011

Trafalgar Square Parade Oct 2011

6 cadets and 3 PO's from The Unit played their part in the National Band at The Annual Trafalgar Square Parade. All sections were represented by the unit - percussion, drums, glockenspeils and brass. The parade culminated in a parade down The Mall and finished up by Buckingham Palace. The parade was inspected by Buster Howes Commandant General of The Royal Marines. What an ocasion for everyone.

 
National Band Competition Aug 2011

National Band Competition Aug 2011

Well done to the Band at National Band Competition at Plymouth. A very commendable 3rd place out of all the bands in The UK.

 

 

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