Drumming Up Business

Drumming Up Business

One of our Leading Cadets represented the unit at the Mayor of Medway's Masked Ball by drumming the VIPs in to dinner. The Mayor (also Admiral of the River) was piped into the venue & a group of Cadets collected on behalf of the Mayor's charity.

At the Mayor's farewell dinner he told his guests how impressed he was with the drumming at his Masked Ball as well asking the CO to pass on his thanks to the Cadets for the support he had received at events throughout the Mayoral year.

 
Best Dressed for Success

Best Dressed for Success

After the 2012 (Medway Towns) history making success of our Guard getting 2nd place at the national drill & piping competition... many of the same Cadets formed our entry in the Drill Squad competition & achieved 2nd place out of 380 units (400 units according to HQ) & best dressed drill squad, too. As Medway Towns didn't enter a drill squad in the District competition last year or the year before it's quite an achievement.

After a ridiculous journey from Kent to Torpoint which began with a delay, due to the driver having to take a rest break before the squad even left the unit, to the coach running out of fuel well before reaching the Plymouth area, the Cadets from East & West Kent didn't get to go to bed before half past midnight after leaving mid-morning. 

A group of parents & some staff made the trip to support the Cadets & were very impressed with what they saw.

 
Drill Squad 2013

Drill Squad 2013

Our PO Cdt was justly proud to receive the trophy from the Area Recreation Officer when he visited the unit to present the Drill Squad with their Area Drill competition prizes.

Southern Area winners of Best Drill Squad, Best Drill Squad Commander, Best Routine & Best Dressed Drill Squad for 2013.

Well done team "T.S. CORNWALLIS S.C.C."!

 
I name this Bridge...

I name this Bridge...

A ceremony was held for the naming of the road bridge that links St. Mary’s Island to the mainland, the bridge was named after HMS Chatham the Frigate which was commissioned in the basin adjacent to the bridge. Because of this connection the last CO of the ship, Cdr Simon Huntington OBE RN, was asked to unveil a sign on Saturday 22nd September 2012.

The Medway Towns Sea Cadet Unit provided a guard of honour for the occasion. Cdr Huntington spoke with members of the guard as he inspected them, was impressed with their smartness & was pleased to see Cadets he recognised from previous events at which the unit had supported the ship.

Photo by Mr. John A. Gilkison

 
Unit Closure & Return

Unit Closure & Return

In August the unit was evacuated due to a structural issue (which subsequently turned out to be historical & no worse than when first reported 5 years ago) & we had to find an alternative venue for our weekly parades.

Thankfully, the SSO & the SSO's Clerk of 1RSME made the Lampard Centre available for our use. We managed to continue parading even though we didn't have our usual training equipment as we were not allowed access to Collingwood Block. The Cadets began preparations for our bi-annual inspection, the Royal Naval Parade.

 
Mayor's Cruise

Mayor's Cruise

The Admiral of the River Medway (the Mayor) cruises their dominion in July each year & is accompanied by a group of Cadets from Medway Towns unit.

The Mayor is piped aboard their barge & sails to the site of the wreck of HMS Bulwark http://www.historicmedway.co.uk/disasters/hms_bulwark.htm where Cadets salute those lost incident whilst streaming a wreath in their memory as the RCC boats sail past; next is a respectful sail past of the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery then onto the the concrete pontoon for lunch.

The Cadets provide the signal party for the Rochester Cruising Club sunset ceremony before the evening reception.

 
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant

The unit's senior Cadet & a L/Cpl from Chatham Marines Cadet unit were present in the Wardroom of HMS President, London RNR during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant in June. They got to meet HRH Princess Anne, the Prime Minister, the First Sea Lord, a previous Captain of HMS Chatham & many other dignitaries.

Although the event was dampened by drizzle the opportunity the Cadets got will remain in their memories for a long time to come.

 
Ocelot 50 Parade

Ocelot 50 Parade

Cadets from West Kent, namely Medway Towns, Dartford & Maidstone units provided the Colour Guard for the Ocelot 50th Anniversary parade & Beat Retreat ceremony at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham in May. Chatham Marines Cadet unit provided the signal party & VIP escorts.

The parade was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launching of HMS Ocelot the last ship (boat) to be built in the Royal Dockyard at Chatham.

The Royal Marines' band from HMS Collingwood were the star musical treat of the day.

 
Paddle & Pedal 2012

Paddle & Pedal 2012

The CPO Baxter invitational sponsored event involving kayaking from Tonbridge to Allington (30km) on Saturday 21st April & Cycling 17 laps (40km) around the Cyclopark in Gravesend http://www.cyclopark.com/ on Sunday 22nd April to raise funds for the unit.

The event was a logistical challenge & a monetary success with both Cadets & staff taking part & bringing much needed money into the unit.

Yes, that's the CO in a Tigger suit & why not!

 
Silver Sensation!

Silver Sensation!

Southern Area's entry for the National Drill & Piping Competition travelled to HMS Raleigh, by coach, on Friday 27th March. Dartford unit were first in to the drill shed with their unarmed squad entry; the Medway Towns entry for the armed squad (Guard) went on around 1100.

In a seemingly one-sided competition, with most awards being made to units from the South West Area, the Cadets from Medway Towns achieved, a well deserved, silver medal position. Very well done!

That makes our unit 2nd out of 380 units in the UK!

This result was the culmination of a lot of hard work from the Cadets & the 1st Lt, with support from other members of the unit.

(Pictured is our Guard Commander)

 
Medway hit the mark at Drill Competition

Medway hit the mark at Drill Competition

After their success at the West Kent District competition in Brompton Barracks on 4th March, the Medway Towns guard went on to win the Area competition at HMS Sultan on March 25th. 

Pictured with the Guard is CPO Manuel (1st Lt) & a Royal Navy Harrier jump jet.

 
Cadet receives Bronze D of E Award

Cadet receives Bronze D of E Award

One of Medway Towns' Cadets was presented with her Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme Bronze at a ceremony in Rochester Cathedral on Wednesday 21st March.

A/C Maybourne received her award from the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent in the presence of the Mayor of Medway, Cllr Ted Baker.

 
Awards Winners 2011

Awards Winners 2011

The worshipful Mayor of Medway, Cll Ted Baker, presented the annual awards to their winners in December 2011 at the St. George's Centre, Chatham Maritime.

Also, ex-CPO(SCC) Jim Manning presented a new award named in his honour, 'The Manning Trophy' for Drill & Ceremonial achievement. The CO presented Jim with a bottle of Port & a piece of cheese (an in joke) as a thank you for his years of service to the unit.

The event was also attend by the Southern Area Chairman, DO West Kent, DDO West Kent, CO Maidstone Unit, a Lt Col RE, a Lt Cdr RNR (retd) to name but a few.

 
RNA Gravesend

RNA Gravesend

30th May 2011

Medway Cadets put on a Field Gun display to those gathered (including the Mayor of Gravesham & an Admiral) at the Gravesend branch of the RNA's anniversary celebration.

 
Mayor's Cadet Presentation

Mayor's Cadet Presentation

30th July 2011

The Mayor Medway, Cllr Ted Baker, presented this year's Mayor's Cadet with her badge at his dedication buffet at the Corn Exchange, Rochester.

 
Kayak Expedition

Kayak Expedition

30th October 2011

A small group of staff & senior cadets paddled on the river Medway, from Yalding to Allington, taking in 2 portages at locks.

 

 

 

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