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Trafalgar Parade in Windsor Castle

Trafalgar Parade in Windsor Castle

On Sunday 15th October we were delighted to respond to Berkshire district's invitation to Ox & Bucks district to join them in this prestigious event.  With 29 cadets on parade we more than pulled our weight in contributing to the parade which was inspected by Admiral Sir James Perowne, Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle.  Also in attendance were the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead is Cllr John Lenton, Mayoress Margaret Lenton and numerous other guests.

A very successful event to which we are proud to have made a contribution

 
SCC National first-aid champions - again!

SCC National first-aid champions - again!

This weekend four of our cadets travelled the short distance to Yardley Chase cadet training centre to defend our national SCC first-aid title.

They duly delivered our fourth consecutive victory on Saturday and so represented the Sea Cadet Corps in the Inter-Service competition where they were second only to last year's winners, Dollar Academy CCF.

Hearty congratulations to our team and also our Executive Officer CPO(SCC) Heather Cole, CI Richard Blackwell and all others who helped with the training of our team.

 
The Mayor pulls his weight

The Mayor pulls his weight

On Tuesday 9th August at Emberton Park Sailing Club, we were honoured with a visit by the Mayor and Mayoress of Milton Keynes. Despite the inclement weather, Councillor and Mrs Hopkins appeared to enjoy their visit and Cllr. Hopkins sportingly donned a buoyancy aid and went afloat. He quickly demonstrated that, as a former Bedford School pupil, that he was no slouch with an oar and only left the water when fading light stopped play.

 
Area Kayaking July 2017

Area Kayaking July 2017

A fine Sunday on the Thames at Reading saw our cadets contributing to a good performance by Ox & Bucks district.  With two silver medals from our cadets added to a gold and two silvers from Abingdon and Oxford plus many points for minor places the district is well pleased with its result.

 
Biennial  Royal Navy Parade - July 2017

Biennial Royal Navy Parade - July 2017

T. S. Whaddon was inspected by Cdr. Trevor Price, RN Rtd., our Area Officer and our Guests Of Honour were Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher Bt., Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire in a private capacity, the Mayor and Mayoress of Milton Keynes and other distinguished guests.

At the conclusion of the evening Cdr. Price’s stated that he was most impressed with the smartness and bearing of the cadets and their enthusiastic commitment to the demonstration of skills.  This was a unit obviously functioning well and he stated that he would have no hesitation in recommending to Captain, Sea Cadets that the unit be awarded a burgee (top 25%) but went on to say that he considered us to be in the top three of sixty eight units in his area, ergo top 5%.  He continued that such a unit did not happen by accident and could only occur when a skilled and dedicated staff working under a gifted OiC came together as a team to forge such a unit.  Outstanding achievements included boating hours nearly 50% above target in a four month boating season ten miles from our boating station, winning the National First Aid Trophy for the past 3 years and being on our 6th successive Lord Lieutenant's Cadet.  We also received the rarely-awarded Captain's Commendation last year.
 
There was a raffle organised by Gillian Perris, Chair of the Parent and Supporters' Association, and Claire Marshall which raised nearly £100 for unit funds
 
Area rowing July 2017

Area rowing July 2017

Held in Portsmouth harbour, we took bronze medals with the Junior Cadets and also with the Junior Girls while Oxford also managed to bag two bronzes for the District - Open boys 500 and a Yole event.  Behaviour was excellent and our cadets were quick to volunteer in the recovery of boats at the end of the competition. 

 
District Regattas June 2017

District Regattas June 2017

T. S. Whaddon had a most successful first day winning the paddlesport, power and rowing handling trophies.  On Sunday we won the Junior Junior rowing, the Junior male and female and the open female trophies , coming second in the open male.  We took the overall rowing trophy as a result of all these successes.   Our cadets behaviour was impeccable and the staff really put themselves out to ensure all went well.  Overall - a brilliant weekend!

 
Captain, Sea Cadets' visit

Captain, Sea Cadets' visit

Milton Keynes Sea Cadets were honoured by a visit from Captain Phil Russell, a serving Royal Navy officer and the Captain of the Sea Cadet Corps(CSC), to their Kiln Farm Headquarters. This was the first such visit for many years and took the form of an informal observation of a unit drill night rather than the formal spectacle of the Royal Navy Parade held every other year.

 At the end of the evening Capt. Russell made many awards and promotions Including a national award to Lt. Paul Riley, our former Officer Commanding Royal Marine Cadets, and went on to say how impressed he was with all that he had seen which confirmed his decision to award us a rarely-given CSC's commendation last year. Capt. Russell closed by saying that any urging to do more would be superfluous as we were clearly doing something right and should continue to do so.

 
Lord Lieutenant's Cadet

Lord Lieutenant's Cadet

On 1 November 2012, Leading Cadet Snell was formally appointed Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire's Cadet for the coming year.  LC Snell is one of the senior cadets at TS Whaddon, the Milton Keynes Unit of the Sea Cadet Corps which is based at Kiln Farm.  LC Snell received his award from the Lord Lieutenant, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Bart, at the Lord Lieutenant's Annual Awards Evening, which was held at the new Gateway Conference Centre in Aylesbury.  Over the coming year Leading Cadet Snell will accompany Sir Henry at a number of major functions within the County, including those involving Royal visitors.  His first official duty will be as the Lord Lieutenant's wreath bearer at Newport Pagnell's Remembrance Day service on 11 November.
 
LC Snell joined the Sea Cadets in October 2008 and has worked his way up through the ranks, earning qualifications in marine engineering, seamanship, first aid, kayaking, rowing, off-shore sailing and several other areas.  He is presently in the first year of his A-levels at Denbigh Academy, studying maths, physics, chemistry and music technology.

 
Queens Jubilee Pageant

Queens Jubilee Pageant

Two members of Milton Keynes Sea Cadets were able to take part in the Historical River Pageant in London at the beginning of June

CPO Cole was part of the Sea Cadet first aid team, which meant that she was able to view much of the pageant

LC Chapman Froome helped make up the crew of TS Royalist.

Both had a thoroughly good time and enjoyed being part of such a high profile event.

Bravo Zulu to both

 
Milton Keynes Cadet Gains Young First Aider of the Year Award

Milton Keynes Cadet Gains Young First Aider of the Year Award

On 12th May AC Stubbs travelled to London to recieve her St Johns Young First Aider of the Year Award.

AC Stubbs was nominated for this award after her quick actions, and First Aid skills, following a trampoline accident at her place of work saved, a young girls life. 

The Able Cadet was presented the award at a formal ceremony at St Johns Hall.

Congratulations Able Cadet very well deserved

(Pictured AC Stubbs with her award)

 
Milton Keynes Royal Marine Cadet is Honoured as Lord Lieutenants Cadet

Milton Keynes Royal Marine Cadet is Honoured as Lord Lieutenants Cadet

On 17th October 2011 Cdt Corporal Tilley attended a ceremony at RAF High Wycombe to officially be appointed as the Lord-Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire's Sea Cadet.

Cdt Cpl Tilley is looking forward to an exciting year as Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet alongside his counterparts from Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps.

 
Armistice Day

Armistice Day

Cadets joined joined the Armistice Day Ceremony at the unveiling of the first column of The Rose in Campbell Park on 11th November 2011.

 

PO Saunders accompanied OC Stubbs and Cdt Corporal Tilley for the ceremony.

 

 

 
Commanding Officers receives Captain's Medal

Commanding Officers receives Captain's Medal

Our Commanding Officer Lt. Cdr.(SCC) Robert Gearing RNR was presented with the Captain Sea Cadet's medal in recognition of his extraordinary career with the Sea Cadet Corps.

 Lt. Cdr. Gearing joined as a cadet at the end of 1954, serving at High Wycombe unit until his eighteenth birthday when he became an adult instructor and has since risen through the ranks to Officer in Charge of the unit and was commissioned in 1967.  He served as District Officer from 1995 to 2004 and has since served as Area Training Officer.  In July 2010 he took on the additional role of Commanding Officer of our unit.

The medal was presented by Captain Nick Roberts, Royal Navy (who was a cadet under our CO in the 1970s) in front of the Cadets and Staff of our unit and district to mark a remarkable career of service to the corps.

 
T. S. Whaddon hosts district Trafalgar Day parade

T. S. Whaddon hosts district Trafalgar Day parade

On Sunday October 16th 2011 Milton Keynes Sea Cadets hosted the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire district's annual Trafalgat Day parade.  We were joined by cadets and staff from the other seven units in the district in perfect weather as we assembled off Secklow Gate to be inspected by Captain Nick Roberts, Royal Navy, accompanied by  the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Alan Richards and Ian Stuart MP.  The parade was commanded by Lt. Cdr.(SCC) David Carter RNR and the colour party by CPO(SCC) Trevor Cole.  The colour was carried by our First Leiutenant, PO(SCC) Joy Tilley escorted by two of our cadets and a guard found from all units in the district.
 
After the inspection the parade marched to the Church of Christ the Cornerstone where we were welcomed by our Chaplain, Rev. David Bell and Fr. James Cassidy.  The church service included readings by three of our cadets and a sermon by David on the importance of faith.
 
The parade reformed and marched past the inspecting officer outside the library.  Before the parade dispersed, Captain Roberts presented our Commanding Officer, Lt. Cdr.(SCC) Robert Gearing RNR a medal to commemorate fifty years of adult service to the corps.  Captain Roberts went on to praise the cadets for their excellent turnout and bearing, saying that this had been the best he had seen from a SCC unit.  We then returned to the church guildhall for refreshment before making our way home.
 
All of this could not have taken place without the wholehearted cooperation of Milton Keynes Council and Thames Valley Police.  We are also indebted to Marks & Spencer, Bong UK, Krispy Kreeme, Morrisons and Elain Tooze of Cakery for their contributions to the catering effort, in cash or in kind.
 

 

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