Praise for Open Evening

Praise for Open Evening

All week messages of thanks have been coming in from those who attended the Open Evening at TS Pelican on Monday evening, 2 October.

There were so many opportunities to catch up and it was great that a former cadet who was at the Unit in the early 1940s - John Davies - was present and able to regale us with stories of the early days of Ruislip-Northwood Sea Cadets, the Unit's band - over 40 strong - and the connections with Eastcote.

The group photo of cadets and staff at the end of the evening is attached.

 

 

 

 
100 people attend Open Evening

100 people attend Open Evening

100 people including many ex cadets and staff attended an Open Evening at TS Pelican to mark 75 years of Ruislip Sea Cadets on Monday, 2 October. Guests included Councillor Carol Melvin, the Mayor of Hillingdon, Cdr Paul Hammond, RN - an ex Ruislip Unit cadet  - and London Area Officer Cdr James Nisbet, RN. A room at the Unit was formally named by Mrs Margaret Mellow  in honour of her late husband, CPO William Mellow, RN (former Chairman of the local division of HMS Ganges Assn) and a great supporter of TS Pelican for many years.

The photo shows Cdr Paul Hammomd, RN presenting Junior Cadet  Daisy with her module badge.

 
Ruislip 75 - Calling all former Ruislip Sea Cadets & Staff

Ruislip 75 - Calling all former Ruislip Sea Cadets & Staff

An Open Evening to mark 75 years of Ruislip Sea Cadets will be held at the Unit HQ, TS Pelican, Cordingley Road, Ruislip on Monday, 2 October between 19.00 and 21.30.

All former cadets, staff, committee members and supporters are most welcome to come along, as are parents of existing cadets. The Evening will take the form of displays of historical information and displays from existing cadets. Evening Colours will be at 21.00 where there will be some surprises. The Mayor of Hillingdon will be attending.  A light buffet will be available.

 

 
75-year anniversary celebrations begin with Fun Afternoon

75-year anniversary celebrations begin with Fun Afternoon

Ruislip Sea Cadets began the 75th anniversary celebrations with a Fun Afternoon at Unit HQ on Saturday, 23 September.

The interior of TS Pelican was turned into an environment for Laser Quest with tag games going on for several hours. Later, cadets were joined by parents and siblings for a barbeque and the day ended with a disco.

It was too dark for a picture of the laser tag games, so attached is a picture of some of the cadets wearing the new Unit polo-shirts with the 75 crest.

 
Ruislip cadet at Lord Mayor's Cadet Music Competition

Ruislip cadet at Lord Mayor's Cadet Music Competition

Cadet Rebecca was part of the Sea Cadet band that performed in front of the Lord Mayor of London and senior Armed Forces officers at the Guildhall on Saturday, 9 September to compete for the Lord Mayor's Cadet Music trophy. The 3 bands representing the Sea Cadets, Army Cadets and ATC performed The Great Escape and another tune of their choice followed by the Last Post and another bugle tune of their choice. The Sea Cadets performed Zebrugge. 

Rebecca (2nd from right), who plays the cornet, said: "although Sea Cadets didn't win the competition it was a fantastic experience. Going to the Royal Military Music School at Kneller Hall the week before for practice was amazing. And we all got to meet the Lord Mayor."

 

 
Ruislip cadets take part in new District archery competition

Ruislip cadets take part in new District archery competition

Ruislip Sea Cadets took part in the new District archery competition held at Twickenham Sea Cadet Unit on Sunday, 23 July. This is believed to be the first archery competition held in Western District.

The Junior Cadet detachment came 3rd and the bluejackets 4th.

The cadets enjoyed the day and the opportunity to learn a new skill. The picture shows both Juniors and bluejackets checking the targets

 

 
Success in boathandling and 2 cadets en route to Finland to join TS Royalist

Success in boathandling and 2 cadets en route to Finland to join TS Royalist

Ruislip Cadets Natalia and Weronika representing Western District were runners up to Eastern District at the Area Boathandling competition held at the Royal Victoria Dock Boating station on Saturday, 15 July. Congratulations to them both.

Meanwhile, on Friday evening, 14 July,  AC Jack and L/Cpl Greg gathered at Reigate Unit ready to fly out from Gatwick Airport on Saturday morning to join TS Royalist, the Sea Cadets' off-shore sailing brig, in Kotka, Finland, in order to take part in the Tall Ships Races organized by Sail Training International 

 

 
Ruislip Sea Cadets Afloat for 75 years

Ruislip Sea Cadets Afloat for 75 years

On Sunday, 16 July, 2017 Ruislip Sea Cadet Corps reaches its 75th anniversary as the first muster for the Unit took place on Thursday, 16 July in 1942 at the Manor Senior School in Eastcote Road, Ruislip.

After 6 years the HQ moved to RAF West Ruislip's No 4 Maintenance Unit (4MU), becoming TS Astra in acknowledgement to the RAF for providing accommodation. When the RAF base closed, the HQ  moved again several times before arriving at its present location in 1961 where the Unit became TS Pelican.  Events to mark the 75th anniversary will be held later this year in September/October.

 

 

 
Sea Cadets at Ruislip Gardens School's Camo Day

Sea Cadets at Ruislip Gardens School's Camo Day

A team of staff and cadets from Ruislip Sea Cadets attended Ruislip Gardens Junior School's Camo Day on Friday, 23 June. Camo Day is a nationwide non-uniform day for schools in aid of SSAFA, the armed forces charity, where children are invited to wear camouflage clothing, etc in return for a donation. The team ran an assembly for the whole school (about 300 pupils) involving 4 Junior Cadets who attend, followed by morning sessions for Years 4,5 & 6 in which pupils were assisted in making and then racing paper boats, undertook drill in the school playground and participated in a knot tying competition. All pupils received a flyer for a Junior "Taster" Evening to be held at TS Pelican in July.

 
Successful Sea Cadet Flag Week

Successful Sea Cadet Flag Week

Well, Flag Week is over for another year and it's back to normal parade evenings tonight (Monday, 19 June) when the whole Unit is at the Welsh Harp Boat-Station for a variety of boating activities.

A big WELL DONE to all cadets, staff, committee and supporters who pounded the streets during the evenings last week and roasted in the heat in Uxbridge, outside West Ruislip station, in Ruislip Manor and in Ruislip on Saturday which was Flag Day itself. The local manager of the M & S Foodhall in Ruislip came round and gave all cadets (and the Chairman!)  a bottle of iced-water on Saturday and, in Uxbridge, a former member of staff bought cold drinks for everybody. Again, fantastic comments received from the local community during the week. Thanks also to the money-counters.

Final results for Flag Week will be posted up at the Unit on Wednesday, 21 June.

 
Junior Cadet wins  Broad Pennant

Junior Cadet wins Broad Pennant

Junior Leading Cadet Ben was awarded the Commodore's Broad Pennant by the Junior Cadet Detachment leader at TS Pelican on Monday, 22 May.

Ben has completed 20 further modules on the two topics of Outdoor & Recreation (green) and Community (yellow) in addition to the 30 modules he had already completed on the topics of About the Unit (red) and Waterborne (blue) which had allowed him to progress firstly to Junior 1st Class and then to Junior Leading Cadet.

 

 
Boating Season Begins

Boating Season Begins

Ruislip Unit's Boating Season got underway with bluejackets and royal marine cadets parading at the London Area Boating station on the Welsh Harp reservoir in Wembley on Monday, 22 May.

 
Bluejackets win sailing trophy

Bluejackets win sailing trophy

Cadets Natalia and Weronika won the sailing boat-handling trophy at the Western District Boat-handling competition held on the River Thames at Twickenham Sea Cadet Unit on Sunday, 21 May. We're looking through our records and think this may be the first sailing boat-handling completion trophy Ruislip Unit has won for some years  - so well done to them both.

The picture shows the girls being presented with the trophy by the Deputy District Officer, Lt (SCC) Carl Leaver, RNVR.

 

 
Junior Cadets win District Athletics

Junior Cadets win District Athletics

Ruislip Junior Sea Cadet detachment won first prize at the Western District Athletics Competition held in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday, 13 May.

The picture shows the triumphant Junior team with the cup and the Junior Cadet Detachment leader.

Ruislip Juniors  came first in this competition previously in both 2013 and 2014.

 

 
Juniors Afloat

Juniors Afloat

9 Junior Cadets from Ruislip were at the Sea Cadets' London Area Boating Station on the Welsh Harp reservoir in Wembley on 24 April practising their boating skills. Regrettably, the weather was overcast (as can be seen from the picture). For some this was a new experience which they greatly enjoyed. The Boating Season for Bluejackets and Royal Marine Cadets will start on 22 May.

 
CO Stands down

CO Stands down

PO Ian Harris stood down as Commanding Officer of Ruislip Sea Cadets just after Easter having taken over in November,  2015. Ian will be returning to the Unit later in the year following paternity leave.

The picture shows him receiving his 6-year good conduct stripes recently from Carl Leaver, Deputy District Officer Western District.

PO Adam Tripp has now taken over as Officer-in-Charge

 
Royal Marine Cadets spend Easter in Norfolk

Royal Marine Cadets spend Easter in Norfolk

Four of the Unit's Royal Marine Cadets spent the Easter week-end on a training camp organized by X-Ray Company near Thetford in Norfolk. Cadets enjoyed many activities including being out in the field for much of the time.

The RMCs left Ruislip in the minibus on Thursday evening returning home in the late afternoon of Easter Monday. The detachment's lance-corporal was at Lima Company's event at Longmoor over the following week-end.

 
Easter Fun Night

Easter Fun Night

Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadets  enjoyed a non-uniform Pizza and Film Night at TS Pelican on Monday, 10 April. Much pizza was devoured and the film was the comedy "Nine Lives" released in August, 2016.

Junior Cadets had an Easter Egg Hunt in the Unit's grounds.

 

 
Ruislip Unit's origins found

Ruislip Unit's origins found

 75 years old this year, Ruislip Unit began in 1942 following Warships Week. But until recently the exact date and location of our inauguration had been lost. Researches in the archives of the local newspaper  now reveal the first muster took place at 7pm on Thursday, 16 July, 1942 in the Manor Senior School, Ruislip. In 1977 the school became Bishop Ramsey Lower School, but the site is now a housing estate.

Ruislip-Northwood Sea Cadet Unit had  100 sea cadets by the end of 1942 and approaching 150 a year later. The first CO was Lieut HL Vincent, RNVR, the first chairman was the Headmaster of Manor Senior School, Mr WG Davies and the first president local Uxbridge MP Col JJ Llewellin,  Minister of Food in Winston Churchill's war-time government.

 
Piping at Kingston

Piping at Kingston

Cadet Natalia bravely flew the flag for TS Pelican at the District Drill & Piping competition held at Kingston Sea Cadet Unit on Sunday, 12 March. This is a difficult discipline which requires much precision, so full marks for her commendable hard work in practising regularly.

Regrettably, some late pull-outs meant the Unit was unable to field a squad for unarmed drill. Not only did this mean we weren't able to compete in the Drill competition for yet another year, but it also meant that our brave piper was the sole representative cadet at Kingston on the day. A better turn-out required for the next District competition, please.

 
Mayor of Hillingdon at TS Pelican Awards Evening

Mayor of Hillingdon at TS Pelican Awards Evening

The Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor John Hensley, accompanied by the Mayoress, Mrs Diane Hensley, was at TS Pelican on Monday, 6 March. where he met cadets, staff, committee members and parents before presenting badges and certificates of achievement.

The Junior Cadet of the Year award was presented to Leading Junior Cadet Ben; the Sea Cadet of the Year award went to Cadet Sam and the Royal Marine Cadet of the Year award went to MC2 Lewis . During the evening Tony Gorman, Treasurer of the Hale Lodge of Middlesex Freemasons (and also ex RN) presented a further donation to the Unit. The picture shows cadets and staff with the invited guests. 

 

 

 
Ruislip Juniors at  District week-end event in Croxley

Ruislip Juniors at District week-end event in Croxley

7 Junior cadets from Ruislip Unit joined 40 other Junior Cadets from throughout Western District in a fun week-end over 4 and 5 March hosted at Rickmansworth & Watford Unit based in Croxley.

On the Saturday the cadets travelled up to London by Tube in teams to play Monopoly, visiting locations which included the London Eye, Big Ben, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, Marble Arch. St Paul's Cathedral and Paddington station. On the Sunday it was archery and camp-craft.

The picture shows one of the teams travelling by Tube.  

 
February training week-end at Crowborough

February training week-end at Crowborough

Cadets from the Unit attended the District multi-training week-end at Crowborough in East Sussex between 24 and 26 February (2017). Ruislip staff also assisted in 1st Aid and Marine Engineering instruction. Cadets were delayed arriving because of problems on the M25 so the minibus which left Ruislip soon after 6 pm didn't reach site until after 10.30 pm!

Our cadets participated in classes on meteorology, 1st Aid, communications and navigation. The picture shows the 1st Aid class in full flow under the  tuition of the COs of both Rickmansworth and Ruislip Units.

 
Ruislip Royal Marine Cadet receives Deputy Lieutenant's Certificate

Ruislip Royal Marine Cadet receives Deputy Lieutenant's Certificate

Lance-Corporal Greg Ashby from the Royal Marine Cadet detachment was awarded the prestigious Deputy Lieutenant's Certificate at a ceremony held in the Mayor's Parlour at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge by the Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor John Hensley, and the Deputy Lieutenant for the Borough of Hillingdon, Bruce Houlder. The ceremony took place last autumn but because of the Unit flooding the news bulletin was not posted at the time.

These awards are made to cadets in recognition of exceptional service, dedication and achievement within the cadet movement, so many congratulations to L/Cpl Ashby.

 
Ruislip Juniors win Area Football  -  Again!

Ruislip Juniors win Area Football - Again!

Ruislip Sea Cadets 75th anniversary year got off to a successful start when the Junior Section (Under 12s) recently won the London Area 5-a-side football competition for their age group held at the Play On Sports London indoor arena in Whitechapel.

Previously (15 January, 2017) the Junior Sea Cadet team had won the Western District (London Area) competition held at the Goals 5-a-side football centre in South Ruislip. Ruislip Senior Boys team (under 18s) who also won through to the Area competition were runners up to Bexley Sea Cadet Unit from Southern District. The picture shows the successful Junior Team with the London Area Officer, Cdr J Nisbet, VR, RNR.

 
Captain of the Corps visits Ruislip Unit

Captain of the Corps visits Ruislip Unit

Captain of the Sea Cadet Corps Phil Russell, RN made an informal visit to Ruislip Sea Cadet HQ based in Cordingley Road after the building re-opened in November (2016)  following major repairs to the flooring. Some two thirds of the Unit premises were flooded in the exceptionally heavy rain that fell on the evening of 23 June and since then the cadets had been meeting in church halls in both Ruislip Manor and Ickenham. 

Captain Russell also presented Ruislip’s annual efficiency award - a burgee -  indicating that the Unit achieved a mark of over 75%. The Unit’s Royal Navy Parade took place just a week before the flooding

 

 

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