Carnival

Carnival

Well done to all the cadets and juniors that took part in Sittingbourne carnival today!

We came first in the Marching band category!

Despite the heat you all got on with it without any complaining, its quite a long route and lots of waiting around.

Thank you to CI Gaze for towing the boat and storing all the band equipment boxes, and water in his car. Thank you to the parent that turned up with the cool box to keep the drinks cool.

Thank you to the juniors mum that brought us all ice lollys for when the carnival had finished.

Thank you to the chairman for having delicious BBQ ready for us when we got back to the unit

   

 

    

 

   

 

 
Cadet Skills Challange winners

Cadet Skills Challange winners

 

Sittingbourne sea cadets spent the weekend 10th -11th June onboard HMS Caviller at Chatham Dockyard.

The cadets ages 14-12 took part in a Cadet Skills Challenge competition against other Sea Cadet units in the District including Sheppey, Medway Towns, Maidstone and Dartford.

Over the weekend, the cadets had to complete a variety of tasks and questions covering a wide range of sea cadet knowledge. Tasks included seamanship, coiling a heaving line and throwing it from ship to shore. First aid and piping on the boatswains call were also included. Cadets were assessed on their teamwork and leadership during a task and also throughout the weekend.  After a night onboard HMS Caviller the cadets were again tested on their Naval Knowledge and adventure training skills. They were even put through dress inspections.

The competition was  really close with only 35 points between the last and first place teams.

The Sittingbourne cadets were pleased to find out they had won the competition and are now training hard in the hope they can keep this title next year. 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 
Rowing Competition

Rowing Competition

 On Saturday 3rd June we had a cadet Coxwain the boat for Sheppey unit for the District Rowing competition.

Unfortuanlty we didn't have enough cadets avaliable in the right age groups to make our own team.

 

The cadet that acted as Coxwain for Sheppys team only started rowing at the start of May this year.

She attended a weeks rowing course at SABS (Southern Area Boat Station) and managed to come away form the course with her supervised Coxwains qualification.

Sheppey team won the competition and our cadet will join them at the Area competition next month - Good luck!

 

 

 
Paddlesports competition

Paddlesports competition

 

On Sunday 28th May we entered a cadet into the District Paddlepsorts competition. 

This was the first time Sittingbourne had entered this competition in a very long time.

The cadet did very well in both the 2k race and the 500 meters sprint. 

    

 

 

 
Junior Boatwork day

Junior Boatwork day

      

 

The Junior sea cadets had a day when they got to have a go at some of the boatwork on offer to them.

Juniors spent a few hours each on Rowing, Sailing and paddlesports

 

 
St Georges day

St Georges day

 

Cadets and Juniors took part in the towns St Georges day celebrations.

 

Cadets and Juniors showed off some of their skills to the members of the public including a drill display and the band played a few tunes.

Cadets also got to join in the fun of the day taking part in the tug of war comp and won!

They also did some impromptu dancing

      

 

 

 
Naval Aquatint course

Naval Aquatint course

Juniors and cadets spent a night on HMS Caviller at Chatham Dockyard on a Naval Aquatint course.

  

 

Cadets and Juniors took part in activities around the dockyard including finding out how rope is made and a tour around a submarine.

Cadets also took part in some training in seamanship and drill

 

 
TS Royalist

TS Royalist

   

One of our cadets was lucky to gain a bursary to help pay for a week on the sea cadets flag ship TS Royalist.

Cadets spend 6 nights training, eating and sleeping on the 32- metre (105ft) brig taking part in all aspects of the ship

This takes teamwork and offers the challenge of handling sails. Watchkeeping duties and deck work are also a part of the experience.

 

 
Heartstart

Heartstart

On Saturday 18th March the juniors took part in the BHF hearstart course.

Due to the amount of juniors we had to have a Morning and afternoon course.

Juniors learnt the basics of First aid including, how to get help, the recovery position, How to deal with bleeding, chocking and a heart attack. They also covered how to perform CPR.

 

Photos can be found on our facebook page Heartstart Photos Facebook

 

 
Leading cadet board

Leading cadet board

On the weekend of of 3rd - 5th March we had a cadet on his Leading Cadets board.

This is a tough board to attend, Olly was under assessment from the moment he arrived at HMS Excellent, he was assessed on they way he dressed (not just uniform inspections but also the Civies he arrived to the course in!) 

Olly has to display a knowledge in all the things he has learnt since starting cadets  as well as displaying Power of Comand when taking the squad for drill, Leadership and teamwork skills. He also had to give a lesson to his peers on a sea cadet topic.

A lot of hard work was put in by him and we would like to express our thanks to the staff and cadets at Sheppey unit that helped prepare him for the board.

The hardwork payed off and Olly Passed the board. He is now preparing to get ready for his PO Cadets!

 

 

 
Naval Acquaint course

Naval Acquaint course

 

 

Over the weekend of 3rd-5th March  Some New entries, newly enrolled cadets and juniors took part in the District Naval Acquaint course. 

Juniors and cadets enjoyed spending two nights onboard HMS Caviller in Chatham Dockyard. During the day time they enjoyed activities around the Dockyard as well as practicing drill and seamanship skills.

 

         

 
Pancake Day

Pancake Day

 

Cadets were treated to pancakes at Stand Easy to celebrate pancake day on 27th Febuary

 
District Drill and Piping competition

District Drill and Piping competition

On Sunday 19th February cadets and Juniors took part in the District Drill and Piping competition at Brompton Barracks.

The colour party team had a last min change due to a cadet being unwell. Thank you and well done to the cadet that stepped in last min so the team could still go ahead. They came 5th out of 9 units

The piping team also did well and came 4th!

Rifle drill is used in Sea Cadets to teach cadets Teamwork, Commitment and Self Discipline. The rifles used are for parade purposes only.

   

   

 

 
Cadet Christmas Dinner

Cadet Christmas Dinner

Cadets enjoyed a Christmas dinner for the last cadet night of the year.

cadets dressed smartly and the meal was set up in a traditional mess dinner way as per the Navys traditions with just a few tweeks to make it suitable for under 18s!

  

    

 

  

 

   

   

 
District Carol concert

District Carol concert

Cadets enjoyed getting into the festive spirt at the District Carol concert

 

    

 

  

 

   

   

 
Presentation Evening

Presentation Evening

In December we had our presentation Evening.

Well done to all the cadets that gained awards and promotions

   

  

 

   

   

 
TS Royalist

TS Royalist

In November four lucky cadets got to experience life offhshre. They spent a week onboard TS Royalist  which is a Tall ship  square rigger.

Cadets had the chance to sail the ship which takes teamwork and offers the challenge of handling sails. Watchkeeping duties and deck work are also a part of the experience.

Thank you to RNVR youth sail training trust, Kent branch of the MSSC and the Sittingbourne branch of the RNA for providing bursaries to help with the cost of the voyage. 

 

 


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Forest School

Forest School

A few juniors had fun over a couple of weekends when they were invited to take part in the British Wildlife's trust  Forest school.

Juniors enjoyed activities such as  making shelters, natural pencils and jewellery and climbing the trees. 

The juniors had a great time and were able to put some of their Sea cadet skills to practice, including knot tying and teamwork

 

  

  

   

 
Remembrance Parade

Remembrance Parade

Cadets, Juniors and staff all showed their respects by taking part in the towns Remembrance Parade and service

   

 
Poppy Selling

Poppy Selling

    

The cadets and juniors spend Saturday Morning selling poppy's on behalf of the Royal British legion.

Despite the rain and cold weather there were still smiles all round. 

On the Sunday the unit paraded in the towns Remembrance parade.

    

 

  

 
Halloween

Halloween

    

The Senior cadets planned a Halloween recreational evening for the cadets.

The cadets planned some fun Halloween themed games, including apple bobbing, hunt the spider and eye ball and spoon races.

The senior cadets decorated the unit before the cadets arrived. 

The event was very well organised and all the cadets had fun. 

 
Kent & Medway Road Safety experience

Kent & Medway Road Safety experience

      

Fantastic evening with Dartford and Crayford Sea Cadets and Sea Cadets Gravesend at the Kent & Medway Road Safety Experience. Cadets and staff learnt about road safety, had a go at investigating an accident, looked at the effects of drink and drug driving and had a go at wearing the drink and drug goggles.

      
 
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition

      

 

Three Sittingboure cadets joined with two Maidstone cadets to make a team.

The cadets completed their qualifying Bronze DoE expedition in Crowbrough. 

They planned the expedition and followed the route on foot using a map and compass for navigation. 

Well done to you all and good luck for the rest of the sections. 

 
Salute to the 40's

Salute to the 40's

          

Salute to the 40's District Event on board HMS Cavalier. A great weekend showing what West Kent District Cadets get up to in the Sea Cadet Corps.

Cadets and Juniors did well showing off a few of the skills they have learnt. (including ship to shore Semaphore, Piping and rope work)
The cadets got to have a tour of HMS Explorer. 
They also had a few chances to have a look around and join in the event. 
The Able cadet even managed to get to fire the gun on HMS Caviller.
 
   
 
      

 

     

 

 

 
HMS Wildfire memorial parade 2016

HMS Wildfire memorial parade 2016

Sittingbourne Sea Cadet's band played for the HMS Wildfire Memorial Parade on the 11th September.

After the procession along the High Street, veterans and dignitaries filled Elephant Park to listen to a service.

          

     

 

 

 

 
Rowing

Rowing

 Thank you to Faversham unit that allowed us to join them rowing for the day.

 

   

 

 

 

  

 
Paddlesports evening

Paddlesports evening

On Monday the 22nd August cadets enjoyed an evening watching the sunset from the lake whilst practicing Kayaking skills. 

Cadets paddled forwards and backwards around a course, rubbed noses with the front of their kayak and even had a race boys vs girls using just two sit on tops!

  

 

 

  

 
Area first aid competition

Area first aid competition

After our success at the district competition, we went forward to the area competition!

Cadets travelled to Middlehill on the 20th August where they took part in first aid scenario's  both as a team and individually. 

   

 

The team did really well and came 5th overall.

 

  

 
National Junior advenure  camp

National Junior advenure camp

    

  On Sunday 14th August the Junior cadets meet the coach at Maidstone for a long journey to Kingswood adventure centere in Yorkshire.

Juniors had a Fantastic time taking part in many activities such as: High ropes course, fencing, raft building, fire lighting and so much more!

 

       

       

 
District CIS couse

District CIS couse

On the 8th - 11th August we had 4 cadets on the intermediate CIS course.

Cadets slept on HMS Caviller at Chatham dockyard overnight and spend the daytime learning about radios.

 

    

  

 

 

 
Junior Naval Aquatint course

Junior Naval Aquatint course

Juniors enjoyed a weekend onboard HMS Caviller at Chatham Dockyard on the 5-7th August. 

The Juniors enjoyed activities around the dockyard during the day and slept onboard the ship at night.  

 

  

 
District First Aid comp Winners!

District First Aid comp Winners!

Massive well done to the 4 Sititngbourne cadets that won the District first aid comp on the 6th Aug.

They are through to the Area comp on the 20th Aug best of luck to you all!

 

 
West Kent District Junior Boatwork Day

West Kent District Junior Boatwork Day

 

      On Friday the 5th August Juniors took part in a boatwork taster day.

The Juniors got to spend a few hours, rowing, sailing and in a kayak. 

 

    

   

        

 
Certificate of appreciation

Certificate of appreciation

On the 1st Aug we were presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Swale branch of the Royal British Legion. 

 

      

     

 
Archery course at Middlehill

Archery course at Middlehill

 The first weekend in July we had 4 cadets away on a Archery course at Middlehill.

 

      

     

 
Armed Forces day 2016

Armed Forces day 2016

Well done and thank you to the cadets and Juniors that attended the towns 1st Armed Forces day event. 
We Marched and had a short service with the The Somme Yomp Challenge, and entered three competitions with the Army and Air cadets. 
We came 2nd in the field cooking but 1st in both the tug of war and First aid competitions.

   
 
   
 
  
 
 
Climbing evening

Climbing evening

 

Cadets enjoyed an evening climbing at Brompton Gym tonight. Massive thanks to A/Sgt Murray. You all did really well. Hope you enjoyed it.

     

 
Sittingbourne Carnival 2016

Sittingbourne Carnival 2016

Once again Sittingbourne sea cadets lead sittingbourne carnival with the band.

 

   

Well done to the band - we won 1st place - best marching band!

We also entered a float - we towed a sailing boat with cadets sitting in it.

   

Thank you to the committee that provided us with a BBQ on our return.

 
Junior attends the Patrons lunch!

Junior attends the Patrons lunch!

 

On Sunday 12th June a Sitttingbourne junior  joined Her Majesty The Queen at the Patron’s Lunch on The Mall to help celebrate her 90th Birthday.

One of just 13 lucky Sea Cadets from across the country, the junior won her ticket through a competition organised by the Sea Cadets where she had to write 50 words in response to the question ‘What our Patron means to you?

 

 
June Divisions

June Divisions

The Cos Divisions is a monthly opportunity for cadets to wear their best uniform (1s) and get them inspected by the CO.

At the end of the Evening badges and promotions are awarded for those that have earnt them that month.

June was a particularly busy month for awarding badges and promotions. 

 Nearly every single cadet and junior was awarded a badge some more than one!


Well done to everyone!

 
Field Gun Training

Field Gun Training

  

During the weekend of 28th-29th May 16 we had a cadet take part in a field gun training course. The weekend was spent training Crews who will represent the Sea Cadet Field Gun run at Armed Forces Day (25th June, The Great Lines, Gillingham)

  

  

  

 

 
Paddlesports

Paddlesports

  

5 Cadets took part in an intro to Paddle sports course on the 28th and the 29th May 2016.

Cadets learnt the basic skills on the Saturday at Bartons Point in Sheerness before putting there new skills to the practice taking part on a river trip on the River Medway on the Sunday.

we also had 2 cadets on the first part of their discover course.

     

 
District Junior Boatwork day

District Junior Boatwork day

    

 

 Junior Cadets from across the West Kent District spent a day experiencing the boating avaliable to them. 

    

    

 

 

 

 
District AT course

District AT course

     

 

Cadets from across the West Kent District spent a weekend learning Campcraft skills. 

Cadets learnt about the  types of tents, types of stove and how to pack an exped rucksack. They put their new skills in to practice, putting up their tents and cooking their own meals on a stove.

They then went out on a hike to put their new map reading skills into practice.

 

More photos can be seen on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tswyvern

 

 
Middlehill May 2016

Middlehill May 2016

Middlehill May 2016

On the 6th-8th May we had two cadets away camping at Middlehill.

Once cadet had a weekend of learning the skill of Archery while the other one learnt the skills of mountain biking. 

Both cadet enjoyed the weekend helped by beautiful weather they had.

    

 

    

 

 

     

      

 

 

 

 
Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challange

Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challange

Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challange

On 28th April 2016 we had a cadet that was  chosen to represent Sea Cadets at an event in Salisbury, Wiltshire, which was attended by His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex. This event was run by SeaCadets and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and  enableled His Royal Highness to see young people complete elements of their Diamond Challenge.

More than 60 Sea cadets from across the country took part. During the Challenge cadets rowed 75 miles the equivalent distance from Salisbury to Windsor.  The Earl of Wessex joined cadets on both the rowing machines and in a trinty out on the water. 

 

     

      

 

 

 

 
St Georges day

St Georges day

St Georges day 2016

Cadets and juniors joined other organisations and businesses  for a St Georges day event in Sittingboure High street.

The Cadets put on a band, piping and drill display as well as running a Hook the Duck Game and Name the Teddy to raise funds for the unit.

They also kept busy handing out postcards and even found the time to take part in the tug of war competition (which the rain, followed bu hail put a stop too)

 

 

 

 
Naval Acquaint course Juniors and Cadets

Naval Acquaint course Juniors and Cadets

The cadets  Juniors had lots of fun on the Junior Naval Acquaint course.

They have been for a tour of the ropey, had a tour of HM submarine Ocelot.
They stayed overnight on HMS Caviller and learnt lots of new skills in seamanship, Piping and Drill.

  

 

 

 

 
Distirct Cadet Skills Challange - Easter 16

Distirct Cadet Skills Challange - Easter 16

Well done the 4 who took Sittingbourne cadets that took part in the District Cadet Skills challenge this weekend on HMS Cavalier. We were the youngest team of just cadets while other teams were able to enter teams of cadets, cfc, Oc’s and Ac’s but you didn’t let this hold you back.
The Scores were really close with only 20 points of so between the winning team and us.
I was impressed with your AT and corps knowledge. I hope you all enjoyed the few days and learnt something new too.

 

   

 

 

 
Marine Enginerring March 16

Marine Enginerring March 16

6 Cadets spent the weekend at the unit completing the Basic Marine Engineering course, they have the assessment in a few weeks time.

 

   

 

 
District Drill and Piping Competition

District Drill and Piping Competition

Well done to all those who took part in the District Drill and Piping Competition today.

Colour Party came 3rd
Piping team came 2nd

(Rifle drill is used in the Sea Cadets to teach Cadets team work, commitment and self discipline. The rifles used are for parade purpose only)

     

 
Divisional Competition

Divisional Competition

On February 15th Cadets took part in a Divisional Competition. Each division was given a bag containing everything they needed to complete the tasks. (both bags were exactly the same) Cadets were given 20mins to complete as many task as they could. Some tasks needed teamwork, some Sea Cadet knowledge and some needed the cadet’s imagination.
Well done to Port Division who were the winners.

 

 

 

 
Donation from Kent Police

Donation from Kent Police

Wendsday 10th Feb  TS. Wyvern was lucky to be presented with a cheque for £500 for Sports kit from Kent Police.
Chief inspector Mick Gardner presented the Cheque to the CO John Yaxley at evening colours.
Thank you very much

 
Pancake day 2016

Pancake day 2016

The juniors enjoyed an evening of making and eating pancakes, the chairman even had a go at flipping one.

  

 

 
Farewell to the Unit Chairman

Farewell to the Unit Chairman

 

Monday night was time to say a sad farewell to the unit Chairman Mr Ivor Riddell, who took up the post in Jan 2014 for just a few months. As usual, times flies when you're having fun and he ended up staying 2 years!
Ivor was presented with a lovely engraved tankard by the Deputy District Officer Ltcmdr Mark Gambell from the whole ships' company. In recognition of his commitment and hard work during his time as chairman.
Thank you, Ivor and best wishes for the future, whatever it holds.

TS Wyvern welcomes Mr Tony Dawes in to the role of unit Chairman

 

 

 

 
3rd class first aid course

3rd class first aid course

 

 

Well done to the 8 Sittingbourne cadets and 2 Maidstone cadets that have passed the 3rd class 1st aid course today, also gaining the heart start qualification and signing off 12 of the CTP modules

  For more photos please see our Facebook page

 

 

 
HMS Belfast trip

HMS Belfast trip

 

21 cadets, 5 staff, 2 parents and a computerized baby (one of the cadets homework) enjoyed a trip to HMS Belfast in January

 

 

 

 
Cadets Christmas Dinner

Cadets Christmas Dinner

 

 

A good night was had by all. Staff and parents worked hard together to deliver 3 courses of piping hot food; of a superior quality, to nearly 30 cadets of varying dietary foibles.

 


Joyful times were nonetheless had by all. 

Thank you to all those who helped out and round off the year with a bang.

  


Hope everyone had a cracking Christmas and Boxing Day and looking forward to the start of the new sea cadet year with lots of fun for the cadets and development for the unit.

 

 

 
Presentation Evening Dec 2015

Presentation Evening Dec 2015

Congratulations to all the cadets and staff at TS Wyvern for another splendid year of growth, progress and achievement.
Last night saw the culmination of that activity in the Annual Awards, Presentation Evening.
The house was packed to the rafters, with over including representatives from the Royal Naval Association and Royal British Legion. Also there to support us was the Deputy Mayor of Swale Councillor Lesley Ingham and the guest of honour presenting the awards was the Deputy Lieutenant of Kent Barry Duffield.
The evening began with Colours and then the Commanding Officer Petty Officer John Yaxley taking the Sea Cadet Oath from 4 Bluejackets and then 7 Junior Sea Cadets. He then presented qualification and specialisation awards the cadets had earned recently.
The Deputy Lieutenant was then asked to step forward an make present the Awards to the Cadets.
These were:
Consistent Attendance Certificates
Outstanding Attendance award
Endeavour Award
Boat Work Award
Smartest Cadet Award
Best Junior Sea Cadet Award
Best Cadet Award
There was also the Commanding Officers Award which goes to the members Instructional staff who has in the COs opinion given outstanding commitment and support to him and the unit over the last year.
This year that went to the First Lt, Petty Officer Laura Friday.
There was an additional element to the evening this year as the unit received and commissioned it's new Unit Standard. Sponsored by Councillor Sue Gent from her ward localism fund. Councilor Gent said "it was a privilege to do this in recognition of the amazing work the Sea Cadets do locally in Sittingbourne and the swale area. My own son benefited from being part of TS Wyvern many years ago. So it was only appropriate that I could help the unit in this way today."

 


Many people made the evening the outstanding success it was, not least the Cadets themselves.
Our grateful thanks go to all of you from parents, Carers, Local organisations, the Unit Management Committee, District and Area Staff. Special thanks to the three brave volunteers who ran the galley for us Kath Lambert, Julie Greenlaugh and Kelli Gardner. Also to Carol Hobart who stepped into the breach when we needed to replace our Pardre on the evening.
BZ All and onwards into 2016

             

 
BBC One Show

BBC One Show

 

Thursday 12th November West Kent District supported The One Show and The Rickshaw Challenge for Children in Need.
Over 75 Cadets and Adult Staff (including 15 Sittingbourne cadets and 1 Adult staff) braved the wind and rain to cheer on Team Rickshaw. Each Cadet was a credit to their unit, Southern Area and the SCC. BZ to everyone who contributed to the successful and enjoyable event.

 

 

 
Rememberance 2015

Rememberance 2015

Cadets from Sittingbourne & Milton Sea Cadets joined their community to commemorate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the country and to show solidarity with those who came home to live with the aftermath.
Organised by the Royal British legion the day was a great success and TS Wyvern played a key role in that success providing a band as well as a divison of cadets.
BZ to all who were there!

 

 

 

 

 
Coastguard visit September 2015

Coastguard visit September 2015

 Cadets and Juniors enjoyed a visit from Sheppey Coastguard.

 

 

       

Cadets and juniors learnt about the range of things the Coastguard gets involved with, they especially enjoyed trying on some of the equipment!

 

 
BURGEE SURPRISE FOR CADETS AND VOLUNTEERS

BURGEE SURPRISE FOR CADETS AND VOLUNTEERS

Last night, 2nd September 2015. Sittingbourne & Milton Sea Cadets hosted their Bi-Annual Royal Naval Parade Evening (RNP).

Despite the threat of precipitation, the event went very well and the Cadets and Staff acquitted themselves extremely well indeed. So well in fact that despite the unit long term plan was to achieve Burgee status by 2016. We actually achieved it one year early.
The Area Officer Commander John Greene RN confirmed at the end of the evening when he addressed the whole unit that we had just made it over the threshold of qualifying status and achieved an efficiency award for 2014/15 at Burgee standard.

This is a remarkable achievement and the result of many peoples efforts.


Current Officer in Charge John Yaxley wished to pay tribute to the work his predecessor Lee Maybourne had put in which meant he could take the role further and put into place further improvements. Which have contributed to this remarkable turn around in the units fortunes.
Many others have made a significant contribution to the success and continued growth of the unit. Not least the Vice Chairman, Mr Peter Luxton, 1st Lt, PO Laura Friday, Admin Officer, PO Dave Friday all the other Adult Volunteers, Instructional and UMC have played their part in this achievement and I would like to place on record my sincere thanks and pride in their achievement.
I would also like to congratulate and thank the cadets who have also made this possible through their hard work and enthusiasm in their training and duties. Also their parents and carers who, without their encouragement and support; ensuring regular attendance and acting as Mum or Dads Taxi when required.


I was particularly impressed by the number of Parents and Carers who volunteered to help with the catering and would like to thank them all for their hard work and patience. Their input made a good evening run so smoothly that I am sure it contributed to the scoring by the Area Officer which took us just over the Burgee qualifying mark.


All in all it was a great evening; with the Mayor of Swale Councillor Anita Walker showing support for her local Sea Cadet Unit, The Royal British Legion and Royal Naval Association plus many others also attended. Celebrating the success of the young people.
As an added bonus on the evening one of the unit trustees, Geoff Harris arrived a little late as he had been at the AGM of the Kent Branch of the London Grand Rank Association with news that they had made a donation to the unit of £250. Underlining the value with which the local and wider community value the work that the Sea Cadets do and the life changing experiences they provide.
Awards are great to achieve. But putting them into perspective, they are only a marker which, tells people that we are doing what it says on the can. Providing a wide range of training and adventurous activity for young people in a safe and stimulating environment. Embedding in them as they grow and develop, life skills such as Team Work, Self Confidence, Respect for others and themselves and a sense of community which will see them become the 'Good Citizens of Tomorrow'.


Plans for the coming year are always moving and modifying however the goals we aim for are always consistent.
We need to ensure the units sustainability at a consistently Burgee Standard.
Increase the numbers of Cadets and instructors so we are operating as near to capacity as possible. Which will allow us to offer even more to the cadets and further enhance our position in the community.
Recruit and develop the Unit Trustee Committee. With a much greater focus on leadership drawn from the local community. So the unit can maximise opportunities for support and engagement.
Develop the engagement with parents and carers and set up a parents and supporters association. Which will help with fundraising and supporting the training activities by running the nutty bar, transporting cadets and maintenance of equipment and the unit infrastructure.
So all in all a great evening following a fantastic year for Sittingbourne Sea Cadets. Which is down to a team effort from Cadets to Adult Volunteers, Parents and the Community as a whole.

BZ to you all and thank you for your magnificent effort and support.

Onwards and upwards

Ivor

Ivor Riddell
The Sea Cadets
Sittingbourne & Milton Unit

 
VJ Commeoration 16.08.2015

VJ Commeoration 16.08.2015

Well done and thank you to the two cadets that took part in the VJ commemoration service on Sunday 16th Aug.

A service was held at Tunstall church, where one of our cadets was a standard bearer and one read out a poem during the service.

 

 

 
Junior training camp

Junior training camp

On the weekend of 8th - 9th august 5 Sittingbourne and 6 Maidstone juniors Sea Cadetsjoined together for a Junior training weekend.

Juniors covered a lot of green modules and a few red, as they learnt to pitch their tents, prepared and cooked their own food. They also worked hard and completed their heartstart qualification.


A big thank you to all those that helped make the weekend happen. Including PO E Selhi who helped deliver sessions and supervise cadets also WO1 S Baxter for getting the fire started and cooking the food the juniors had prepared.

   

       

        

 

   

 

 
1st Aid

1st Aid

Well done to the 2 Sittingbourne cadets that have past their 2nd class First Aid. The District course was run over a few days with the cadets staying onboard HMS Caviller. The cadets learnt bandaging, CPR and had some fun with casualty simulations. (Warning some pictures contain fake blood and injury's)

  

  

    

 

 

 
District Junior Boatwork taster day

District Junior Boatwork taster day

Junior Sea Cadets from around the West Kent District (including Sittingbourne Cadets, spent the day of boating.

The Cadets had a couple of hours on each of the activities, including rowing, Sailing and Powerboating.

  

  

 
Royal British Legion Sittingbourne and Milton Branch Affiliation evening

Royal British Legion Sittingbourne and Milton Branch Affiliation evening

Representatives of the Royal British Legion Sittingbourne. Visited TS Wyvern this evening to present the signed certificate of affiliation  with Sittingbourne Sea Cadets. Each cadet was also presented with a cloth badge as a memento.

Officer in Charge, Petty Officer, John Yaxley received the certificate from the RBL Chairman Steffan Jordan. John said "it was a great opportunity to underline the support we share with each other as local organisations making their community a better place".

  

 

 

 

 

 

 
Basic Stewarding course

Basic Stewarding course

7 Sittingbourne cadets were joined by 2 Maidstone cadets for a Basic Stewarding course.

After leaning how to set the table - A Cover they added one of the 4 napkin folds they had learnt.

A quick practice on Silver Service before heading to the galley to cook a full roast dinner.

Which was then served to the Unit Chairman, Assessor and supervising instructors, demonstrating their newly acquired silver service skills. Yum, Yum! Don't worry there was more than enough for the cadets to have lunch too.

Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Sittingbourne Carnival

Sittingbourne Carnival

The Unit Band led this years Sittingbourne Carnival on Saturday 20th June.

They treated the crowds to a range of tunes along the route and through the high street.

Well done to all those who were involved in the band and as icing on the cake the Cadets were awarded "The Woolworth Trophy" for best Marching band!

Cadets, staff and Juniors that were not involved in the band also took part, walking alongside a towed topper sailing boat, handing out leaflets to potential new recruits.

Back at the unit after the Carnival, where Cadets, Volunteers, Parents, Friends and Supporters enjoyed a social BBQ.

Sittinbourne unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
TS Wyvern Cadets celebrate the Sittingbourne St George's Festival 2015

TS Wyvern Cadets celebrate the Sittingbourne St George's Festival 2015

BZ to all the Adult Volunteers and Cadets wh turned out on Saturday 25th April at Sittingbourne High Street as part if the St George's Festival.
A great day out with plenty of interest from potential recruits, adults interested in volunteering and even an on the spot radio interview with PO Laura Friday on Sittingbourne FM.
Watch out for further appearances in the community at the Carnival and elsewhere.

 
Cooking up an Easter Storm at TS Wyvern

Cooking up an Easter Storm at TS Wyvern

8 Cadets took part in a 1 Day Cook Steward Course at the unit.

After a session of theory on safety and hygene, they got stuck into making an array of cakes which the Unit Chairman (who just happened to pop in) describe as mmmmmmmmm Yummy.

The officer of the day PO Laura Friday said the cadets "all worked really hard and produced some really excellent work from Hot Cross Buns to Bird nest cakes."

Bank Holiday Monday. But then on Wednesday they are all of to Barton's Point for Sailing. Its a busy life as a Sea Cadet!

Picture: Cadets all working together as a team in the Galley

 
Sittingbourne Sea Cadets are more than just a Sea Cadet Unit.........

Sittingbourne Sea Cadets are more than just a Sea Cadet Unit.........

9 Cadets and Juniors took a trip to Bluewater on Saturday 14th March. Packing the bags for customers   at Marks and Spencers and raising much needed funds for the unit

In total we collected £725.99 which is a great help in helping he unit to continue providing a varied and interesting cadet experience for the ships company.

Petty Officer Dave Friday who was in charge on the day said "all the cadets have worked really hard today and been a credit to their unit. The final total is a fantastic result and I am sure the Unit Management Committee will be pleased and we certainly hope to repeat the opportunity again."

Unit Chairman Ivor Riddell said "I would like to thank the three instructors PO Friday, PO Yaxley, PO Jackson and all the cadets who have worked really hard today. I would also like to thank Mrs Dawes who works for M&S for setting up the opportunity. We rely on these opportunities to keep the funds coming and keep the unit a safe and stimulating environment, as well as providing equipment and activities for the cadets."

If you would like to make a donation to Sittingbourne Sea Cadets please contact us at tswyvern307@gmail.co

 
PIPERS HOT AT DISTRICT CONTEST

PIPERS HOT AT DISTRICT CONTEST

Sittingbourne Unit took part in the District Drill Competition with a Cadets entering the Team Piping event.

Accompanied by the Officer in Charge Petty Officer Lee Maybourne and Petty Officer David Friday they aquited themselves very well.

OiC PO Lee Maybourne said " this was the first time we have entered a piping tema for many years and given they have only had a short period of training I felt they were a credit to the unit"

Next year we will be looking to do even better and hopefully enter a full Guard and Colour party

 
Are you a parent or carer of a cadet at TS Wyvern?

Are you a parent or carer of a cadet at TS Wyvern?

MONDAY 4th FEBRUARY 2013 COME AND MEET US!

Would you like to help the unit and the cadets but don't have the time or confidence to become a uniformed volunteer delivering training. Then why not join the Parents and Supporters Association.

We will be holding a meeting to explain what is involved. You can find out what we need and you can tell us exactly what you can do, how much time you can give. Your support is what you can offer. Whether it is driving cadets to events, helping out at the unit on Stand Easy (Tuck Shop). Organising a fundraising event or doing repairs at the unit. We will find a way to help you, help us.

Sea Cadets is a volunteer organisation and we rely people like you to make what we do work. It can be rewarding and make a real difference. So come and join us at Sittingbourne Sea Cadets.

On Monday 4th February 2013 19.30 (7.30pm)

 
Officer in Charge settles in at TS Wyvern!

Officer in Charge settles in at TS Wyvern!

New man at the Helm
 
Sittingbourne Sea Cadets have a new OiC.
Petty Officer Lee Maybourne has a wide experience of the Sea Cadets, starting as a parent of a cadet at Chatham Royal Marine Cadets then becoming a P/Seargent.
 
He then transfered over to Blue cloth when he joined Medway Towns Sea Cadets.
Identified as a potential future leader he has been working with the District Team on events and has now been offered and accepted the opportunity to step onto the bridge at TS Wyvern.
Lee is married with Three Children and lives in Gillingham. He works for Kent Police and is committed to taking Sittingbourne Sea Cadets forward, building on the strong foundations already in place.
There is lots of work to do in the next year and we will all be busy in the coming months, setting up new systems and processes that will support the development and cadet experience of the young people at the unit.
The whole ships company are committed to the long term sustainability and success of the unit.
 
SO WATCH THIS SPACE
 

TS Wyvern are more than just a Sea Cadet Unit.....

 

 

 

 

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