EXAM SUCCESS FOR FIVE WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

EXAM SUCCESS FOR FIVE WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

During the weekend of 28-30 November 2014, five of our cadets sat their promotion boards and passed with credit passes - the highest possible mark. This means we now have two new Cadet Petty Officers and three new Leading Cadets. This is a terrific achievement and we are extremely proud of them all.

 
WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS SUPPORT THE 2014 WINTER COAT AMNESTY CAMPAIGN

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS SUPPORT THE 2014 WINTER COAT AMNESTY CAMPAIGN

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets are proud to support the Winter Coat Amnesty, a North Tyneside based campaign which for four years has been re-gifting unwanted winter clothing to the region's homeless and vulnerably housed in the run up to Christmas. Our unit is one of over 50 donation stations across the North East and we will gladly accept clothing donations on any parade night up until Friday 5th December 2014.

For more information about the campaign, you can find their website here: www.wintercoatamnesty.blogspot.co.uk

 
WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS WIN THE 2014 DISTRICT SEAMANSHIP COMPETITION

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS WIN THE 2014 DISTRICT SEAMANSHIP COMPETITION

On Saturday 22 November 2014, we hosted the District Seamanship Competition and cadets from other units in the Northumberland District were pitched against each other as they tested and showed off their seamanship skills to an exceptionally high standard. We were delighted to have been declared the winning team - congratulations to the Whitley Bay Sea Cadets team and well done to everyone who took part. For all the photographs, please take a look at our Facebook page.

 
ARMISTICE DAY PARADE 2014

ARMISTICE DAY PARADE 2014

On Sunday 9 November 2014, we were honoured to have been asked by the Whitley Bay and North Shields District Royal British Legion to take part in its Remembrance Day parade. Naturally, this is an event Whitley Bay Sea Cadets have participated in for many years and are proud to do so. We paraded through Whitley Bay town centre along with other uniformed youth groups, laid a wreath and our unit were the focus of attention as we formed the cenotaph party. Please see our Facebook page for more information which can be accessed by clicking the Facebook link on our home page.

 
HALLOWEEN PARTY!

HALLOWEEN PARTY!

It's all a bit spooky at Whitley Bay Sea Cadets on Friday 7th November, as we have a belated Halloween party for our cadets and will be joined by our friends Newburn Sea Cadets! There will be lots of fun and games, fancy dress and prizes!  

 
CHRONICLE WISH CAMPAIGN 2014

CHRONICLE WISH CAMPAIGN 2014

The Chronicle's Wish Campaign enables not for profit groups to receive a share of £35,000 by collecting tokens from the newspaper. We got the good news that we are part of this so can we ask all parents, supporters and other units to help us and the money raised will go towards our offshore voyage in April. Watch out for the tokens which start on 13 October. Any collected tokens can be posted to:

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets

Bromley Avenue

Whitley Bay

NE25 8BF

 
AWARDS EVENING 2014

AWARDS EVENING 2014

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets hosted their annual cadet awards evening on Friday 26 September and presented a wide range of trophies and shields to those cadets who have excelled. We are all very proud of all our cadets and congratulations to those who were nominated for awards. We look forward to the year ahead and pledge to continue supporting our cadets reach their goals. We welcomed a number of honoured guests who presented awards; the Northumberland District Officer - Lt Cmdr Alfie Simpson MBE RNR, Mr Mervyn Lisher - the branch chairman of the Whitley Bay and District Royal British Legion, the Northern Area Chair - George Bone, Councillor Linda Bell and our President, Cmdr Elizabeth Bryson RD* DL RNR Rtd.

Pictured is the Northern Area Chair, George Bone presenting the Communities Award and medal to Cadet Edward Penlington who has taken part in a vast array of community engagement last year demonstrating his commitment to the unit and local people.

 

 
DISTRICT SAILING TROHPHY COMES HOME TO WHITLEY BAY!

DISTRICT SAILING TROHPHY COMES HOME TO WHITLEY BAY!

OC Jack Harley (pictured below) has won the district sailing trophy! This is fantastic news because it is the second year in a row Jack has secured  this accolade to his name. The competition was held on 20 September 2014 and Jack had to demonstrate a wealth of sailing skills in order to be declared the winner and was pitched against cadets representing other units in the district. Congratulations Jack!

 
MARINE MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION AND INSHORE FISHERIES CONSERVATION AUTHORITY VISIT

MARINE MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION AND INSHORE FISHERIES CONSERVATION AUTHORITY VISIT

On Wednesday 10 September 2014, the Marine Management Organisation and Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority in Blyth invited us to their headquarters for a rather unusual parade night. Our cadets had a fantastic time learning about these two vital organisations The MMO license, regulate and plan marine activities in the seas around England and Wales so that they're carried out in a sustainable way which helps the Government achieve its vision for clean, healthy, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas. IFCA are responsible for fisheries and conservation management. Thank you to everyone who made this fantastic experience possible.

 
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of Whitley Bay Sea Cadet Unit will be held at the Sea Cadet Hall, Bromley Avenue, Whitley Bay NE25 8BF on Friday 26 September 2014 at 1900 to transact the following business.

AGENDA

1. Apologies for Absence.

2. Opening address or comments by President or Chairman.

3. Minutes of the last AGM for adoption.

4. Matters arising from those Minutes.

5. Unit Chairman’s Report.

6. Commanding Officer’s Report.

7. Treasurer’s Report and adoption of accounts

8. Election/re-election of the Unit Management Team

9. Any Other Business

 

 
WWI COMMEMORATION EVENT

WWI COMMEMORATION EVENT

The Chairman of North Tyneside Council, Councillor Janice Hunter invited us to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War by taking part in a parade, wreath laying and a church service on 10 August 2014.

Along with other uniformed youth groups, members of the community and our friends from Wallsend Sea Cadets, we marched with pride from Springfield Park to St Bartholemew’s Church in Forest Hall and played a leading part in a poignant church service.

 
RNLI CULLERCOATS HARBOUR DAY

RNLI CULLERCOATS HARBOUR DAY

Despite disappointing weather, Cullercoats Harbour Day attracted lots of visitors to the lifeboat station on Saturday 19 July 2014 and Whitley Bay Sea Cadets were proud to support the event and helped our local RNLI raise £5,500. 

The beach offered a variety of activities including pony rides, a climbing wall, a coconut shy and photographs taken on the lifeboat, which was particularly popular. Live music, provided by local group ‘The Parish’ kept everyone’s spirits high during the day whilst people viewed the mixture of stalls. There was the well-liked ‘hook a duck’, bric-a-brac and a number of food stands.  

A demonstration was given by the RNLI Cullercoats volunteer lifeboat crew of a sea rescue and afterwards many children had the opportunity to sit on the lifeboat and were given an explanation of how the boat operates and had their own photo opportunity.

The whole day, which takes months of organisation, is planned and coordinated by the Cullercoats and Whitley Bay Ladies Lifeboat Guild who liaise with local businesses, North Tyneside Council, and stall and entertainment providers.  

Chairperson, Pat Maddison said: ‘I would like to thank everyone who came to support Harbour Day especially when there were other events taking place on the same day. Harbour Day would not be a success without the hard work of the volunteers of the Guild, the lifeboat crew, Sea Cadets and the Territorial Army. All the raffle prizes were donated by local businesses to which I must thank for their generosity.’

 
HMS TYNE TOUR

HMS TYNE TOUR

On 13 July, 2014 we were fortunate enough to be invited on to HMS Tyne by the Captain for a tour of the ship whilst she was berthed in North Shields. We were told about how to fight a fire, the work the Royal Navy personnel do whilst at sea on HMS Tyne, a talk from the Captain, the opportunity to sit in his chair on the bridge and we got to play with the thermal imaging camera and lots of other gadgets!

Out thanks go to the Captain, his staff and the Royal Navy Liaison Officer for this opportunity. More photographs can be found on our Facebook page - just click the Facebook icon on the home page and you'll be taken straight there.

 

 
A WEEKEND FULL OF NAUTICAL ADVENTURE AND FUN

A WEEKEND FULL OF NAUTICAL ADVENTURE AND FUN

Thanks to Sport Relief and the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, our cadets had the opportunity to enjoy some fun on the water at our district boating station at Derwenthaugh on 27-29 June. Our cadets stayed overnight in the brand new, purpose built accommodation block for the duration of the weekend and secured some boating qualifications - at no cost to themselves or their families. We are thankful for the Sport Relief grant and look forward to our next weekend on 29-31 August. For more photographs, please go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/whitleybayseacadets Our thanks also go to the volunteers who helped make this adventure weekend possible.

 

  

 
WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS ARE AWARDED WITH A BURGEE

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS ARE AWARDED WITH A BURGEE

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets can proudly announce they received a burgee from the Captain of the Sea Cadets Jonathan Holloway on 27 June 2014. The burgee is awarded to Sea Cadet units who demonstrate outstanding performance across a variety of disciplines over the course of the last 12 months and it means our unit is one of the best performing units in the UK.

Commanding Officer Jane Fox RNR who is pictured receiving the burgee from Captain Holloway said, "We are thrilled at this honour and being awarded with a burgee represents the hard work of our instructors, all of whom are volunteers. We are a vibrant, friendly unit and whilst there is always room for improvement, this recognition demonstrates that we give the "cadet experience" which is to give young people from our region a head start in life through nautical adventure and fun".

 
CAPTAIN SEA CADET VISIT

CAPTAIN SEA CADET VISIT

On 27 June 2014 we hosted Captain Sea Cadets Jonathan Holloway RN, as he presented recently retired volunteer Ken Caslaw MBE with the Captain's Medal which marks 50 years of volunteer service in the Sea Cadets. In fact, Ken's actual length of service is 67 years!

Captain Holloway said:  I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit Whitley Bay Sea Cadets in order to award the Captain's Medal to Lt Cdr Ken Caslaw MBE RNR (Retired). This medal is only awarded to those who have given at least 50 years of adult volunteer service to the Sea Cadets Corps - it is therefore a very rare award. It was a real pleasure to award it to Ken who has given an almost unbelievable 67 years of service to the young people of Whitley Bay and it was a real pleasure to hear him talk about how the Corps have changed since he joined in 1947. The service provided by dedicated volunteers like Ken is invaluable and I am extremely grateful to him and to all those who willingly give up their free time to help give a great cadet experience to our young people"

Everyone at Whitley Bay Sea Cadets congratulates and thanks Ken for his dedication and commitment to young people from our region.

 

 
ONCE IN A LIFETIME TRIP FOR WHITLEY BAY SEA CADET

ONCE IN A LIFETIME TRIP FOR WHITLEY BAY SEA CADET

For most teenagers, getting up at 6.30am is a bit of a pain but not for 15 year old Whitley Bay Sea Cadet Taliarose Whitelock, who has just returned from spending a week living, sleeping and working on the Sea Cadets flagship, TS Royalist.

Along with 23 young people from a range of Youth United member organisations, Taliarose from Monkseaton who has been a Sea Cadet for 2 1/2 years, sailed from Newcastle Gateshead Quayside on Saturday 7 June 2014 for a six day offshore voyage to Inverness, and thrived on the challenges that sailing at sea brings. The voyage was made even more special because this was TS Royalist’s last trip to the River Tyne before she makes her final circumnavigation of the UK. The 96 foot brig is due to retire after 43 years of faithful service after having taken over 30,000 cadets to sea where they have experienced the most exhilarating and unique set of challenges.

Roy Taylor, TS Royalist’s Sailing Master and Relief Commanding Officer said, “It is a pleasure to be on the River Tyne in what will be the very last time on TS Royalist. Voyages on TS Royalist are open to all 14,000 Sea Cadets but sailing is only part of it because our emphasis is also on team work, communication, navigation and fun. When Sea Cadets join us on TS Royalist, they do so on a level playing field and have the same opportunity to make the most of the adventure but after a week, they leave us having experienced ownership, a sense of duty and loyalty. Some cadets also secure valuable qualifications on board which give them a head start in life – we see this as a sound investment in the citizens of tomorrow.”

Taliarose said, “This experience has been amazing! I loved being able to watch the moon go down and the sunrise in one watch, I've learnt so much about the other cadet forces I never knew before. I've made lots of new friends and I especially enjoyed climbing the 30m mast as I don't think I could have had a better view of Newcastle from the River Tyne. I've passed a sailing qualification and can't wait to get out to sea again to test my new skills. I would like to thank the Sea Cadets for choosing me to go on this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

 

                                                                                        

 
THANK YOU ASDA BENTON

THANK YOU ASDA BENTON

On 29 May 2014, we were invited to a special presentation at Asda, Benton to collect a cheque after we were selected as Community Life Champions. Asda customers had the opportunity to vote for us using their green tokens and as a result of their support, Asda have generously donated £50.00 to Whitley Bay Sea Cadets - thank you Asda!   

 
TYNEMOUTH FOOD FESTIVAL

TYNEMOUTH FOOD FESTIVAL

On 10th & 11th May 2014, we were the only uniformed youth group to support the Tynemouth Food Festival. We were delighted to have been asked because it is such a prestigious event in the local community, and people travel from far and wide to attend - all set in the historic Tynemouth Priory. Despite a couple of showers, there were thousands of people there and we ensured the smooth running of the event by checking pre paid tickets, selling tickets on the door, issuing wristbands and handing out the free brochures....as well as enjoying some delicious food! We have been bombarded with positive feedback about our cadets, and have managed to recruit some more young people as a result. Thank you to the event organisers for inviting us, the stall holders for making us feel so welcome, our volunteers and finally to our cadets and those from Newcastle East and Newburn who all worked so hard - we'll see you next year!

On 27 June 2014, Sally Craigen (pictured below right) representing the Tynemouth Food Festival visited our unit and presented us with a very generous financial donation, as a way of saying thank you to our cadets. Well done and thank you to all our cadets and adult volunteers who helped out.

 

 
ROYAL NAVAL PARADE 2014

ROYAL NAVAL PARADE 2014

On 7th May 2014, we welcomed over 60 guests at our biennial Royal Naval Parade. This involved an inspection of the cadets by Captain Peter Adams of the Royal Navy and then an opportunity for our cadets to show off their nautical skills.

Officer in Charge Lieutenant Jane Fox said, “ We really appreciate the support from the local community and special thanks go to some of our funders and supporters who were present which includes trustees from the Mel Weir Charitable Trust, Whitley Bay Rotary Club, the High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear Mrs Ruth Thompson OBE, the Chairman of North Tyneside Council Councillor Janet Hunter,Iain Riddell from the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, North Tyneside’s Young Mayor Allen Oghene and North Tyneside Council’s Youth Participation Officer Anne Taylor. The Unit is going from strength to strength with this invaluable support and we are extremely grateful.”

 

 
SPORT RELIEF 2014 GRANT

SPORT RELIEF 2014 GRANT

April 2014 saw Whitley Bay Sea Cadets receive more good news in the form of a grant from Sport Relief. The funds will be used to take our cadets on two boating weekends to Derwenthaugh Boat Station which will enable them to gain some boating qualifications, and have some fun on the water. Thank you to our funders for such a fantastic opportunity.

 
ROYAL MARINES COMMANDO VISIT

ROYAL MARINES COMMANDO VISIT

On Wednesday 30 April 2014, we were really fortunate to be able to welcome the Royal Marine Visibility Team to our Unit. The Royal Marine Commandos put us through our paces with a variety of team building exercises, and we were also joined by our friends from Newcastle East Sea Cadets. It could not have been further from a normal parade night! Thank you to our guests for their visit.

 
COMMUNITY EVENT AT WHITLEY BAY LIBRARY

COMMUNITY EVENT AT WHITLEY BAY LIBRARY

On 5 April 2014, we participated in a community awareness event at the 1 year birthday of the new Whitley Bay Library on York Road. Our cadets busied themselves talking to local people and handing out postcards, flags and stickers. In fact, they spoke to 296 people and probably needed some quiet time after all that talking! Thank you to all our cadets who took part, they represented our Unit with finesse.

 
ALL ABOARD HMS DAUNTLESS FOR WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

ALL ABOARD HMS DAUNTLESS FOR WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets were invited on board HMS Dauntless when she berthed at Northumbria Quay, North Shields on Saturday 29 March 2014. The ship became affiliated to the City of Newcastle taking over the mantel when HMS Newcastle was decommissioned in 2005, and is the second of the Type 45 destroyers after having joined the Fleet in November 2010 shortly after being the first of class to fire the new Sea Viper missile.

Lt Jane Fox, Commanding Officer of Whitley Bay Sea Cadets said “ We were thrilled to have received an invitation from the Commanding Officer of HMS Dauntless to tour the ship, and our cadets had an amazing afternoon. Despite each Sea Cadet Unit being a charity in its own right, the ethos and traditions of the Royal Navy who are our biggest supporter, are at the heart of the Sea Cadets and who are guided in all that they do by the values of respect, loyalty, self-discipline, commitment, honesty and integrity. Our aim is to inspire young people through nautical adventure and challenge to help give them a head start in life.”

Thank you to everyone who made our ships visit so enjoyable.

 

 

 

 
IT'S ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

IT'S ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets has been awarded £3,809 by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland towards the cosmetic renovation of its headquarters. The cadet force is now calling on volunteers from the local community to come forward and help with the painting and decorating of the headquarters to assist the young cadets in restoring the unit to its former glory on 12 and 13 April.

 Lt Jane Fox, Commanding Officer said:

“We are thrilled and feel very humbled to have been given this amazing opportunity. Our unit is in dire need of cosmetic renovation to reflect the vibrant and exciting opportunities we offer young people from our region. We can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get started”.

 Su Legg, Fund Development Manager at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland added:

 “The grant from the Community Foundation will provide a more welcoming and attractive place for young people and volunteers to access the Sea Cadet headquarters. Whitley Bay Sea Cadets provide a vital service for young people in our region and we would like to ask that the local community supports the project by offering their free time to paint and decorate the unit. Whether this is an office team building day or an individual with a spare hour on a Sunday, the group will appreciate any kind support that you may be able to offer.”

 

 
WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS THANK NEWCASTLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS THANK NEWCASTLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

26/03/14

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets received a funding boost from Newcastle International Airport after they pledged to donate a sum of money to our Unit. This is fantastic news, and we are very grateful for their support. The money will be re-invested to give young people from our region a head start in life through nautical adventure and fun. Thank you!

 
UNIFORMED YOUTH GROUPS TO GET £10 MILLION FROM GOVERNMENT

UNIFORMED YOUTH GROUPS TO GET £10 MILLION FROM GOVERNMENT

20/03/14

Sea Cadets are set to benefit from a share of a £10 million Government investment it was announced in today’s budget by the Chancellor George Osborne.

As part of the Youth United network, groups like the Sea Cadets are thrilled to see the investment the Government is making in young people. Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, says:

“We want to ensure that young people have the best possible opportunity to develop the skills they need as they move into adulthood. One of the ways that we can do that is by increasing the opportunities they have to engage in social action and this fund will provide an enormous boost to that effort.”

Martin Coles, CEO for Sea Cadets said:
“We are delighted to see such significant investment and recognition in young people and we welcome today’s announcement and look forward to increasing the incredible opportunities we can offer to even more young people, helping them to build positive futures for themselves and their communities”

 

 
WHITLEY BAY SEA CADET SELECTED FOR TS ROYALIST VOYAGE

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADET SELECTED FOR TS ROYALIST VOYAGE

06/03/14
 
Congratulations to Leading Cadet Brass who has been selected for a Youth United funded trip on TS Royalist. LC Brass, along with 23 others from uniformed youth groups will live, sleep and crew Royalist from 7 -13 June 2014 from Newcastle to Inverness. Given LC Brass' plans to pursue a career in engineering, we're sure this will be an amazing opportunity for her.
 
Since 1971 the Sea Cadets flagship has been taking cadets to sea where they can experience the most exhilarating and unique challenges. Whether it’s hoisting the sails in stormy weather or navigating big waves, nothing compares to the feeling of being out at sea, right there in the elements, taking on challenging nautical training and pulling together with other cadets to safely navigate Britain’s coastline. This is teamwork taken to another level. TS Royalist is open to all our cadets - please see our Training Officer for more information.

 

 

 

 
OUR JOE IS

OUR JOE IS "WALKED ASHORE"

As Whitley Bay Sea Cadet Joe Moore embarks on his Royal Naval Career, he is “walked ashore” by his fellow cadets.

Joe Moore, 17, from West Monkseaton begins a new adventure on 2 March 2014, as a Royal Naval Marine Engineer. Joe was invited back to his old Sea Cadet Unit on 14 February, and the cadets walked him ashore - a ceremonious parade to congratulate him and send him on his way.

After a period of training in Plymouth and Portsmouth, Joe could be posted on a ship anywhere in the world.

Joe said “ I joined Whitley Bay Sea Cadets when I was 13 because I was looking for something to do, by chance I attended an open evening at Whitley Bay Sea Cadet Unit and instantly, I knew it was for me - I have never looked back. I particularly enjoyed the trips away which were so adventurous. When I was 14,  I spent one week living, sleeping and sailing around the South Coast on the iconic TS Royalist, I’ve enjoyed the Norfolk Broads and Caledonian Canals too alongside other cadets from all over the UK, who are now friends for life.  Whitley Bay Sea Cadets have taught me so much, and I have extra qualifications. I feel as though I have a head start, and I am certainly less anxious about joining the Royal Navy, because I already have an understanding of the expectations my employers have of me”.

Commanding Officer Lt Jane Fox said “We are so proud of Joe and hope he will come back and visit us, he is a credit to our Unit and epitomises everything the Sea Cadets represent, which is respect, loyalty, self-discipline, commitment, honesty and integrity. We do not actively recruit on behalf of the Royal Navy, we simply strive to give young people a head start in life through nautical adventure and fun,  regardless of what they chose to go on and do - but if our cadets are considering pursuing a career in the Royal Navy, then we are the first place to start”.

Check out the other photos on our Facebook page.

 
SHOP ONLINE? DO IT THROUGH EASYFUNDRAISING AND RAISE A FREE DONATION FOR WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

SHOP ONLINE? DO IT THROUGH EASYFUNDRAISING AND RAISE A FREE DONATION FOR WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

Like many charities, it can be difficult to raise the essential funds needed to ensure the survival of our Unit. We know we give young people from our region a head start in life through nautical adventure and fun, and we will strive to keep providing the facilities which enables them to do just that.

However, we do need your help. If you shop online, you can raise a donation for free by doing it through Easyfundraising.org. There are thousands of retailers including Adsa, Tesco, itunes, Argos, Currys, Groupon, and there are also a number of hotel chains and tour operators  if you're planning a break. You need to set up a free account, and you can even install the "find and remind" toolbar which acts as a reminder when you are browsing.

You can find out more here http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/whitleybaysc

Thank you for your valued support and please tell everyone you know! Every penny is vital to our survival.

 
SHOW SOME LOVE FOR MAGGIE'S CANCER CARING CENTRE

SHOW SOME LOVE FOR MAGGIE'S CANCER CARING CENTRE

When we heard Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre in Newcastle were looking for people to share their love this Valentine’s Day to help boost its profile and raise some cash, we couldn't wait to help.

As a charity ourselves we know how difficult it can be, so on Wednesday 12 February 2014 we baked some heart shaped biscuits and sent them up to the centre, to be enjoyed by the hard working staff and centre users.

Maggie’s offers free emotional, practical and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends. To donate online visit www.virginmoneygiving/showsomelove or text MAGG98 £1 to 70070 and they are also asking people to use the hashtag #showsomelove on Twitter, and tweet any pictures of Valentine’s themed fundraising they might be doing on Valentines Day in support. Check out our Twitter @TSWhitley and Facebook page for more of our photos.

 

   

 

 

 

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THE BIG CHIP EXPERIMENT!

THE BIG CHIP EXPERIMENT!

Whitley Bay Sea Cadet Juniors Section enjoyed a rather unusual start to their parade night on 5 February 2014, when Pantrinis on Claremont Road visited the Unit  to be presented with a certificate for the best chips in Whitley Bay, as part of their course module on nutrition.

Officer in Charge, Jane Fox said “On the Junior Cadet Training Programme, we teach our 10 -13 year olds the importance of good nutrition, healthy eating and the benefits of being outside in the fresh air and getting involved in sporting activities, as opposed to being sat inside playing on computer games! In line with that programme, we undertook a taste test on takeaway chips and selected five local businesses. The chips were assessed on saltiness, value for money, greasiness, crispiness, size, shape and overall taste and the Junior Cadets decided Patrinis were the all round winners”.

Acting Petty Officer Cristina Stewart who manages the junior section said “ There are countless benefits for eating a healthy diet and teaching young people about being active, but it is also good to treat ourselves once in a while. The cadets really enjoyed this experiment and it was a way of bringing healthy eating to life in a classroom environment”. 

Pictured is Gillian Fairbairn from Pantrinis, Cristina Stewart and two of our Junior Cadets.

 

 

 

 
WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS CELEBRATE POPPY APPEAL

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS CELEBRATE POPPY APPEAL

On 2 February 2014, Whitley Bay Sea Cadets were congratulated for their contribution in helping the Poppy Appeal raise a record breaking £73,600 at a presentation evening hosted by the Whitley Bay and North Shields District Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Officer in Charge, Lt Jane Fox paid tribute to the dedicated cadets who gave up their time, and raised £461.85 by standing on the streets to collect.

Lt Fox said “We were privileged to have been invited to the presentation evening hosted by the Whitley Bay, North Shields and District Branch. It was a very special evening and we were all humbled at the ability of the Poppy Appeal to galvanise support from the local community. Whitley Bay Sea Cadets are proud to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and raise money to help those in need today”.

President of the Whitley Bay and North Shields District Branch of the Royal British Legion Clive McKeag said “I am delighted and honoured to be able to present some certificates to the Whitley Bay Sea Cadets in recognition of raising substantial sums of money for the Poppy Appeal. Whitley Bay Sea Cadets are having a resurgence at the moment, and they are hoping to recruit a lot of young people to become involved in this excellent organisation.”

Leading Cadet Charlotte Brass, 15, accepted the certificate from Mr Mckeag on behalf of Whitley Bay Sea Cadets, as the winner of the Best Poppy Appeal Trophy for raising the most money for the Appeal from within the Unit (pictured).

Thank you and well done to all our cadets who participated.

 
WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS IN EXAM SUCCESS

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS IN EXAM SUCCESS

24/01/14

Three Sea Cadets from Whitley Bay are celebrating after successfully passing their exams.

Adam Clark and Charlotte Brass both 15, and Emily Burston, 16,  were required to demonstrate a variety of skills by completing the Compulsory Training Programme, and successfully passing the Area Examinations Board which sees them progress from an Able Cadet to a Leading Cadet.

These new Leading Cadets completed modules on a variety of subjects including  squad and rifle drill, cadet leadership, teaching and training younger cadets, as well as fire drill and prevention.

Officer in Charge, Jane Fox said “These Leading Cadets are  committed to Whitley Bay Sea Cadets and epitomise everything the Sea Cadets represent, which is respect, loyalty, self-discipline, commitment, honesty and integrity. They have all worked really hard to pass their assessments and exams – skills and attributes which stay with them for life. I am proud of each of them and I look forward to helping them progress”.

Training Officer Kevin Fox who is responsible for organising the cadets training, said “I am thrilled we have three new Leading Cadets at Whitley Bay. The assessments and exams are a really important part of a cadets career, and enables them to achieve both in and outside of the Sea Cadets, and this is yet another  great example of how the Sea Cadets can benefit young people and make the difference to our cadets future academic aspirations and employment prospects".

Congratulations to you all.

 

 
WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS ARE RECRUTING!

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS ARE RECRUTING!

If you are aged between 10 -18 and like the idea of adventure and fun on the water and on land, making new friends and learning new skills then you will love Whitley Bay Sea Cadets. You'll be amazed at what we offer - take a look at the "About Us" section for more information.  We may be coming to your school soon so look out for us but in the meantime, pop along to our Unit on any Wednesday or Friday evening from 1900 - 2100 and we can tell you all about it, and answer any questions you may have. If you get involved now, you'll be able to spend the best part of the summer with us!

 
BE AT THE HEART OF IT - VOLUNTEER WITH WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

BE AT THE HEART OF IT - VOLUNTEER WITH WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets need the help of people like you - volunteers who are happy to roll up their sleeves, get involved and potentially make a difference to the lives of so many young people from our region.

We have lots of roles to match your skills from working directly with cadets and giving them a head start in life as you guide them through the training we do. Alternatively from behind the scenes, by using your practical business skills and common sense to help shape Whitley Bay Sea Cadets as part of the Unit Management Team. Training and support will be provided to help you.

As a volunteer member of Whitley Bay Sea Cadets you will gain a sense of personal achievement, invest in your local community, meet new people, make new friends, become part of a team which supports young people, and create the opportunity to bolster your CV.

To find out more, please contact cpaczko@ms-sc.org or call 07711 369327, or pop in to the Unit and speak to the Commanding Officer on any parade night. Alternatively, you can apply via the Guardian via this link http://jobs.theguardian.com/job/4775077/management-team-trustee-whitley-bay-sea-cadets/

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WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS SAIL ON AHEAD

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS SAIL ON AHEAD

Congratulations to Whitley Bay's AC Clark and CDT Harley, for their outstanding performance at the sailing compertition.  Whitley Bay Sea Cadets came joint first with Newburn and Gosforth Sea Cadets. AC Clark finished second in the pico race, and CDT Harley maged to attain first place in the topper race, thereby wining the first sailing trophy for Whitley Bay Sea Cadets in a few years. Well done to you both for all your hard work and effort.

 
CADET FEST 2013

CADET FEST 2013

On Sunday 1 September 2013, we joined forces with our friends from the Northumberland, Tyne South and Teesside Districts and took part in the annual Sea Cadets MetFest at Gateshead's Metro Centre. Whitley Bay Sea Cadets provided the training for the seamanship display and had lots of cadets in the team. Along with stalls and a spot of fundraising, we participated in drill, parade and band displays. From the photo below, you can see Metro Centre mascot Maggot standing to attention - perhaps we have a new recruit?!

 

 
WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS WELCOME OUR NEW OFFICER IN CHARGE

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS WELCOME OUR NEW OFFICER IN CHARGE

We now have a new Officer in Charge as Lt (SCC) Paul Caslaw RNR, has decided to retire after 13 years. We wish him all the very best ,and thank him for his commitment to Whitley Bay Sea Cadets.  So as one retires, someone else must take up the helm and we take this opportunity to announce that Lt (SCC) Jane Fox RNR,has taken up the challenge to take Whitley Bay Sea Cadets on its next phase.  

 

 

 
WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS ARE CANADA BOUND

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS ARE CANADA BOUND

Three cadets from Whitley Bay Sea Cadets have successfully applied to attend a 6 week training course, courtesy of the Navy League of Canada at their training facility in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Canada. The trip has also been made possible with a generous donation from the Mel Weir Trust, which will help towards the costs of the flights for all three cadets to Canada this summer

Each of the cadets will attend separate courses over the summer: Leading Cadet Stewart will attend the Drill and Ceremonial Instructor course, while Able Cadet Garrity will attend the Military Band Intermediate Musician course, and Able Cadet Adam Clark will attend the Intermediate Sail course.

Competition for places on these courses was tough, as there were only 4 places for each course available to all 14,000 Sea Cadets in the UK. For three of our Whitley Bay Sea Cadets to be selected shows tremendous effort - effort which will be rewarded, and we hope that our cadets have a great time in Canada this summer.

Navy League Canada

 
NORTHUMBRIA POLICE CHARITY GIFT

NORTHUMBRIA POLICE CHARITY GIFT

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets can now enjoy watching films and presentations after receiving a new projector and screen from the Northumbria Police Charities Fund. The gift will enable more than 40 young people aged 12 to 16 years, members of the cadet core, to get more enjoyment out of their regular training sessions. The equipment will also be used for a younger youth section which is planned to launch soon and for other community events based at the unit.

Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Gray said: "We're pleased to support this youth group with equipment for them to use to train young people and help them get even more out of the planned activities.  Young people really benefit from taking part in organised activities and learn useful team building skills which will help them in the future". 
  
 Colin Stewart, Chairman of the Whitley Bay Sea Cadets, said: " we are over the moon to receive this very generous gift from our local Police. The projector was top of our wish list for quite a while and will help our Training team deliver more interactive and dynamic lessons to our cadets as well as provide additional means of entertainment on fun nights! My aim is also to use this for community and business groups who I am hoping to attract to our facility in the near future. Our thanks also go to local community PC Paul McKenzie who recognised through his regular contact with the Unit,  the opportunity to apply for funding which would help increase the training facilities for the cadets."

Pictured are left to right: PC Paul Mckenzie handing over the equipment  to Lt (SCC) Paul Caslaw RNR, Officer in Charge of the Whitley Bay Sea Cadets .

 
WHITLEY BAY SOCCER STARS BOUND FOR NATIONAL COMPETITION

WHITLEY BAY SOCCER STARS BOUND FOR NATIONAL COMPETITION

Congratulations go to two of our senior cadets who helped Northumberland District Senior Girls 5 a side win the Area Competition in Tranent last weekend (22nd January 2013). LC Stewart and AC Moodie were selected to represent the District Senior Side following the District Competition at the beginning of the month. Now the two cadets will travel to the National competition in London, in February. Here's hoping! Congratulations again.

 
CURRENT - SEA CADETS UK NEW ON-LINE MAGAZINE

CURRENT - SEA CADETS UK NEW ON-LINE MAGAZINE

"Current" a new digital magazine aimed at existing and potential Sea Cadets has been launched and is available via facebook.com/SeaCadetsUK and sea-cadets.org.  The launch coincides with the release of Fleet, the magazine for volunteers, which will be landing on doormats this week.

The magazine formats and content reflect feedback from focus groups with supporters, volunteers and cadets.  Being delivered at no extra cost, utilising efficiencies made by the refreshing of the Seafarer Magazine and Annual Review

Read the first issue here

 
SEASONS GREETINGS FROM WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

SEASONS GREETINGS FROM WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

Well here we are at the end of another year! And what a great year it has been…

Our Cadets have really excelled themselves this year putting in fantastic efforts both here at the Unit and also during courses, events and competitions. We even had two cadets go to a National competition. We enjoyed individual and team success in the Pulling, Boat Handling, Adventure Training, Swimming and Cross Country competitions. A hectic summer also saw our cadets gain over 80 qualifications.

Special congratulations also go to Leading Cadet Stewart who passed her Leading Cadet Board and also Sub Lt Thompson, Lt Fox, APO FOX and APO Errington from our adult volunteers who also gained promotion.

Here's to 2013!

 
CHRISTMAS CAROL SINGING AT THE DOME

CHRISTMAS CAROL SINGING AT THE DOME

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets took part in a community Christmas Fayre, organised by the Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade on Sunday 4th December 2012.

This was an occasion for our Unit to increase local awareness, and also to raise some funds for the Cadets. Sub Lt Thompson organized the TS Whitley Choir, and took pride of place on the steps leading into the Dome to welcome over 2000 local Whitley Bay folk to the Fayre.

A stall also helped drum up interest in the Sea Cadets and what we get up to, as well as raise over £70 with a prize raffle – prizes which were very generously donated by parents and well wishers. Let’s hope that this is an annual event as we believe it was very successful in getting our message out to the local community. In fact we had two eager new recruits appear on the following parade night to join the Sea Cadet experience.

 

 
WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS PROVIDE THE CENOTAPH HONOUR GUARD

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS PROVIDE THE CENOTAPH HONOUR GUARD

November brings us together again to remember and thank those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets for the first time in many years, were honoured to provide the Cenotaph Honour Guard with four of our cadets taking their place during the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph. Here they are pictured with Officer in Command CPO John Littler – from left AC Kelly, AC Garrity, OC Burston and LC Stewart.

 
WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS VISIT HMS LEDBURY

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS VISIT HMS LEDBURY

On the 22nd October 2012, Whitley Bay Sea Cadets were invited to visit HMS Ledbury while she was docked at the Quayside in Newcastle.

HMS Ledbury is the second of the Hunt Class Mine Counter Measures Vessels to be built. The ship was commissioned into Naval Service on 11th June 1981 and she cost £65 Million at time of building - the most expensive cost for a class of ship per metre ever built by the Royal Navy. Recently returned from active duty in Libya, the crew were happy to show our cadets around.

 
GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE APLENTY

GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE APLENTY

October and November 2012 saw success again for TS Whitley in District Competitions.

Following on from their triumphs at the District Swimming Gala, the successful Whitley Bay Sea Cadet swim team joined the Northumberland District team at the Area Gala in October. Our cadets helped the District team to win the Area swim competition overall, and also assist bring home the Montrose Trophy, the annual competition for all Districts in the Northern Area.

This year the Cross Country competition was held at Riverside in Chester Le Street. Our 3 competitors had mixed fortunes - LC Stewart won the girls senior event, while OC Burston came 3rd in the girls 12-15 age group, and AC Moore gave a great effort in the senior boys event.

In the annual competition TS Whitley came a credible 4th place (33pts) just two points behind Wallsend (31pts) while South Gosforth were second (27pts) as Newburn ran out deserved District Champions (21pts)

TS Whitley’s performance in the District Competitions was as follows:

5-a-side football: Equal 2nd       Pulling Regatta: Equal 2nd

Sailing Regatta: 5th                  Boat Handling: Equal 2nd

Canoeing: 4th                          Swimming: 4th     

Adventure Training: 2nd                Drill: 3rd                

Piping: 5th                                Cross Country: 4th

 
WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS SWIM TO SUCCESS

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS SWIM TO SUCCESS

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets brought home EIGHT first places in the recent District Swimming Gala, held at Hadrian Leisure Centre.

A team of 10 water babes took to the pool and provided TS Whitley supporters with plenty to cheer about. With 8 first places, 2 second places and 3 third places this was a great performance from the Unit. Those successful swimmers will now go on to the Area competition on 16th October in Scotland, flying the flag for Northumberland District, hoping to bring back some gold medals!

The full list of placings were as follows:

Girls Open Butterfly OC E Burston 1st Boys Class Y Breaststroke AC J Moore 1st
Girls Class X Backstroke Cdt S Hall 3rd Girls Class X Breaststroke OC E Burston 1st
Boys Class Y Backstroke AC J Moore 3rd Boys Class X Backstroke Cdt G Shipley-Armstrong 2nd
Girls Class Y Backstroke LC J Stewart 1st Girls Class Y Breaststroke LC J Stewart 1st
Girls Class Y Freestyle AC C Tribe 2nd Boys Class X Freestyle Cdt J Briggs 1st
Boys Class X Breaststroke Cdt G Shipley-Armstrong 3rd Boys Class Y Freestyle AC S Garrity 1st
Girls Class X Freestyle Cdt H Henderson 1st Open Relay 8 x 1 length  2nd place
 
ADVENTURE TRAINING COMPETITION

ADVENTURE TRAINING COMPETITION

The annual Adventure Training competition was held recently near Bolam Lake in Northumberland. With cadets participating in groups of 5 and 6 from unit across the District, this was a tough competition and prospects for our Whitley Cadets were limited seeing as this was only their second AT outing for the season. However following some excellent in-house training from the staff and great teamwork from all involved, the Whitley Bay team were placed 2nd overall! The competition involved completing a route map, navigating a river crossing, pitching a tent, dealing with First Aid in the field and reporting to 6 check-in stations.

 
Help For Heroes Parade

Help For Heroes Parade

On the 1st October 2012, Whitley Bay Sea Cadets were invited to join a parade along Whitley Bay seafront to support Help For Heroes.

Organised together with some local schools by a Whitley Bay music teacher, participants were encouraged to play an instrument during the sponsored march. With the help of drummers AC Sean Garrity and two Marine Cadets from Ashington, as well as local steel drum players there was plenty of music to help the parade reach their destination at the Cenotaph.

 
DISTRICT SAILING REGATTA

DISTRICT SAILING REGATTA

The District Sailing Regatta was held at Derwenthaugh marina - TS Northumbria, on 11 September, 2012. This was an opportunity for cadets to show what they had learned over the summer months in a competitive atmosphere. Two of the Whitley Bay Sea Cadets, AB Cadet Garrity and Cdt Clarke entered the Bosun competition, sailing double handed over a triangle course set out by the judges. Even though this was their first outing in a Bosun, the 2 cadets came in a very respectable 3rd place from 7.

Well done guys!

 
SUMMER BOATING

SUMMER BOATING

Lots of Whitley Bay Sea Cadets attended waterborne activities over the summer months at our amazing local boat station, TS Northumbria. Cadets attended rowing, power and sailing courses as well as taking part in competitions. We also make the most of a fantastic venue and great use of the boat station’s facilities every other Friday evening throughout the summer.

 
UNIT SUMMER CAMP = AT TRAINING + FUN !!!

UNIT SUMMER CAMP = AT TRAINING + FUN !!!

12 Cadets joined Sub Lt Thompson and Lt Snedden (ASO DofE) for a camping and trekking experience based at Seahouses, Northumberland in August 2012. The three day trip consisted of two overnight stays in tents, treks to Bamburgh Castle and an expedition practice, which included navigating courses and checking in at specified ‘check-points’ along the way.

This was a great opportunity for cadets to experience the outdoor world and work together in small and large groups. 

 

 
SILVER MEDAL FOR ROWERS

SILVER MEDAL FOR ROWERS

A team from TS Whitley won the Northumberland District Rowing Boat Handling competition, and went on the represent their Unit and District, at the Northern Area Boat Handling Competition at Dundee Sea Cadets. 

Competing were Sea Cadet Districts from the Northern Area.  Whitley Bay Sea Cadets came second in the Rowing Boat Handling gaining silver medals. Gosforth and Newburn Units also represented the District in the Sailing Boat Handling, and Power Boat Handling competitions. Due to the efforts of all three units Northumberland district won the overall Boat Handling Cup for Northern Area!

(From left) OC Burston, OC Brass, AC Garrity (Coxswain), OC Clark, C Stoneman. 

(LC Stewart and AC Tribe were in the Unit team at the District competition but were unable to make the Area competition)

 
WINNING WAVES FOR WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

WINNING WAVES FOR WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

On 10 July 2012, TS Whitley rowing crew won first place at the District Boat Handling competition, held at TS Northumbria. The crew consisting of AC Stewart, AC Tribe, OC Brass, OC Burston and OC Clarke, were able to outscore TS Dauntless (South Gosforth), TS Comus (Wallsend) and TS Tyne during the very testing course. 

Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/user/WhitleyBaySeaCadets

Many congratulations to the crew!

 
WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS OPENS IT DOORS TO THE PUBLIC FOR AN OPEN EVENING

WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS OPENS IT DOORS TO THE PUBLIC FOR AN OPEN EVENING

This year’s Open Night will take place on Wednesday 13th July from 7pm – 9pm.

The Unit will open its doors to the public to pop in and have a look. It is also an opportunity for friends and family who have not been to the Unit to come and find out what we do. There will also be a wide range of information, and supporters will be available to provide information for prospective new cadets and volunteers looking to join.

If you would like to give young people from a region a head start in life, then please do join us - what have you got to loose?!

 
RACE NIGHT FUNDRAISER COLLECTS £270 !

RACE NIGHT FUNDRAISER COLLECTS £270 !

A great night was enjoyed by all at the Border Terrier earlier this month in aid of the Minibus Fundraiser. A mix of cadets, staff, parents, management team members and local regulars, who were all happy to join in the fun. Naturally only the adults were allowed to place bets on the horse races, with a share of all placed stakes being donated to Whitley Bay Sea Cadet Unit. Before the final race the all 8 horses involved were auctioned off to the highest bidder, with 50% of the raised amount being donated to the fund. A raffle with prizes kindly donated by staff, parents and well wishers also helped provide a great atmosphere. Our thanks go to the Border Terrier and Lesley for her generous provision of the venue and buffet.

 
WHITLEY BAY'S SUB LT THOMPSON MEETS HM THE QUEEN

WHITLEY BAY'S SUB LT THOMPSON MEETS HM THE QUEEN

On 22 June, 2012 Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were guests of honour at a Garden Party held at Alnwick Castle and Garden, hosted by Northumberland's Lord Lieutenant, The Duchess of Northumberland. The purpose of which was to thank Volunteers and Carers, and the North East Reserve Forces and Cadet Volunteers were out in force. The Lord Lt Cadets met The Queen, and representatives of all branches were introduced to her. Our own Sub Lt Thompson was one of those chosen to attend the event and was lucky enough to be chosen to actually meet the Queen. She said “It was an honour, I feel really lucky to have had such an opportunity.”

 

 
HANDS ON DECK FOR WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

HANDS ON DECK FOR WHITLEY BAY SEA CADETS

It was all hands on deck for the Great Summer Clean Up during the weekend of 24th - 26th June 2012 as news had filtered through of a visit from the newly appointed Area Officer who was due on Wednesday 29th June. Our thanks go to Sub Lt Fox and her husband Brian, Commanding Officer, Chief Littler, CPO Ellis, Sub Lt Thompson, AC Joe Moore and Colin Stewart from the Unit Management Team for their much needed assistance. The deck got a brush and wipe down as well as all cabins, together with a trim of all the overhanging shrubbery in the back alley. Biggest job of all was the garage clear out - and after 3 visits to the local dump - there is at long last a decent enough room to swing a cat or two!

 
AREA DRILL COMPETITION SUCCESS

AREA DRILL COMPETITION SUCCESS

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets represented Northumberland District in the Northern Area Drill competition at MOD Caledonia 9th April 2011.  Able Cadets Jamie Stewart and Oliver Kelly were part of the winning Guard team which beat all the other districts in Scotland and North East England.  The unarmed squad was also successful, coming 3rd in their category, which consisted of four of our Whitley Bay cadets. Congratulations to everyone who took part.

 

 

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