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A Day At The Races

A Day At The Races

Sea Cadets from all over Severn District (SW Area) took part in a day of commemorations which culminated the end of acts of 100 years Remembrance within the County of Gloucestershire on Sunday. Gloucestershire Sea Cadets and staff supported the event commencing with a ‘return from the front’ steam train from Toddington GWSR station arriving at the racecourse platform (CO and 2 cadets from Tewkesbury) joining the larger parade of 40 cadets and staff forming part of the Tri Service contingents parading. Outgoing Lord Lt (Dame Janet Trotter CVO DBE OBE) and incoming Lord Lt (Edward Gillespie OBE) were present commending the smartness and thanking all concerned, organised by Lord Rupert DeMauley culminated with a March past for HRH Princess Royal. WW1 Aircraft display, WW1 re-enactments, the part Horses played in the War all formed the backdrop of the days displays and activities. 20000 visitors looked over the act of remembrance and parade, not least the 4Million viewers on ITV and Channel 4 racing Live on Sunday. We were joined by contingents from The Rifles, Mounted Cavalry, Waterloo Band of the Rifles, The Glosters, ACF, CCF, ATC.

Bobby's South Korea International Exchange

Bobby's South Korea International Exchange

This exchange has been the time of my life. I came away with an open mind and willing to do anything that I was asked to do, and safe to say, that’s exactly what I have done. No was not an answer for me on this trip. From the minute we arrived In the airport, we were greeted with a happy and excited face, and for all the Korean staff, this continued the whole way through, as well as the cadets and escort officers.

Each and every day was jam-packed with fun and exciting activities. I was really excited when I first got the itinerary because of all the activities that we were taking part in. From visiting the DMZ, to having the most fun possible in Everland and Caribbean Bay. The itinerary really accommodated everyone and it was a good balance of activities from cultural, to fun, to water activities. There was something for everyone and from what I could see, everyone really enjoyed themselves!


I came away not knowing what to expect and I think that was the best thing to do. I wanted everything to come as a surprise as South Korea has a completely different style of living than home in Northern Ireland. The one thing that really hit me was the heat. Literally! Coming from a country that usually has a temperature of around 14°C and no humidity, to a country with an average 36°C and very high humidity, it was hard to get used to! But hey, I’m not complaining, I got to work on my suntan...


I can’t choose a favourite between all of the activities. But the ones that stood out the most were the visit to the Navy Fleet, the DMZ Tour, and the day out to Caribbean Bay and Everland. But as I said, I thoroughly enjoyed every other activity.



I can’t thank the Korean staff enough for making this trip the best it could be. We were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived until the second we left! And nothing was a problem for them, everything was done with a smiling face. I really enjoyed teaching Cindy how to speak Northern Irish. What’s the craic?! It’s boiling! Fish and chips!!

The one thing that really got to me was that the Hard Rock Café Seoul was closed for renovation. But I understand, it isn’t your fault!


I have to say though, the water activities were amazing. Participating in the SEK National Regatta was an amazing experience. Competing against each other in various events was very fun. And the fun water activities like the water slide, banana boating and kayaking were also amazing.


I found that every cadet who participated in the exchange clicked straight away. Yes, there were language barriers etc but we did find ways to overcome these, and by the second day, we were all like one family!


I enjoyed all the activities but I also enjoyed going out at night time. Even the simple trips to the convenience store. I thought this was a great opportunity for the group to ‘mingle’ even more than what we already did. The first night when we arrived and went to the convenience store and Olympic Torch when all the group was together was amazing because everybody started talking straight away and the Korean staff really made everyone feel welcome.



I can’t thank everybody enough for making my birthday amazing. I really wasn’t expecting to come out of a lift and get attached with balloons and singing but I really did appreciate it. I thought it was a really good idea with putting the papers up on the wall and getting everyone to write a message because that is something that each person will cherish forever! And the gift exchange... I wasn’t expecting to be bombarded with so many different gifts from everyone but it helped to make the experience. But this will also be something that I’ll keep forever!

Lastly, I want to give my thanks to Alex, who made this exchange possible for not just me, but for every cadet within the United Kingdom who got selected to go on the exchange. You really did give us the experience of a lifetime!

Get your applications in as soon as possible. I can assure you, you will not regret it!


Good luck!



Able Cadet Bobby, 16, from Lisburn, took part in the Sea Cadets International Exchange 2018. To find out more about our International Exchange programme contact

Laura Bingham at Thrapston Boat Station

Laura Bingham at Thrapston Boat Station

On October 24, Laura Bingham, an explorer and social media influencer with over 40,000 followers on Instagram, visited Thrapston Boat Station to see how cadets spent their half-term break. Needless to say, she was impressed! From windsurfing to powerboating sailing, the cadets showed Laura their skills on the water and what Sea Cadets is all about.

The cadets were all in different stages of their development, and by the end of the day you could really see the improvement

"Hearing laughter from the cadets, is why we're here," said Neil who is the manager of Thrapston Boat Station. "On days like this, you just can't beat it," added Sam, an Instructor at Thrapston Boat Station. 

Find out more about Laura here, and keep an eye out for her interview in the next edition of The Sea Cadet, hitting doors later this month. 

Treasurer Honoured

Treasurer Honoured

In the evening of 18th October the South East Reserve Forces and Cadets Association held its annual awards evening at the Gateway Centre in Aylesbury, in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher Bt., the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire and many other distinguished Civil, Naval and Military guests. A proud recipient of the Lord Lieutenant's award for meritorious service was Michael Snell MVO, the Treasurer of Milton Keynes Sea Cadets.  Since bringing his son to the unit as a potential new-entry, and leaving as Treasurer designate, Michael has been a tower of strength on the Unit Management team and has transformed the unit's finances to undreamt-of stability.  Michael is also active in several other community roles but is rarely too busy to help out in any unexpected task or opportunity.

Lord Lieutenant's Sea Cadet

Lord Lieutenant's Sea Cadet

Leading Cadet Sian Purewall was installed as Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire's Sea Cadet, the unit’s eighth in succession. Sian has been with us for five years and in that time has gained numerous qualifications, up to instructor level, and is always an enthusiastic volunteer for unit sporting and civic activities.

Through the coming year Sian will attend the Lord Lieutenant during his official engagements, particularly royal visits.

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