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The Mayor pulls his weight

The Mayor pulls his weight

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

Area Kayaking July 2017

Area Kayaking July 2017

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

Biennial  Royal Navy Parade - July 2017

Biennial Royal Navy Parade - July 2017

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

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

Area rowing July 2017

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

District Regattas June 2017

District Regattas June 2017

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