TS Illustrious Update 28 April 2015
Congratulations to Petty Officer Cadets Ranson and Hopkins, Able Cadet Dundon, Ordinary Cadets Bailey and Von Kaenel and Cadet 1st Class Ashforth on being promoted. This was undertaken by the Deputy Area Officer, Lt Cdr Cliff Lewis, on Thursday 23rd April 2015.
We had our Unit Review on Thursday 23rd April 2015. This is not a formal parade but is where the Deputy Area Officer and the District Team look at how the Unit is being run. The Cadets and Staff turned out very well and the DAO chatted to a lot of them. The debrief went well and it looks like we will score highly again.
National Drill, Guard and Piping Competition
Our team of nine (plus two adult staff members) attended this event at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall. OK, we didn't win anything this time but the Cadets appeared to have fun, which is what it all comes down to at the end of the day. The event organisers laid on a 'disco' on the Saturday evening which all the Cadets attended. A big well done to all and our team did us proud, representing only only the Unit but District and Area too.
New Officer in Charge
Thursday 23rd April 2015 was CPO Ian Richard's last formal parade night with us. 'Chiefy' stepped up last September to keep the ship steady whilst a new more permanent Officer in Charge was found. Chief Richards maintains his post as Unit Armourer and will be on hand to assist the team as required. He also maintains his position as District Chief so he will be attending District events in the future. This night also saw us say farewell to Mrs Joan Richards who has run our clothing store. Again she has not quite sailed off into the sunset and will be on hand to assist our new Stores Officer, Mrs Mandy Elliott, as and when required.
So, our new Officer in Charge moving forward is Petty Officer Jon Sexton who has already assumed command of TS Illustrious.
The Command Team is as follows:
Officer-in-Charge: PO (SCC) Jon Sexton
Executive Officer: PO (SCC) Jerry Parkinson
RMC Detachment Commander: A/Sgt (SCC) Euan Wilkinson
Unit Training Officer:SLt (SCC) Jack Parsons
Officer-in-Charge (Juniors): A/PO Liz Massen
Adminstration Officer: Mrs Margaret Andrews