Welcome to November's issue of our newsletter

Welcome to the November issue of the Sea Cadets newsletter! Winter may be round the corner, but things certainly aren't slowing down for our cadets. This month we've had adventures, parades and awards in Yorkshire, Wallasey, London, Birmingham, Belfast... to name a few! 
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- Rosie Wheat, Communications Officer

Sea Cadets on parade!
Sunday 18 October saw the 210th annual national Trafalgar Day parade in Trafalgar Square, London. 400 young people from across the UK aged 13 – 17 from Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps took part in a spectacular display and parade. Crowds were treated to performances including physical training, glee club, pipes and drums by Air Cadets, followed by an 80-strong Sea Cadet Massed Band!
Sea Cadets set sail thanks to Lord Mayor's Appeal!
On Tuesday 29 September the upcoming Lord Mayor of London confirmed that Sea Cadets has been chosen for the Lord Mayor of London’s Appeal 2015/16. The announcement was a huge boost in helping the charity replace the two offshore yachts. After 16 years service, where 4,600 young people experienced a transformational voyage at sea, the 35ft Tradewinds are now in need of replacement. Fundraising will start in earnest after the Lord Mayor’s Parade through the City of London on Saturday 14 November. 
Freedom of the Borough
On 20 September, Wallasey Unit were awarded Freedom of the Borough by Wirral Council. After a service was held at St Nicholas's Church in Wallasey, Sea Cadets joined the crew from HMS and TS Astute to parade through the town. The Freedom Scrolls were read out in a small ceremony by the seafront after the parade. The Duchess of Cornwall sent her personal congratulations to the cadets, and said she was delighted that the council gave "the highest honour" to the unit.
National Sailing Regatta results
Despite the disappointing lack of wind, Sea Cadets' top windsurfers were still out on the water, competing for first place in this year's National Sailing Regatta. Congratulations to joint winners Eastern and London areas! Sadly due to the weather, the dinghy races had to be cancelled, but a massive well done to all cadets and volunteers who worked so hard to make the event happen. See all the photos from the day on our Facebook page
Sea Cadets are a show stopper!
Well done to Northern Ireland Sea Cadets, who were chosen to be the official charity of the 2015 Belfast Tattoo. The event showcases some of the finest musicians and dances from across Ulster, and 38 cadets from Northern Ireland were lucky enough to take centre stage to perform Colours in front of thousands of spectators. Cadets were also on hand to help fundraise at the event. Development Worker for Northern Ireland Neal Somerville said: "It was a great achievement and gave all a real sense of pride."
Birmingham Vernon receives two grants!
Cadets and volunteers at Birmingham Vernon Unit were delighted to receive a £12,450 grant from Postcode Community Trust and a £10,000 grant from Awards for All. The money will go towards buying new kayaks, safety equipment and a pontoon extension, which will help increase the number of hours cadets can spend out on the water. UMC Jennifer Harrison said: "This is a great boost to us and means that we are able to deliver an exciting programme of events and activities."
Volunteering for half a century
On 3 October, Lt (SCC) Phil Pether RNR was delighted to receive his Captain's Medal for 50 years' volunteering with the Corps. The medal was presented to him by Captain Sea Cadets Captain Phil Russell RN at his unit in Kettering. Phil Pether's son, Captain (SCC) Marc Pether RMR, said: "It is a great honour to see my father receive the medal today from the Captain, it was a fitting way to reward him for his efforts."
London gets adventurous!
London Area held their annual Adventure Training Competition in Ashdown Forest last month. 50 cadets from units across London came together to test their campcraft, teamwork and navigation skills. There was even time for a spot of abseiling and a 14km hike! Congratulations to Bexley Unit who won the overall competition, taking home the coveted Chosin Cup. Well done to Enfield Unit who were a close second, and BZ to all cadets who took part!
Southwark honour former war hero
Southwark Sea Cadets were invited to parade at Millwall Football Club, where a memorial was being erected on Tower Bridge Road. The memorial for Albert McKenzie VC recognises his courage and bravery during WW1 in the Royal Navy, where he led successful missions and received the Victoria Cross. Cadets led the parade, which raised over £2,200 on the day, and were treated to front seats at the match after!
Peterborough Unit awarded 2015 Burgee
Cadets and volunteers from Peterborough had big smiles when Captain Sea Cadets Captain Phil Russel took a selfie last month, during a special visit to their unit. Just two weeks previously the unit had been awarded a 2015 Burgee following its Royal Naval Parade inspection. After presenting the Burgee to the unit, the Captain was given a tour, where he met lots of current and potential cadets, and even took part in the evening Colours ceremonies.
Highest honour for Yorkshire cadet
16-year-old POC Liam from Yorkshire District has been honoured by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for his outstanding achievements, and has been appointed the Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet for North Yorkshire. Liam was joined by two other cadets from the Air and Army Cadets to be awarded at a special ceremony held at the Yorkshire Army Cadet Training Centre, Queen Elizabeth Barracks. Liam said: "I am extremely honoured to have recieved this award, knowing that all my hard work and effort is appreciated by the cadet forces."

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