Monday, 7 January 2013

Welcome back to 2013

Welcome back to all our cadets and supporters We all hope you had a great Christmas and are ready for the year ahead. This year has a busy diary with plenty of activites and fun events. Watch this space for fortcomming dates for your diary.

The first night to note is Monday 21st January for the paddlesport presentation this is for cadets and Royal Marine cadets. A presentation by the paddlesport staff with clips and slideshow explaining what is available to cadets and staff in 2013. training, comprtitions, canoe camps and events. if you want to know more see you at 1900 hrs

Have a great 2013.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Well we are at the end 2012 another year has passed us by, as always I think the new year will be less busy but not so, 2013 look like being interesting.
we hope our newly formed Marine Detachment will have passed it's probation period (I am sure it will) need to look at recruiting some Blue Jackets, Marines and Juniors doing well in numbers, the unit calender is filling up fast, Easter Camp will be held at Guildford and Summer Camp again at Weymouth in August, lots of work to do on the boats April will some come around and boating season will be under way, some parents with D.I.Y skills would be good classrooms to paint and boats to repair.

I would like to thank all Cadets,Staff, Parents, UMC for their continued support and wish you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year

Lt (SCC) Colin Whitear RNR
Commanding Officer

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Well done to all the staff and cadets who help collect for the Poppy appeal last Saturday, also to all who attended the Remembrance Parade in Guildford a good turn out of Staff, Blue Jackets, RMCD and Juniors
well done to all

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Guildford Sea Cadets 70th Anniversary celebration 18th October
 High Sheriff of Surrey, Dr Karin Sehmer inspecting Cadets on parade at Guildford Sea Cadet Unit accompanied by the Commanding Officer Lt (SCC) Colin Whitear RNR
Also cake cutting and photo with the cadets
during the evening the High Sheriff was shown around the unit and meet with the cadets, staff and unit management, the evening finished with the High Sheriff presenting the efficiency award of a Burgee for 2012 and the certificate of Commendation from the Captain of the Sea Cadet Corps  

Guildford Sea Cadets will be holding an open day / reunion on Saturday 17th November between 10:00 and 15:00 so if your an ex cadet or staff member please pop along 

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

September up date
Well the boating season is over; boating will now take place over the weekends through the winter.
Cadet numbers still high with the RMCD doing well, some success at last with competitions, Junior girls and Junior boys won the District rowing which was held at Guildford on a time trial basis, the Junior section won the District swimming trophy last Saturday, I attended the Area regatta at Portsmouth with Lorraine to see our Junior girls represent Surrey they gave a good performance ‘’well-done girls’’
The Marine Cadets took to the field also last weekend with Sgt Lomas and I understand had an enjoyable time
We now prepare for the long dark winter nights, we have a boat work weekend pencilled in for October 12th to 14th a good chance to gain some qualifications, there is to be a new training programme rolled out later this year, will keep you posted
Following an attempted break-in a couple of weeks ago the main front doors suffered £400 worth of damage this is money that would have been spent on cadet training, the UMC are looking at placing a CCTV system on the outside of the building to hopefully deter future damage / thefts      

Well done to L/C Matt Traylor for completing another advanced qualification in open canoeing

Dates for the diary: -
October 4th Royal Marine Band concert at G Live, cadets needed to help
October 18th a visit by Lord Lieutenant to help celebrate Guildford 70th anniversary also to present our 2012 award of a Burgee
November 10th Guildford is hosting D of E day for Surrey’s trainers
November 11th Remembrance Parade Guildford town centre (this is mandatory for cadets and staff) 
December date TBC 5–Side-Football

Parents / Guardians please you are reminded to collect your children from the unit during the dark evenings we will have a member of staff on the bridge to help you fell more secure when walking over from the car park

Help needed : - with tuck shop on a parade night 

Sunday, 26 August 2012


Guildford Sea Cadets have been awarded a Burgee together with a Commendation from the Captain of the Sea Cadet for 2012 a great deal of thanks goes to all involved here at T.S. Queen Charlotte, it has been a very busy year to date.
With the end of the summer and the nights drawing in it means a long winter ahead, we also need to turn our attentions to recruiting more staff so any interest please contact the Commanding Officer Lt (SCC) Colin Whitear RNR, phone or email the unit

Sunday, 12 August 2012

August 2012
Well summer (what summer?) is almost over, I can not remember a boating season like 2012 we have missed out on so many evenings due to the weather or river conditions, however we did have our RNP one or two glitches but all in all a good night well attended by cadets and parents the Mayor of Guildford was a VIP guest, I would like to thank all the parents who helped on the night
Our cadet numbers continue to rise it remains that staffing levels are the problem two staff members are due to join the Royal Navy this year, PO Neil Thom & Jason Stolton we wish then all the best in their chosen career
At last our RMCD marine cadet detachment has been officially  formed Sgt Lomas has taken the role of detachment commander, already three cadets have progressed to MC2
wear and tear on our fleet has come at some cost our CAP 400 needing repairs
Nine cadets and three staff assisted in a charity collection at Tesco's 11th August in aid of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity well done to all
Cadet took part in the Guildford lions raft race on the 7th July one raft did not finish the second came in last but one however they have won a cup for the best endeavour.
We will now make the most of the light evenings to gain much needed boating, very sad this year we have not been able to do any sailing due to no sailing instructor
Our Parent Supporters Association is in need of new members Trudi & Rob Barnett have stood down they will be very much missed but a great deal of thanks goes out to them for their support over the years
September the 1st was to see a new Commanding Office take post however this is not now going to happen

Sunday, 3 June 2012

CO update
Well I think summer is here? we have been able to go boating, lots going on our numbers have increased to 66 including 12 Juniors, we have requested to reform our Royal Marine Cadet Detachment but still waiting the formal green light from HQ, 8 cadets have moved over which in turn has created a further 6 new entries from word of mouth
Shortage of staff still remains a issue especially when we have 50 cadets attending on a parade night, in need of an sailing instructor, help is also needed for the parent supporters association helping with the tuck shop etc..
June and July is going to be very busy we have our usual round of competitions Rowing, Paddle sport, also a parade at the Guildford Cathedral along with the Army and Air cadets
7th July sees the Lions raft race and we hope to have two rafts entering also covering safety, Weymouth summer camp end of July unfortunately very few places this year, not able myself to attend through work commitments
More importantly we have our RNP on the 19th July this is one evening I expect all cadets to attend the invite goes out to all parents and friends to come along and see what the cadets have achieved is is a great night, lots of work need to smarten up the unit for this event
We also have our unit AGM on the 9th July, it would be nice to see more than a couple of parents? dates, times and details will be sent out in due course
I would like to thank the parents who are currently helping with boat repairs and attending the grounds
Unit works, there will be some disruption week commencing 11th June work to the boys and girls heads should only take a week
Many thanks to all the staff for their continued support

Lt (SCC) Colin Whitear RNR
Commanding officer

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Been a while in up dating the site, however Spring is here we have had our first taste of boating also held the Surrey District Easter camp from 2nd to 6th April a mix of 30 cadets from the district course was run by the new district officer L/Cdr (SCC) Kevin Milligan RNR with the help of staff from Guildford, Camberley and L/Cdr (SCC) Ray Mitchell RNR, a mix of Power Boating, Marine Engineering and Cook Steward

We now turn our attention to the boating season and welcome two new members of staff to assist, a few early problems with our Power Boating fleet but hopefully now sorted
Cadet numbers are still on the increase now touching 60
work planned for this year is to revamp the boys heads with additional new fire doors on the quarter deck, we have purchased 5 new VHF radios to add to safety when boating (they don't sink which is handy) we still however need more help around the unit you do not need any skills jobs range from painting boat repairs to helping the cadets and staff
2012 is our 70th anniversary year this also combines with our bi annual RNP (Royal Naval Parade) on July 19th, this is a must attend for cadets so please put this date in your diary
Our application to form a Royal Marine Cadet Detachment has been submitted and we await the decision this will be a good addition to Guildford 
As you can see I am still in the post of CO is is still my intention to stand down and make way for new broom as they say, I will keep you all posted

Other dates
2nd June we have a street collection in Guildford town centre to raise much needed funds all we ask is an hour of your time