All ship­shape at re­launched head­quar­ters

Sea Cadets re­open base after flood

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

CAP­TAIN of the Sea Cadet Corps Phil Rus­sell RN made an in­for­mal visit to Ruis­lip Sea Cadet hQ based in Cord­ing­ley Road to see the build­ing in ac­tion after a long clo­sure.

The base re­opened at the be­gin­ning of the month fol­low­ing ma­jor re­pairs to the floor­ing. Some two thirds of the Unit premises were flooded in the ex­cep­tion­ally heavy rain that fell on the evening of June 23.

Since then the cadets had been meet­ing in church halls in both Ruis­lip Manor and Ick­en­ham.

Cap­tain Rus­sell also pre­sented the unit with a burgee, which was awarded for its pro­fi­ciency dur­ing the year – in­di­cat­ing that Ruis­lip Sea Cadets achieved a mark of more than 75%.

The Unit’s cer­e­mo­nial in­spec­tion, known as the Royal Navy Pa­rade, took place just eight days be­fore the flood­ing.

Of­fi­cer-in-Charge Ian Har­ris said: “It’s great to get back to parad­ing at the unit after more than four months away and to have all our cadets back to­gether in one place again.

“It was a real hon­our to re­ceive this award for pro­fi­ciency di­rectly from the cap­tain of our corps who, over the course of the evening, spoke to all the cadets and staff in­di­vid­u­ally and par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of our ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Even when pre­sent­ing the burgee he made a point of in­volv­ing one of our youngest cadets.”

It’s great to get back to parad­ing... and have all our cadets to­gether

BACk To BASe: Cap­tain of the Sea Cadets Phil Rus­sell RN vis­ited Ruis­lip Sea Cadet head­quar­ters in Cord­ing­ley Road, now open again after ma­jor re­pairs – here he presents a burgee to PO Ian Har­ris, of­fi­cer-in-charge of Ruis­lip Unit and to Ju­nior Cadet Ben Fin­nis

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