Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Double cash boost for sea cadets at awards ceremony

HENLEY Sea Cadets have held their annual awards presentation evening.

HENLEY Sea Cadets have held their annual awards presentation evening.

Henley Mayor Lorraine Hillier presented the awards to the cadets in front of their parents, unit staff and committee members at the Eyot Centre, off Wargrave Road.

The unit was blessed by Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths, who then led prayers before members of the junior cadets (age 10 and 11), sea cadets (12 to 17) and royal marine cadets (13 to 17) were introduced to the Mayor by their new commanding officer, Chief Petty Officer Kelly Searles.

CPO Searles said: "It was a fantastic evening. The cadets looked really smart and behaved impeccably. The Mayor was interested in finding out about what we did.

"After the presentation she spoke with a lot of parents as well, which was nice."

Cllr Hillier presented the badges and trophies. John Grout, president of Henley Rotary Club, and Ian Smith, chairman of the Phyllis Court Club Singers, presented the organisation with cheques for £1,000 and £300 respectively.

Phil Fletcher, chairman of the sea cadets, said: "The funds are very welcome. We have had a very large bill for an electrical survey which we had to have done."

The award winners were as follows:

Most outstanding cadet: Marine Cadet Second Class Sian Page, 13

Best coxswain: Ordinary Cadet Katie Searles, 15

Most improved cadet: Cadet Charlotte Searles, 12

Cadet of the year and best attendance and turnout: Cadet First Class Josie Day, 14

Junior cadet of the year: Junior Cadet First Class Safia Riache, 11

Royal Marines cadet of the year: Marine Cadet Second Class Kate Elkington, 14

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