Ryde Sea Cadets marked the official opening of their Boating Station, by kind permission of Darren Cooke, Island Harbour Master. Heather and Roger Bowley of the Island Harbour Yacht Club have allocated an area of their dinghy park to the cadets for the storage of boats and equipment.
The Open Day was to recognise Island Harbour for their kindness and support in allowing Ryde Unit to have a boating station on their grounds. It is particularly helpful with delivering waterborne training for the cadets as their main unit HQ is within the town of Ryde, some way from the water’s edge. The event was also used to recognise the funds and support of other individuals and organisations of Ryde unit throughout the years. The Connaught Trust granted funds for the purchase of a container situated alongside the dinghy park.
Commander Tony Stickland, Trustee to the Connaught Trust ( Former Commander HMS King Alfred and currently Vice Chair Navy for SERFCA) was invited as guest to cut the ribbon. During colours, thanks were given to all guests that had been invited, to include Merchant Mariners of Wight; Royal British Legion; Ryde Town Council; Royal Naval Association; Richardsons Yacht Services; The Breeze; St Johns Ambulance and Brigadier Maurice Sheen, SERFCA and Chair St Johns Ambulance IOW.
Councillor Charles Chapman presented Mrs Margaret Elcome, Chair, with a cheque for £50 from the Ryde Town Council. Lt CDR Tim Collins District Officer assisted with the ceremonial section of the day and gave a presentation of a Roundel which was awarded to Central District. CPO Linden Softley, Commanding Officer then invited guests to join the cadets afloat in the MOD Cheverton Champ on loan to the unit.
Guests were then invited to the Breeze for afternoon tea kindly provided by the Breeze and funded by Island Harbour and Island Harbour Yacht Club. The newly formed band played a short rendition to show that they are not only sailors but budding musicians also. Prayers for the Sea Cadet Corps were given by Fr Redvers-Harris Unit Chaplain and Reverend Tony Richards, Chaplain to Royal Naval Association.