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Brentwood Sea Cadets' Parade

On the evening of Thursday 3 May, Past Master Michael Wren, Upper Warden Ian Spring and Charity Committee Chairman John Ellery enjoyed a visit to the Brentwood Sea Cadets at their home base in Brentwood, where the Unit was being formally inspected by the Sea Cadets' London Area Officer, Commander James Nisbet VR RNR.

Michael, Ian and John were impressed to catch up with the achievements of the Cadets in 2017: they had attended the Remembrance parade at the Cenotaph; they had won swimming trophies, and medals for Team Piping at the National Drill and Piping Competition, and one of them had won a medal in the 2K Kayak Marathon at Area Competition.

Their enthusiasm was good to see, and it was heart-warming to hear how very grateful they are for the financial support they receive from the Bowyers. Our contributions enable six of them each year to spend a week crewing on the Tall Training Ship TS Royalist, an experience in teamwork, self-reliance and mutual dependency that they find exhilarating and life-changing.

Michael and Ian are pictured here with Commander Nisbet, whose attendance at the Parade that evening was specifically arranged to celebrate the 75th anniversary of TS Vincent, the Brentwood Sea Cadets' premises, established in 1945.

John Ellery

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