THE Annual General Meeting of Padstow Sea Cadets held on the evening of Thursday 15 July started with its Chairman, Captain John Hinchliffe being presented with a £300 cheque from Padstow Probus Club by the Club’s Vice Chairman, Derek Cox.
Expressing the Unit’s grateful thanks for such financial support, Capt Hinchliffe and the Unit’s Treasurer, David Thick, said donations were vital for the Unit’s survival which costs £1,000 a month to run.
Later in the meeting CPO Paul Richardson, Officer in Charge, said the current strength of the Unit was 13 senior cadets, 9 junior cadets, and 12 adult members.
He said, “As always, we are in constant need for more adult help to increase the training opportunities for these magnificent young people. To this end we are planning an Adult Open Day to explain what we do, and what we need, to the number of parents who have recently expressed interest in helping out.”
Since the last AGM the unit gained 125 qualifications which included 34 waterborne and 69 shore based. A number of Cadets went off to HMS Raleigh for a Naval Aquaint Course. CPO Richardson said the Unit had got its first Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet in eight years, and Shannon Vale, who had become Padstow’s first Petty Officer Cadet, had just represented the South West Area on an International Exchange Programme in the United States.
Capt Hinchliffe, in giving the Chairman’s Report, said he was pleased Paul had been able to report so glowingly about the efforts and successes of the Cadets. He went on to comment on the recent Panorama programme dealing principally with historical abuse in all three Cadet Forces, which made for unhappy viewing
“It must be said that the MSCC, in respect of the Sea Cadets, take a very robust approach to safeguarding and their guidelines are very strict and onerous,” he added.
Gill Grant, a past Mayor of Penryn, who was acting as the Unit’s President in the absence of Commodore Miller, agreed that strong safeguards were in place for the area’s Sea Cadets.