20 April 2018

Hebburn Army Cadets have had a busy week with taking part in Cadet in the Community Week.

Cadet Cpl Jake Gregory was the lucky beneficiary of support of local fundraiser John Stewart together with the staff and members of the Iona Social Club which raised over £700 for the Lord Dannant’s Challenge.

In July 2018 as part of the remembrance activities to mark the close of the First World War one hundred years ago , 48 injured soldiers and 96 cadets will embark on a voyage of remembrance, adventure and personal development as part of the Lord Dannatt’s Round Britain Challenge.

The team will work together to sail around Great Britain on board a specially adapted tall ship, changing crew every 10 days in each capital city (London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff), In each change over port there will be a celebration of remembrance, inclusivity and diversity.

Each 10-day voyage will see 12 injured service personnel and 24 cadets and instructors aged 16-25 working as a team to sail the ship to the next capital city, climbing the mast, helm the ship, setting the sails and much more. Jake will sail from Edinburgh to Glasgow.

A quarter of a wooden shield will be presented to the crew in each capital city, at the end of the challenge the final piece of the shield will be presented in London where the cadets will march the shield to the Tower of London, the shield will be a WW1 Memorial.

Jake said “I have been overwhelmed by the support of the people of Hebburn, and especial John Steward and his team of dedicated fundraisers and the Iona Club, who I would like to thank.

The second event was the presentation of Hebburn Detachment with their certificate of affiliation. Cadet Cpl Peter Hamilton “We like to help with selling the poppy and Remembrance parades. Members of the public wear the paper poppy on their chest as a symbol of Remembrance: to remember the fallen Service men and women killed in conflict. The work of the British Legion goes on not just in November , it works hard 24 / 7 around the year helping veterans young and old get on with their lives and when they need a little help. Te British Legion protects those who protected us”

Kenneth Kemp from the British Legion said “it's actually inspirational and invokes a sense of hope to see so many young people involved in our work, to see that we have a core of decent, dedicated young people in our community. Everyone will benefit in many different ways from this affiliation. I would encourage other youth groups to get involved too !”

The last event involved planning for remembrance events to mark the end of Work War One with local Community Artists from Diane Gray and Ben Hudson from Community Arts Project North East C.I.C who are working with South Tyneside Council to remember the great sacrifices made by the men and women of the Borough during World War One. Diane said “ we were met with great enthusiasm and look forward to working with community groups on this project” . Fellow Director Ben Hudson said, “ the cadets had a lot of good ideas and we look forwards to working with them on the Project.

Major Amanda Wardman said "It has been a great week. We welcome all young people. We have had Fun, Adventure , Action by the tank load. We have made new friends. There is a serious side of our work and with Cadet in the Community training we hope to put a little back. Joining the Army cadets is great if you know a young person over 12 years of age (in year 8 or above) I would encourage them to join the Army cadet Force and have adventure, action friendship and fun. More cadets means more opportunities for achievement, friends and fun.