Annual honour given to top cadet team

Cdr Richard Tarr RN presents the Stephenson Trophy to Commanding Officer, Lt (SCC) Stephanie Juniper RNR
Cdr Richard Tarr RN presents the Stephenson Trophy to Commanding Officer, Lt (SCC) Stephanie Juniper RNR

AN AWARD-winning cadet unit in Eastbourne has been given yet another to add to their achievements this year.

Training Ship Eastbourne had a surprise visit by Cdr Richard Tarr RN, area officer of Southern Area Sea Cadets, who presented members with the Stephenson Trophy which is presented to the best Sea Cadet Unit in Southern Area.

The annual honour, last won by T S Eastbourne in 1986, is presented to the Sea Cadet unit gaining the highest marks for their efficiency. It is based on a range of factors including achievement of cadet and staff training qualifications, safety, participation in community events, attendance at civic ceremonies, area and national events and unit and estate management. These are scored each year in a Royal Navy Unit Review.

Eastbourne beat 68 Sea Cadet Units from London, the Home Counties and southern England, the Channel Isles and Falklands. They now compete for the Canada Cup, awarded to the best unit nationally with the winners of the five other sea cadet areas.

In April this year, T S Eastbourne’s Royal Marine Cadets returned home triumphant as best national Royal Marine Cadet Detachment, after winning the coveted Gibraltar Cup at the annual competition held at the Royal Marine Commando base at Lympstone in Devon. They have a chance to repeat this as they have just received nominated for the second year running.

Unit chairman Bob Hamblyn said, “It is 25 years since we last won this award and I am delighted beyond belief. I congratulate every single person associated with the unit but particularly our commanding officer, Lt (SCC) Stephanie Juniper RNR, who shed tears of joy on the news. “She has given the required leadership for this wonderful achievement.

“Our aim is to develop young people to excel not just within the cadet movement, but in their lives and preparing them for work as useful and reliable citizens. We know that is one of our major outputs. Our waiting list reflects the demand for our training experiences and winning this award demonstrates the magnificent effort of all our volunteer staff, unit assistants and management team in providing the highest standards of equipment, leadership and training to make this possible.”

Eastbourne Sea Cadets is a local charity supported and funded solely by the residents and businesses of Eastbourne. Anyone wishing to help should go to www.sea-cadets.org/eastbourne/ or call the chairman on 725462. Former sea cadets who would like to meet others can join the T S Eastbourne Association by calling Richard Daniels on 761178.