New sea cadets committee brings back axed commanding officer

By Matthew Mckew

Sunday, December 29, 2013


New sea cadets committee brings back axed commanding officer

Jacky de Bruyne.

THE commanding officer has been reinstated at Cowes Sea Cadets following the election of a new committee.

Jacky de Bruyne was removed from her position earlier in the year by sea cadet authorities following a request by the committee.

But a new committee, led by Cllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox, was elected at a packed AGM of parents and supporters.

It decided to reinstate Jacky to her old role, following popular support by parents.

Jacky said: "I have been involved with the Sea Cadet Corps for 26 years now and I am very glad to be back with TS Osborne.

"I was always hopeful of being able to return and I am now looking forward to working with the new committee, staff and cadets, to make this unit the best in the country."

The junior section has suffered the most since Jacky’s departure and she said she was keen to reignite the spark.

She added: "I want to recruit as many cadets as possible but especially the ten to 12 year olds that make up the junior section."

Cowes Sea Cadets’ next aim is to move into their new building.

So far, £350,000 has been spent on the building, but Cllr Peacey-Wilcox said another £110,000 would be needed to complete it.

She said: "We are very happy to have Jacky back and we are hoping to go forward and secure the funding to get back in the building. It looks wonderful so far."

Part of the remaining work is a disabled access, including a £20,000 lift.

The cadets have been operating without a base of their own for nearly two years, meeting at Cowes Primary School and Cowes Sea Scouts.

A new deal with the IW Council allows them the use of the Cowes Youth Club building, on Arctic Road, for the next three months.

The cadets meet on a Monday and Thursday, between 7pm and 9pm.



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by Mike Crowe

30th December 2013, at 17:06:49

Martin I am delighted to see your posting singing the praises of T.S. Osborne and the Sea Cadet movement. In the early 70's, I was the Electrical Officer at Ryde Sea Cadet Corps under Lt Brian Wilkinson. It was he who was the Officer Commanding the Guard on the end of Sandown Pier when the Queen Mum came ashore off the Royal Yacht which was anchored in Sandown Bay. No doubt you remember what happened to Brian? :-(

Did you make a career of the Royal Navy after your time in the Sea Cadets? Many do. Your comment .."""Most of all it was the friendships that were formed from a strong compliment, of Officers, and crew.""" continues with many ex Royal Navy personnel.

With a waiting time of up to two years before being accepted into the Senior Service, might I suggest to any parent whose son or daughter has expressed an interest in going in to the Royal Navy, that they join the Sea Cadets as a 'help' getting into their chosen career?

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by Martin Miller

30th December 2013, at 14:47:14

This is good news for the Cadets. I was a Cadet at T.S.Osborne back in the early '70's and I believe that the youngsters of Cowes, and surrounding areas need some sort of support. The Sea Cadets in those days had Mr Blow, and Mr Gaff amongst it's staff, and I enjoyed my time there. We were entered into the carnivals with the guard, and Mr Humprhries, and Mr Terry trained us well. There was fun with Mr Gorlick's Honda Civic 'disappearing' at one Newtown camp. 'Ballast's Brew'was a light refreshment too. Most of all it was the friendships that were formed from a strong compliment, of Officers, and crew. Yes I miss those days, the highlights of 'buoy jumping' and campfire stories. Most of all I met Lord Mountbatten, and the Queen Mum, and this was the best moments for me. So please support the T.S Osborne unit, and have faith in the ability of their Commanding Officer.

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