Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne visited Sea Cadets while they were on board their training ship TS Royalist in Weymouth harbour. The ladies of the Crewkerne club raised more than £2,000 during 2016, towards bursaries which enable local young sea cadets to gain practical onshore and offshore life enriching experiences and to gain the necessary life skills, while on board the Sea Cadet’s flagship.
Lorna Noble, President of the Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne in 2015/2016 said: “We were invited on board the TS Royalist to meet the young cadets, look around the boat and see how they live and work in quite cramped conditions. They were charming and answered all our questions very knowledgably. I don’t think the young sea cadets could believe ladies of more mature years getting around their ship.
“I have to give a special mention to Muriel Haddon, who in her eighties, certainly made the most of her visit. She was very well looked after by Ady Rhodes and Hannah Robinson, Head of Yeovilton Sea Cadets and all the young cadets on board. We all had a wonderful visit and everyone was so kind and helpful.”
The TS Royalist is the flagship of the Sea Cadets. It is a training brig with ten permanent crew members, that takes 24 cadets to sea, for six day voyages. The ship was built in 2014 and its home port is at Portsmouth. The Sea Cadets is the UK’s oldest nautical youth charity.