End of an Era at Chiswick Sea Cadets

Commanding Officer Lynn MacIver built the unit up to an award–winning outfit

16th February, marked the last official parade for Chiswick Sea Cadets Commanding Officer Lieutenant Lynn MacIver, who is stepping down as the CO to have a baby. Cadets, staff committee members and parents, both past and present where there to wish her well.

Lynn MacIver (centre) pictured with some of her cadets past and present

Lieutenant MacIver has been in charge of Training Ship Stork since its formation back in 1997 and has steadily built the unit up from two chairs and some rope to an award–winning unit complete with its own fleet of boats. Even through the dark days when the unit had to operate out of an unlit garage whilst the community hall was rebuilt to house the RNLI Lifeboat station, her determination shone through and kept the unit going.

Lynn leaves the unit in very good shape with many cadets being asked to attend many prestigious events such as dinner parties at St James’ Palace or Queen's Garden Parties. Despite the pressures of school work the cadets are still able to pull a trophy or two back to Chiswick. Three weeks ago Petty Officer Cadet Gaynor Pearce brought back the Player of the Tournament trophy from the inter-Unit 5-Aside Football Competition and just last week three cadets won silver medals in the Sea Cadet Corps Piping competition held in Kingston Upon Thames. Any young people interested in being part of this thriving youth organisation should come down, meet Lt Ken Grogan (who has taken over as Officer in Charge) and see what it’s all about on a Wednesday evening 1930-2130 or Sunday 1100-1530

Success comes at a price; dedicated adult staff and as Lynn has stepped down the unit is in need of new staff members, female in particular. Experience is helpful though not essential as full training is given. Interested? Then contact the Chairman of the Management Committee Mr Jonah Foreshew 020 8747 4089 Chiswick Sea Cadets meet on Wednesdays 19:30 - 21:30 and Sundays 11:00 - 15:30 at the Chiswick Pier House, Corney Reach Way, Chiswick. New recruits always welcome.

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