Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Sea Cadets have enjoyed a busy and successful start to 2016.

Six cadets from the unit have this month taken part in the Somerset and Dorset District Drill Competition where they earned a well-deserved win.

After many weeks of intense training, dedication and hard work, the group put on an outstanding performance in the Colour Party category and were crowned the district winners for both the Best Dressed Colour Party and the Best Colour Party.

They will now go on to represent Burnham and Highbridge and the Somerset and Dorset District at the South West Area Sea Cadet Completion in March.

“I would like to extend my thanks to all the Cadets and Staff who took part in the training and on the day itself with a special mention to my two Drill Training Staff, PO Cory Hayes and PO Tony Scott,” said Lt (SCC) Scott Fulcher RNR, Officer In Charge of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge SCC.

Further to this amazing achievement, the Sea Cadets Drill Team also took some time out last weekend to help run a recruitment and fundraising event at Sanders Garden Centre in Brent Knoll, pictured below, where they raised £296.10.

“That was a fantastic result considering how cold and wet it was! My thanks go to Ben from Sanders and all of the staff who helped us during the day,” added Scott.

“It was the first time our new Trinity 500 rowing boat has been on public display. She has been named after the Late Hilary Jones. Hilary left the unit £2000 in her legacy and it was decided by the Unit Management Team and Unit Staff to purchase a Trinity 500 rowing boat and to name it in honour of her ten years as the Chairperson of the unit.”

Nine cadets from the unit have also recently taken part in the Freedom of the Island Parade at Portland.

“This was a real honour for the cadets as it is very rare for any Sea Cadet Unit to be granted the Freedom of the Town. My congratulations go to Portland Sea Cadet Unit – T.S. Penn – for gaining such a great honour and also for inviting us to take part in the parade,” said Scott.

The next major date for the unit will be Wednesday 2nd March when an open evening is to be held from 7pm onwards with the aim of promoting the unit, which is located at Cassis Close in Burnham, to local businesses, youth organisations, local residents and supporters.

“We do encourage all to come along and see what your local unit currently does and what it could do for you,” said Scott. “Maybe you feel you could help us in some capacity? You could potentially become a member of staff, a member of the Unit Management Team, or even a member of the soon to be formed Parents, Friends and Supporters Committee.”

“If you feel you can help you unit in any way, from donations of paint, stationary, funds right the way up to sponsoring events or building work then please come along to the open evening and see how you can make a difference for our young people.”