The Rye and District Sea Cadets held their annual presentation of awards evening on Friday, December 14. Awards in four categories were presented by Mr John Rodley, Mayor of Winchelsea:
A/C George Sheppard and MC2 Jack White were jointly awarded the best attendance shield.
A/C Evalyn Anstiss and OC Kieron Moore jointly received the Marine Engineering trophy.
Cdt Jacob Pearce was awarded the shield for the most boatwork qualifications achieved.
A/C George Sheppard received the John Whiteman trophy for the best cadet. This was awarded for 2017, but this is a new trophy in memory of John Whiteman who served at the unit from 1952 to 2001.
After the presentations had been completed it was announced that one of the Divisions that the cadets belong to had been renamed in honour of a former unit chaplain and president of the unit, The Very Reverend Canon Basil O’Ferrall MA, CB, RN.
The Junior Division, for cadets between the age of 10 and 12, was named the John Royle Division. John Royle is the current unit president and has served on the unit committee for over 50 years.
Image Credits: Paul Whiteman.