Outreach for BRNC Officer Cadets

  • Author: Nichola Aldridge
  • Date: Sunday 21st July 2019
Outreach for BRNC Officer Cadets

Officer Cadets from Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) have taken some time out from their busy training schedule to help seven local community organisations.

Working in groups the Cadets have lent their support to Dartmouth Community Orchard, St Johns Church (Bovey Tracey), Forrest and Beach, St Clements Church (Dartmouth), St Saviours Church (Dartmouth), Dartmouth Academy and Dartmouth Caring.

At Dartmouth Community Orchard the group helped bring the area back to life, fighting weeds, disposing of stagnant grass, trimming various trees and bushes as well as watering the existing vegetation.  Over the years the Orchard has become overgrown and extremely hard to maintain due to the age and number of volunteers.

 

Another group were sent to Dartmouth Academy where they were tasked with helping the caretakers.  Blessed by the summer sun the dozen Officer Cadets set to work in the grounds working deep into the forested area and restoring fences.

 

The professionalism of the Cadets was called upon when a fire drill saw the students descend upon the playground. Using their leadership and skills developed over the last seven months they aided the school's staff in their efforts to calm and organise the young learners.

A further 16 eager Officer Cadets went to Bovey Tracey to assist Father Nick Debney with the renovation of St John the Evangelists church grounds.  Commemorative plaques were cleared of debris and polished, bramble filled bushes were pruned and controlled, the grass was cut from one end to another and the external wall was cleared of thick ivy. 

One team member also found time to do some landscaping and replanted some vibrant flowers.  More than a dozen bags of green waste were collected and disposed of.

Outreach organiser Chief Petty Officer Jason Gay said “Outreach is a very important part of Initial Naval Training for Officer Cadets.  It gives them the opportunity to engage with various communities and organisations, encourages interaction and puts into practice many skills they have learnt during training, albeit in a completely different environment and scenario.  It also gives the Officer Cadets some good practice to develop for non-combat operations, which the Royal Navy regularly undertakes around the world, in particular helping communities with disaster relief operations.”

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