Saturday, 11 December 2010

Wanna see some real snow....

John Sturmey, Ian Wilkinson, Simon Allen and Myself went for some Adventure Training practise in the Goyt Valley (probably winter of 90/91).
We each had our own jobs - Simon's was to check the Weather... he excitedly told us Snow !!!
When we got there, it was a lovely Sunny day. :-( he got a lot of stick, until we did get a little bit of snow...

Within about 1/2 hour of the top picture being taken, we had to take shelter in the woods to have some grub... 

 After only a couple of hours, visibility was down to 50 feet (you can just make out the head torches...)

We were out for around 6 hours, and by the time we got to the car it was snowed in under a foot of snow.
We had to walk out of the valley to Buxton Train Station and get a Train home.
Funniest thing tho' were the Police and the Locals going out for drives in thier 4x4's

My dad took me back the next day to get my car, we got out of the valley just in time before the snow started again. 

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Remembrance Sunday

Every year, following Remembrance at the Cenotaph, many ex Cadets get together in the Unit Bar.
There will be a Mini-Remembrance and Last Post for Paul Reece, and also the "Now" traditional "Band Practise" and "Wood's Rum" toasts - and always a few new faces to the ever increasing group of regulars.

I'll not list names here, but (if you have Facebook) take a look at the Cadets Facebook Page for some Names and Faces.

As always all Ex-Cadets are welcome at the Unit after the Parade.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Sailing at Hollingworth Lake

Hollingworth Lake

I went on my only Sailing course (April 89) - 1 of the Days there were strong winds, meaning we could not go Sailing. So the kids all went out in Canoes. While on the water, the weather changed drastically to Gale Force.
Nobody could stay upright, so they all had to get out. I had gone out in a Motor Powered Boat, and spent about an hour rescuing the kids from the Water (Obviously they all had life jackets on, but they were being blown across the lake) Most of the canoes were smashed on the Rocks at the far end of the lake.
At the end of the week, when it was time for my Sailing exam - there was no wind at all, I could only manage a Token "Lowest Grade" Qualification.
That week was most memorable for the Weather - I managed to get this shot one evening.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Wow - look who's on the Telly

Got told to check out Bargain Hunt this morning.... Dave "H" Hanley.
The show will probably only be available for a few days, on iPlayer.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Girls - National Drill Champions

A brief "chat" with Julie Millington on Facebook, reminded me of the time when the Girls won the National Drill Competition with Tracey Boulton as Squad Commander.
Sorry can't remember when or where exactly, probably '87 or '88.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Stew' versus The Quack

Bet this will bring back some memories, but I wonder if this kind of thing would be allowed now (although was it ever).
It seems only fair that Stewart is the first Victim - Sorry that you're included Anne.

Apologies for the Quality - the clip must be about 20 years old, and has been copied and converted several times.

Credit for the clip goes to, I believe, John Hyde. I have some clips from Dave Manning too. Is anybody intouch with either Gents

Wednesday, 11 August 2010


Crewe Unit was Affiliated to H.M.S.Ambuscade (hence T.S.Ambuscade - T.S. is Training Ship)
We kept close ties with the ship and had many visits and even trips on her. August 1984 we helped at Navy Days at Devonport, and in June 1984 several of us sailed on her, from Portsmouth to Lowestoft...
On that trip we were followed out of Portsmouth by HMS Jupiter, but she was soon left behind when the Ambuscade went to full speed (Type 21's were among the fastest ships in the world at the time and was fast enough to Waterski)
The following day, she answered a Mayday from a Tall Ship stuck on the Goodwin sands where the Crew assisted an RAF Wessex Helicopter, and to top the trip as we were entering Lowestoft Harbour we were treated to a Red Arrow flyby.
The big news on the TV that night, however was that HMS Jupiter had crashed into London Bridge.

On occasions some of the Ship's crew were invited to the Unit, and quite often were involved in fund raising for us.
The H.M.S. Ambuscade Association, has a wealth of info about the ship and her History

Friday, 2 April 2010

Easter Camp...

Between 1981 and 1994 - we had an annual Easter Camp at Wimbolsley Wood (See Previous Post).
Although Easter is at different times each year, I only remember once when the camp was a Washout - Like this year - Great fun, but it was a pain for the younger kids, that had not been away before.
Below are a selection of Group Photo's (some Pre-Camp) - can anybody remember the Years?