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December 15th 2016

Reservists awarded at festive carol concert

HMS Sherwood lead the carols

Four reservists have been awarded for their services in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) and a further two presented with long service medals at a festive carol concert.

The awards were presented to reservists from HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only RNR unit, at an event held at its Foresters House HQ in Chilwell, Nottingham on Tuesday 13 December.

The Christmas Carol Concert and Review of the Year event included a carol service led by Duncan Weaver, Padre of 7th Infantry Brigade, and the annual prize giving for members of the ship’s company who have consistently impressed unit command over the course of 2016.

 

Awards were presented to:

  • Able Seaman Daniel Simmonds, received the Chief Radio Supervisor Hall Recruit Trophy for most impressing the Command during his phase one training.
  • Able Seaman Richard Cooke, received the Sherwood Shield for the most improved Rating.
  • Sub Lieutenant Victoria Rogers, received the Towle Sword, for impressing the Command with her commitment to the unit and the RNR generally in the past 12 months.
  • Petty Officer Andrew Maltby, received the Commanding officer’s Cup for his long term, significant contribution to HMS Sherwood.

 

Petty Officer Andrew Maltby received a clasp for 30 years' service and the Commanding Officer's Cup

Petty Officer Andrew Maltby received a clasp for 30 years’ service and the Commanding Officer’s Cup

Andrew Maltby of Nuthall in Nottingham, said: “I felt very proud picking up my award. I started at HMS Sherwood in 1985 as a junior radio operator and I’ve always enjoyed my time here.”

Pictured are Commander Rob Noble and Able Seaman Richard Cooke

Pictured are Commander Rob Noble and Able Seaman Richard Cooke

Richard Cooke of Ilkeston in Derbyshire explained: “I finished as a runner-up last year so I wasn’t expecting to win it this year. It felt fantastic going up to collect the award and I felt very proud. It’s the greatest form of recognition as I’ve just been doing what I do and you don’t realise how much its appreciated until you get something like this.”

Able Seaman 2 Daniel Simmonds is presented with the Cheif Radio Supervisor Hall Recruit Trophy

Able Seaman 2 Daniel Simmonds is presented with the Cheif Radio Supervisor Hall Recruit Trophy

Daniel Simmonds of Borrowash, Derbyshire, said of his award: “I was shocked to win, but it’s a good surprise. Being a part of HMS Sherwood is like being a part of a family and it’s great to get this award.

Sub Lieutenant Victoria Rogers with Commander Rob Noble

Sub Lieutenant Victoria Rogers with Commander Rob Noble

Victoria Rogers of Digby in Lincolnshire said of winning the Towle Sword: “It was a lovely surprise. I felt very honoured and humbled to the people that have helped me along this journey to which there had been a lot. Being a part of HMS Sherwood is one of the proudest things I’ve ever done and it’s an honour to be able to serve my country.”

HMS Sherwood’s Commanding Officer Rob Noble commented: “At the very heart of the Armed Services are its people. This is no different for the Royal Navy Reserve here at HMS Sherwood in Nottingham. It is therefore key that we recognise those members of the ship’s company that have gone that extra mile. The annual awards allow this to happen in a very public way in front of the recipients’ fellow reservists, friends and family. This in turn encourages others to rise to the challenge and prove themselves.”

Two reservists were also presented with Volunteer Reserve Service Medal’s for their services within the RNR. The following personnel were awarded:

  • Petty Officer Andrew Maltby, received a clasp for 30 years’ service, his fourth clasp of his career .
  • Petty Officer Derek Parsons received a clasp for 15 years’ service, the first clasp of his career.

 A full gallery of images from the night can be viewed here.

"Being a part of HMS Sherwood is one of the proudest things I’ve ever done and it’s an honour to be able to serve my country.”